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Canon PowerShot S110 photo samples

The S110's photos look good, but not appreciably better than the S100's.

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JPEG

You can see processing artifacts as low as ISO 200 (look at the text under the bill) and start to see detail degrading in in-focus areas as low as ISO 400. By ISO 800 you start to see color noise as well. I'd recommend sticking below that to be safe.
Because the default settings push the contrast a bit and blow out highlights, I had trouble getting an exposure that didn't overexpose the text in the foreground.
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ISO 100, JPEG

Overall, JPEG photos are sharp but a little too processed-looking even as low as ISO 100.
(1/60 sec, f4.5, ISO 100, AWB, evaluative metering)
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ISO 100, raw vs. JPEG

The aggressive sharpening in the JPEGs is necessary to bring out some of the detail, but you can see how it adds some edge artifacts (look at the root beneath the word "JPEG," for example).
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ISO 400, raw vs. JPEG

The camera's default color settings completely obliterated the red light reflections on the clock.
(1/50 sec, f5.6, ISO 400, AWB, spot metering)
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ISO 800, JPEG

You can see some of the color noise, but the in-focus areas (top) look okay. The out-of-focus areas (bottom) display more noise and processing artifacts. This is a common problem among small-sensor cameras.
(1/40 sec, f2.8, ISO 800, AWB, spot metering)
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ISO 800, raw vs. JPEG

You can get much better results at ISO 800 by processing the raw files.
(1/40 sec, f2.8, ISO 800, AWB, spot metering)
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Color

The S110's default color settings and white balance yield cool-leaning photos with a lot of contrast.

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