Canon ELPH 135

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 127g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Introduced February 2014
  • Additionally referred to as IXUS 145
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon ELPH 135 overview

Canon ELPH 135 is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera first introduced on February of 2014. It houses a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456. The camera is also known as "IXUS 145" in other regions.

The ELPH 135 stands at #50 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #945 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon ELPH 135 history

The Canon ELPH 135 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can discover all past and current models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 135 vs ELPH 190 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS
ELPH 135 vs ELPH 360 HS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 180
ELPH 135 vs ELPH 180
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 135 vs ELPH 350 HS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS
ELPH 135 vs ELPH 140 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
ELPH 135 vs ELPH 150 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 13528-224mm

Canon ELPH 135 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon ELPH 135 based on features which are usually viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Digital)
built in zoom lens (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
provides tracking autofocus
reasonably wide (28mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW format
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual focus
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no external microphone support
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no manual control
no shutter priority
no Timelapse recording
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen does not articulate
screen is small (2.7")
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f6.9)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Canon ELPH 135 Sensor specifications

The Canon ELPH 135 is powered by the Digic 4+ chip. The sensor spec in the Canon ELPH 135 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Digital). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the ELPH 135's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The ELPH 135 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 135 dimensions

Canon ELPH 135 weighs in at 0.28 lbs (127 grams / 4.48 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Canon ELPH 135 is on par compared with other rivals.

Photography Glossary

Here is a picture of the Canon ELPH 135 alongside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button arrangement on the ELPH 135.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 135 Lens specifications

The ELPH 135 provides a fixed lens providing a focal range of 28-224mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which isn't significant however it is likely to be very helpful in a few scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.2 making it fairly slow and not very good in low light events and you will probably find it hard to capture good bokeh. You might also have to boost the ISO setting causing noisy images. On the tele end, 224mm comes to f6.9 which is fairly slow and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 135 Connectivity

The ELPH 135 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send files and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 135 Video specifications

The maximum video resolution in the Canon ELPH 135 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in H.264 file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should target a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you get no control over your audio. It is perhaps best to consider a different model in case you need better audio in your videos.

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Canon ELPH 135 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Canon ELPH 135 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Canon ELPH 135 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 135 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon ELPH 135 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be particularly valuable.

Canon ELPH 135 Shutter specifications

Canon ELPH 135 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon ELPH 135 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon ELPH 135 includes only inbuilt flash without external flash ability.

Canon ELPH 135 Autofocusing specifications

Canon ELPH 135 includes just Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection which is useful for portrait photography.

It supports 9 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Canon ELPH 135 has not got manual focus. Manual focus mode is useful for low light conditions or you need more exact depth of field control.

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Canon ELPH 135 Battery life

The battery (NB-11L) in the Canon ELPH 135 is made to last for 230 photos as per the CIPA standards making it about the same as its rivals. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest possible (320) battery life for this category of cameras.

Below is a number of Ultracompact cameras having the best battery life:

Canon ELPH 135 for various kinds of photography

The following chart displays a overview of the Canon ELPH 135 for various kinds of photography. To check out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon ELPH 135 as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon ELPH 135 receives a score of 35 which is subpar, and means the camera is not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the ability to utilize off-camera flash.

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sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Canon ELPH 135 as a Street photography camera

With a moderate points tally of 58, the Canon ELPH 135 is relatively appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon ELPH 135 Sports photography details

A subpar sports photography points tally of 41 indicates the Canon ELPH 135 is not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera should have good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good resolution (16MP)
includes tracking focus
low fps (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Canon ELPH 135

Weight is extremely important when getting a camera for travel. In general, the Canon ELPH 135 gets a above average 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to take with you on your trips.

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megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)

Canon ELPH 135 Landscape photography highlights

For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor will be image quality. The Canon ELPH 135 at it's subpar rating of 39 as a landscape camera is not acceptable compared to its competition.

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really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Canon ELPH 135

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Canon ELPH 135 is not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar rating of 31.

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really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
offers face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack

Canon ELPH 135 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the ELPH 135, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall under the class of Ultracompact.

The chart just below provides you an overview of the ELPH 135 vs it's top scored rivals listed above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot ELPH 135
Alternate name
IXUS 145
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 4+
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, on, off, slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
127 gr (0.28 pounds)
Physical dimensions
95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9")
Battery life
230 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Launch price