Canon PowerShot SX110 IS Review

Review Date: October 6th 2008
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Conclusion


Ratings (out of 5)
Design
4
Features
4
Ease-of-Use
4
Image Quality
4
Value for Money
5

So, in summing up, the Canon PowerShot SX110 is 60 less than its predecessor on launch, its LCD has grown by half an inch, while it now offers an extra million pixels into the bargain, a new 'easy mode' plus a larger 32MB SD card in the box. With smaller controls and body reshaping, it's also a more refined looking camera. While in real terms overall dimensions are largely the same, the Canon SX110 is a mere 21g lighter. Pretty much everything else remains unchanged however, and I'd suggest the above improvements on their own don't warrant existing owners even considering upgrading. For first time adopters, though, the SX110 IS remains a user-friendly jack-of-all-trades and there's no underestimating the usefulness of a larger zoom than most compacts with an otherwise similar under-the-bonnet specification would feature.

OK, so it purposefully lacks the bells and whistles of a fully-grown bridge model (or super zoom), but for those more used to 'auto everything' models it will nevertheless provide a step up, both in terms of image quality and, should they wish, creative flexibility. The negatives are that the Canon PowerShot SX110 still eats up alkaline AAs in a couple of afternoons of shooting, the optical zoom can't be used when filming video and images can be noisy if you stray above ISO 400, but the build, the ease of use, the range of family-orientated features and that 239 price ably off-set any performance grumbles. Yes, if you really want to argue, the SX110 IS could be considered a 'better' camera than the SX100, but only by a hair's breadth. Therefore it's fair that our individual ratings and recommendation with the above caveats remain exactly the same.

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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