Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS Review

Preview posted 01/05/2016 by Michael Palmer
Review posted 02/25/2016 by Kyle Schurman

Quick Take
  • Almost no shutter lag in adequate lighting conditions
  • Camera has a fast startup
  • 10x zoom lens is nice feature inside such a small camera
  • Camera moves through its full zoom lens range quickly
  • PowerShot 190 is extremely small, fits easily inside a pocket
  • Autofocus works well, produces relatively sharp photos
  • ELPH 190 is very easy to use
  • Some special effect options have advanced settings
  • Dedicated Wi-Fi connection button
  • Low priced unit
  • Colors reproduction isn't as accurate as it should be
  • Camera works very slowly when using the flash
  • Flash is embedded in a corner of the camera
  • Continuous shot mode isn't really usable because it's so slow
  • Very limited manual control options
  • Limited to shooting in JPEG; no RAW option
  • Maximum ISO setting is 1600
  • LCD is smaller than average at 2.7 inches
  • LCD resolution is below average
  • No touchscreen or articulated LCD
  • Maximum aperture of lens is below average at f/3.0
  • Video is limited to 720p HD resolution and 25 frames per second
  • Four-way button is so small that it's very difficult to use
  • Camera is almost too small to be held comfortably while shooting
  • Battery life could be quite a bit better
Bottom Line
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS feels like a blast from the past, as many of its features seem like they were more common on point-n-shoot cameras from a few years ago. The ELPH 190 is plagued with a 2.7-inch LCD screen, a maximum 720p HD video resolution, tiny control buttons, inconsistent color accuracy, and an unusable continuous shot mode, all of which were problems that were common a few years ago in the low end of the compact camera category. The ELPH 190 does have a 10x optical zoom lens and virtually no shutter lag in bright scenes, which are nice to find, but there's too many drawbacks with this camera to recommend it, unless you can find it at a significant bargain to its MSRP of $159. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS boasts a 20-megapixel CCD images sensor capable of capturing 720p HD video. The 10x optical zoom lens features image stabilization for sharp pictures and wobble-free video. Smart Auto mode allows the camera to pre-select settings (helpful for new shutterbugs), while Scene Mode allows each user to customize images with additional effects. Eco Mode will help preserve battery life. And, finally, we have built-in Wi-Fi (with a dedicated button) and NFC technologies to connect this camera to a smartphone or tablet for instant sharing and file transfer.

PowerShot ELPH 190 IS Features:
  • 20MP CCD sensor
  • 10x optical zoom lens
  • Image Stabilization
  • 720p HD video
  • Smart Auto mode
  • Scene Mode
  • Eco mode
  • Built-in Wi-FI (with a dedicated button)
  • NFC

PowerShot ELPH 190 IS is available in Black, Red or Blue, for a suggested retail price of $159.99. See our lowest price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Battery Pack NB-11L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LF
  • Leaflet Getting Started


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