Canon Powershot S110 : Wi-Fi large BSI CMOS camera

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The Canon Powershot S110: BSI CMOS sensor 1/1, 7 ", Full HD 24p / 24-120mm Lens.

Canon is back for the 2012 Photokina with a successor to the S100 pocket size large sensor camera : meet the Powershot S110 that is imporved wityh a BSI CMOS sensor (still of 1/1.7″) of 12 megapixels and Wi-Fi.

The Canon S110 sensor is a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS at the generous 1/1.7″ format, which can be used up to ISO 12 800 thanks to the new DIGIC 5 processor. The lens is the same as on the S100, a 24-120mm f/2.0-4.9, fast enough in wide-angle, somewhat a bit slow in telephoto. But that is the price of compacity. The Canon G15 has a fast lens on the entire zoom range, f/1.8-2.8.The image is stabilized by Canon’s Image Stabilization Intelligent IS system that adapts its operation to the type of scene and conditions of the moment, on a catalog of 7 cases. Movies are recorded in Full HD 24p . The Canon S110 UI is optimized to provide easy control in PSAM modes while maintaining a very small form factor : the Canon S110 fits in any pocket. A manual adjusting ring that circles the lens can be assigned with a particular function, setting the aperture, ISO value, etc. …


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The Canon Powershot S110: BSI CMOS sensor 1/1, 7 “, Full HD 24p / 24-120mm Lens.

Today, taking beautiful pictures is not enough for our cameras, they also need to communicate and this is the case of Powershot S110 with its built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allowing it to connect to a smartphone, tablet, a computer or a hotspot, your Wi-Fi network at home … to instantly share photos and videos on social networks like YouTube, Facebook… Canon is also releasing a free mobile app for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.


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3 “/ 460 000 dots screen of the Canon S110. Note the dial on the back of the camera.

The GPS sensor was sacrificed because of the arrival of the Wi-Fi. I will regret that (one can imagine to keep both, see the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Full Frame Wi-Fi and GPS). Question of cost ? Battery life ? Size ? Anyway, although the GPS is gone, you can take advantage of the GPS sensor of your smartphone or tablet to geotag the metadatas of your images.

RAW format, PSAM modes, 1/1.7″ sensor, the Powershot S110 offers key features to become an iconic high-end camera body. The Canon Powershot S110 will be available in october at a price of €449
Canon Powershot S110: Technical Data


  Type 1/1.7 type Canon high-sensitivity CMOS
  Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1M
  Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
  Type DIGIC 5 with iSAPS technology
  Focal Length 5.2 – 26.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 120 mm)
  Zoom Optical 5x
ZoomPlus 10x
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom [1]). Combined Approx. 20x
  Maximum f/number f/2.0-f/5.9
  Construction 7 elements in 6 groups (1 double-sided aspherical lens, 1 double-sided aspherical UA lens and 1 single-sided aspherical lens)
  Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Intelligent IS
  Type TTL
  AF System/ Points AiAF (9-point, Face Detection or Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track), 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre)
  AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE[10], Touch AF
  AF Point Selection Manual selection using Touch AF, Size (Normal, Small)
  AF Lock On/Off Selectable
  AF Assist Beam Yes
  Manual Focus Yes
  Focus Bracketing Yes
  Closest Focusing Distance 3 cm (W) from front of lens in macro
  Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or Touch AF frame)
  AE Lock Yes
  Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast with manual and automatic dynamic range correction
ND Filter (3 stop)
  AEB 1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
  ISO sensitivity [3] AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
  Speed 1 – 1/2000 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/2000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)
  Type TTL
  Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2.  Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto.White Balance Compensation.
  Type sRGB
  Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G Touch screen LCD (TFT). Approx. 461,000 dots. Capacitive type
  Coverage Approx. 100%
  Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
  Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
  Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
  Red-Eye Reduction Yes
  Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
  Flash Exposure Lock Yes
  Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
  Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
  Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 7.0 m (W) / 2.3 m (T)
  External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
  Modes Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, SCN (Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist), Creative Filters (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap), Movie Digest, Movie
  Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Nostalgic, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks,   iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
  Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
  Drive modes Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
  Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.1 shots/sec., AF: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec., LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec., High-speed Burst HQ: Approx. 10.0 shots/sec., up to 10 shots, High-speed Burst HQ with AF: Approx. 4.4 shots/sec., up to 10 shots [6][7]
  Image Size 4:3 – (RAW, L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 – (RAW, L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 – (RAW, L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 – (RAW, L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
4:5 – (RAW, L) 2400 x 3000, (M1) 1696 x 2112, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)
*XS is half the length and width of S
  Compression Superfine, Fine
  Movies (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
iFrame Movie (HD)
  Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. [11]
(L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour [7]
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.
  Still Image Type JPEG compression (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF ver. 1.1 compliant), RAW, RAW+JPEG
  Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
  GPS Log LOG [NMEA 0183 message format compliant[13]]
  Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
  PictBridge Yes (via USB or Wi-Fi)
  GPS GPS via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)[14]
  Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
  My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
  My Category Image tagging feature
  Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
  Histogram Yes, live histogram
  Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
  Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
  Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese
  Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
  Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
  Computer/Other Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only) [15]
  PC & Macintosh Windows 7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.7For Wireless LAN connection to a PC:
Windows 7 SP1 only
Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later
  Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
  Other PhotoStitch, Map Utility
  Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional for RAW development
  Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L (NB-5L battery and charger supplied)
  Battery life Approx. 200 shots [8]
Approx. 240 min. playback
  A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
  Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-1900
  Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC47, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
  Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
  Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30,
Battery Charger CB-2LXE
  Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100
  Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
  Dimensions (WxHxD) 98.8 x 59.0 x 26.9 mm
  Weight Approx. 198 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.  
[1] Depending on the image size selected.
[3] Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index. According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
[6] Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
[7] Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
[8] Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
[10] Some settings limit availability.
[11] The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
[13] Complies with the NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association of the U.S.) 0183
[14] GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated including any restriction on the use of electronics.
[15] Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit

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