Canon A1100 IS

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F2.7-5.6) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 62 x 31mm
  • Launched February 2009
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon A1100 IS summary

Canon A1100 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially introduced on February of 2009. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The A1100 IS stands at #227 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #1198 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon A1100 IS history

The Canon A1100 IS is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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A1100 IS vs A2300
Canon-PowerShot-A810 front thumbnailCanon A810
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A1100 IS vs A3400 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A1200 front thumbnailCanon A1200
A1100 IS vs A1200
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Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
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Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A1100 IS vs A490
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A1100 IS vs A495
Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS35-140mm
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A1100 IS vs A2100 IS

Canon A1100 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Canon A1100 IS based on criterias which are usually considered necessary in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in lens has zoom (35-140mm 4.0 x zoom)
provides face detection autofocus
can't use external flash
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
lack of external microphone socket
lack of HDMI socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Timelapse function
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
max fps low (1.0 fps)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
no aperture priority mode
no manual exposure
no manual focus
pixelated screen (115 k dots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f5.6)
small screen (2.5")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
wide angle not great (35mm)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Canon A1100 IS Sensor details

The Canon A1100 IS features the Digic 4 processor. The sensor measurement on the Canon A1100 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath shows the A1100 IS's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The A1100 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A1100 IS dimensions

Canon A1100 IS weighs in at 0.33 lbs (150 gr or 5.29 ounces) & has outside measurements of 95mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Canon A1100 IS is less heavy in comparison with various rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Canon A1100 IS alongside a soda so you can get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button design on the A1100 IS.

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS topview buttons dials

Canon A1100 IS Lens specs

The A1100 IS has got a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 35-140mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't really outstanding nevertheless it is going to be handy in some situations.

At the widest 35mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.7 which will be fairly slow and not great for low light situations and you might find it difficult to get good bokeh. You might also need to boost the ISO leading to noisy images. Towards the tele end, 140mm comes at f5.6 which is quite slow and you might need to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Canon A1100 IS Connectivity

The A1100 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy images and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Canon A1100 IS Video specs

The max video resolution on the Canon A1100 IS is 640 x 480 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is terrible for today's standards. You should aim for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means that you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to consider a different model if you need better audio for your videos.

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Canon A1100 IS Weather Sealing

Canon A1100 IS does not include environment sealing so wet conditions might affect the camera.

Canon A1100 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon A1100 IS is equipped with a 2.5" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 115k dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The View Finder details for Canon A1100 IS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)

Viewfinders can be really beneficial during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon A1100 IS Shutter specs

Canon A1100 IS is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Canon A1100 IS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon A1100 IS comes with only built-in flash with missing external flash support.

Canon A1100 IS Autofocusing specs

Canon A1100 IS comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection which is useful for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor supports 9 focus points to choose from. Canon A1100 IS doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus ability can be useful during low light situations or you need to have more precise depth of field control.

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Canon A1100 IS Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the maximum (470) battery life within this category of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Canon A1100 IS for varying categories of photography

The following graph presents a summary of the Canon A1100 IS for varying categories of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon A1100 IS Portrait photography highlights

The Canon A1100 IS gets a rating of 26 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not suitable to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support and ability to work with off-camera lighting.

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features face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Canon A1100 IS Street photography info

With a moderate score of 56, the Canon A1100 IS is reasonably appropriate for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Canon A1100 IS Sports photography factors

A subpar sports photography score of 25 means the Canon A1100 IS is just not suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Canon A1100 IS as a Travel photography camera

Size is extremely critical when choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Canon A1100 IS gets a average 50 as a travel camera which is fairly acceptable for your travels.

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built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)

Canon A1100 IS Landscape photography advice

If you're planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon A1100 IS and it's subpar grade of 27 as a landscape camera is just not suitable in the current market.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
manual mode not possible
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording

Canon A1100 IS as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon A1100 IS is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 27.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have mic support

Canon A1100 IS Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the A1100 IS, below is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the A1100 IS versus it's top ranking rivals mentioned previously.

Following are additional cameras you may look into as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Digic 4
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-140mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
Resolution of screen
115k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Optical (tunnel)
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
15 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
150 grams (0.33 pounds)
95 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Battery model
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Pricing at release