Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7

Portability
96
Imaging
41
Features
35
Overall
38
Canon Elph 115 IS front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-7 front
Portability
84
Imaging
66
Features
71
Overall
68

Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 Key Specs

Canon Elph 115 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.7-5.9) lens
  • 135g - 93 x 57 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2013
  • Additionally referred to as IXUS 132 HS
Sony NEX-7
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 400g - 120 x 67 x 43mm
  • Revealed December 2011
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Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 Overview

Here is a extended analysis of the Canon Elph 115 IS and Sony NEX-7, former being a Ultracompact while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by brands Canon and Sony. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the Elph 115 IS (16MP) and NEX-7 (24MP) and the Elph 115 IS (1/2.3") and NEX-7 (APS-C) boast totally different sensor dimensions.

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The Elph 115 IS was launched 14 months later than the NEX-7 making them a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Canon Elph 115 IS being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony NEX-7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the Elph 115 IS scores versus the NEX-7 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon Elph 115 IS over the Sony NEX-7

 Elph 115 IS NEX-7 
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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-7 over the Canon Elph 115 IS

 NEX-7 Elph 115 IS 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k461kCrisper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Canon Elph 115 IS and Sony NEX-7

 Elph 115 IS NEX-7 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera frequently, you should consider its weight and volume. The Canon Elph 115 IS offers exterior measurements of 93mm x 57mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-7 has sizing of 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 400 grams (0.88 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the Elph 115 IS against the NEX-7.

Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the Elph 115 IS and NEX-7 is 96 and 84 respectively.

Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 top view buttons comparison

Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to visualise the difference in sensor sizing simply by looking through specs. The visual below will give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the Elph 115 IS and NEX-7.

All in all, both of those cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The Elph 115 IS because of its smaller sensor will make getting shallow DOF tougher and the Sony NEX-7 will result in extra detail utilizing its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will help you crop pics a bit more aggressively. The younger Elph 115 IS will have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 sensor size comparison

Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon Elph 115 IS Portrait photography advice
Sony NEX-7 Portrait photography advice
36
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
79
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon Elph 115 IS
Street photography with Sony NEX-7
58
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
77
screen tilts up and down
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon Elph 115 IS as a Sports photography camera
Sony NEX-7 as a Sports photography camera
39
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
provides tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery (170 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
63
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery pack (430 shots)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon Elph 115 IS Travel photography factors
Sony NEX-7 Travel photography factors
63
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse mode
low battery (170 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
70
better than average battery pack (430 shots)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon Elph 115 IS
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-7
42
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
manual mode not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
low battery (170 per charge)
no Time Lapse mode
73
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a good size (3")
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (430 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon Elph 115 IS as a Vlogging camera
Sony NEX-7 as a Vlogging camera
34
rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no mic port
35
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has microphone socket
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
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Canon Elph 115 IS vs Sony NEX-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon Elph 115 IS and Sony NEX-7
 Canon Elph 115 ISSony Alpha NEX-7
General Information
Make Canon Sony
Model Canon Elph 115 IS Sony Alpha NEX-7
Also called as IXUS 132 HS -
Category Ultracompact Advanced Mirrorless
Launched 2013-01-29 2011-12-13
Physical type Ultracompact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 5 Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 3200 16000
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 25
Cross focus points 1 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.7-5.9 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Available lenses - 121
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 461 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech PureColor II G TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Features
Min shutter speed 15 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 135 grams (0.30 lbs) 400 grams (0.88 lbs)
Physical dimensions 93 x 57 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8") 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 81
DXO Color Depth score not tested 24.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.4
DXO Low light score not tested 1016
Other
Battery life 170 photos 430 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-11L NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 or 5 images))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Retail price $225 $699