Last update (Jul 12, 2009): Canon PowerShot A1100 IS at CNET Reviews.
This post is a compilation of Canon PowerShot A1100IS digital point-and-shoot compact camera professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, conclusions, ratings and feedback.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to conclude whether the Canon A1100 IS image quality, and the camera itself as a whole, meets your standards.
Full attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.
Joshua Goldman, the reviewer, awarded the A1100IS 3.5 / 5 stars (VERY GOOD), and concluded the following on the image quality:
As mentioned earlier, for the money the A1100 IS has very good photo quality. Color, contrast, and white balance are particularly good, though there is some highlight clipping. Characteristic of point-and-shoots, photos are best in bright lighting at sensitivities below ISO 200. Graininess/noise becomes readily noticeable at ISO 400, but for the most part details remain decent enough for use at 8x10 or smaller sizes. The camera goes up to ISO 1,600, but photos at that setting or even at ISO 800 aren’t what we’d consider usable for much more than small prints and Web use. There is some slight barrel distortion at the lens’ widest setting and there is an average amount of purple fringing in high-contrast shots.
Ben Long, the reviewer, assigned a 75 /100 (Good) rating to the the A1100IS, and had the following conclusion:
In our lab tests, the A1100 had an excellent overall image quality score for its price category, though it dropped to the middle of the pack in our sharpness ratings. While I used the A1100, I couldn’t find any discernible distortion, vignetting, or chromatic aberration. One of the nicest things about the A1100 is its low noise. Shooting at up to ISO 400 is surprisingly clean—and even at ISO 800 and 1600 in low light, results remain very usable.
The review explores the camera rather comprehensively, and has the following conclusion:
The Canon PowerShot A1100 IS is a camera that I can recommend but not with a whole lot of enthusiasm. The camera takes good quality photos, has good performance and point-and-shoot feature set, but I don’t think the extra 2 megapixels justify the battery life and slight performance drop versus the old model. After all, 10 megapixels is already enough to make fairly large prints (and I don’t think users of the A-series cameras would be making billboards with their photos). The 12 megapixels here doesn’t bring a significant in detail or total resolution anyway.