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Canon IXUS 185 Digital Compact Camera Review - Performance

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Canon IXUS 185 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Canon IXUS 185 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Easy Auto mode does a decent job at capturing images but it does have a habit of firing the flash and bumping up the ISO when it thinks it needs to which can result in poorer results. However, on days where light levels are pretty even, colours are good and there's plenty of detail - the sunflower is a good example of this. Throw in some mixed lighting and the Canon IXUS 185 will get really confused; either losing detail in shadow areas and/or overexposing brighter areas of the shot. The image of the church door, for example, has a wide dynamic range and the Auto Mode hasn't left enough detail in dark areas while purple fringing and overexposure can be seen in brighter spots. There is +/- 2 EV to assist in such situations, however, if you switch to P mode. Greens can appear a little toxic, too. Portraits are good, from a distance, but noise does creep in when you look closely. It's a shame the auto mode doesn't automatically add bokeh to portrait backgrounds as this is something smartphones do really well. 


Canon IXUS 185 Lens test images

Lens Test Images - Where possible stick to the 8x optical zoom as digital zoom is rather terrible with an obvious loss in detail. Purple fringing can be an issue, sometimes, too. 


Canon IXUS 185 ISO test images

Noise Performance - Where possible, stick to lower ISO values as even at ISO100 you can see some artefacts creeping in. ISO400, you see a loss in detail and ISO1600 should be avoided when possible. 


Canon IXUS 185 White-balance test images

White Balance - Auto White Balance under Fluorescent and Tungsten produced the most accurate results with the Fluorescent option looking a touch warm and the Tungsten preset having a colour cast. Auto White Balance under mixed also has a colour cast to it. 


Video - You can capture video with the IXUS 185 but it's only in HD which, when compared with smartphones that can capture video in FullHD or 4K, may be disappointing to some. There is a microphone built-in and a separate speaker, though, and you can use the 8x optical zoom lens while recording. Dynamic range can be a problem for the camera, and the lack of image stabilisation means images are not stable, unless you're prepared to use a tripod.



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18 Jul 2019 2:32PM
Why are you reviewing this 2-year old camera now?
18 Jul 2019 3:46PM

Quote:Why are you reviewing this 2-year old camera now?

As we said in our introduction: "You may be wondering why we're reviewing a compact camera that was released in 2017 and the answer to that is, despite its age, the Canon IXUS 185 is still a popular model on Amazon, Argos and other retailers who still sell the camera for around 88-90."
18 Jul 2019 4:07PM
Ah, thanks. As you can tell I didn't read the introduction. Tongue
ErrolC 8 1 South Africa
12 Jan 2021 12:51PM
What would be a good step up to the next best camera/s?

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