Canon IXUS 190 Review

August 15, 2017 | Amy Davies |


As has been well-documented, sales of compact cameras have been adversely affected by the rise in popularity of the smartphone. With the Canon IXUS 190, if you own a smartphone, it’s hard to imagine why you’d want to buy this separately. 

Still, if you want something you can throw in a bag and not worry too much about damaging, or to take on nights out etc where you may not have your phone - the IXUS 190 represents an option (if arguably not the best one). It’s small and sleek, and extremely light, so you may barely even notice it in your pocket. 

It’s also true that it’s got a 10x optical zoom, which is a more flexible than your average smartphone. Image quality overall is worse than a high-quality smartphone, sometimes slightly (in good light), and sometimes a lot more (in lower light). Whether you’re attracted to the 10x optical zoom at the expense of good image quality will come down to personal taste. 

The IXUS 190 is aimed primarily at beginners, so therefore it’s no surprise to see Easy Auto mode being the default setting. Program mode gives you a little more choice when it comes to changing certain settings, but it’s probably easier if you let the camera decide for you if you’re using the camera mainly as a holiday snapshot type device. 

When it comes to value for money, the Canon IXUS 190 is available relatively cheaply - certainly in comparison to the full price of a smartphone. However, given that most people have a smartphone anyway, it’s an extra outlay you may not want to spend. If you don’t have a smartphone, and have no interest in getting one, a camera like this is ideal for capturing quick snaps when you’re out and about - but it’s certainly not capable of producing fantastically high quality images. 

Overall, the Canon IXUS 190 seems a little redundant in the current market, but if you are looking specifically for a small, light and standalone camera you can get some relatively good photos in bright sunshine then it could suit you - anything other than that and the camera can struggle. 

3 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 3
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 3
Value for money 3