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Canon PowerShot SX110 IS 8 to 10 Megapixel

3.75 star rating
                      3.75 / 5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $279.99

  • Family LineCanon PowerShot
    Weight0.54 lb.
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution10.3 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom10x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens36 - 360 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Focus Range19.69 in. to Infinity (w) / 39.37 in. to Infinity (t)
    Macro Focus Range0.39 - 19.69 in. (w)
    Focal Length6 - 60 mm
    Camera Resolution10.3 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2816 x 2112 • 2272 x 1704 • 1600 x 1200 • 3456 x 2592 • 3456 x 1944
    Video Resolutions640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120 • 320 x 240
    Video Speed30 fps
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatAVI • Motion JPEG
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f4.3 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/2500 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Flash (Preset)
    Frames Per Second1.2 Frames
    Memory TypeMultimedia Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1 • DCF
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In & External
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync • Manual
    ViewfinderWithout Viewfinder
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size3 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Type2 x AA Batteries
    Battery Life140 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows Vista
    Width4.35 in.
    Depth1.76 in.
    Height2.77 in.
    Included Accessories2 x AA Batteries • Software • USB Cable • Driver • Battery Charger • Strap • AV Cable
    Release DateSeptember, 2008
    Product ID70779558

Product Description

From a 10x Optical Zoom lens to advanced Canon technology that automatically gives you the best shot, the 9.0-megapixel PowerShot SX110 IS packs impressive value. Advanced Face Detection Technology automatically sets focus, exposure, flash and white balance for beautiful portraits and group shots. Sharp, steady close-ups are easy with the powerful zoom and Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer Technology. The slim and modern-looking SX110 IS is sized to go everywhere, and you'll never miss a detail with the big, bright LCD screen.

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2009

Strengths:    10x optical zoom and reasonably compact, more so that other 10x point & shoot cameras. Manual controls for aperature or speed settings, plus "P" programmed. Instant review of changes to the aperature and/or shutter speed settings. Large 3 inch monitor screen. Telephoto lever well placed and blank area for thumb print to hold the camera.

Weaknesses:    The main weakness I've seen with the camera I bought is the audible swoohing background sound that is recorded on the video soundtrack. One reviewer said if you want perfect video then get a camcorder, and thats true, but there is also no excuse for putting a moderately priced still camera into production with an audio defect in at least some of the cameras. The fine line between still and movie cameras continues to blur and cameras & camcorders will be judged by how they perform both functions. One may not expect top quality video sound from a $99 digital camera but when you're shelling out $225 - $250 you expect sound quality, especially from Canon. A slight weakness is the quality of the mode dial, not the dial itself, but the gear inside that separates one mode position from another. It just feels weak, slippery, not a positive detent, and like it might last for a year or two and then wear out or break. I've had other Canon cams like the G5 that have a much better quality dial. Not to be nitpicking because this is a camera with a retail price less than half of what a G5 cost new a few yeasr ago.
IT could use a little more control over sharpness. I like my photos extra sharp, not soft. Of course, sharpness can be added later in editing but still it would be nice to get it right and save time fixing the photo later.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the Canon SX-110 a few days ago and have been very happy with it until I made a video. I made some videos to test the three video quality settings and all three had a noticeable audio whirling sound added to the sound track. I read another reviewer's complaint about this problem with movie sound and his problem sounds similar to mine. My swooshing sound is audiable no matter what other sound level is being recorded, I mean uinless it was drowned out by some extra loud continious sound. This problem may not exist on all production models, or it may exist in different degrees, but it is a disappointment on the camera I bought. Otherwise, the camera is really nice and I particularly like manual settings that allow to to rotate the dial to adjust the aperature and/or shutter speed setting, as you can see the screen change while you're doing it. Not many p&s cams have manual settings and even those that do are not as well designed as this one with instant monitor review of the settings changes as you make them. Overall, it's a good camera and takes decent shots, but I would have really liked to have at least one good video setting with perfect sound quality.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $229.00

Similar Products Used:   I've owned dozens of digital cameras at every quality level over the last twelve years I've been using them. I've owned them from just about every camera company.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xxbat_jazzxx a Casual

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2009

Strengths:    Great lens, focus, clear and crisp photos, big screen, easy to see in sunlight, and a lot more.

Weaknesses:    Annoying light in front when you take a picture.

Bottom Line:   
I love this camera, it is great. It may not be the best camera for really advanced photographers but for a beginner though expert this would be a great camera. It takes very high quality pictures and it is not all that expensive. This is a wonderful product! I would recommend this to anyone.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by art Codron a Expert

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2009

Strengths:    Lens, exposure accuracy. Nice control layout. Good color.

Weaknesses:    Camera would not be harmed if it was a bit smaller. Higher ISO's are noisy (as expected)

Bottom Line:   
I can't really comment on the previous reviewer's problem with the sound. Please don't take offense, but if I am looking to shoot high quality movies, I am not going to do it on an inexpensive point and shoot... I use my camcorder for that. I guess if one is using this camera for movies, it may not be the best choice. Anyway.... as far as still pictures (which this camera is really meant for), it excels. Having owned many Canon P&S's through the years, I felt pretty confident that this camera would take satisfactory pictures. One needs to not expect too much when there is a 10x zoom lens. There are sacrifices in optical quality. However I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The quality exceeded my expectations greatly. It takes really good pictures.. really no worse than some 3-4X zoom cameras I have owned. Exposure and color are very good. Sharpness and distortion are pretty well under control for a camera in this class too. Chromatic Ab's are sometimes visible, but nothing heinous. Controls are logically laid out. Low ISO's are great. 400ISO is usable up to 5x7" prints if you expose properly, but starts to suffer from noise issues. If you convert ISO400 to monochrome black and white, it is not as offensive as it mimics grainy black and white film and is quite cool. However at base ISO, noise is not an issue. I feel you should be able to go up to 8x10 or 11x14 without a problem.

If you are expecting SLR quality pictures that look like they were taken with a Canon L series or comparable Nikon lens, it just is not going to happen here...or in ANY point and shoot for that matter. When I want impeccable quality, I get out my SLR. People need to accept the P&S digicam for what it is, a convenient snapshot camera. If one can accept this limitation, I think they will be quite happy with this camera.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   Canon G7
Nikon P6000
Many Canon digital Elphs

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by don bradford a Casual

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2009

Strengths:    Stills and video were just what I wanted

Weaknesses:    Distortion in audio in videos is not what I wanted

Bottom Line:   
I Purchased Nov. 2008. In movie mode, shooting running streams or waterfalls, a continuously chugging, whooshing sound lays on top of the sound of the running water when played back on a computer. It is disturbing. Office Depot replaced the SX110 IS with another. It had the same audio characteristics. A Nikon Coolpix L3, had no audio distortion on similar video shots Just the clean sound of running water. I returned it to Canon 3 times. Twice they referenced repairs to the images. The third time a senior tech told me ,' If I wanted clear audio I should get a professional movie camera. that all Canon digital cameras had the same audio distortion because they concentrated on the photography aspect in their design.
Has anyone else noticed this distortion? You can test it using running water at a sink. Please send feedback on results of test.

Thank you
Don Bradford.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   Office Depot

Similar Products Used:   Canon Coolpix l3..Which I dropped and broke. Which had no distortion in the audio.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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Hot pixels on Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

Just got an SX110 IS and while testing it out, I've noticed two hot pixels (showing redish in dark areas of the image) on images shot in very low light with 1 second exposures. Perhaps the most annoying thing is that when looking at the LCD in some indoor lighting situations you can see one of the h ... Read More »

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