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Canon PowerShot S110 review

Petite but powerful compact camera with the latest tech

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Canon PowerShot S110 HS with the Panasonic LX7, Sony RX100, Canon PowerShot S100 and Olympus XZ-2.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Canon PowerShot S110 HS review

These results show that the Canon S110's JPEG files have a strong signal to noise ratio, sitting in the top three performers alongside the Canon S100 and Sony RX100 in the low to mid sensitivities, before its ratio falls after ISO 1600, to eventually fall below the results of the Panasonic LX7 and Olympus XZ-2at the top of the range.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Canon PowerShot S110 HS review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Canon PowerShot S110 HS are higher than those from the JPEG images, this time putting the Canon S110 top of the pack on several occasions, beating the Canon S100 sometimes, but sometimes falling behind it. The Canon S110's raw images beat those from the Panasonic LX7, Sony RX100, and Olympus XZ-2 at every sensitivity setting.

JPEG dynamic range

Canon PowerShot S110 HS review

JPEG results for dynamic range are less impressive than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Canon S110 sitting in the middle to bottom of the pack compared to the other cameras tested here. It beat older brother the Canon S100 at almost every ISO setting, and beats the Sony RX100 at low sensitivities and the Olympus XZ-2 at the top end of the ISO range. The Panasonic LX7 beats the Canon S110 at most settings, but produces very similar results from ISO 400 upwards.

Raw dynamic range

Canon PowerShot S110 HS review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Canon S110 have stronger dynamic range than JPEGs, beating the Panasonic LX7 throughout the sensitivity range and beating theCanon S100 at every setting but ISO 3200. It produces almost identical results to the Sony RX100 at lower sensitivities, before falling behind at ISO 400 and above. The Olympus XZ-2 starts off strongest, then falls slightly behind the Canon S110 in the mid-range, then gets ahead again, before finishing behind again at the top of the ISO scale.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot S
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)173 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH, RoHS, ErP
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution13.3 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNB-5L
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height59 mm
Width98.8 mm
Depth26.9 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5.20 mm to 26 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelS110
Product NamePowerShot S110 Digital Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6351B010AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The PowerShot S110 combines a bright f/2.0 lens and a high-sensitivity Canon CMOS for superior results in a truly pocketable form. Wi-Fi allows instant sharing and GPS tagging via mobile devices.

Battery Life200 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot S110 Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L
  • Battery Charger
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone