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Canon IXUS 125 HS review

A 16.1MP snapper with face detection and 5x optical zoom

Our results from the lab have been compared against the Nikon Coolpix S8200, Fujifilm F550 EXR and Olympus SH-21

Our analysis shows that the IXUS 125 HS produces similar results for both signal to noise ratio and dynamic range as the Nikon Coolpix S8200. Dynamic range results across the sensitivity range are good showing the detail in the shadows and highlights can still be captured all the way up to ISO 3200.

Noise is equally handled well with the results at ISO 3200 coming in just above 30, showing that whilst noise is present in the images it is possible to capture a decent picture with detail in low light conditions.

Resolution

As part of our image quality testing for the Canon IXUS 125 HS we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the IXUS 125 is capable of resolving up to around 22(line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

See a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Canon IXUS 125 HS review Resolution ISO 100
Canon IXUS 125 HS review: Resolution ISO 100

JPEG images

Canon IXUS 125 HS review Resolution ISO 100
Canon IXUS 125 HS review: Resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 125 HS review Resolution ISO 200
Canon IXUS 125 HS review: Resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 125 HS review Resolution ISO 400
Canon IXUS 125 HS review: Resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 125 HS review Resolution ISO 800
Canon IXUS 125 HS review: Resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 125 HS review Resolution ISO 1600
Canon IXUS 125 HS review: Resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 18 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 125 HS review Resolution ISO 3200
Canon IXUS 125 HS review: Resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 14 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlue
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Wink Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Battery Model SupportedNB-11L
Height57 mm
Width93.2 mm
Depth20 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model125 HS
Product NameIXUS 125 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6046B007AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Inside a slim, stylish metal body the IXUS 125 HS packs a host of helpful features - so taking great shots is a breeze, even in low light. Face ID prioritises friends and Full HD movies add to the fun.

Battery Life170 Shot
Package Contents
  • IXUS 125 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L
  • Charger
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker