Canon IXUS 1100 HS - A sturdy shooter

4/19/2012 3:14:54 PM

Description: Canon IXUS 1100 HS - A sturdy shooter


The landscape of photography is an ever-changing one; in fact, smartphones are now seen as the definitive all-in-one gadget as they are well-suited for capturing casual moments without much hassle. Does that spell trouble for the average point and shoot (PNS) camera? While it’s true that the average smartphone is far more accessible for candid shots, dedicated compact cameras will prevail because they offer far better performance, controls, battery life and are almost as pocketable as smartphones.

The IXUS range is well-known for its style-driven and solidly-built cameras, and the 1100 HS takes over the 1000 HS as Canon’s flagship compact. In the nutshell, the 12.1-megapixel 1100 HS is a touch-screen compact with 12x zoom capabilities, an additional Smart Auto mode (auto detects the best scene mode), a 3.2-inch 461k-pixel touchscreen, a DIGIC 4 processor and high sensitivity CMOS sensor.

Description: The 1100 HS comes with minimal physical controls, most of which are nested along the top face of the camera

The 1100 HS comes with minimal physical controls, most of which are nested along the top face of the camera

Turn the camera to its back and you will notice that it is completely devoid of controls save for a tiny matte playback button. The bulk of the action takes place on the camera’s 3.2-inch, 461k-dot PureColor II LCD touch screen and top profile. While it isn’t an AMOLED screen, the screen performs admirably, showcasing good color reproduction and decent viewing angles under bright sunlight.

By and large, the Canon IXUS 1100 HS is meant to be a simple and fuss-free point and shoot camera. In other words, users will often find themselves shooting in Auto mode. There are features that clearly pander to a snapshot crowd like new filters (toy camera, miniature), a Smart Shutter mode and an all-new Movie Digest mode that allows users to record a 3-second movie clip per still shot taken. Accompanied with 12x zoom functionality and an extensive battery life (7-8 hours of frequent shooting), the 1100 HS appears to be a good all-purpose camera to put your cash on.

The camera managed a decent resolution score of 1,600 LPH for both horizontal and vertical on our charts. Its ISO performance is typical of a PNS camera; images are clean at ISO200, with noise and smudging of details making an appearance from ISO400 onwards. Nonetheless, photos are still very much usable till about ISO800. otherwise, color production is brilliant and auto-focusing is speedy and accurate.

The Canon IXUS 1100 HS is a delightful all-round point and shoot camera, right from its sturdy and well-constructed exterior to its innards. We wouldn’t quite call it affordable, but its 12x optical zoom, good color production, decent noise and resolution performance, extensive battery life and bright 3.2-inch 460K touchscreen contribute towards an overall positive shooting experience (and less buyer’s remorse). Some might find the touchscreen experience slightly disarming, but the simple and intuitive user interface makes up for things.

At a glance


CCD Sensor: 1/2.3-inch

Megapixels: 12.1 megapixels

Dimensions: 99.0x58.9x21.9mm

Weight: Approx 206g (including batteries and memory card)

Price: $529




CDD Sensor: 1/2.3-inch back-illuminated CMOS

Optical zoom: 12x Optical Zoom

Sensitivity: Auto, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 (in P mode)

Metering: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot

Focus mode: Single, Continuous (only available in Smart Auto mode), Servo AF/AE, Touch AF

Lens: Focal length: 12x zoom: 5.0 (W) – 60.0 (T)mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) – 336 (T)mm

LCD: 3.2-inch, 461,000 dots, TFT color (with wide viewing angle), Touch Panel

Shutter: 1 – 1/4000 sec. (factory default) 15 – 1/4000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

Continuous shooting: Approx 3.3 shots/sec, High-speed Burst (3.0MP): Approx 7.8 shots/sec, (until memory card becomes full)

Memory card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC

Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-9L Pack










Verdict: 8.5

Physique: 8.0

Features: 8.5

User-friendliness: 8.0

Performance: 8.5

Value: 8.5

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