Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Review: Capable Shooter Can’t Match Its Predecessor

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
An updated version of our current Editors’ Choice winning SD1000, the 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD11000 IS offers a better LCD, adds image stabilization, and has a curvier body that comes in five fun colors. Alas, it can't surpass the excellent SD1000, which has a wider wide-angle lens and produces sharper images.

Besides adding image stabilization in the SD1100 IS, Canon has introduced motion-detection technology. If the camera picks up motion in a frame, it automatically adjusts the ISO and exposure levels to compensate. Both these features worked well on my tests. The camera also exceeded my expectations by producing good- to excellent-quality shots at ISO settings up to 800 with very little noise. Noise typically creeps in at around ISO 400. In flash shots, images that the SD1100 IS captured were not as uniform as those of the SD1000, and some were underexposed. Daylight shots, however, were exceptional, registering bright and vivid colors.

The camera's 2.5-inch LCD has an impressive antireflective coating-one of the best I've seen, in fact. Even in direct sunlight, it was easy to read.

While it doesn’t edge past its first-rate predecessor, the SD1100 IS is a cool-looking, capable camera that’s sure to please snapshooters who don't need manual control or an extreme wide-angle lens.

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Review
Price range: $249.95
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