Canon IXUS 115 HS review:

Canon IXUS 115 HS

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Typical Price: £145.00
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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Gorgeous design; large, clear LCD display; easy to use; 1080p video capture; strong performance.

The Bad Slightly soft images; possible to get a more versatile camera for a similar price.

The Bottom Line The Canon IXUS 115 HS compact camera outshines many of its rivals in terms of performance, features and usability. It's not exactly a munter either.

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8.8 Overall

Canon has long had a knack for designing great-looking cameras -- the IXUS 115 HS being a prime example. But there would be little point in forking out £145 for a handsome snapper if the photos themselves were an ugly, pixellated mess. Thankfully, the 115's photos match its good looks.

Sophisticated devil

Canon's IXUS line has always been about design. The 115 is no exception, marrying simplicity and sophistication with several varieties of aplomb.

This isn't the sharpest test shot we've ever captured, but the colours are well-balanced and the overall look is pleasingly natural compared to that produced by some similarly priced models. There's less noise in areas of solid colour too (click image to enlarge).

The solid metal body is available in blue, grey and pink, as well as the classic IXUS silvery-gold colour. The body is slim but not as compact or lightweight as that of some previous models. This may, in part, be due to the sizeable, 3-inch LCD screen on the device's rear. It's not touch-sensitive in any way -- navigation is carried out via a traditional five-way pad -- but it's an exceptionally high-quality display nonetheless.

On the front of the 115, the 4x zoom lens housing sits almost entirely flush with the camera's body when retracted, with the shiny silver ring raised barely a millimetre above the rest of the surface. The top edge hosts just three controls -- a shutter-release button surrounded by a zoom lever, a power button and a switch that alternates the camera between full auto mode and standard operation.

There's a fairly decent variety of shooting options available, including a 1:1 ratio setting, three different metering modes, a generous assortment of genuinely useful and arty effects, and 1080p high-definition video capture. 

Canon's even made room on the 115's uncluttered surface for a dedicated video-record button and an HDMI-output socket.

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