Canon Elph 115 IS

Canon Elph 115 IS front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.7-5.9) lens
  • 135g - 93 x 57 x 20mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Alternative Name is IXUS 132 HS
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon Elph 115 IS summary

Canon Elph 115 IS is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera initially launched on January of 2013. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456. It is known as "IXUS 132 HS" in some countries.

The Elph 115 IS is positioned #28 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over-all #780 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please check out our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your custom requirements.

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Canon Elph 115 IS history

The Canon Elph 115 IS has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can check out all older and latest models alongside key specs.

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Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 350 HS
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Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 140 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 150 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 135
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-340-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 340 HS
Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 340 HS
Canon-Elph-115-IS front thumbnailCanon Elph 115 IS24-120mm
Canon-ELPH-130 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 130
Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 130
Canon-ELPH-520-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 520 HS
Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 520 HS
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Canon-ELPH-310-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 310 HS
Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 310 HS
Canon-ELPH-300-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 300 HS
Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 300 HS
Canon-ELPH-100-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 100 HS
Elph 115 IS vs ELPH 100 HS

Canon Elph 115 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Canon Elph 115 IS based on aspects that are usually regarded as essential in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
does have HDMI socket
features face detection focusing
features tracking autofocus
good zoom range (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
nice screen size (3 inch)
reasonably wide (24mm)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not have a selfie friendly screen
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW files
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual focus not available
no articulating screen
no manual exposure
pixelated screen (461 thousand dots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
terrible battery life (170 per charge)
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Canon Elph 115 IS Sensor details

The Canon Elph 115 IS is run by the DIGIC 5 chip. The spec of the sensor on the Canon Elph 115 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the Elph 115 IS's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The Elph 115 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Canon Elph 115 IS sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon Elph 115 IS dimensions

Canon Elph 115 IS weighs in at 0.30 pounds (135 grams / 4.76 ounces) & has outer size of 93mm x 57mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Canon Elph 115 IS is heavier when compared to its competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Canon Elph 115 IS with a softdrink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Canon Elph 115 IS dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button layout on the Elph 115 IS.

Canon Elph 115 IS topview buttons dials

Canon Elph 115 IS Lens specs

The Elph 115 IS provides a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't outstanding but it is likely to be very helpful in some conditions.

At the widest 24mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.7 making it rather slow and not ideal for low light circumstances and you will struggle to get good bokeh. You will also need to raise the ISO leading to noisy images. With the tele end, 120mm comes to f5.9 which is fairly slow and you would need to set slower shutter speeds.

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Canon Elph 115 IS Connectivity

The Elph 115 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send files and oftentimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon Elph 115 IS Video specs

The highest possible video resolution on the Canon Elph 115 IS is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in H.264 file format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance between video quality and file sizes but 1080p is not going to give you any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means you have got little control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to order an alternative camera in case you need better sound for your videos.

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Canon Elph 115 IS Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Canon Elph 115 IS so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.

Canon Elph 115 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon Elph 115 IS houses a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Canon Elph 115 IS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful during bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon Elph 115 IS Shutter specs

Canon Elph 115 IS continuous shooting speed is 2.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon Elph 115 IS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon Elph 115 IS comes with only in-built flash without external flash support.

Canon Elph 115 IS Autofocusing specs

Canon Elph 115 IS comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & accurate when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it valuable for taking portraits of people.

The AF system boasts 9 focus points to choose from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Canon Elph 115 IS lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful during low light occasions or you need to have more accurate control on depth of field.

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Canon Elph 115 IS Battery life

The battery life (NB-11L) for the Canon Elph 115 IS is built to last for 170 photographs according to the CIPA measurements making it lower when compared to it's competitors. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the best (320) battery life within this range of cameras.

Here is a listing of Ultracompact cameras with the best battery life:

Canon Elph 115 IS for varying styles of photography

The following illustration indicates a summary of the Canon Elph 115 IS for varying styles of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon Elph 115 IS Portrait photography features

The Canon Elph 115 IS receives a points tally of 35 which is bad, meaning that it is simply not very good to use for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos and capability to use off-camera lighting.

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MP count good (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Canon Elph 115 IS Street photography details

Having a decent score of 58, the Canon Elph 115 IS is fairly suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Canon Elph 115 IS Sports photography factors

A bad sports photography points total of 38 means the Canon Elph 115 IS is simply not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera must have good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (170 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus

Canon Elph 115 IS Travel photography information

Size is very crucial when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon Elph 115 IS gets a very good 63 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick to buy for your holidays.

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MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse function
bad battery (170 per charge)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)

Canon Elph 115 IS Landscape photography information

For anybody who is planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon Elph 115 IS at it's bad rating of 42 as a landscape camera is simply not very good within the current market.

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quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
manual mode not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
terrible battery power (170 CIPA)
missing Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Canon Elph 115 IS

A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating display, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Canon Elph 115 IS is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a bad score of 34.

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relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone socket

Canon Elph 115 IS Alternatives

If you want replacements to the Elph 115 IS, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Ultracompact.

The line chart here shows you an overview of the Elph 115 IS compared to it's highest scored rivals suggested previously.

These are some more cameras you may look at as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Canon Elph 115 IS
Also referred to as
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech
PureColor II G TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
135 gr (0.30 lbs)
93 x 57 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery life
170 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Pricing at release