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Canon IXUS 115 HS - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Gavin Stoker



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Here are some general test shots taken with the IXUS 115 HS to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and focal range.


Like its sibling IXUS models, here we have a display of lovely natural colours from the 115 HS in this also crisply detailed extreme close up shot; those who do purely want to point and shoot and get decent results without spending a lot up from could do far worse than consider this budget model.


A decent depth of field has maintained detail for foreground to background; the shot could perhaps do with a little more contrast, but otherwise this is another very respectable result straight out of the camera.


Among the Canon IXUS 115 HS' fun digital effects filters is a toy camera mode, which delivers more muted colours reminiscent of a colorised black and white postcard and also corner shading to provide that pin hole camera look.


Among the same effects filters, accessed with a press of the function button if the camera is in program mode, is this increasingly ubiquitous miniature mode that, which narrows the portion of the image in focus to a central band and ramps up the colour saturation, 'shrinking' the subject to make it appear as if it's on a toy town scale, as here.


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 8

Brian ONeill

April 7, 2011, 9:48 pm

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Simon Hall

May 2, 2011, 11:36 pm

I bought one of these 2 weeks ago, and I am probably going to send it back. The Backlit CMOS sensor gives great low light performance, but in good light it gives worse pictures than my old CCD equipped IXUS 90 IS.
The focus is also slower, and it often fails to focus correctly. If you are going to shoot mainly in good light it it worth bearing this is mind.


November 28, 2011, 9:48 pm

Bought this two days ago. Have gone through all operational techniques.A nice handy camera with very good low light performance (considering the sensor size for this type). Image quality is quite good; so is its video recording capability. Cons:1. very scantily spaced control buttons; 2.cannot enter into digital (not optical) zoom for still images and video recording unless aspect ratio is set to 4:3, although the camera has shooting options in other desired aspect ratios.

G Hell

April 15, 2012, 2:38 pm

Been playing with this camera for a couple of weeks. Mixed results. It's behaved well in a variety of conditions and I love that I can fit a camera of this quality in a trouser pocket. On the other hand, I'm really annoyed that pictures taken with digital zoom are enlarged to the currently selected resolution.

Tiberiu Ghioca

January 1, 2013, 12:36 pm

Here is a full HD fireworks film:



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