Canon PowerShot SX110 IS Performance

Timing and Performance

Average to slower than average timing.


Power on
to first shot

2.8 seconds

Time it takes for LCD to turn on and lens to deploy and capture a picture.


1.7 seconds

How long it takes to retract lens.

Buffer clearing time

2 seconds
(2 seconds buffer clearing after LSF JPEG)

Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card. Some cameras won't retract their lenses and shut down until the buffer is cleared.

Slightly slow startup time, but shutdown is about average. Buffer clearing is average.


Mode Switching

Play to Record,
first shot

2.6 seconds

Time until first shot is captured.

Record to play

1.2 seconds

Time to display a large/superfine file immediately after capture.

recorded image

1.0 seconds

Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.

Mode switching times are about average overall, though switching from play to record is a little sluggish.


Shutter Response (Lag Time)

Full Autofocus Wide

0.63 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position.

Full Autofocus Tele

0.56 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at telephoto position.


0.075 second

Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.

Continuous AF

0.63 second

This mode usually shows no speed increase with our static subject; we have no way to measure performance with moving subjects.

Manual Focus

0.29 second

For most cameras, shutter lag is less in manual focus than autofocus, but usually not as fast as when the camera is "prefocused."

Full Autofocus

0.88 second

Time to capture while forcing flash to fire.

Shutter response is about average for a long zoom at both wide angle and telephoto, at 0.63s and 0.56s respectively. Enabling the flash increases shutter lag to 0.88s. "Prefocusing" the camera by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure results in a lag time of 0.075 second, which is pretty fast.


Cycle Time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large SuperFine JPEG
2.09 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots.

Single Shot mode
640 x 480 JPEG

2.05 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots.

Early shutter


Some cameras don't snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.

Continuous mode
Large SuperFine JPEG

0.89 second (1.12 frames per second);
>20 frames total;
2 seconds to clear

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first.

Continuous mode
640 x 480 JPEG

0.75 second (1.33 frames per second);
>20 frames total;
0.5 second to clear

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first.

Flash recycling

10.8 seconds

Flash at maximum output.

*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a SanDisk Extreme III SD memory card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode. ISO sensitivity also affects cycle times and burst mode performance, with higher ISOs generally increasing cycle times and reducing burst performance.

Shot-to-shot cycle times are on the slower side of average, at about 2.09 seconds for large/superfine JPEGs, though the camera does capture frames continuously at this rate. (That is, given a fast enough memory card, it doesn't have to pause every few frames to wait for the card to catch up.) Continuous mode speeds are also a little slower than average at about 1.12 frames per second for large/superfine JPEGs, though the camera can capture more than 20 frames at this rate. Flash recycling time is also on the slower side of average.


Download Speed

Windows Computer, USB 2.0

4,004 KBytes/sec

Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-769=USB 2.0 Low;
Above 770=USB 2.0 High

Connected to a computer or printer with USB 2.0, download speeds are very good.

Overall, the Canon PowerShot SX110 IS is on the slower side of average, particularly in areas where it counts, such as shutter lag and cycle time. Continuous mode speeds are fast enough for slower-paced action shots, or for chasing around children, however. Download speeds are good, and some lag times are fair, but overall timing is just a little slow.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Low battery life for AA cells, but improved performance with NiMH rechargeables.

Operating Mode Number of Shots
AA alkaline batteries,
LCD on
AA NiMH rechargeable batteries,
LCD on

The Canon PowerShot SX110 IS uses two AA-type batteries for power, and ships with a set of ordinary alkalines. Because alkaline battery life is short-lived, we strongly recommend you pick up a couple of sets of good-quality NiMH rechargeable batteries and a good-quality charger, as they'll save you many times their cost over the life of the camera.

The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of (on a fresh set of disposable batteries), based on Canon's standard test conditions.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

The Canon PowerShot SX110 IS accepts SDHC/SD/MMC memory cards, and comes with a 32MB starter card.

Image Capacity with
32 MB SD Card
Super Fine Fine Normal
3,456 x 2,736
File Size
4.0 MB
2.4 MB
1.2 MB
2,816 x 2,112
File Size
2.8 MB
1.7 MB
855 KB
2,272 x 1,704
File Size
2.1 MB
1.2 MB
591 KB
1,600 x 1,200
File Size
1.1 MB
591 KB
312 KB
640 x 480
File Size
279 KB
181 KB
115 KB

We strongly recommend buying a large capacity SDHC/SD memory card. (These days, 4GB is a good trade-off between cost and capacity.)


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