Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS Review

3.5
June 5, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 3Mb.

When left on its standard default settings (i.e no effects applied), the images from the Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS occasionally have, for us, a delicate, slightly washed out, faded picture postcard look and feel, even in seemingly perfect conditions. While this painterly feel can be compensated for - if wanted, and to an extent - by the application of Photoshop Levels and selecting the 'Vivid' setting from among the 'My Colors' options (particularly on overcast days), the degree of detail delivered by the camera when it does get things right is impressive, suggesting Canon hasn't over-egged the pudding by sticking at 12 megapixels. Still of course being higher more than most casual snappers would need.

It's own 'auto everything' mode is likewise spot on, particularly effective it seems when shooting close-ups (whereby the camera automatically switches to macro setting, here offering focusing down to 2cm from your subject). Inevitably perhaps, purple fringing is evidenced between areas of high contrast, but only when zooming in close and scrutinizing edges. In terms of its low light performance, image noise and softening of detail only really becomes visible at ISO 1600, and, that said, the results are still perfectly usable. However the ISO 3200 setting is only to be used in desperation, noise and softness conspiring to deliver an image as if viewed through frosted glass.

The images from the IXUS 110 IS are then a rather curious affair therefore; sharp for the most part, but with the occasionally flat colour reproduction leaving you wishing for more visual 'bite'.

Noise

There are 6 ISO settings available on the Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Sharpening

Here are two 100% Crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes via the My Colors menu option.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS handled chromatic aberrations quite well during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 2cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS are Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, and Flash Off, with Red-eye Correction and Red-Eye Lamp settings available via the Flash Settings main menu option. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (112mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (112mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye Correction settings caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Correction

Red-eye Correction (100% Crop)

Night

The Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS's maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds in the Long Shutter mode, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1 second at ISO 80. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 5 second setting the actual exposure takes 10 seconds.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

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hd, compact, 12 megapixel, beginner, video, movie, canon, 4x zoom, 2.8 inch LCD, high definition, ixus