Canon ELPH 140 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 127g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Introduced February 2014
  • Alternative Name is IXUS 150
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon ELPH 140 IS overview

Canon ELPH 140 IS is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera originally introduced on February of 2014. The camera uses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456. The camera is referred to as "IXUS 150" in certain regions.

The ELPH 140 IS is placed #42 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #906 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon ELPH 140 IS history

The Canon ELPH 140 IS is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 140 IS vs ELPH 190 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS
ELPH 140 IS vs ELPH 360 HS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 180
ELPH 140 IS vs ELPH 180
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 140 IS vs ELPH 350 HS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS28-224mm
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
ELPH 140 IS vs ELPH 150 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
ELPH 140 IS vs ELPH 135

Canon ELPH 140 IS Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Canon ELPH 140 IS based on criterias which are generally viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

decent sensor resolution (16MP)
features face detect focusing
features tracking focus
flash built-in
good min ISO (100)
good zoom range (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
rather wide (28mm)
can't use external flash
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
doesn't have HDMI support
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have mic jack
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual exposure
lack of manual focus
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
no moving screen
no phase detect AF
no RAW files
no shutter priority
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
sluggish at long end (f6.9)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Canon ELPH 140 IS Sensor features

The Canon ELPH 140 IS is run by the Digic 4+ processor. The size of the sensor in the Canon ELPH 140 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the ELPH 140 IS's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The ELPH 140 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS sensor size Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 140 IS dimensions

Canon ELPH 140 IS has a weight of 0.28 pounds (127g or 4.48 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Canon ELPH 140 IS is on par in comparison with various competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Canon ELPH 140 IS beside a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the ELPH 140 IS.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 140 IS Lens features

The ELPH 140 IS has got an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 28-224mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which is definitely not outstanding nevertheless it is likely to be invaluable in certain cases.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.2 making it really sluggish and not good in low light events and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to raise your ISO setting resulting in noisy shots. At the long end, 224mm comes with f6.9 which is pretty slow and you will have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 140 IS Connectivity

The ELPH 140 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer images and usually adjust settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 140 IS Video features

The maximum video quality in the Canon ELPH 140 IS is 1280 x 720 and it can save in H.264 file format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should really target at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you get zero control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase another model if you need better audio in your videos.

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Canon ELPH 140 IS Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Canon ELPH 140 IS so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Canon ELPH 140 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 140 IS houses a 2.7" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon ELPH 140 IS are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be quite beneficial during sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Canon ELPH 140 IS Shutter features

Canon ELPH 140 IS can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon ELPH 140 IS Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon ELPH 140 IS has got just built-in flash with no external flash ability.

Canon ELPH 140 IS Autofocus features

Canon ELPH 140 IS has got only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and exact than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it useful for people photography.

The Sensor boasts 9 focus points to choose from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Canon ELPH 140 IS has not got manual focus. Manual focus is good during low light conditions or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Canon ELPH 140 IS Battery life

The battery (NB-11L) on the Canon ELPH 140 IS is built to last for 230 clicks based on the CIPA requirements which is on par with its competitors. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the highest possible (320) battery life within this category of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Ultracompact cameras with the best battery life:

Canon ELPH 140 IS for specific styles of photography

The following chart displays a summation of the Canon ELPH 140 IS for specific styles of photography. To see more, check out the specific section underneath.

Canon ELPH 140 IS Portrait photography advice

The Canon ELPH 140 IS has a points total of 36 which is terrible, meaning that it is not appropriate for portraits. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos along with the flexibility to utilize external flash.

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resolution is good (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Canon ELPH 140 IS Street photography factors

Getting a reasonable points total of 58, the Canon ELPH 140 IS is fairly appropriate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Canon ELPH 140 IS Sports photography information

A terrible sports photography rating of 41 suggests the Canon ELPH 140 IS is not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Canon ELPH 140 IS

Portability is extremely critical in picking a travel camera. All round, the Canon ELPH 140 IS gets a very good 66 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent choice to take on your holidays.

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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)

Canon ELPH 140 IS as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone who is looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon ELPH 140 IS and it's terrible rating of 39 for a landscape camera is not appropriate compared to its competitors.

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relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode

Canon ELPH 140 IS as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should really offer a articulating screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Canon ELPH 140 IS is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a terrible score of 31.

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relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone socket

Canon ELPH 140 IS Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the ELPH 140 IS, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Ultracompact.

The graph listed below offers you a summary of the ELPH 140 IS vs it's highest rated competitors listed earlier.

These are various other cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS
Also called as
IXUS 150
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Digic 4+
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
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 speed
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, on, off, slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
Video format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
127g (0.28 pounds)
95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9")
Battery life
230 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Launch cost