Features & Controls

The powerful and compact 12X lens will get you close to far-off subjects. To operate the zoom motor, you use the zoom ring around the shutter button. Even at full zoom, shown above, the lens projects less than 1.5 inch from the camera body.

The lens can be a little slow when shooting indoors or in low light. That's because the maximum aperture of f/7.0 at full telephoto forces the camera to use a slower shutter speed than it would with a wider aperture; the maximum aperture at wide angle is f/3.6.

The camera is outfitted with 16-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. With the ability to shoot at up to ISO 3200, this ELPH can capture attractive images without flash in low light, without introduced an undo amount of digital noise.

The auto focus works quickly in most situations. The shutter lag is minimal (perhaps in part because continuous AF is turned on by default). But even with continuous AF turned off, shutter lag is minimal.

Focal Length
4.5 (W) - 54.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 25-300mm)

Focusing Range
Auto: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W)
Infinity: 9.8 ft. (3m) - infinity (W,T)

Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus

Maximum Aperture
f/3.6 (W), f/7.0 (T)

The 3-inch LCD offers a modest 461,000-dot resolution. It is sharp and bright enough for almost all situations, though it lacks the razor-sharp details of higher-resolution screens.

LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle

LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 dots

LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%


The buttons on the back panel sit to the right of LCD. From top to bottom: movie record, playback, four-way control, wireless communication, menu.

Note that the top position of the four-way control has two assignments: In shooting mode it launches the exposure compensation feature, but in playback mode it gives you the Wi-Fi menu. The left position puts the camera in macro mode, and the right button serves up the flash menu. The bottom position changes the display view in both shooting and playback modes.

The Wi-Fi button (with the smartphone icon) aims to make for easy sharing. With compatible NFC (near field communication) devices, such as a smartphone or other camera, you can transfer files wirelessly without having to dive into a menu.


The right side of the top panel is where you'll find the on/off button, shutter button with the zoom ring wrapped around it, and a three-position switch for quickly changing from (left to right) shooting mode, Creative Shot mode, and Hybrid Auto mode.

If you're a heavy user of flash, you should consider that the flash is neither quick to recharge, nor is its range impressive. I found the flash to typically take about 5 seconds before being able to fire for my next shot. At wide angle, the illumination dropped off just past 10 feet, roughly, which is limiting when photographing large groups of people.

Built-in Flash modes
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off

Flash Range
1.6 ft. - 13 ft. (W), 3.3 - 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm - 4.0m (W), (1.0m - 2.0m (T))

Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)

Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Ports are a simple affair, just a USB/AV port and a mini HDMI port. These side behind a rubberized flap that covers the entire side of the camera. No cables are included with the camera.

The camera's Li-ion battery has a meager rating of 190 shots, or 280 shots with Eco mode turned on. But with only a few flash shots and many burst mode frames, I captured 718 stills and 14 short videos before the battery called it quits.

Both the battery compartment and the memory card slot sit behind a hinged door on the bottom of the camera.

Supported storage media:
  • SD Memory Card
  • SDHC Memory Card
  • SDXC Memory Card

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