By and large, the Canon IXUS 1100 HS is meant to be a simple and fuss-free point and shoot, i.e., users will often find themselves shooting on the available Auto mode. Thankfully, the camera is outfitted with specs that make this a pleasant and problem-free experience. There are features that clearly pander to a snapshot crowd like new filters (such as toy camera, miniature), a Smart Shutter mode (useful for group portraits) and an all-new Movie Digest mode (similar to the Motion Snapshot function found in Nikon J1 and V1 cameras) that allows users to record a 3-second movie clip per still shot taken. Accompanied with an all-encompassing 12x zoom functionality and an extensive battery life (7-8 hours of frequent shooting), the 1100 HS appears to be a good all-purpose camera to put your cash on.
The camera managed a decent resolution score of 1,600 LPH for both horizontal and vertical on our charts. Its ISO performance is typical of point and shoot camera; images are clean till ISO200 with noise and smudging of details making an appearance from ISO400 onwards. Nonetheless, photos are still very much usable till about ISO800. Otherwise, color production is brilliant and auto-focusing is speedy and accurate.