Canon S110

Canon PowerShot S110 front
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.0-5.9) lens
  • 198g - 99 x 59 x 27mm
  • Revealed September 2012
  • Previous Model is Canon S100
  • Renewed by Canon S120
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon S110 overview

Canon S110 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera first launched on September of 2012. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/1.7" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Canon brought out this camera as a way to improve the earlier Canon S100 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards launched the newer Canon S120 (Read Full Comparison) to improve this model.

The S110 is rated #22 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #621 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to use our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon S110 family

The Canon S110 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-S200 front thumbnailCanon S200
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Canon-PowerShot-S120 front thumbnailCanon S120
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Canon-PowerShot-S110 front thumbnailCanon S11024-120mm
Canon-PowerShot-S100 front thumbnailCanon S100
S110 vs S100
Canon-PowerShot-S95 front thumbnailCanon S95
S110 vs S95
Canon-PowerShot-S90 front thumbnailCanon S90
S110 vs S90
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Canon S110 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Canon S110 based on aspects which are generally viewed as useful in a camera.

boasts touch focus
built-in flash
built in zoom lens (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI port
provides face detect autofocus
provides tracking focus
saves RAW files
screen is a good size (3")
screen is touchscreen
very good max aperture (f2.0)
very good min ISO (80)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of phase detect autofocus
low megapixels (12MP)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing headphone port
missing microphone port
missing Timelapse recording
screen has low resolution (461 k dot)
terrible battery (200 per charge)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Canon S110 Sensor features

The Canon S110 is run by the Digic 5 processor chip. The sensor measurement on the Canon S110 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 12800. RAW files are saved which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the S110's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The S110 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon S110 dimensions

Canon S110 weighs around 0.44 lbs (198g or 6.98 oz) and features outside measurements of 99mm x 59mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Canon S110 is weightier as compared with various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Canon S110 beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot S110 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the S110.

Canon PowerShot S110 topview buttons dials

Canon S110 Lens features

The S110 provides a built-in lens having a focal range of 24-120mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all exceptional nevertheless it will probably be very helpful in a few conditions.

At it's widest 24mm, it provides an aperture of f2.0 which is ideal in low light events and capturing good bokeh. It will also make it easier to go with a much lower ISO and get crisper files. On the long end, 120mm comes at f5.9 which is very slow and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Canon S110 Connectivity

The S110 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and at times adjust camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Canon S110 Video features

The maximum video resolution on the Canon S110 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance for quality vs file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for a different model should you want good audio in your video clips.

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Canon S110 Weather Sealing

Canon S110 doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.

Canon S110 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon S110 is equipped with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 461k dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means that you will be able to set focus points plus adjust settings using your finger.

Canon PowerShot S110 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details regarding Canon S110 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very useful for sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Canon S110 Shutter features

Canon S110 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon S110 Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon S110 has got just built in flash with missing external flash ability.

Canon S110 Autofocus features

Canon S110 has got only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is useful for portraits.

It supports 9 focus points to select from. Canon S110 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to shift focus points. It also has Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Canon S110 features manual focus in case it is required for low light conditions or you need to have more precise focus control.

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Canon S110 Battery life

The battery (NB-5L) for the Canon S110 is made to last for 200 pictures according to the CIPA specifications which is lesser when compared with its competitors. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

Canon S110 for different types of photography

The following illustration displays a analysis of the Canon S110 for different types of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Canon S110 Portrait photography features

The Canon S110 receives a points tally of 42 which is horrible, and means the camera is not acceptable to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support and flexibility to work with external lighting.

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manual focus
features face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")

Canon S110 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a above average points total of 69, the Canon S110 is a good fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
offers touch focus
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/1.7")

Canon S110 Sports photography features

A horrible sports photography points total of 35 indicates the Canon S110 is not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have very good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
lacks phase detect autofocus

Canon S110 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is pretty crucial when selecting a travel camera. All round, the Canon S110 gets a nice 64 as a travelling camera which is a very decent choice to buy for your journeys.

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includes focus by touch
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse recording
low battery life (200 CIPA)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Canon S110

For those who are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Canon S110 at it's reasonable score of 51 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
terrible battery (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse mode

Canon S110 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera should really come with a articulating screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Canon S110 is not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a horrible score of 37.

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decently wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic jack

Canon S110 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the S110, here is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below gives you a summary of the S110 compared to it's highest ranked rivals mentioned previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may see as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot S110
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 5
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Display resolution
461k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech
TFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
7.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
198g (0.44 lb)
99 x 59 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Battery life
200 shots
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Price at launch