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Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS Review

The recently introduced Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 is an affordable ELPH series compact camera. Although it’s a feature-packed camera, it does not have an image stabilizer (IS). Instead it only has a Digital IS feature which works only when the digital zoom is utilized. If you’re willing to spend a little more, Canon is offering an upgraded version of the ELPH 135 with an image stabilizer, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS.

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)

–   Optical Image Stabilizer

–   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

Canon ELP 140 IS

Heart of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS:

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS has the same 16-megapixel, 1/2.3 in. type (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CCD Sensor and the Digic 4+ image processor, as that of the ELPH 135. Its performance is more or less the same except for the image stabilizer on the ELPH 140 IS. With the help of the Digic 4+ image processor, the electronic Dynamic IS of the ELPH 140 IS is able to function effectively. This system compensates for multiple motion types to prevent or minimize blurs caused by parallel movement and tilt shifts when shooting. This allows you to have a steadier shot producing sharper and clearer images. This feature is also useful when using the video recorder while moving.  

The ELPH 140 IS allows you to shoot high definition video at 1280 x 720 pixel resolution or 720p at a rate of 25 frames per second. The movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 file format.

Camera’s Camera sensitivity still remains at ISO 100 – 1600, same as the ELPH 135. The ELPH 140 IS also has a 2.7 in., 230k dot TFT LCD monitor.

Optical Zoom Lens

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS is also paired with an 8x optical zoom which has an equivalent range of 28 – 224mm. More than enough for an ultra-compact camera that can be used to document fun-filled moments daily. It can take wide-angled shots of a group or telephoto shots of details.

The aperture is just typical, though, at F3.2 at its widest setting of 28mm. This falls further to F6.9 if you use the zoom at its maximum at 224mm. Shutter speed works in the range of 1 sec. to as high as 1/2000 sec. However, for shooting long exposures, the ELPH 140 IS operates in the 15 sec. to 1 sec. range.

Additional Features:

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS has the same Smart AUTO feature found in the ELPH 135. It compares your subject scene to the 32 predefined shooting situations programmed within the camera to optimize your camera setting. It also has 6 creative modes to choose from – Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Miniature Effect, Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome to make your shots more artistic.

In terms of shooting capacity, the ELPH 140 IS is lower by 20 – 30 shots compared to the ELPH 135. This is because the IS feature draws additional power. Approximate number of shots is 210 for normal use and 280 shots when in ECO mode.

The weight of the ELPH 140 IS is slightly heavier than the ELPH 135 by 0.11 oz. (3 grams). Its body weight is 4.06 0z. (115 g).

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