Canon IXUS 115 HS review

Metal bodied style with low-light performance

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Our Verdict

The IXUS 115HS is a fine example of a why the IXUS line has proved to be such a smash all these years


  • Low image noise Responsive High quality images


  • Few direct controls Fiddly operation Slight distortion at lens's widest point

Canon IXUS 115 HS: Overview

Canon's IXUS 115 HS is one of the company's latest models to incorporate its High Sensitivity technology, which debuted in last year's IXUS 300 HS.

Rather than simply increasing the available sensitivity range - which often just results in nosier images - the technology combines a modest pixel count with a backlit sensor design, which theoretically makes the imaging device more sensitive to light and less prone to producing noise.

The principle behind backlit sensors is simple. The wiring which is usually found on the front of the sensor is moved behind the photosites, away from the path of incoming light. This construction means there are fewer obstacles for incoming light, which in turn makes the sensor more sensitive.

Canon joins Casio, Nikon and others in implementing the technology into its compacts, and although it's still in its infancy it seems likely that other manufacturers will soon follow suit.

Canon has chosen to limit camera's resolution to 12.1MP. the logic being the fewer the pixels on a sensor the larger they can be, thus improving their signal to noise ratio. The sensor also allows for full HD video shooting at 24fps, as well as a Super Slow Motion mode which captures movies in 120fps and 240fps options for super slow playback, and employs a Dynamic IS system while recording movies to keep everything steady.

The more standard Optical IS system also makes an appearance, helping to stabilise the camera's 28-112mm objective by up to three EV stops when shooting still images.

The Smart Auto system claims to detect 32 separate scenes before making all necessary adjustments to help better picture quality, while those wanting to get a little creative may call upon the fisheye, miniature and toy camera processing options, which each display their treatment as images are composed.

There's also a high speed burst mode which captures 3MP images at an 8.2fps burst rate, and full-resolution 3.7fps burst rate should 3MP be too limiting.

Sensitivity may be adjusted to a maximum ISO 3200, while a 3in PureColor II G LCD lies on the back of the camera, fronted by a tempered layer of glass for protection. HDMI mini and USB 2.0 ports are located to the camera's side for transferring images and movies to other devices, and support is provided for the full SD family of memory cards, right up to the most recent SDXC variety.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smart Capture, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual White Balance
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)140 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height55.8 mm
Width93.1 mm
Depth19.9 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model115 HS
Product NameIXUS 115 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4930B007
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With HS System for great shots in low light, Smart Auto and Full HD movies, the stylish metal bodied IXUS 115 HS lets you simply enjoy the fun.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 115 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery NB-4L
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year