• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 38.00mm - 114.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)

Buy From

Differences

Canon SD1100 IS advantages over Canon S90

  • Less expensive
    $250 vs $430 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Thinner
    23 mm vs 30 mm
    Thinner

Canon S90 advantages over Canon SD1100 IS

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.08 vs 1.76 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    10.0 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 38 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Your purchases support this site

Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NV30

Canon SD1100 IS
Samsung NV30
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure
  • $279
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Higher extended ISO
Canon S90
Samsung NV30
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $279
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony DSC-W130

Canon SD1100 IS
Sony DSC-W130
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More dots on screen
  • $149
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
Canon S90
Sony DSC-W130
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $149
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FS3

Canon SD1100 IS
Panasonic DMC-FS3
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $200
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon S90
Panasonic DMC-FS3
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $200
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon S95

Canon SD1100 IS
Canon S95
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon S90
Canon S95
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Less shutter lag
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 24p video

Compared to Canon S110

Canon SD1100 IS
Canon S110
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $249
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
Canon S90
Canon S110
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $249
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Compare Other Cameras?