The 125 HS is the latest offering in Canon’s popular Ixus range. We were not expecting anything new and there was nothing spectacular in the device. But that does not in any way suggest that the new Ixus 125 HS is not up to the mark.
In fact, the high standards already set by the Ixus has been maintained, with slight improvements like a 16.1-mega pixel CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom that can go up to 20x with digital. The best feature for us was the image stabilisation which really makes for a sharp image even at full zoom.
The low-light capabilities are not so impressive, but the addition of a handheld night scene option really made up for this. As anyone who has used a nightscene mode knows, the picture often have halos when shot without a tripod. But the new mode uses the image stabilisation to its best and reduces this distortion. There are plenty of other modes to play around with and the toy camera, poster and super vivid modes really caught our attention. The high-speed burst and super slow motion movie option can be very useful for capturing action scenes.
The 125 HS can shoot HD video too, but there is no separate movie mode button. You initiate video mode by pressing the record button. But like some of the other cameras out there now, you cannot click stills while shooting movies. One of the drawbacks of not having a movie mode is that you have to go to Program to select movie quality. But the results are quite good, especially in Full HD (1920x1080). In our books the Ixus 125 HS is a tad overpriced at 16,995, but at least it comes with a 4GB card and a pouch.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
Good, handy option if you are looking for a mid level digital camera.
CANON IXUS 125 HS Price:
16.1 MP, DIGIC 5 processor; 3-inch LCD; ISO 3200; 1920 x 1080 (24fps) video.