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This review is from: Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 24mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full HD Video Recording (Black) (Electronics)Upon arriving in beautiful California for a long vacation, I dropped my Canon S90 -- a miraculous point & shoot, legendary for its picture quality. Stunned, I dropped into the nearest retail store & bought a quick make-do replacement. I chose the Elph 110 HS because it had the widest aperture of all the offerings (f2.7) & was the most pocketable. I prayed that our vacation pictures would be decent.
After 10 days of putting the Elph 110 HS through its paces, I think I'll keep it. The color quality is wonderful. The camera meters well. The image sharpness varies: soft in the corners, and not as sharp at wide angle or tele. The best images are mid range; at 2 feet to 25 feet, the Elph 110 is as sharp as anything from the S90. You need to pay strict attention to where the camera is focusing as the auto settings latch on to strange things. Make sure to switch between macro, mid & distant focusing. I was happier using SuperFine compression & custom color settings, bumping up the sharpness, contrast & saturation a bit, and shooting in P (Program) mode where I could control the focus. Auto has its uses, and for quick snaps, it does a good job. The flash set just the right amount of fill flash. I was especially pleased with my flash shots. My low light pictures turned out fine with additional flash or slower shutter speed or a white balance adjustment or a little exposure compensation, and I didn't have to bother using higher ISO settings. It is marvelously portable, slipping into pockets, purses, small fanny packs & eyeglass cases with ease. Battery goes from empty to fully charged in two hours.
The camera has good capabilities: exposure lock, focus lock, flash exposure lock, exposure compensation, Canon's ample array of color effects, good white balance settings (including custom white balance), a good drive mode, and can even take photos in square format (I like!). It has Stitch Assist for panoramic shots. Long Shutter mode allows for shutter times up to 15 seconds & is easy to use. There is a grid display option.
Settings: Less useful ones are toy camera, fish eye (wish it were a true fish eye), posterizer, soft focus, miniaturizer. There is a snow setting, but no sunset setting. There is no sports/kids/pets or otherwise high shutter speed setting. Supposedly in auto the camera can detect children or babies & automatically switch to drive mode. You can print a single image from video, but I can't attest to image quality. Face ID (the camera can "memorize" faces) might be useful if you have kids, but I can't see using it much.
Cons: There is much menu diving, especially to do the work arounds for tricky shots. I couldn't get Tracking AutoFocus to work well. No RAW and no choice of color space. The histogram display is post-shot only. It blows out highlights like crazy, but so did my S90. I confuse the shutter button with the on/off button sometimes, again just like my S90.
In short, it's a better than average camera that can do a lot. If you are patient in setting up the work arounds to compensate for the lack of a Manual setting, you can get the trickier shots. I wish the sharpness were more consistent across various types of shooting. But if you just want a camera for family/friends snap shots, the sharpness is excellent for that kind of photography.