Earlier this week I reviewed the new Canon IXUS 990 IS, one of a pair of 12.1-megapixel ultra-compacts launched at the same time in February this year. Today I'm taking a look at its counterpart, the new IXUS 110 IS. While the two cameras share many similarities, they do have several major differences, intended to cover between them a wider section of the fairly specialised luxury ultra-compact market.
The shared features are mostly internal. The 110 IS has the same 12.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor, the same DIGIC 4 iSAPS processor, and the same 1280 x 720 HD 30fps video recording mode. It has the same still-shooting modes as well, including Program, 18 Scene Mode programs, and Auto, with the same automatic features including scene recognition and advanced face and motion detection. Fortunately the 110 IS also shares the 990's exemplary build quality, with a strong and stylish metal-covered body.
The most obvious difference between the two cameras is physical size. The 110 IS is slightly longer, but less tall, slimmer and lighter than the 990 IS, measuring 97.9 x 54.1 x 22.1mm and weighing approximately 170g including battery and memory card. As a result the 110 IS loses the 990's beautiful 3.0-inch 460k monitor in favour of a smaller 2.8-inch 230k widescreen monitor. Fortunately it retains the excellent anti glare coating and five-step adjustable brightness, and works just as well in bright daylight.