Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS Review

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Review posted 07/29/2013

Quick Take
Pros
  • Small camera body
  • Image quality is good versus similarly priced cameras
  • ELPH 115 is very easy to use
  • Toggle switch gives easy access to two primary shooting modes, Auto and Program
  • Like other ELPH models, the 115 is a sharp-looking camera
  • Separate battery charger included
  • 8x optical zoom is nice to find in small camera
Cons
  • Control buttons are too small
  • Shutter lag times are a little below average
  • Shot to shot delays are poor, especially when using the flash
  • Burst mode is too slow, even at reduced resolutions
  • Flash range is too limited
  • LCD screen is too small and has below average resolution level
  • LCD doesn't perform well in low light, as "jelly" effect is common
  • Mid to high ISO settings leave quite a bit of noise in images
  • HD video is limited to 720p resolution
  • Battery life is below average
  • No USB cable included
  • Camera isn't necessarily a great value
Bottom Line
Those looking for the latest and greatest features in a digital camera will have no interest in the Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS (known as the Canon IXUS 132 in some parts of the world). Nearly all of the features of the ELPH 115 are average or below average, and it doesn't offer any advanced capabilities, such as a large zoom lens or built-in Wi-Fi. Like most PowerShot ELPH cameras, the ELPH 115 is a small, sharp-looking model that may appeal to some beginning photographers who have a strict budget. Even through the ELPH 115 is a low-priced camera, its lack of any above average features or performance levels makes it tough to recommend this camera unless you can find it well below its MSRP. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Canon's 2013 entry-level ELPH series camera, the PowerShot ELPH 115 IS boasts a 16-megapixel image sensor mated to an 8x optical zoom lens and a DIGIC 4 image processor. Capable of recording 720p HD video with stereo sound, the 115 IS includes Canon's Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) system for smooth video and crisp stills.

Further, Canon's Smart AUTO mode automatically picks out optimal camera settings, based on shooting conditions, from "32 predefined shooting situations.". And, to ensure you get all your memories captured in picture or video form, there's even a new ECO mode to shoot more for longer.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS Features
  • 16-megapixel CCD image sensor
  • 8x optical zoom lens (28-224mm equivalent)
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 720p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • Easy to use camera with Smart AUTO, Program AE, and various scene modes
  • Intelligent IS
  • ECO Mode
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 200 photos)
  • SD memory card slot
With color options including blue, silver, black, or pink; the Canon ELPH 115 IS can match anyone's style. The MSRP is $169.99. Note: Canon recently dropped the MSRP of the ELPH 115 IS to $149.99. See our Buy button at the top right of this page for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot ELPH 115 IS camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Battery Pack NB-11L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LF




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