Reviews and Problems with Canon Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS v / IXY Digital 200 / PowerShot S110 (old model)
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Conclusion: With the PowerShot S110, Canon revisits the excellent and easily-recommended S100, tweaking the design to allow wireless photo sharing. It's the fourth iteration of a series that has always performed admirably, offering enthusiast-friendly features in a pocket-friendly body. Our time with the Canon S110 has left us feeling slightly conflicted, though -- perhaps because its predecessors have set the bar so high. On the one hand, there's still a lot to love.
Pros: Compact body easily slips in a pocket, Customizable twin control dial interface, Relatively fast lens at wide angle, great for low-light shooting, Good color and excellent hue accuracy, Program, priority, and manual exposure modes, Raw and Raw+JPEG file support, Rich manual focus options including focus bracketing, Adjustable Auto ISO ramp speed, noise reduction strength, Great selection of enthusiast tools and options, Touch screen makes subject selection simple, Goo...
Cons: High barrel distortion at wide angle, Soft corners, Very high chromatic aberration at wide angle in raw files, Slight reduction in print quality, Sluggish mode switching, Autofocus speed still slower than average, Burst mode is JPEG-only, locks exposure variables, Sedate continuous-shooting speed, especially with raw, Full HD movies limited to just 24 frames per second, Wi-Fi connectivity still unintuitive and overly complex, Geotagging now relies on smartphone's GPS,...
Digital ELPH cameras (would you call them ELVES in plural?) are
very popular as you might guess. Their tiny size makes them great
for vacations, and they have an attractive feature set to boot.
The new PowerShot
S110 ($599 list) is a slightly upgraded version of the S100
(see last year's review),
adding movie mode, better color reproduction, faster shutter speeds,
and a few other new features.
Pros: Looks good and very portable, Good photo quality, Super-fast processing speeds, Movie mode with sound, as large as 640 x 480, Good bundle included with camera (including software), Available underwater case
Cons: On the pricey side for a 2 Megapixel camera, Movie recording times too short, zoom cannot be used, No manual controls
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Canon Digital IXUS v (S110 Digital Elph): (2 megapixel ultra-compact) The IXUS v is ultimately pocketable, it's tiny proportions disguise it's ability to produce excellent photographs. The Digital IXUS design is so small it's almost impossible to tell it apart from one of the equally tiny IXUS APS cameras.
Pros: Good resolution, fairly sharp images, hardly any chromatic aberrations, White balance works well enough, presets are very good, Ultra-compact size, light weight, Sleek stainless steel body, stylish looks, Superb build quality, Very quick operation, good buffering excellent start-up and shot-to-shot times, Automatic lens cover, Good range of movie clip options, with audio, Sharp, bright, LCD with anti-reflective coating, AF assist lamp, Stitch assist mode, Excellent li...
Cons: Lens distortion / softness near edges, Blues are dull, Average macro ability, Flash doesn't have the power or the cover wide angle shots, Edge positioned tripod mount (at least it's metal!), Limited zoom (35 - 70 mm), Auto White balance doesn't work well in artificial light, Price