Canon PowerShot S110 Compact Camera

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The Canon PowerShot S110 is a small camera with a lot going for it, easily slipping into a shirt or pants pocket. Its zoom range of 24-120mm is very useful, and image quality is excellent.”

Key Features

  • 12MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor
  • 24-120mm equivalent F2.0-5.9 lens
  • ISO 80-12800
  • Touch-sensitive 3.0 inch PureColor II G screen with 460,000 dots
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Built-in 3-stop Neutral Density filter

Product Description

The Canon PowerShot S110 is built to appeal to an enthusiast crowd, combining good image quality, a relatively versatile (albeit somewhat slow) 24-120mm zoom lens, multi-touch-sensitive 3.0 inch LCD and a very compact form-factor. The S110 also offers built-in WiFi for seamless photo sharing, sending files to a compatible smartphone or tablet running Canon's CameraWindow app. A customizable control wheel sits at the base of the lens, complemented by a rear command dial - useful features that put often-used controls close at hand. RAW and RAW+JPEG capture modes are available for photographers who want more control over their images, though the S110's solid JPEG image output will satisfy many shooters.


Body type
Body type Compact
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5
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)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–120 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F2.0 - F5.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 461,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 7.00 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
Continuous drive 2.1 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264
Videography notes Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included Unknown
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n)
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS Optional
GPS notes via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)


User Reviews

  • 2C, Oct 1, 2012 GMT:
    Good upgrade for my S90

    I just bought this camera today in Shanghai, and have tested a little. I had the S90 and have less knowledge of the successors. But to conclusion is so far that I am happy with my upgrade. What I like: - the surface of the camera is non-slippery and solid. - the 24 mm wideangle is superb! Really love this! - big screen, that is also touchable and makes it easy for some of the functions like setting the setting the focus point, writing your copyright info and Wifi settings. - the dialing wheel ...

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  • ko2al, Mar 22, 2013 GMT:
    Bright and crisp

    Finally I got this camera, all good so far. the image in low light very clear and crisp. lag still acceptable and the main reason for me this camera compact and light. I can bring it anywhere in my pocket instead of my SLR. Setting and control is easy to understand, touch screen for the object focus really helpful. Get it and you wont be sorry :) Every penny for this camera is worth.

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  • Salvador Abreu, Apr 7, 2013 GMT:
    Effective and well thought out

    I appreciate the evolutionary design which underlies this camera. It's got interesting physical characteristics (pocketable enough that you may carry it all the time), adequate performance (zoom range, low-light abilities in wide-angle, good responsiveness) and, interestingly, a very well designed touch-screen UI. IQ is very good when compared to the Oly XZ-1 (which I lost) and the Fuji X20 (which I briefly tried). The only drawback is that the lens gets dark real quick, but this comes as no ...

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  • Jothi, Jun 2, 2013 GMT:
    2nd camera

    I'm currently aiming for this camera but it's only 5x zoom and 15 secs shutter......

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Questions & Answers


Nikon P330 and Canon S110 WiFi remote control

Hello, I'm considering two cameras. Nikon P330 and Canon S110. I wonder if there is opprotunity to control those cameras remotely by WiFi. I mean if user is able to see live preview of image on PC, tablet or smartphone screen. Like in Lumix TZ40. I would buy this lumix if it has the same image quality like Nikon and Canon but unfortunately it has smaller sensor and I think worse lens because of its super zoom. Could you tell me if there is opportunity to live preview image and take image remotely with WiFi? For me it is compulsory feature if camera doesn't have flipout screen.

Marian Pazwe asked
1 year ago



G15 or S110?

I'm trying to help a friend who wants a smaller alternative to carry around vs a DSLR. I have no first hand experience with either of these cameras.  Closest I've come to is the G16. The price difference is only approx. 50 dollars so it's not really the money unless saving the extra 50 is an added bonus.  The G15 is the more expensive. Other than the size and weight...........I'm not sure what differences are involved here. I suppose since both have the same size sensor (I believe) and both shoot in raw.....what else is there to know? Anyone have any experience with both and/or have any input to share?

LeeStG asked
9 months ago


The s100 has a wider lens, touchscreen and wifi. The g15 has more external controls, a (small) viewfinder, a faster lens for better low light, and a longer zoom. To me, I'd think if it was a younger person or someone who likes gadgets, go with the S110. If its someone who is more of a traditionalist or a photography enthusiast, go with the G15. Hope that helps! Continue Reading

rpm40 answered
9 months ago

choose the camera with the faster lens. Continue Reading

Year77 answered
9 months ago

Thank you for the input.  Greatly appreciated. Continue Reading

LeeStG answered
9 months ago


What camera gives the most publishable results in the smallest package?

Hello! This is my first post even though I have been following dpreview for years now, on and off. I'm currently looking for a replacement for my Canon 40D. I'm in the market because I wan't to shoot video and pics of my future dog that will be born sometime in april onwards. The 40D doesn't have video and that's the main reason I need a new camera. I don't want to shoot crappy Samsung Galaxy S3 video. I'm also an artist, and although my photography has been on a break, I would like to have sufficient gear to shoot high qualiity art photography with. The 40D is a fine camera, but I'm not completely satisfied with the low accuracy for larger prints. Story of What I've Already Considered: I'm somewhat on a budget and at first I was considering a compact, like Canon Powershot S110 or Olympus Stylus XZ-2. I was debating the size. Then I went camera crazy and upped my budget. There came the Canon S120, G15 and G16. Fujifilm X20 etc. Then I found sony cameras, the Sony RX100 and RX100 II. ...

JMC Art asked
10 months ago


For what you are looking for I think you should take a close look at micro four thirds cameras. The former Sony NEX line/new a6000 and similar apsc sensor mirrorless cameras are really nice. However, you are still essentially using lighter versions of apsc sized lenses. With micro four thirds you are getting a slightly smaller sensor but the lenses are also much smaller. This gives you a smaller overall package. The Panasonic GM1 is tiny. The system is also pretty mature so there are tons of lens options at various price points and a large market for used lenses compared to other mirrorless systems. I would take a look at the Panasonic GX7. It has great image quality in a small package and the auto focus is fast. All photos taken with a modern digital camera are publishable. In fact, you probably don't need more that 5 megapixels for enough resolution to publish something in a good sized print. Always remember, it is really the photographer that makes the photo, not the ... Continue Reading

John Carb answered
10 months ago

What camera was this taken with??? (or cell phone) If you want publishable results, ask yourself, what kind of theme's are you shooting? Nature, people, create your own (studio/outdoors) scene, action, close, far, National Geo, travel pics, social pics, product pics, and so on. I have a feeling that you may be happiest with the RX10, even though it is not the smallest - but it seems to bring together most of what you desire. It certainly has the best video quality. The RX100-II and Nex-6 with kit lens perform similar - you have to consider the Nex-6 with higher IQ (faster) lenses to make a difference. If so, the Nex-6/A6000 is a good choice. I have not looked at the G1X-II - it is RX10 like, but smaller (less reach), and it incorporates a larger (but Canon) sensor. Something else to consider. I would not consider anything with a smaller than 1" sensor. Continue Reading

blue_skies answered
10 months ago

Yeah, and I haven't seen a better sensor score in a smaller package. You really don't know what you want... as evidenced by your own responses to YOUR thread. You have successfully "milked" this thread for all it's (its) worth. Get a camera, take some pics, and get a life! Continue Reading

KwhyChang answered
10 months ago
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