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Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 Review

Canon recently introduced 3 new PowerShot ELPH series digital cameras. The ELPH series is Canon’s compact camera line of sleek pocket cameras. Among those introduced is the Canon PowerShot ELP 135 — an affordable model that’s almost the same price as the Canon’s A series line of entry-level point-and-shoot cameras.

Key Features:

16MP, 1/2.3 in. Type (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CCD Sensor 

Digic 4+ Image Processor 

–  8x Optical Zoom (28 – 224mm equivalent)

–  Aperture F3.2 – 6.9

–  Shutter Speed 15 sec – 1/2000 sec

–  Macro Focus Range 1cm (0.39 in.)

–  ISO 100 – 1600

–  HD Video, 720p

– Built-in Flash


Heart of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 135:

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 has a 16-megapixel, 1/2.3 in. type (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CCD Sensor with a combination of the Digic 4+ image processor. This allows the camera to reproduce images rich in details that can be blown up at a sufficient size.

The Digic 4+ image processor inside the ELPH 135 reduces noise significantly and assures you of a high quality output even in low light situations. Also because of the processors’ efficient design, it only draws minimal power which helps prolong battery life.

The camera’s sensitivity is rated at ISO 100 – 1600 which is more or less normal for a point-and-shoot camera. Also for recording movies, the ELPH 135 comes with a 720p HD Video.

Optical Zoom Lens

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 has a far-reaching optical zoom of 8x – more than reasonable for its size and budget-friendly price. This is equivalent to having a coverage of 28 – 224mm in a 35mm format. That’s more than the typical range of a kit lens offered in DSLRs. From shooting landscapes to family portraits to close-ups, this simple camera can do the job.

A 4x digital zoom is also available. That means you can digitally zoom in all the way to 896mm. (Although it is most effective up to 2x only or roughly 448mm.) To improve the digital zoom further, the ELPH 135 is equipped with a Digital IS which minimizes image blur. This is done in the camera’s processor by using blur reduction processing. It takes 3 successive shots of a still subject such as landscapes, cityscapes, or any stationary object and integrates them to form a single clear image.

If the subject is moving, the same 3 successive shots are taken but only the clearest image is saved.The ELPH 135 also has a good close-up focus for macro. You can focus as close as 1 cm. or 0.39 in. away from your subject. This maximizes the utilization of your sensor and an advantage when blowing-up your photo.

The aperture is rated at F3.2 at its widest focal length and F6.9 at its maximum telephoto range.

Additional Features:

The ELPH 135 also has a built-in flash which has a range of 9.8ft (3m) for the wide angle and 4.9ft (1.5m) at telephoto. That’s enough to light your subject when the situation requires.

Also for ease of shooting, the camera has Smart AUTO which uses 32 predefined shooting situations that it can compare with your subject. This allows the ELPH 135 a wide range to choose from when optimizing the setting for that particular shot. All you have to do is focus on the composition and capture the shot.

Lastly it has 6 creative shooting modes that help you render the image artistically without using an external software.

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