Canon IXUS 1100 HS review

Style with a 12x zoom and a touchscreen

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Canon ixus 1100 hs review

As with other cameras from Canon's HS range, such as the IXUS 310 HS, IXUS 220 HS and IXUS 115 HS, the backlit 12.1 million pixel CMOS sensor on the IXUS 1100 HS does an excellent job of producing images with low noise at high sensitivities, and good dynamic range.

Canon ixus 1100 hs review

Images taken at low sensitivities are rich with detail, and noise doesn't really start to factor until ISO 1600, where fine luminance noise and a slight softening of fine details can be seen, due to noise reduction. Saying that, even images taken at ISO 3200 are perfectly acceptable, and should still make decent enough A4-sized prints and look great when shared on the web.

Canon ixus 1100 hs review

Default settings produce vibrant colours, which despite being quite punchy, aren't overcooked and don't look unnatural. Warmer tones tend to be emphasised more than cooler tones, so strong reds and oranges will tend to have a bit more pop to them. Colours can be made more subdued, or even boosted to your taste.

Canon ixus 1100 hs review

Face detection works well to achieve accurate exposures and focusing. Occasionally the system can be fooled by certain shapes. For example, pointing the camera at a computer keyboard activates the face detection and throws off the exposure. This doesn't occur regularly, but if it does, it may be best to set the camera to the centre point focusing mode.

When face detection isn't active, the evaluative metering is very difficult to trick into producing an unsatisfactory exposure, even with high-contrast scenes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Weight (Approximate)206 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.9 mm
Width99 mm
Depth21.9 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model1100 HS
Product NameIXUS 1100 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5686B008
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The IXUS 1100 HS packs a 12x zoom in a stunning metal body you'll want to be seen with. HS System and effortless touch screen control give you amazing shots and Full HD movies day and night.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 1100 HS Compact Camera
  • NB-9L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year