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Canon Ixus 1100 HS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £350
inc VAT

Superb image quality but the touchscreen control is clumsy and the price is too high


1/2.3in 12.0-megapixel sensor, 12.0x zoom (28-336mm equivalent), 206g

Shot-to-shot times were on the slow side for such an expensive camera, averaging 2.3 seconds. Continuous mode was better, though, at up to 3fps in bright conditions. There’s also a continuous mode with updating autofocus between each shot. Its 0.9fps performance doesn’t look good on paper, but leaving the camera permanently in this mode let us capture a string of shots simply by holding down the shutter button, effectively reducing the 2.3-second shot-to-shot time to 1.1 seconds.

Canon Ixus 1100 HS sample 1
Image quality is among the best we’ve seen from a compact camera – towards the centre of the frame, at least

With the same 12-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor that we’ve seen on various other Canon compact cameras this year, it came as no surprise to find some beautiful photos coming out of this camera. Brightly lit scenes were captured with rich, smooth colours. When telephoto zoom positions or diminishing light demanded faster ISO speeds, noise levels remained impressively low.

The lens wasn’t quite up to the same standards, though, exhibiting slightly soft focus and chromatic aberrations towards the corners of frames. The centre was better but still not quite as sharp as from other Canon cameras that use the same sensor. These issues were pretty subtle but it’s fair to expect better from a compact camera that costs over £300.

Canon Ixus 1100 HS sample 2
Noise levels remain impressively low at higher ISO speeds but focus is a little soft towards the edges of the frame, and there are chromatic aberrations too (most visibly on the edges of the sheep’s leg)

Video quality was generally excellent, with a clean, sharp 1080p picture and superb optical stabilisation, but the 16-minute clip limit is a little frustrating. The stereo soundtrack was detailed and clear but the microphone picked up the zoom and autofocus motors in quieter environments.

The 1100 HS is currently available for pre-order for £350, but we expect the price to come down when stock is widely available. However, it’ll need to drop considerably for it to be a more attractive prospect than the Nikon S9100 or Canon Ixus 230 HS, both of which narrowly surpass the 1100 HS for image quality with their sharper lenses, and offer more conventional controls that we found much easier to use.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 12.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.2in
LCD screen resolution 461,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 12.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-336mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,000×3,000
Maximum movie resolution 1920×1080
Movie frame rate at max quality 24fps
File formats JPEG; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 170 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, mini HDMI
HDMI output resolution 1080i
Body material aluminium
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 206g
Size 60x99x22mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £350

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3.4 (wide), f/5.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness, red, green, blue, skin tone, i-Contrast
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 1cm
Auto-focus modes centre, multi/face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer

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