Canon IXUS 115 HS review

Metal bodied style with low-light performance

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Canon IXUS 115 HS: Performance

There's almost no waiting around for the camera to ready itself once switched on, and a similarly fast response upon powering down also impresses.

The zoom glides swiftly from one end to the other, and makes a little noise as it does so, but not so much to bring attention to itself. With focus fixed to the centre point the camera doesn't take long to focus on a subject, and when instructed to find the subject itself speed is similarly good, doing well to recognise the appropriate elements in the scene. Processing times are similarly prompt, with just under a second or so between images when a fast SDHC card is used.

The advantage of the backlit sensor is clear. While noise is visible in images at all sensitivities and it rises very steadily through the range, even at the highest sensitivity of ISO 3200 there's practically no chroma noise and just a patterning provided by a little luminance noise and some noise reduction artefacts.

As usual, images become less detailed as more noise reduction is applied, images shot at night suffer the most, but they're not noisy as we normally see. There's also the usual drop in colour accuracy at the highest sensitivity, too, but at smaller print sizes the lack of visible noise is a great benefit.

Not that's it's expected on such a model at all, but it's shame there's no raw mode to see how much of all this is down to the sensor and how much to clever processing, although the noise reduction artefacts do suggest that the latter is required.

Images are generally bright and pleasing, although, as is often the case with small-sensor cameras, this does tend to force highlights to lose detail a little prematurely. When the scene is dominated with brighter areas the camera does well to reduce exposure and try to keep everything balanced, and while it doesn't slip up easily with regards auto white balance, now and again it does produce the oddly cold image, particularly when there are fewer coloured elements in the scene. Otherwise colour leans more towards accuracy than vibrancy on default settings.

The lens shows slight distortion at its widest angle, although against most subjects this shouldn't be too apparent, while chromatic aberrations are reasonably controlled but a little visible in the edges of the frame, which includes a little purple fringing in contrasty areas. Detail is generally very good, though, and at times excellent, while the Smile Capture mode does an superb job to recognise and instantly capture happy faces.

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