As a photographer, I have a several DSLR camera bodies with a collection of lenses, plus several good compact digital cameras, plus an iPhone. I recently bought a Canon S110 professional compact camera.
The iPhone is fine as a camera, but has its limitations, which I was certainly aware of when I bought it. The most glaring deficiency of the iPhone from photographer’s perspective is the very small sensor size – not in megapixels – but in its tininess. The very small sensor size, coupled with an high-megapixel design, results in very small pixels. This translates to a big limitation for anything other than perfect lighting, as the photos get very “noisy” as the light becomes less than perfect. You’ve all seen that by now. Also, while having a adjustable focus lens is amazing in such a small size device, there is no true optical zoom. You may realize by now that any “digital zoom” is useless, and should be the first thing you turn off – on any compact camera!I was looking to upgrade to a great small camera, the one that would “always be with me“, but much better than an iPhone. Specifically, I was looking for:
- shooting in raw-mode, instead of just JPG
- optical zoom lens! with a magnification of at least 4x
- fast lens that can stop down to at least F/2
- bright xenon flash, with adjustable power level
- built-in WiFi, including some connectivity to social media
- geotagging of each photo – yes, you can do it on the Canon S110
Regarding the GPS feature being removed in the transition from the Canon S100 to the S110, I run the new Canon “CameraWindow” app for iOS on my iPhone. It works perfectly. The iPhone GPS chipset is augmented with data coverage if its needs it, and acquires a lock very fast – much faster than built-in camera GPS features I’ve tried.
When you’re ready, you write back the GPS data from the phone to the camera’s images over Wi-Fi.
So at the end of February 2013, I decided the Canon S110 was the very best choice for this particular need, so I bought one.
Conclusion: The Canon S110 is a “Great Small Camera”.
Image Samples from the Canon S110 Camera
The samples below have very little post-processing, if any; typically just a bit of cropping and/or straightening. Enjoy.
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At ISO 400:
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At ISO 1600:
All images ©James J. Julian. All rights reserved. Stock images of the Canon PowerShot S110 from the Canon USA website.