|Upon the arrival of a Canon PowerShot 110IS test sample, it is tested in our DIWA Lab. The technical data from the rigorous tests are processed and translated into understandable data. Inside the lab, testing takes place in standardized circumstances. An environment in which cameras, both compact and system concepts can be compared without a problem. Besides that, the Canon 110IS compact camera is extensively used in practice and evaluated as for operation and shooting in practice. This combination of lab tests and the testing in practice, results in a final conclusion that is carefully reviewed.|
|Canon IXUS 110 IS color reproduction
Color reproduction of the Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS camera is pleasant and comes across as quite natural. If we test the reproduction in the Lab, we find that the Canon IXUS 110 IS offers quite an accurate color rendition compared to the calibrated colors of the Gretag Macbeth Color Checker. Over the entire ISO range, we find a steady performance. When it comes to color depth, the Canon IXUS 110IS performs optimally at a sensitivity of 80-200 ISO. The remaining ISO values are acceptable, although they have lesser depth compared to the low ISO values. In general, the overall color reproduction will appeal to most photographers. The colors are not exaggerated, but realistic and natural.
Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS white balance
The Canon IXUS 110 IS camera does extremely well when testing the white balance. The auto white balance does however have some troubles to filter an overdose of incandescent light, causing color cast in the pictures. Its performance is optimal when a manual setting is selected. Up to and including ISO 800 the camera performs superbly without any or hardly any visible color cast.
Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS image processor
The small sensors of a compact camera are packed with millions of pixels. Half of them only exist because of marketing strategies in order to push sales. The other half suffices to guarantee the image quality. Yet the superfluous pixels are not without negative effects. The image sensor of the Canon IXUS 110 IS is very small, causing a decrease in pixel size to be able to store this huge amount of pixels. And this now affects the image quality. Intelligent algorithms, fast image processing and other techniques are supposed to guarantee high image quality and should be able to reduce or remove all negative side-effects caused by the megapixel-race.
|Canon 110 IS signal/noise ratio
The image sensor of the Canon 110 IS digital camera features 12 Megapixels. In the DIWA Lab, the actual sensitivity of the image sensor is measured. Often, the actual and acclaimed specifications prove to differ vastly. Differences of an average of 20 - 25% are quite common. However, for the IXUS 110 IS this is not too bad. At ISO 80 there is hardly any difference, although the other ISO values show an average difference of 15.8% higher ISO. This means there is a higher ISO than the acclaimed specification, for example; 460 ISO instead of 400 ISO. The signal/noise ratio is bound to be under great pressure with this many Megapixels on a small sensor. Technical measurements show visible noise from ISO 400. In difficult light circumstances and wrong light metering, a 'granular' result is likely to happen. And this is a pity, since Canon thus diminishes the effective use of higher ISO values. However, the camera features an effective image stabilizer, which means high ISO values do not have to be used so quickly, which is an advantage.
Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS practise test
The ability to reproduce dark and light areas retaining details is optimal at ISO 80-200 and fine at 400-600 ISO. The bright areas are a bit difficult to keep under control and seem white-washed quite quickly. Yet the results are satisfactory to us, and there is no quality loss worth mentioning for the type of photography you could practice with the IXUS 100 IS.
Canon IXUS 110IS wide angle zoom lens
With its 4x optical wide angle zoom lens, the Canon Digital IXUS IS camera is in pace with its competitors. The 28mm wide angle serves well for indoor pictures, birthday parties etc, whereas the telephoto of 112mm guarantees a portrait. The range is average yet sufficient all-round for this kind of camera. The sharpness of the lens is fine. The quality of sharpness reduces steadily when telephoto range is reached. Telephoto does come up with a fine test result when it comes to sharpness. There are hardly any visible differences between center and edge blur when it comes to sharpness, which is an excellent result.
Canon 110 IS chromatic aberration
The zoom lens of the Canon IXUS 110 IS performs below expectation when it comes to chromatic aberration. The purple edges around a subject with a high contrast level are annoyingly present in wide angle mode and do not really disappear at other focal lengths. It seems Canon did not focus on correcting chromatic aberration inside the camera, which causes negative effects on JPEG pictures. An image editing program will let you correct the effect afterwards, but these actions will likely be too much of a burden for the camera’s target group.
Distortion of the lens
Distortion of the lens is under control at an acceptable to fine level. The expected distortions at wide angle are visible yet still very much acceptable. The remaining focal lengths show hardly to any distortion at all. Wide angle shows slight vignetting, however, not to an annoying extent.