Canon ELPH 180

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2016
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon ELPH 180 summary

Canon ELPH 180 is Canon's Ultracompact camera initially revealed on January of 2016. It has got a 20 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 5152 x 3864.

The ELPH 180 places at #29 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & overall #813 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personal factors.

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Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Canon ELPH 180 family

The Canon ELPH 180 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 180 vs ELPH 190 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS
ELPH 180 vs ELPH 360 HS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 18028-224mm
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 180 vs ELPH 350 HS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS
ELPH 180 vs ELPH 140 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
ELPH 180 vs ELPH 150 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
ELPH 180 vs ELPH 135

Canon ELPH 180 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of positives and negatives of the Canon ELPH 180 based on aspects that are usually considered important in a camera.

built in zoom lens (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
good resolution (20MP)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
quite wide (28mm)
very good minimum ISO (100)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW format
lack of manual focus
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
max fps low (0.8 frames per second)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no aperture priority mode
no external microphone port
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no manual exposure
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse recording
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
screen is fixed
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Canon ELPH 180 Sensor information

The Canon ELPH 180 houses the DIGIC 4+ processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Canon ELPH 180 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5152 x 3864 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 20MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The image below shows the ELPH 180's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The ELPH 180 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 sensor size Photography Glossary

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 180 dimensions

Canon ELPH 180 weighs about 0.28 pounds (126g / 4.44 oz) & the dimensions of the camera is 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Canon ELPH 180 is very much the same compared with other competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Canon ELPH 180 with a soda to help you get a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the ELPH 180.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 180 Lens information

The ELPH 180 provides a fixed lens offering a focal range of 28-224mm making it a 8.0 x zoom which is not great however it might be valuable in some situations.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.2 and that is kind of sluggish and not great for low light conditions and you may find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will also need to boost your ISO resulting in noisy photographs. For the long end, 224mm comes with f6.9 which is really slow and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 180 Connectivity

The ELPH 180 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Canon ELPH 180 Video information

The max video resolution in the Canon ELPH 180 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You really should shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The body does not have a microphone and headphone jack so you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to find a different camera if you require decent sound for your video clips.

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Canon ELPH 180 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Canon ELPH 180 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Canon ELPH 180 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 180 has got a 2.7 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder details for Canon ELPH 180 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders are pretty useful.

Canon ELPH 180 Shutter information

Canon ELPH 180 has the ability to shoot continuously at 0.8 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon ELPH 180 Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon ELPH 180 has just in-built flash with no external flash support.

Canon ELPH 180 Autofocusing information

Canon ELPH 180 has only Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is handy for portrait photography.

Canon ELPH 180 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good for low light scenarios or you want more exact focusing control.

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Canon ELPH 180 Battery life

The battery pack (NB-11LH) on the Canon ELPH 180 is made to last for 220 pictures based on the CIPA specifications making it comparable with it's competitors. The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the maximum (320) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Canon ELPH 180 for various types of photography

The following illustration shows a rundown of the Canon ELPH 180 for various types of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Canon ELPH 180 Portrait photography advice

The Canon ELPH 180 receives a points total of 39 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support & capability to work with external flash.

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good resolution (20 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Canon ELPH 180 Street photography info

Coming in at a average rating of 59, the Canon ELPH 180 is reasonably appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Canon ELPH 180 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography score of 39 suggests the Canon ELPH 180 is just not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera should have fantastic autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
max frames per second low (0.8 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Canon ELPH 180 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is pretty crucial when getting a travel camera. In general, the Canon ELPH 180 gets a very good 67 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to take on your vacations.

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good MP (20MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)

Canon ELPH 180 Landscape photography advice

When you are looking to choose a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon ELPH 180 at it's really bad score of 41 as a landscape camera is just not acceptable within the current market.

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decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual exposure not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Timelapse function

Canon ELPH 180 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon ELPH 180 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad rating of 32.

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really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic support

Canon ELPH 180 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the ELPH 180, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Ultracompact.

The line graph below offers you a bird's eye view of the ELPH 180 vs it's highest ranking competitors shown above.

Following are several cameras you may consider as alternatives. To read a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW files
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
0.8 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
126g (0.28 lb)
Physical dimensions
95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9")
Battery life
220 shots
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Price at release