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Canon Ixus 140 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £160
inc VAT

A capable camera with built-in Wi-Fi, but suffers in comparison to its slightly more expensive sibling


1/2.3in 16.0-megapixel sensor, 8.0x zoom (28-224mm equivalent), 133g

This year we’ve seen a flurry of ultra-compact cameras with 10x zoom lenses and Wi-Fi. The Canon Ixus 255 HS is our favourite – it also happens to offer the best image quality we’ve ever seen from an ultra-compact camera. It costs around £200, but if that’s beyond your budget, the Ixus 140 might be a better fit.

Canon Ixus 140

Its 8x zoom is a little smaller, with slightly less extension at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends of the zoom range. Battery life is down, too. 190 shots is worryingly low, especially as use of the Wi-Fi functions will take an added toll on the battery.

It looks just as smart with its slim, curvy body and 3in screen. It was only when we picked it up that we realised it’s made from plastic rather than its pricier sibling’s metal shell. On the upside, it’s a few grams lighter and 2mm slimmer.

Their controls and menus are identical, including the same set of Wi-Fi functions. It offers straightforward browsing and transfers in the accompanying iOS and Android apps, and can also transfer to desktop PCs across a home network. There’s no option to operate the camera remotely from a smartphone app, though – a common feature among other Wi-Fi cameras.

Canon Ixus 140

Videos are limited to 720p resolution, and the same 10-minute clip length applies. There are lots of cameras at this price that can record 1080p for 20 minutes or more. It’s a shame because, in most other respects, the video mode worked well in our tests. The focus, exposure and white balance reacted smoothly to changing lighting and moving subjects, and colour reproduction was excellent.

The Ixus 140 uses Canon’s older Digic 4 processor rather than the Ixus 255 HS’s newer Digic 5 chip. This took its toll on performance, with 2.5 seconds between shots. It’s not a disastrous result but it’ll be frustrating for people who like to capture a quick string of shots to make sure they get one without camera shake or people blinking. Continuous mode ran at 0.7fps, which equates to a shot every 1.4 seconds. The Sony WX200 is faster than this in its normal shooting mode, and its continuous mode runs at 10fps.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 16.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 460,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 8.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-224mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,608×3,456
File formats JPEG; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 190 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, Wi-Fi
Body material plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 133g
Size 57x96x21mm

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £160

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3.2 (wide), f/6.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 1600
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 1cm
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, fact detect