Canon PowerShot S110 pictures and hands-on

The Canon PowerShot S110 has replaced the S100 model - a new king at the top of the high-spec, slender Canon compact camera tree. Pocket-lint had the chance to play around with a white-finish model after Canon's press conference at the Photokina camera trade show in Cologne, Germany.

There are some obvious changes compared to the previous S100 model: the S110 now employs a touchscreen, has faster autofocus than before and sports Wi-Fi too.

The speeded-up autofocus is a little faster than its predecessor, but as the S110 sticks to the wider-angle settings it's always been faster than its longer-zoom cousins. The bright conditions in which we were able to test the camera resulted in near-instant focus, and even macro shots where the lens was almost touching the subject were possible. In our book that's big news, as we had moaned about the S100's inaccuracy when dealing with close-focus situations.

The latest S-series PowerShot is still pricey at £430, but the inclusion of Wi-Fi hasn't hiked the starting price way above that of its predecessor, which can only be a good thing.

In use there's very little not to like about the S100: the touchscreen is a fantastic new addition to the series, which, when paired with its rear rotational d-pad, makes adjusting settings super simple. Our only gripe is that the rotational ring around the lens barrel, while a great idea, feels a little cramped up against the body and is a bit of a reach to use with absolute success.

We weren't able to utilise the S110's new Wi-Fi feature because there was no network where we came to test the camera, but the touchscreen will make for a more direct typing experience than some other cameras out there. We'll bring you more info on how it truly performs when we get a final production model in for review.

All in all we have few gripes about the PowerShot S110. We're not yet sure how the brand new 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch sensor will perform - it's the very same as that found in the PowerShot G15 - but if it's better than its predecessor, which we fully expect, then it will make a good camera all the greater. We're looking forward to this one.