Canon IXY 600F vs. Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

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Megapixels
12.10
9.00
Max. image resolution
4000 x 3000
3456 x 2592

Sensor

Sensor type
CMOS
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3" (~ 6.16 x 4.62 mm)
1/2.3" (~ 6.16 x 4.62 mm)
Sensor resolution
4011 x 3016
3459 x 2601
Diagonal
7.70 mm
7.70 mm
Sensor size comparison
Sensor size is generally a good indicator of the quality of the camera. Sensors can vary greatly in size. As a general rule, the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality.

Bigger sensors are more effective because they have more surface area to capture light. An important factor when comparing digital cameras is also camera generation. Generally, newer sensors will outperform the older.

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Actual sensor size

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Canon IXY 600F Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Surface area:
28.46 mm² vs 28.46 mm²
Difference: 0 mm² (0%)
IXY 600F and SX110 IS sensors are the same size.
Note: You are comparing cameras of different generations. There is a 3 year gap between Canon IXY 600F (2011) and Canon SX110 IS (2008). All things being equal, newer sensor generations generally outperform the older.
Pixel pitch
1.54 µm
1.78 µm
Pixel pitch tells you the distance from the center of one pixel (photosite) to the center of the next. It tells you how close the pixels are to each other.

The bigger the pixel pitch, the further apart they are and the bigger each pixel is. Bigger pixels tend to have better signal to noise ratio and greater dynamic range.
Difference: 0.24 µm (16%)
Pixel pitch of SX110 IS is approx. 16% higher than pixel pitch of IXY 600F.
Pixel area
2.37 µm²
3.17 µm²
Pixel or photosite area affects how much light per pixel can be gathered. The larger it is the more light can be collected by a single pixel.

Larger pixels have the potential to collect more photons, resulting in greater dynamic range, while smaller pixels provide higher resolutions (more detail) for a given sensor size.
Relative pixel sizes:
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Pixel area difference: 0.8 µm² (34%)
A pixel on Canon SX110 IS sensor is approx. 34% bigger than a pixel on Canon IXY 600F.
Pixel density
42.4 MP/cm²
31.53 MP/cm²
Pixel density tells you how many million pixels fit or would fit in one square cm of the sensor.

Higher pixel density means smaller pixels and lower pixel density means larger pixels.
Difference: 10.87 µm (34%)
Canon IXY 600F has approx. 34% higher pixel density than Canon SX110 IS.
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Specs

Canon IXY 600F
Canon SX110 IS
Crop factor
5.62
5.62
Total megapixels
Effective megapixels
12.10
9.00
Optical zoom
8x
10x
Digital zoom
Yes
Yes
ISO sensitivity
Auto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
RAW
Manual focus
Normal focus range
50 cm
Macro focus range
3 cm
1 cm
Focal length (35mm equiv.)
28 - 224 mm
36 - 360 mm
Aperture priority
No
Yes
Max. aperture
f3 - f5.9
f2.8 - f4.3
Max. aperture (35mm equiv.)
f16.9 - f33.2
f15.7 - f24.2
Metering
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure compensation
±2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
±2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shutter priority
No
Yes
Min. shutter speed
15 sec
15 sec
Max. shutter speed
1/2000 sec
1/2500 sec
Built-in flash
External flash
Viewfinder
None
None
White balance presets
6
6
Screen size
3"
3"
Screen resolution
461,000 dots
230,000 dots
Video capture
Max. video resolution
Storage types
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/MMC card
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI
Wireless
GPS
Battery
Lithium-Ion NB-4L rechargeable battery
AA (2) batteries (NiMH recommended)
Weight
140 g
285 g
Dimensions
92 x 57 x 22 mm
111 x 71 x 45 mm
Year
2011
2008




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Diagonal

Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
Diagonal =  w² + h²
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height

Canon IXY 600F diagonal

The diagonal of IXY 600F sensor is not 1/2.3 or 0.43" (11 mm) as you might expect, but approximately two thirds of that value - 7.7 mm. If you want to know why, see sensor sizes.

w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
Diagonal =  6.16² + 4.62²   = 7.70 mm

Canon SX110 IS diagonal

The diagonal of SX110 IS sensor is not 1/2.3 or 0.43" (11 mm) as you might expect, but approximately two thirds of that value - 7.7 mm. If you want to know why, see sensor sizes.

w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
Diagonal =  6.16² + 4.62²   = 7.70 mm


Surface area

Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.

IXY 600F sensor area

Width = 6.16 mm
Height = 4.62 mm

Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²

SX110 IS sensor area

Width = 6.16 mm
Height = 4.62 mm

Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²


Pixel pitch

Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =   sensor width in mm  × 1000
sensor resolution width in pixels

IXY 600F pixel pitch

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4011 pixels
Pixel pitch =   6.16  × 1000  = 1.54 µm
4011

SX110 IS pixel pitch

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor resolution width = 3459 pixels
Pixel pitch =   6.16  × 1000  = 1.78 µm
3459


Pixel area

The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²

You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =   sensor surface area in mm²
effective megapixels

IXY 600F pixel area

Pixel pitch = 1.54 µm

Pixel area = 1.54² = 2.37 µm²

SX110 IS pixel area

Pixel pitch = 1.78 µm

Pixel area = 1.78² = 3.17 µm²


Pixel density

Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel density =  ( sensor resolution width in pixels )² / 1000000
sensor width in cm

One could also use this formula:
Pixel density =   effective megapixels × 1000000  / 10000
sensor surface area in mm²

IXY 600F pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 4011 pixels
Sensor width = 0.616 cm

Pixel density = (4011 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 42.4 MP/cm²

SX110 IS pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 3459 pixels
Sensor width = 0.616 cm

Pixel density = (3459 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 31.53 MP/cm²


Sensor resolution

Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications. Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula. For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.

1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always.

2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000    →   
X =  effective megapixels × 1000000
r
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X

IXY 600F sensor resolution

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 12.10
r = 6.16/4.62 = 1.33
X =  12.10 × 1000000  = 3016
1.33
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3016 × 1.33 = 4011
Resolution vertical: X = 3016

Sensor resolution = 4011 x 3016

SX110 IS sensor resolution

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 9.00
r = 6.16/4.62 = 1.33
X =  9.00 × 1000000  = 2601
1.33
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 2601 × 1.33 = 3459
Resolution vertical: X = 2601

Sensor resolution = 3459 x 2601


Crop factor

Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =   43.27 mm
sensor diagonal in mm


IXY 600F crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 7.70 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 5.62
7.70

SX110 IS crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 7.70 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 5.62
7.70

35 mm equivalent aperture

Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).

IXY 600F equivalent aperture

Crop factor = 5.62
Aperture = f3 - f5.9

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f3 - f5.9) × 5.62 = f16.9 - f33.2

SX110 IS equivalent aperture

Crop factor = 5.62
Aperture = f2.8 - f4.3

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f2.8 - f4.3) × 5.62 = f15.7 - f24.2

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