Canon ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 138g - 95 x 57 x 24mm
  • Released January 2016
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon ELPH 190 IS overview

Canon ELPH 190 IS is Canon's Ultracompact camera originally launched on January of 2016. The camera houses a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5152 x 3864.

The ELPH 190 IS stands at #23 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all-around #761 out of 1453 for cameras in our database. You can try out our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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

Canon ELPH 190 IS family

The Canon ELPH 190 IS is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS24-240mm
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS
ELPH 190 IS vs ELPH 360 HS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 180
ELPH 190 IS vs ELPH 180
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 190 IS vs ELPH 350 HS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS
ELPH 190 IS vs ELPH 140 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
ELPH 190 IS vs ELPH 150 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
ELPH 190 IS vs ELPH 135

Canon ELPH 190 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Canon ELPH 190 IS based on things which are normally seen as crucial in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
good zoom range (24-240mm 10.0 x zoom)
NFC support
provides face detection focusing
quite wide (24mm)
bad battery power (190 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
external flash not possible
lack of manual exposure
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max fps low (0.8 fps)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no aperture priority mode
no external mic socket
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no manual focus
no shutter priority mode
no Time Lapse mode
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen does not articulate
screen is small (2.7")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Canon ELPH 190 IS Sensor details

The Canon ELPH 190 IS features the DIGIC 4+ processor chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Canon ELPH 190 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 20 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath illustrates the ELPH 190 IS's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The ELPH 190 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 190 IS dimensions

Canon ELPH 190 IS weighs around 0.30 pounds (138g or 4.87 oz) & has outside proportions of 95mm x 57mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Canon ELPH 190 IS is heavier in comparison with various rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the Canon ELPH 190 IS besides a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button arrangement on the ELPH 190 IS.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 190 IS Lens specs

The ELPH 190 IS comes with an inbuilt lens and it has a focal range of 24-240mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which is not perfect but it will surely be valuable in a few situations.

At the widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.0 which is really slow and not good for low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You might also have to boost the ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. Towards the tele end, 240mm comes at f6.9 which is fairly slow and you would need to set slow shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 190 IS Connectivity

The ELPH 190 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes

Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send pictures and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Canon ELPH 190 IS Video specs

The highest video quality in the Canon ELPH 190 IS is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should really target a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone socket so you get little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to purchase another model if you want decent audio for your video clips.

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Canon ELPH 190 IS Weather Sealing

Canon ELPH 190 IS doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions can affect the camera.

Canon ELPH 190 IS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 190 IS is equipped with a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Canon ELPH 190 IS are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders are particularly useful.

Canon ELPH 190 IS Shutter specs

Canon ELPH 190 IS can shoot continuously at 0.8 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon ELPH 190 IS Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon ELPH 190 IS has only built-in flash with no external flash ability.

Canon ELPH 190 IS Autofocusing specs

Canon ELPH 190 IS has just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is useful for portrait photography.

Canon ELPH 190 IS does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode is useful for low light or you want more exact control on focusing.

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Canon ELPH 190 IS Battery life

The battery power (NB-11LH) for the Canon ELPH 190 IS is made to last for 190 shots as per the CIPA measurements making it lower compared with it's competitors. The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the highest (320) battery life for this range of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Ultracompact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Canon ELPH 190 IS for various styles of photography

The following chart gives a overview of the Canon ELPH 190 IS for various styles of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon ELPH 190 IS Portrait photography highlights

The Canon ELPH 190 IS has a score of 39 which is lousy, and means the camera is simply not appropriate for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support plus the capability to utilize external lighting.

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decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Canon ELPH 190 IS Street photography features

Coming in at a decent score of 59, the Canon ELPH 190 IS is reasonably acceptable 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 is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Canon ELPH 190 IS Sports photography information

A lousy sports photography score of 37 indicates the Canon ELPH 190 IS is simply not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera should have great focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
slow fps (0.8 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery (190 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Canon ELPH 190 IS Travel photography advice

Portability is extremely crucial when choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon ELPH 190 IS gets a nice 64 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit to take on your holidays.

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good resolution (20MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
not so great battery (190 per charge)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)

Landscape photography with Canon ELPH 190 IS

If you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon ELPH 190 IS and it's lousy rating of 40 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate compared to it's competition.

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quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
no manual control
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
low battery pack (190 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Canon ELPH 190 IS Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon ELPH 190 IS is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a lousy score of 32.

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fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone socket

Canon ELPH 190 IS Alternatives

If you want replacements to the ELPH 190 IS, below is a list of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The chart down below provides you an overview of the ELPH 190 IS versus it's highest ranking rivals suggested earlier.

These are various other cameras you might view as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-240mm (10.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
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
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
138g (0.30 pounds)
95 x 57 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Battery life
190 shots
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Pricing at launch