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If smartphones really are threatening the compact camera market, it stands to reason that the higher-end point-and-shoots will be the last models standing. Canon's had more success than most in this arena, and today is announcing updates to its most capable PowerShot compacts ahead of Photokina. The company promises across-the-board improvements in autofocus performance and shutter lag, and has reshuffled its lineup to give it more focus. There's a lot more difference between the S and G series than in previous years, for example, making the decision on which to buy come down to more than just the figurative or literal size of your pockets.
The S110 is the follow-up to last year's S100 and the latest entrant in the company's popular S series of enthusiast compacts. There are two main advances in the S110: touchscreen control and Wi-Fi support that uses Canon's Camera Window apps for iOS and Android. The physical design has undergone a minor evolution, too, with the S100′s grip excised in favor of slightly tapered edges.
Otherwise it's the same combination of a 24-120mm equivalent f/2.0-5.9 lens and 12.1-megapixel 1x1.7-inch CMOS sensor, which is a little disappointing in light of Sony's recent compact champion, the RX100. You'll be paying around $200 less for the S110, mind you - it'll be available in black or white next month for $449.99. And for fans of point-and-shoots with even larger sensors, bodies, and price tags than the RX100, it's worth noting that Canon still offers the $799.99 G1 X.