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The Canon IXUS 140 is a digital camera which features built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to transfer images to iOS and Android devices, or upload directly to social networks such as Facebook. It also has an 8x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel sensor, available for £159.00.
When shooting there is Smart Auto which detects and adjusts the camera settings, selecting from 32 different scenes. There are also a range of creative modes available, such as miniature and selective colour. To save power and take more photos per charge you can switch to Eco mode.
Videos are recorded in 720p, with optical zoom available.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 8x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-224mm)
- Intelligent image stabilisation
- 3.0 inch PureColor II G LCD screen
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 100-6400
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- Smart auto mode
- Creative modes
- Available in black, silver, pink and red
On the top of the camera is the on/off button, zoom rocker and shutter release. The menu system is well laid out. You press the function button to amend shooting options, with the menu button giving you access to the general camera options.
To use the Wi-Fi you need to enter playback and press the Wi-Fi button (which also acts as the exposure compensation button when shooting). The screen which appears shows you the varying options available, represented by symbols - not particularly easy to understand initially. Other than that, the Canon app is easy to use in order to download images and videos from the camera.
Battery life is rated at 190 shots according to CIPA test results, this is quite low and will only reduce quicker if you use the Wi-Fi a lot, if you are travelling, carrying a spare is recommended. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.15 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.9 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.8 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.2 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.6 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - Flash||0.3 fps|
Continuous shooting records in full 16 megapixel resolution.
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Canon IXUS 140 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/25 sec | f/4.0 | 12.8 mm | ISO 125
Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 160
Low Light | 1 sec | f/5.0 | 23.3 mm | ISO 100
Pet Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 17.8 mm | ISO 320
Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with superb colour reproduction. Portraits have decent skin tones although there is a little red-eye when using the flash.
Canon IXUS 140 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
16x Zoom Plus | 1/320 sec | f/6.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Images have a decent amount of detail when shooting wide and the telephoto end of the lens, with purple fringing kept under control. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, which allows for excellent macro shots.
Canon IXUS 140 ISO test images
1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 100
1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 200
1/30 sec | f/4.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 400
1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 800
1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 1600
1/20 sec | f/4.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 2000
1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 4000
1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 14.9 mm | ISO 6400
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and 200, but a small amount does affect image quality at ISO 400. Noise causes images to become soft at ISO 800, with detail lost at ISO 1600. When shooting at ISO's higher than 1600, image size is reduced and quality is quite poor.
Canon IXUS 140 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.5 | 7.1 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/3.5 | 7.1 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.5 | 7.1 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.5 | 7.1 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the auto white balance (AWB) produces an image with an orange cast, with the incandescent preset taking a much better picture. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs well, with a similar image produced using the incandescent preset.
Canon IXUS 140 Digital filters
My Colours Black And White | 0.3 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Neutral | 0.3 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Positive Film | 0.3 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Sepia | 0.3 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid | 0.3 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid Blue | 0.3 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid Green | 0.3 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 100
My Colours Vivid Red | 0.3 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 100
Miniature | 1/640 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Colour Accent | 1/13 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 400
Colour Swap | 1/13 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 400
Fish Eye Effect | 1/20 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 640
Monochrome | 1/20 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 640
Poster Effect | 1/13 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 400
Super Vivid | 1/13 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 400
Toy Camera Effect | 1/13 sec | f/6.3 | 32.0 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - The IXUS 140 has a range of "My Colours" and other creative shooting modes, with a number of examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded at 720p HD. Quality is good, you can use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 140 is available for around £159.00. There aren't loads of cameras with this amount of optical zoom, options include the Nikon Coolpix S6150 at £90.00 and Canon PowerShot A4000 IS at £80.00. There are a few more options with 10x optical zoom such as the Fujifilm FinePix T400 at £68.67, Olympus VR-340 at £74.10 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 at £96.00. There are many cameras now available with Wi-Fi, if this is the feature which attracts you the most there is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 at £109.99 and Nikon Coolpix S800c at £222.70. There are also Wi-Fi memory cards from Transcend and Eye-Fi.
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 140 ProsBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Images have excellent colours
Minimum focusing distance of just 1cm
Compact, metal body
8x optical zoom
Canon IXUS 140 ConsLacks full HD video recording
Continuous shooting is slow
Poor noise performance from ISO 800 upwards
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Canon IXUS 140 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/6.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 224mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L (battery and charger supplied)|
|Box Contents||Battery pack, charer, interface cable, wrist strap, getting started guide, digital camera solution disk and warranty system booklet|