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The Canon IXUS 125 HS updates the IXUS 115 HS and is one of the smallest cameras available from Canon and would definitely fit into the category 'Ultra Compact' - being just 20mm thick. It features a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens, 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon's High Speed System with Full HD video.
- 16.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens - 24-120mm equivalent
- Optical Image Stabilisation
- 3 inch screen, 460k dots
- Full HD video, High Speed video VGA at 120fps, 320x240 at 240fps
- 5fps continuous shooting at 4 megapixels
- ISO100 to ISO3200
- 3cm macro mode
- Available in Blue, Silver, Green, Pink, Red (or black in other countries)
Handling - The camera is extremely compact with very little grip and therefore a wrist strap is highly recommended. Thankfully one is provided in the box. The camera modes are easily selected using the top switch, video record button and playback button. To change between the shooting and scene modes you press the Func/Set button and this brings up the photo options on screen where you can scroll through each mode such as Program, Auto, Fisheye, Night, Handheld Night Scene, Lowlight, etc. The D-pad and menus buttons are quite small and if you have large hands you may find pressing the buttons difficult.
Ixus 125hs Rear
Menus - The main options are set using the FUNC / set button, with further settings held within the main menus, where you can set focus, digital zoom, flash settings, date stamp, time settings and more. The options are easy to use thanks to the camera having built in hints and tips explaining what the settings and options do.
Ixus 125hs Bottom Battery
Battery Life - CIPA life is rated at 170 shots. We were able to take over 180 shots before the battery went flat. This isn't too bad for an ultra compact, although better battery life would be nice.
Canon IXUS 125 HS also known as the PowerShot ELPH 110 HS in the US.
Speed - We tested each camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Canon IXUS 125 HS||Panasonic TZ25|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3||0.15|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.35||0.3|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.0||1.6|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||2.0||0.6|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.3||1.2|
|Continuous Shooting (JPEG)||0.6||10fps (4 shots)|
|Continuous 4 megapixels||5fps (~ shots)||N/A|
Continuous AF Shooting (JPEG)
Continuous 3 megapixels
Continuous 2.5 megapixels
5fps (5 shots)
40fps (40 shots)
60fps (30 shots)
|Continuous Shooting (with Flash)||1.3s||2fps (5 shots, 3m)|
Focus and shutter response are reasonably quick, although shot to shot time could be quicker, especially when using flash. Continuous shooting is reasonable at nearly 2 fps when shooting at full resolution and 5fps shooting is available at 4 megapixels.
Canon IXUS 125 HS Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Night Shot | 1/20 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 1600
Miniature | 1/200 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 160
Macro | 1/400 sec | f/2.8 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100
Sample photos - The camera produces bright saturated images and performs best in bright sunny weather with good detail in images. Macro performance is good with the camera allowing you to zoom into the subject for extra detail.
Canon IXUS 125 HS Lens test images
Wide | 1/800 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/320 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 200
Lens Test images - Purple fringing is higher than expected, with it noticeable in areas of contrast. Detail is quite good in the centre of the image, with the corners being quite soft.
Canon IXUS 125 HS ISO test images
1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 100
1/8 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 200
1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
1/30 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800
1/60 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 1600
1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is quite low at ISO100 and increases at ISO200 and ISO400. At ISO800 noise increases and detail is lost. Colour is strong and it's not until ISO1600 until colour saturation drops. Noise at ISO1600 is high, but images should still be usable when resized. ISO3200 is best avoided if possible with high noise levels and more colour loss.
Canon IXUS 125 HS White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/8 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
Tungsten Preset | 1/6 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent | 0.4 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent Preset | 0.4 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under tungsten lighting and using the auto white balance (AWB) setting the images have a yellow cast, with the tungsten preset giving a much more neutral result. Under fluorescent lighting the image colour is a little warm and again using the fluorescent preset gives a better result.
Canon IXUS 125 HS Digital filters
Colour Accent | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Colour Swap | 1/320 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Fish Eye | 1/800 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Mono | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Poster Effect | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Soft | 1/1000 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Toy Cam | 1/500 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Vivid | 1/800 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - There are a number of fun filters include Toy Cam, Fisheye effect, as well as useful options including Low-light and Handheld nightshot modes. Unfortunately a built in panoramic stitch mode is not included.
Video - The camera records full HD video with optical zoom and digital zoom. Slow motion video is also available at 120fps (VGA) and 240fps (at 320x240) without sound. An example can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 125 HS is up against a number of compact competitors, including the Panasonic Lumix FX90 (with WiFi), Nikon Coolpix S100 (with stereo sound), Samsung MV800 (with rotating screen), Canon IXUS 230 HS (with 8x zoom) and Panasonic Lumix SZ1 (with 10x zoom), nearly all of these are currently cheaper than the IXUS 125 HS. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Canon IXUS 125 HS ProsUltra compact 5x optical zoom camera
Handheld Night-Shot Mode
Compact metal body
Good macro performance
Bright saturated colours
Small rear buttons (d-pad and menu buttons)
Canon IXUS 125 HS Cons
Lacks in camera panoramic stitching
High price compared to other cameras
High purple fringing
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Canon IXUS 125 HS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.7 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 120mm|
|CCD pixels||16.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||461,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Stereo Sound||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No Data|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L|
|Box Contents||No Data|