The Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH is one of the most recent additions to Canon’s extensive lineup of well-liked, compact digital cameras. The teeny-tiny, high-style Canon ELPH models have been incredibly successful in both the film and digital photography realms. Beginning with the PowerShot S100, Canon’s Digital ELPH cameras introduced the compact size and stylish design to the realm of digital photography. Canon has been a well-known name for APS film cameras for a long time.
The Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH brought an upgrade to the series by adopting the SD memory card format. Now, the Canon SD110 includes the Print/Share button, which makes it a bit easier to utilize a very popular jewel of a camera with PictBridge printers. Due to the fact that this is more of an internal change, much of this evaluation will be similar to my initial assessment of the SD100. If you are already familiar with that model, you may save some time by bypassing the majority of the material that is presented here, heading directly to the section that contains the Test Images, and continuing on from there.
Even though it’s a little bit more compact than a lot of the Canon Digital ELPH models that came before it, the PowerShot SD110 has the same fantastic aesthetics and crisp design that are characteristic of ELPH cameras. The Canon PowerShot SD110 is a simple point-and-shoot digital camera that offers a number of additional exposure capabilities for a little bit of further versatility. The camera is very compact and easy to use, owing to a design that has a lens that smoothly retracts into the body.
When the lens is not extended, the front panel of the Canon SD110 is flush with the body, making it convenient to carry in a pocket, and its all-metal construction is sturdy and long-lasting. The SD110 is equipped with a 3.2-megapixel CCD, which enables it to capture photographs of such high quality that they may be printed as big as 8 inches by 10 inches. There is also a movie mode that may capture short video clips with sound, as well as smaller image sizes that are suitable for transmission through email or use in web applications.
The Canon SD110 has a zoom lens with a focal length range of 5.4-10.8 millimeters, which is the equivalent of a 35mm camera’s 35-70 millimeter zoom (a fairly common 2x zoom range). The aperture is adjusted automatically, however, the maximum setting varies depending on the focal length of the lens, going from f/2.8 at full wide-angle to f/3.9 at full telephoto.
The SD110 comes with a maximum digital zoom option of 3.2x, which brings the camera’s total zoom capabilities up to 6.4x. However, it is important to bear in mind that digital zoom degrades the overall image quality because it merely crops out and enlarges the pixels in the image’s center. When using digital zoom, image details are therefore likely to become less distinct. In the regular AF mode, the focus range is from 1.5 feet (47 centimeters) to infinity, and in the Macro AF mode, the focus range is from 3.9 inches to 1.5 feet (10 to 47 centimeters). There is also a fixed-focus mode called Infinity that may be used.
The SD110 makes use of an advanced nine-point AiAF (Artificial Intelligence Autofocus) system to determine focus. This system employs a large active area in the image’s center to calculate the focal distance (a feature that has impressed me on a variety of ELPH models and one that I would like to see continued). You can switch off AiAF by going into the menu for the Record option, which will then set the autofocus to the middle of the frame by default.
Additionally incorporated inside the SD110 is an AF assist light, which serves to support the focus process in environments with little illumination. The SD110 features a real image optical viewfinder as well as a 1.5-inch color LCD panel, both of which may be utilized for producing photographs. The LCD displays a good deal of camera information; nevertheless, exposure information, such as aperture and shutter speed, is not one of those things. When in Playback mode, a histogram display will indicate the tonal distribution of a picture that has been shot. This is helpful for detecting whether or not the image has been over-or under-exposed.
The Canon ELPH line of digital cameras continues to be a popular choice for many customers due to the little size of these cameras as well as Canon’s well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality photographs. The PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH is an upgrade to the series that includes specific features meant to make printing directly from the camera easier. It also boasts a 3.2-megapixel CCD to produce photographs with a high resolution.
Even though the majority of the control over exposure is handled automatically, the fact that exposures of up to 15 seconds may be taken and that the ISO can be adjusted greatly boosts the camera’s exposure adaptability. In addition, the user interface is not overly sophisticated, which makes it easy for beginners as well as more experienced amateur photographers to feel at ease when using the camera. Additionally, there is sufficient control over the variable exposure to satisfy both groups.
The SD110 exhibits the signature ELPH aesthetic that has been shown to be so appealing to customers by presenting a slick appearance that is just as cutting-edge as its predecessors in the ELPH series while still being just a little bit more compact. If you want to keep that gorgeous finish from getting scratched, you’ll want to put it in a protective case first, because the all-metal body is scratchable. However, the compact size makes it ideal for quickly stowing away in a pocket or purse without having to worry about damaging the durable body because it is made entirely of metal.
Because the lens retracts when the camera is turned off, the front of the camera remains totally flat, highlighting the pocket-friendly form of the camera. Additionally, an automated lens cover ensures that you do not have to worry about smearing the lens or losing a lens cap. The SD110, which has dimensions of 3.3 by 2.2 by 0.9 inches (85 by 56 by 24 millimeters), should have little trouble fitting into the pocket of the typical shirt. The weight of the camera is 5.8 ounces (165 grams) when neither the battery nor the memory card are included.
The front of the SD110 is easily identifiable as an ELPH camera thanks to a number of distinguishing design elements, including the viewfinder and flash located directly above the lens, which is slightly off-center and angled toward the right.
Next to the optical viewfinder is a light emitter that serves various purposes. These include helping with focusing, reducing the appearance of red eyes, and providing a countdown for the self-timer. When the camera is turned on, the telescopic lens swiftly slides into position and then retracts completely within the camera so that it may keep its flat profile. The camera’s little microphone may be found directly below the flash.
Even though there is an accompanying wrist strap, the only finger-grip that is given is a tiny notch that extends from the eyelet of the wrist strap. However, the wrist strap should provide a little bit more security.
The button for the shutter, the lever for zooming in and out, and the button for turning the camera on or off are all located on the top of the camera.
The eyelet for attaching the wrist strap may be found all by itself on the right-hand side of the camera (when seen from the back).
The ports for the USB and A/V outputs are located on the side of the camera opposite the lens. These connectors are secured by a tight rubber cover.
The rear panel of the camera has all of the camera’s remaining controls, as well as both the optical and LCD viewfinders. There are buttons labeled “Set,” “Menu,” “Display,” and “Function” that run down the bottom edge of the LCD monitor. To the right of these buttons is a multi-functional arrow pad that may be accessed through the “Four-Way Arrow.” The Playback, Auto, Manual, and Movie camera modes may be accessed via the dial in the top right corner of the screen.
The camera’s speaker may be found in the exact same spot directly above the Four-Way Arrow pad. The camera’s status is displayed by two LED lamps located next to the viewfinder. These lamps light up to show when the focus has been adjusted or when the flash has been completely charged. The only visible difference between the SD100 and this model may be seen here: A quarter of an inch was added to the height of the speaker, and a button to print and share content was added. When the camera is linked to a computer or printer, this button emits a bluish-white light.
The bottom panel of the SD110 is smooth and flat, and it houses the metal tripod mount as well as the compartment for the battery and memory card. Because the weight of the camera, which is placed off-center on the tripod head, might cause the mount threads to become too stressed, I like it when the tripod mount is not positioned so far off to the side of the camera.
It’s possible that this won’t be an issue given how compact the SD110 is and how well the tripod socket is designed (kudos for that!). However, due to the fact that the tripod socket is located so near to the edge of the camera, there is a possibility that the camera will not rest level on some tripod heads. (Once again, this is not a major worry because most of the time, all you need to do to position the camera how you want it is just tilt the head of the tripod.) The slots for the battery and the SD memory card are aligned next to one another inside the container.
The cover for the locking compartment may be opened and then moved outward, and it has a little rubber flap in the middle of it. This flap conceals a hole in the compartment lid that provides access to the connection jack contained within the “dummy battery” that is part of the AC converter kit. (Just like many other Canon digital cameras, the AC adapter system for the SD110 utilizes a fake battery that fits into the battery compartment and offers a connector for the cable of the AC power converter.)
The user interface of the SD110 is easy and reasonably plain, with the same menu arrangement and basic control layout as the rest of the current ELPH series. This ensures that the SD110 can be used by anybody. The majority of the camera’s operations are handled via buttons located on the top and back panels, while the LCD-based Record menu is used for controlling a select few of the camera’s settings.
Without requiring the user to navigate through the many menu screens, a Function menu allows for more expedient access to fundamental parameters such as picture size, quality, and exposure correction. Because the menu items are shown in tabs on the LCD screen rather than sequentially on a series of pages, the LCD menu system in and of itself is highly efficient.
In addition, the menus for Setup and My Camera are always accessible, notwithstanding the mode in which the camera is operating. If you have the user manual on available, becoming familiar with the camera shouldn’t take more than half an hour to an hour of your time.
Display for Recording Mode
The LCD display will either show the picture area with no information, the image with a restricted information display, or it will not show anything at all depending on whatever recording mode you are using. When you press the Display button, the available displays will cycle through one by one.
When the information display is activated, it will report the current resolution and image quality settings, as well as the number of photographs that are currently accessible, the orientation, the Record mode, and a few exposure parameters (although not aperture or shutter speed).
Display for the Playback Mode
Playback mode has three display options: the picture only, the image with information, and the image with expanded information and a histogram. These display modes can be selected independently of one another.
You may also zoom in on taken photographs to check for fine details, focus, or framing, and the index display mode allows you to see as many as nine thumbnail images at once on the screen.
Quality of the Image
Excellent color. Throughout the entirety of my tests, the SD110 offered superb color, which is something I’ve come to expect from Canon cameras. The colors were vivid and true to life, but I couldn’t help but notice that the strong additive fundamental colors (red, green, and blue) tended to be rendered with an excessive amount of saturation.
The white balance system performed quite well, despite the fact that its Auto setting struggled quite a bit when exposed to the incandescent illumination of my Indoor Portrait test. However, the SD110’s Incandescent and Manual white balance settings performed admirably in that test. [Citation needed] In all of the test photographs, the color reproduction of the SD110 was generally satisfactory, and the skin tones were particularly impressive.
more precision in terms of exposure than is typical. On the majority of my test photos, the SD110 required either the same amount of exposure adjustment as other cameras or less exposure compensation than other cameras. In the studio, I adjusted the exposure on the DaveBox target so that it was somewhat brighter, but in retrospect, I think it would have been better if I had just left it alone. The image that was produced as a consequence looks a bit too bright, despite the fact that nothing on it is blown out.
The SD110 required a fair bit less exposure compensation on the Outdoor Portrait shot than most other cameras, whereas indoors, the +1.0 EV I used for the Indoor Portrait shot was about average for that test. The SD110 also required a fair bit less exposure compensation than most other cameras when taking the Indoor Portrait shot. The inherent contrast of the SD110 is a tad on the high side, but the camera performed a fairly decent job dealing with the intense highlights in the Outdoor Portrait test. Overall, a very strong and effective lighting system.
The resolution is about what you’d expect from a camera with three megabytes, although it’s a little lower than the very finest full-sized three-megapixel devices. On the “laboratory” resolution test chart, the SD110 resulted in a performance that was almost equivalent to the industry standard for its three-megapixel resolution.
In both the horizontal and the vertical directions, it started displaying artifacts in the test patterns at resolutions as low as 600 lines per image height. I counted “strong detail” up to around 1,050 lines on the horizontal axis and 950 lines along the vertical axis. The target patterns “extinct” themselves somewhere about 1,250 lines in length.
A macro-region that is only somewhat small yet has a lot of detail. Flash comes close to reducing its power to an adequate level, although its coverage is somewhat inconsistent. The SD110 performed admirably in the macro category, catching a subject in an area no smaller than 3.32 × 2.49 inches (84 x 63 millimeters). The coins, the brooch, and the dollar note all had a good resolution, and the level of detail was excellent.
Particularly notable were the distinct tonal variations of the bigger coin. Details were presented in a clear and concise manner. The two corners on the left of the picture were a touch mushy, which is a frequent problem with digital camera macro images. (The quantity being discussed here is standard.) Although the exposure was a tad on the bright side, the color was spot on.
The flash on the SD110 virtually dimmed when used in the macro setting, which caused a hot spot in the top left corner of the image and fall off in the two bottom corners, as well as around the edge. (It’s not that awful, but for the closest macro images, you might want some additional lighting from the outside, but anything beyond about six inches should work just fine.)
Excellent performance even in low light, with superb color reproduction, focusing, and exposure. Because the SD110 has a maximum shutter length of 15 seconds, the camera is able to record photos that are brilliant even when the illumination is quite dim.
When I tested the SD110, it generated images that were crisp, bright, and useful down to the limit of my test, which was 1/16 foot-candle (0.67 lux), and it did so with acceptable color at all four ISO levels. At 100 and 50 ISO, there was hardly any noise visible; however, the noise started to become noticeable at ISO 200. Noise is more noticeable with an ISO setting of 400, although it’s not terrible. (After viewing the results of the Indoor Portrait test, I anticipated finding a higher level of noise in this section.)
However, it is probable that the superior color balance on this light source, as well as the long-exposure anti-noise processing, contributed to the improvement of the blue-channel nose.
Accuracy of the Viewfinder
A rigid optical viewfinder and an LCD display with a very, very small play. The frame accuracy shown in the optical viewfinder of the SD110 is only around 82 percent when shooting at wide-angle and approximately 79 percent when shooting at telephoto. The LCD monitor performed significantly better, despite the fact that it was really only slightly off, displaying slightly more of the frame than was actually captured in the photo. In light of the fact that I prefer LCD monitors to have an accuracy that is as close to one hundred percent as is humanly possible, the LCD monitor that comes with the SD110 does pretty well, as it comes very close to being exactly one hundred percent, but the optical viewfinder could use some improvement.
Distortion of the Optical Field
barrel distortion that is lower than usual, and chromatic aberration that is barely noticeable at all. At the wide-angle end of the lens, the SD110 has optical distortion that is slightly lower than typical. I observed an estimated barrel distortion of 0.6 percent while using that end of the lens. Even more impressive was the performance of the telephoto end, where I found only 0.2 percent pincushion distortion. The degree of chromatic aberration is relatively low, as evidenced by the fact that only very faint coloring can be seen on either side of the target lines. (You may see evidence of this distortion on the resolution target in the form of a very faint tinge of color around the items located on the periphery of the field of vision.)
Lag in the Shutter and Cycle Time
Slower than the majority of other types of tiny digital cameras. The Canon PowerShot SD110 is slow compared to other small digital cameras, which is a common problem with these types of cameras. In terms of the full-autofocus shutter delay, it is clearly on the slower side of average, but it is fairly quick when the camera is prefocused by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the exposure occurs.
The cycle time isn’t too awful, clocking in at just under two seconds each shot for the first five shots in large/fine mode, and the continuous mode shooting speed is decent, clocking in at just over one frame per second for five frames. In general, not the best option for sports, but also not an excruciatingly sluggish athlete. (Despite this, I would really like it if the shutter latency stats were improved.)
When considering its size, the battery life is rather respectable. I was unable to carry out my customary direct tests of the SD110’s power usage due to the fact that it has a specialized AC power connection. On a battery that had just been fully recharged, I put it through its paces by operating it in its mode that was the most taxing on the battery life (capture mode, with the LCD on), and I discovered that it lasted for 103 minutes.
Despite the fact that this is very decent for a tiny digital camera model, I would still strongly advise buying a second battery at the same time as the SD110. This will allow you to have a fully charged backup on hand for any lengthy adventures that you go on with the SD110.
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Other resolutions||4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/1.7″ (7.44 x 5.58 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–120 mm|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Macro focus range||3 cm (1.18″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen type||TFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||15 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||7.00 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain|
|Continuous drive||2.1 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Videography notes||Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NB-5L rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||200|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||198 g (0.44 lb / 6.98 oz)|
|Dimensions||99 x 59 x 27 mm (3.9 x 2.32 x 1.06″)|
|GPS notes||via mobile (linked to a compatible smartphone)|
The ELPH name has become synonymous with high image quality and a user-friendly design, which is the reason why the line is so popular with such a diverse group of customers.
Members of the digital ELPH series have always impressed me with their quality and adaptability. This is an extension of the good reputation that the brand name has earned in the world of film. The SD110’s small size is unquestionably a benefit, and the variety of capabilities provides the camera an advantage over a great number of another subcompact point-and-shoot digital cameras that are now available on the market.
Pros & Cons
- Excellent image quality
- Optics of the highest caliber
- Simple to operate
- There is room for improvement in the battery life.
- Setting up WiFi may be a real pain.
- The on/off switch is poorly built.
- Lack of a handgrip