Canon’s IXUS range of compacts has always been suitably stylish and oh so svelte. The IXUS 125 HS is no different, providing strong design, build and specification – but is it style over substance? We find out.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon IXUS 125 HS

Overall score:86%
Image Quality:85%


  • Design, Build, Full HD video, Lens, Size,


  • Lack of critical sharpness at higher sensitivity settings, Low powered flash in poor position, Price


Canon IXUS 125 HS Review


Price as reviewed:


Performance, Image Quality and Verdict

Canon IXUS 125 HS Review – Performance and Image Quality

The Canon IXUS 125 HS’ capture timings are good rather than great, the very
briefest of pauses occurs when you half press the shutter release as
the focus and exposure are set, an AF point is activated and a gentle
beep confirm their acquisition. However, following a full press to take
the shot, it takes around two seconds for a Super Fine JPEG to be
captured and stored on a fast SDHC memory card.

In terms of
picture quality there’s some obvious barrel distortion at the wide-angle
end of the lens’ zoom range, but otherwise it does remarkably well. In
low light work and despite the (overly?) high pixel count on such small
sensors such as this, image noise is well controlled. In fact, up to ISO
800 image noise is almost absent, selecting 1600 ISO or the maximum ISO
3200 you get muted colour and reduced details as the camera’s systems
strut their noise reducing stuff.

Overall then, the camera
provides a good balance between size and features, the high resolution
sensor does not convince me as I had some unduly soft shots at higher
ISOs and the price might be something that would put some off unless the
size and design are the key factors in deciding to buy the camera.

Canon IXUS 125 HS Review – Verdict

Okay, so you’ll pay for the IXUS style and svelte design, but that comes at a cost that is not just in your bank balance.

Handling such small cameras is a compromised (the flash, the slippery body, the higher chance of camera shake) though mitigated by the 125’s image stabilisation and high sensitivity settings and controls. The lack of critical sharpness is disappointing at higher ISOs since it completely removes any advantage of having a sensor with over 16 million pixels on board the HS system reduces detail as it smoothes away the worst vagaries of the high sensitivity settings.

Yes the metering and white balance are very good and overall so the end user of such a camera may not care (or notice) such image detail issues, but when you look at the price of this camera over similar competing models with the same or similar specification, they may notice it then.


Video:Maximum Movie Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (at 24fps), Maximum Movie Duration: 4 GB or 10 minutes,
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
White Balance:Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom. Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto. White Balance Compensation in Underwater mode.
LCD:LCD Screen: 3-inch, 460k dots
Sensor:16.1-megapixel CMOS
Other:Macro Focus: 3cms, Aspect Ratio Modes: 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1, Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps), Self Timer: 10 seconds or 2 seconds,
Exposure Modes:Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst (4.0MP), Handheld Night Scene, Low Light (4.0MP), Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, Snow, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist
Metering System:Multi-pattern, centre weighted, spot
Connectivity:Video Out (TV Playback): Yes (HDMI),Computer Connection: Yes (USB/AV)
Weight:135g (including battery and memory card)
Flash Modes:Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Sync, Flash Range: 3.5m
Lens:24mm to 120mm, 5x zoom, Aperture Range: f/2.7 - f/5.9,
ISO Range:AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Power:Lithium-ion Rechargeable battery
Dimensions:93.2 x 57 x 20mm
Shutter Speeds:15 to 1/2000 seconds
File Formats:JPEG (Fine and Super Fine settings)
  1. 1. Canon IXUS 125 HS Review - Features and Design
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