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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Canon IXUS 125 HS
Price: £169.43
Rating: 3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5

Canon IXUS 125 HS Ultra Compact Camera Review - The Canon IXUS 125 HS is one of the smallest IXUS models available, we find out how this ultra compact performs.

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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Ixus 125hs Front Angled

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.

Canon IXUS 125 HS Features

Ixus 125hs Front On

Key Features

  • 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
  • iContrast
  • 3cm macro mode
  • Available in Blue, Silver, Green, Pink, Red (or black in other countries)

Canon IXUS 125 HS Handling

Ixus 125hs Top On

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
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
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 ELPH 110 HS
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
Shutter Response 0.05 <0.05
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
N/A 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 Performance

Here we've taken a number of sample photos taken in a variety of situations, including real world as well as studio test photos. Additional sample photos and information can be found in the Equipment Database.

Canon IXUS 125 HS Sample Photos

Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Night Shot | 1/20 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 1600

Night Shot | 1/20 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Miniature | 1/200 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 160

Miniature | 1/200 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 160
High-Res

Macro | 1/400 sec | f/2.8 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100

Macro | 1/400 sec | f/2.8 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


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

Wide | 1/800 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100

Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Digital Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100

Digital Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.9 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Trees | 1/320 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 200

Trees | 1/320 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 200
High-Res


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

1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

1/8 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 200

1/8 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400

1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

1/30 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800

1/30 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

1/60 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 1600

1/60 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 3200

1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 17.8 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res


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

AWB Tungsten | 1/8 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Tungsten Preset | 1/6 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100

Tungsten Preset | 1/6 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB Fluorescent | 0.4 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100

AWB Fluorescent | 0.4 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent Preset | 0.4 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent Preset | 0.4 sec | f/4.5 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


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 Accent | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Colour Swap | 1/320 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Colour Swap | 1/320 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fish Eye | 1/800 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Fish Eye | 1/800 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Mono | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Mono | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Poster Effect | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Poster Effect | 1/640 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Soft | 1/1000 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Soft | 1/1000 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Toy Cam | 1/500 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Toy Cam | 1/500 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Vivid | 1/800 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Vivid | 1/800 sec | f/2.7 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


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 Money

The 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 Verdict

The Canon IXUS 125 HS is a stylish ultra compact camera with a good set of features and the camera is capable of producing bright colourful images with good detail, although corners are a little soft and purple fringing is quite high. It would be nice if the buttons on the back were a little larger and if the camera featured a built in panoramic stitching mode. Also the high speed continuous shooting mode is limited to 5fps at 4 megapixels - it's a shame the "High Speed" designation doesn't mean that the whole camera is lightning fast. Overall this is a good looking camera that feels overpriced especially compared to other ultra compact cameras on the market.

Canon IXUS 125 HS Pros

Ultra compact 5x optical zoom camera
Handheld Night-Shot Mode
Compact metal body
Good macro performance
Bright saturated colours


Canon IXUS 125 HS Cons

Small rear buttons (d-pad and menu buttons)
Lacks in camera panoramic stitching
High price compared to other cameras
High purple fringing

FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
VERDICT

Canon IXUS 125 HS Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperture f/2.7 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent 24mm - 120mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width) 6.16mm
Sensor Size (height) 4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 461,000 dots
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 15sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 3200
White balance
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 2fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS 24
Stereo Sound No Data
Optical Zoom with Video No Data
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L
CIPA Rating 170
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 135g
Width 93.2mm
Height 57mm
Depth 20mm

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Comments

clairvoyant
10 Apr 2013 - 5:12 AM

Which one will provide a better image quality?
* IXUS 125 HS
* IXUS 220 HS
* IXUS 230 HS
* PowerShot A3400 IS
* PowerShot A4000 IS

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