18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Very good little camera for a very good price,
This review is from: Canon IXUS 115 HS Digital Camera - Blue (12.1MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Electronics)
I bought this camera in NZ after my camcorder broke down and I needed very quickly a camera to record movies and take pictures that was not going to break the bank (budget @200 NZ dollars - got it for 254...).
I found this little camera a bit of a gem. The camera itself is small, but still feels quite robust and should withstand a couple of knocks. It takes very reasonable pictures and I like both the auto and program settings. I do own a DSLR as well and although it's nowhere near to the picture quality of a DSLR, it certainly is very acceptable indeed.
The zoom range is fine for most people and it has got some likable picture modes in the settings. The one I used most was the taking a picture handheld in low light ('Handheld Nightscene'). The camera appears to be taking three or so shots in very quick succession and combining these to create a picture. It worked actually very well and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of it. A little blur was visible, but certainly one had to look fairly closely at it to detect this.
Movie mode is a bit more limited and don't expect too much quality from it. I played a recorded scene by the camera on a full HD television and although the quality was okay, the movie itself was quite soft in appearance and the colours were a bit washed out. Saying that, I was filming in bright light with the sun right in front of the camera. I would not advice to use this as a replacement camcorder.... Overall though I thought it was certainly good enough and the quality won't distract you from re-living the memory.
Battery life was impressive as well. A Disneyland trip from 09.00 - 23.30 with quite a lot of video and pictures taken and the battery wasn't ever close to flat!
The time of the flash recharging after taking a picture is very good as well. I'd say it's less than 3 seconds and unless you want to shoot quickly, it's not a problem.
Overall, it is a great little camera that gives a lot of camera for the money you pay.