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So Much Canon Goodness Packed Into This Tiny Fella!,
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This review is from: Canon PowerShot S110 12MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (White) (Electronics)As we all know, Canon's S90 - S100 models have pretty much set the bar in The Advanced Point And Shoot market for the last 4 1/2 yrs... Until recently ( With the advent of The Sony RX100). Canon sales more cameras than almost all other brands combined, this does not indicate, however; that they are the best in all categories, but that they are either the best over all, or at least in the top 5 for most classes of cameras.
I have owned many Canon Cameras and printers over the years, and I have been very happy with most of them, but I also place a lot of stock in fellow Amazon customer's reviews. For many months, I noticed that every other review, or updated one, for The Powershot S100 indicated a nasty lens error. That said, this time around researching advanced P&S's, I decided to see what other Brands such as: Nikon, Fuji, Panny and Sony were offering... What I found was this, Other brands have really took notice of The Canon S and SX line's success and or offering very stiff competition!
Sony has, IMHO, set the New Standard with the almost perfect Advanced P&S, The RX100. My coworker owns one, and it stomps all others in this now crowded class! Only problem is that it cost over $650.00, but the image quality, and low light rendering are truely amazing! Needless to say, Sony discounts its products about as often as Apple discounts its products... NEVER! The Panny Lumix LX5 and LX7, Nikon P300 and P310 and Fuji X10, are all now offering very good to excellent image quality in this class. You saw correct! I did include The Nikon Coolpix P310! Nikon has really stepped their game up with The Coolpix Line, in fact; this was the only model that came close to The Canon S100 and S110's Bang-For-Your-Buck. Price, it is $200 less than Canon S110, $450 less than The Sony RX100, while offering excellent I.Q., pocketabillity, low light performance and manual controls... Sans Raw mode. Came so close to getting The Nikon P310, before you judge me, just take a gander at the online sample shots of this camera!
In the end, I came back to The Canon S110. Chose The newer S110 over The S100 in the hopes of avoiding The Lens Error (Fingers Crossed). So happy with this camera! The S110 looks identical to The S100, but let me tell you, Canon has made some huge improvements with The 110. Canon has improved upon the sensor and auto focus speed of this model, added usable ISO, WiFi and touchscreen functionallity. Low light performance is a lot like that of The S95 and S100 combined. Allow me to explain. Sometimes The S100's colors would be a little off in low light, casting an orangish hue... as if shot in sepia. The Powershot S95 rendered sharp, detailed and very accurate colors in lowlight, but the lens was a bit slow under these conditions. I don't know what Canon did, but there is almost zero lag in AF, despite others claim that this is a slower lens or sensor than its predecessors. Color, contrast and sharpness are spot on! I predict that the next S model will have a larger sensor to be competitive with The Sony RX100's lowlight performance, but until then, I have to say that the S110 is very close in low light image quallity and will surpass the Sony, although at the cost of a higher price point and perhaps a larger form factor because of the larger sensor.
Battery life has never been an issue with me, because I rarely took over 100 pictures in a day and never used GPS tagging or logging. I also rarely shoot video clips longer than 10 min. in a day,also buy cheap aftermarket Batt.s as back-up. Canon's addition of WiFi to The S-Line is really cool and useful; I use it way more than I thought I would! It is implemented very well with this camera, much smoother and faster than using Eye-Fi's top of the line card... That's an $80 dollar value right there! Lol Also, I already own a Canon SX-230HS and many extra batteries. The S110 uses the same battery ( NBL-5) as The SX-230. Yes! Winning! WiFi connection with your smartphone or iPhone is almost instantaneous, once the App. is opened on the device, or printer turned on. GPS functions are combined with these WiFi transmissions between your phone and camera, and they are thus also instantanious.
The WiFi operates very efficently, and a cool, bright, blue LED lights up on the top of the camera when it is connected. It flashes when busy. The Camera asks if you would like to geotag or log your location while connected to your phone or computer. It is a 2 second affair, so GPS no longer drains your battery. Built-in GPS and Eye-Fi cards do not work nearly as seemless as this! I had issues when first setting this connection up, because I thought I could bypass the step where you connect the Camera to a computer via USB cable and run software CD... You have to do this step! I think you may have to also Register your S110 for it to properly set up initial WiFi.
Touchscreen: Very Responsive, and can be adjusted.... Nuff said on that.
CONS: The things I don't like about The Canon Powershot S110 are pretty much all ergonomically based. These things are true of the entire S series, and perhaps the indicative of the entire Class of these type cameras. They are not easily handled or operated... even on Auto! EXAMPLE: A friend, family memb., or pedestrian says, "Hey, YOUR NAME HERE, I noticed you are taking everyone else's picture, would you like me to take yours with the group?" You have to explain that this really tiny, hard to press button turns the camera ON. When it turns on be careful, because the flash is going to come up over here. If you want to zoom in it's the tiny switch here next to the shutter button. Now, you only want to press the shutter button halfway to compose the shot... it'll beep when ready, then you push it all the way down to take the shot. See? Some ergonomic issues have gotten better with this version of The "S".... others the same or worse. 1. Front grip is gone. 2. As on all The S Models, power button is way too small and recessed. 3.Mode wheel blocks index finger from shutter button. 4.Flash makes camera hard to handle with left hand. 5. if touchscreen shutter is on, camera will take picture if finger contacts screen before you are ready. I guess some things have to be sacrificed for a small form factor, but I feel comfortable giving anyone my Canon Elph 300HS and it is the smallest P&S ever produced!
There is no loud knocking noise when zooming in video, but there is a slight wherling sound when I zoom in video. Hard to notice and can only be heard when passage is very quiet during playback, but it's there... none the less. Wish Canon would get that worked out. All and all EXCELLENT IMAGE QUALITY and cool added features, deffinately recommended! The White is very cool looking and although glossy does not show prints as much as I had anticipated. The Black/Mat is sleek and modern looking like a stealth plane.... was a hard decision to make! UPDATE: Have now taken close to 400 shots. Still going strong! There are a few points that I should add to my review. Some I forgot, and some are new discoveries.
1. Wifi connection.: I own a Huawi Glory/Mercury Android smartphone which is still running Gingerbread. The S110 connects flawlessly with this phone, but what I found out is, you must be near an open WiFi network or hot spot for it to work. The Camera's Wifi will not work over 3G or tethered to your phones mobile hotspot. Also, The S110's WiFi will not connect wirelessly to Windows7 Basic,Starter or any OS older, such as XP or Vista. It won't work on Macs older than OSX 10 or whatever Apple's answer for Windows 7 was. I was told by a Canon Rep. that it works well with full versions of Windows 7, and extremely well with Windows 8. We will see. Waiting for Black Fri. to snag a Windows8 computer.
2. Touchscreen Shutter: Amazingly, the touchscreen functionallity of The S110
has really impressed my friends and family. It really comes in handy when I
give The S-110 to someone, in order to get in the picture myself or for
some one to swipe through the pictures, using their finger to preview.
3. Price Point: I purchased The Powershot S110 for $390 used, and it came
new, in box with all contents still sealed in plastic. Nice! The main reason
I purchased the S110 over the S100 was it was only $38 dollars more at that
time, and I felt that was a small Diff. to pay to hopefully avoid The Lens
Error. I really am happy with this little camera. The functions and menues
are very easy and quick to access with the lens ring and touchscreen. Before
I was using Auto way too much... Now, I am truely learning, in a fun easy way
about F-stops, apperature, ISO, white balance, shutter speed, etc. Things
that I already kinda knew about with my Eos T3 and even my S95, but seemed
to much trouble or laborious, are now fun and easily implemented to play
around with. I am having, "A Ha moments," where I think aaah, that's why
out good or bad with my DSLR... The S-110 is the perfect learning tool to
whip out of your pocket, purse, or Camera Case and start learning and capt-
uring. I also played around with The Canon G15 and G1X. Salesman at camera
store told me that G15 used pretty much the same sensor,lens and processor
as The Canon S100 and S110. The Powershot G1X really impressed me with its
image quality though; seemingly better than even the more expensive, Sony RX
100! I understood why when he told me it had an SLR sized sensor. The G1X is
a beast, though! Holding it, it felt the size and weight of my T3 without the
lens! Way too large, but may be Canon's answer to The New Sony, Panny, Fuji
and Olympias in this class. He offered it to me at the same price as the G15
$550 plus Uncle Sam's cut (Tax), but it still was more than I could afford.
So here I am. A happy S110 owner. Lol
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2012 6:36:30 PM PDT
Just excellent. Thanks so much!
Posted on Oct 24, 2012 2:56:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012 2:56:40 PM PDT
Good, detailed review. Still, the G15 seems to have caught and may have passed this small gem. I'm going to wait for more information.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 9:51:33 AM PDT
The G15, if anything like The G-Series Cameras before it , should be amazing, but it uses the same Digic 5 processor and sensor as The S110 and is not very pocketable. The prices are pretty close as well, but if you are trying to dodge the whole lens error fiasco... I do understand.
Posted on Oct 26, 2012 8:13:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2012 8:45:28 AM PDT
AC-DC Fan says:
Very nice review. I am still slightly on the fence between the G15 and S110. I have dropped the RX100 from my short list due to the price. You can buy a great DSLR for $650. Like you, I would bet the S100 lens error is a thing of the past now with the S110.
Like others have mentioned, I'm leaning toward the G15 myself. Don't get me wrong the S110 is a superb camera, just go over to http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/ and look at the highly technical reviews on all three, RX100, G15 and S110 and you will see the two cannons are not really that far behind the RX100. In fact the G15 scores as well or better than the RX100 on all but high ISO Noise and it still is very good there. Yes, I understand the larger sensor and megapixel will trump many elements.
Also, I have read several places that the RX100 shipping now is made in China rather than Japan as when it was released and actually has different zoom and various other features from the Japan made version. Both the two Canon's are made in Japan.
For me it comes down to how you carry and use the camera. If you tend to..or want to, carry your camera in your pocket like a phone, the S110 is the way to go (unless price is no issue, then the RX100)
I have never carried a nice camera on my person like that; I always keep it in a minimalistic case of some sort and keep it in my car center console or on a belt loop if I'm at an event. For this reason, I think the G15 and its incredible new F1.8 lens and sensor combo is best for me. The G15 has a nice size to handle and a built-in grip and is really sturdy. A nice small case and a good wrist strap should work fine for me. I'm also betting we see some good prices around Black Friday coming up in a few weeks. I have already seen the S110 for $400 and the G15 for $449 on Google Shopping and Amazon.....hoping for a seasonal drop to scoop up one of these gems.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 10:45:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2012 10:46:11 AM PDT
These cams won't be quickly discounted. Best bang for the buck is the XZ-1 for $199 (new) on amazon. Or one could argue the D3100 w/18-55 kit lens (a fairly good one) at $499.
Yes, I'd love the RX100 but $650 isn't great and Sony rarely discounts. The LX5 is cheap right now but the LX7 has, at least, a super fast lens, although it seems to have issues for some reason. I want an RX100. But at $650? I begin to think about the T3i.
The G12 was excellent for its time and better than the sum of its parts. Is the G15?
The S110 is a bit of an unknown right now (the S95 was excellent, the S100 not). Buy at your own risk.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 11:32:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2012 11:40:50 AM PDT
AC-DC Fan says:
Hey Victoria, you make some good points. We surely know Sony does not discount much and why should they on the RX100, since it is king today. I think the G15 could be "better than the sum of its parts" with the combo of the lens, sensor combination. I think the lens puts the G15 in a whole new light :), here is a quote that I saw: "Starting at f/1.8 on the wide end and only dropping to f/2.8 at full telephoto, it's by far the most consistently wide aperture of any fixed-lens zoom camera"
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 12:19:12 PM PDT
I agree fully with you, Victoria, $650 puts you squarely in DSLR range, and if your talking The Used Market, One could buy a very nice T3i along with a very good lens, or a spank brand new T3 or T2i with all kinds of glass goodies. $650 is just an insane price point for a P&S. I previously owned The Powershot S95, and I must say that the image quality with the S110 is Even to Much Better in many shots. I really can't comment on The S100, other than the sample images I have seen, because I have never owned it. I think the fact that Canon has decided to add WiFi and a touchscreen to this S may seem gimmicky to purist, but it's lowlight performance, as well as, shutter speed, AF speed, burst speeds or now blazing and it is, IHO, a much more improved S Series camera than its apearrance or some reviewers would suggest. The addition of WiFi and other features are actually very useful, and are just icing on the proverbial cake.
Posted on Oct 26, 2012 6:06:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2012 6:07:33 PM PDT
Mark Leavitt says:
Keep us informed if that dreaded lens error appears, only thing holding me off on the S110. Didn't quite like how Canon handled this with the S100 and customers especially after 1+ year of problems.
Posted on Nov 3, 2012 9:27:00 PM PDT
Something happened to the formatting of your review... fun to read, though. Thanks!
Posted on Nov 20, 2012 8:29:08 PM PST
Yes, A.G.S., I was out and about and added to my review using my Android Tablet. lol good eye there, Sir!