Reviews and Problems with Canon IXUS 1100 HS / ELPH 510 HS
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6 May 2015
Summary: The Canon ELPH 510 HS (IXUS 1100 HS) is a slim, stylish compact with a lot to offer both in terms of features and image quality. Our only real concerns relate to chromatic aberrations, which can be a problem around high-contrast scene elements, and its touch-screen interface, which isn't as...
Summary: The 12×12 (12x zoom & 12 megapixels) Canon Powershot ELPH 510 HS delivers more than adequate resolution and an impressive zoom range in a truly pocketable compact point and shoot digital camera with a capacitive touchscreen that replaces all but the most essential physical controls with virtual...
Pros: 12x zoom, Pocketable, Relatively inexpensive, Very good to excellent image quality
Cons: Below average battery life, Imprecise touchscreen controls
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot Elph 510 HS is a very good choice if you want a lot of zoom from a small camera body, and you prefer a touch screen to physical controls. But poor low-light performance and a slow start-up time hold this compact superzoom back.
Pros: High-res touch-screen LCD. Sharp lens. Solid build quality. Good HD video quality.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot 510 HS is a solid 12MP camera with a very useful 12x zoom. Image quality is very good and the movies are more than satisfactory. Optical Image Stabilization is also a real plus.
Pros: Good quality stills/videos, Nicely implemented touchscreen UI, Compact package, large 12x zoom
Cons: Definitely for static subjects, Relatively slow AF response, Sub-par battery life (get a spare)
Summary: The Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1100 HS is Canon's top-of-the-line ELPH / IXUS. Announced in August 2011, it claims to be the world's slimmest compact with a 12x optical zoom; it's certainly the longest zoom range of any ELPH / IXUS model to date.
Pros: 12x zoom with intelligent optical stabiliser., Super-slim stylish compact design., 1080p24 movie mode., Creative filter effects.
Cons: Lens suffers from chromatic aberration., Average continuous shooting speed., Touch-screen can be unresponsive., Flash and mics easily obstructed.
Summary: A potentially great little camera is let down by a slightly unresponsive touchscreen and colour fringing on some images. It's also rather expensive at £350. That's a shame, as in all other respects the IXUS 1100HS is very impressive, reproducing realistic colours with the absolute minimum of noise.
Pros: Clean, sharp images; Great image colours; Good video compensation for changing light conditions.
Cons: Some colour fringing; Touchscreen tricky to use; Wind noise on movies.
Excerpt: The Canon IXUS 1100 HS is available in three colours but we got hold of the red version to test. It's a darker red - bordering on plum - and the paint has a glossy shine to it. The body appears to be wider than the average IXUS model but only by a few millimetres.
Conclusion: Beyond these minor niggles though, it’s still quite easy to recommend the IXUS 1100 HS as a compact camera of choice. Even though it didn’t bowl us over like the 310 HS, it still delivered where it counted thanks to speedy autofocus, excellent quality, intuitive controls and a body that screamed...