Canon IXUS 1100 HS review

Style with a 12x zoom and a touchscreen

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Canon ixus 1100 hs review

Sitting at the top of Canon's new IXUS line-up, above the cheaper IXUS 230 HS, it wouldn't be wrong to expect a lot of the Canon IXUS 1100 HS. For the most part, it delivers. Image quality is excellent, even at high sensitivities, which makes for a flexible package when coupled with the high quality 12x stabilised zoom lens.

Unfortunately the touchscreen interface lets the camera down somewhat, and may leave you hankering after a simpler direct control method with buttons, as found on cheaper IXUS cameras. It could be that Canon may be able to release a firmware update to resolve any interface issues, but as the target market isn't likely to be made up of the kind of snappers who will actively seek out firmware updates, that may not be an ideal solution.

We liked

Without a doubt, the Canon IXUS 1100HS produces image quality up with the best compact cameras available at the moment, including the similarly priced Olympus XZ-1, Nikon Coolpix P300 and Panasonic TZ20, which when coupled with the high-quality 12x image stabilised lens, makes a very flexible package.

We disliked

Touchscreen interfaces really need to work well, otherwise they endanger spoiling the whole user experience. Unfortunately the touchscreen isn't up to scratch, which can make navigating menus a chore.

Final verdict

If you can live with the quirks of the Canon IXUS 1100 HS's interface, you will be rewarded with sharp, colourful images with good dynamic range. However, with a price of £350, you may not want to.

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