Canon S110 Professional Compact Camera

Canon PowerShot S110 in Black

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:

  1. shooting in raw-mode, instead of just JPG
  2. optical zoom lens! with a magnification of at least 4x
  3. fast lens that can stop down to at least F/2
  4. bright xenon flash, with adjustable power level
  5. built-in WiFi, including some connectivity to social media
  6. geotagging of each photo – yes, you can do it on the Canon S110

Canon PowerShot S110 in White

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”.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom, Built-in Wi-Fi and 3 inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)


  • 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with Canon’s powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800, enhanced image quality and fast operation
  • Ultra-slim, lightweight and pocket-size camera with intuitive LCD touch panel that has an improved user interface, which allows for quick and easy setting changes even while taking a picture
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video (60p/30p/24p options) for lifelike images and convenient playback on an HDTV via the HDMI output. Record at up to 60 frames per second for even more detailed, superb results in MP4 format
  • Easily transfer images and videos to a compatible smartphone, tablet or Canon Connect Station CS100 device with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability, and share on social networking sites or view on an HDTV
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 6.0 fps helps capture dynamic movements of fast moving subjects
  • Shoot breathtaking images and video of the stars with Star Mode designed to better capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky

List Price:$399.00 USD
New From:$437.89 USD In Stock
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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.

At ISO 100:
Rocco at Subway

At ISO 400:
Grandma Lee 90 Years Old Sitting

At ISO 400:
Rocco and Yoko the Cat

At ISO 800:
Little Toy Characters

At ISO 1250:

Sunshine Waking Rocco
+1 exposure

At ISO 1600:

Rocco at the Museum 1
+1 exposure, highlights pulled down, custom white balance

All images ©James J. Julian. All rights reserved. Stock images of the Canon PowerShot S110 from the Canon USA website.

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