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Canon Ixus 115 HS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £144
inc VAT

A little pricier than most budget cameras, but its styling, features, photo quality and video quality are all in a different league.


1/2.3in 12.0-megapixel sensor, 4.0x zoom (28-112mm equivalent), 140g

The Ixus brand is usually associated with luxury rather than good value, but Canon has combined both in this latest entry-level model. Its curved metal body looks gorgeous, and it’s backed up by some impressive specs including optical stabilisation, a 3in LCD screen, an HDMI output and 1080p video recording.

Canon Ixus 115 HS

It’s extremely petite, but we’d have preferred a few extra millimetres’ width to give more room for the controls. The small navigation pad sits flush with the camera body, making it fiddly to use. A switch on the top toggles between Auto mode and whichever other mode was last selected. The options include various scene presets, a panorama stitch function and slow-motion video capture, which records at 240fps, playing back at 30fps for 8x slow-motion. The 320×240 resolution looks blocky but there’s still lots of fun to be had here.

Canon Ixus 115 HS back

A Program mode also nestles among these options and provides access to ISO speed, white balance, metering and a generous selection of other picture tweaks. Performance in normal use was nothing special at 2.5 seconds between shots, but continuous mode was seriously fast, running at 2.2fps until the card was full.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
CCD effective megapixels 12.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 4.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-112mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,000×3,000
Maximum movie resolution 1920×1080
Movie frame rate at max quality 24fps
File formats JPEG; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 230 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, mini HDMI
HDMI output resolution 1080i
Body material aluminium
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables
Weight 140g
Size 56x93x20mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £144

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/2.8 (wide), f/5.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness, red, green, blue, skin tone, i-Contrast
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 3cm
Auto-focus modes centre, face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer