Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 Digital Camera w/ 10x Optical Zoom and Image Stabilization - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Blue)

Specifications​​​​​

  • 20 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor
  • 10x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f/3.0-f/6.9
  • Shutter speed 15 secs to 1/2000
  • ISO 100-1600
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Macro focusing to 1 cm
  • .8 fps burst
  • 720p video at 25 fps
  • 2.7” LCD
  • Wi-fi
  • Li-ion battery rated at 190 shots
  • Release Date: 2016-01-05

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 is an affordable $159--but expect to get what you pay for. The 2016 budget camera offers wi-fi and an expanded zoom range over the older ELPH 160, but still stands as a pretty basic camera.

The sensor size is average for the category, but it's the cheaper CCD type. Low-light photos won't be the best with a maximum ISO of 1600 and a f3-f6.9 lens. The camera is also pretty slow, with a burst speed of just .8.

Video is a low resolution 720p and a low frame rate of 25 fps.

So what does the 190 offer? The 10x optical zoom is a nice feature. Wi-fi will now pair it with a smartphone, though we'd really need to take a hands-on look to see if there's a significant difference in image quality over using a smartphone's built-in camera.

If you need a small camera on a budget, the 190 certainly sits at an affordable price point. It offers a nice 10x optical zoom and wi-fi, but not much else. Canon has spent most of their energy developing high-end cameras (as they should be), and their compact cameras have only shown small updates.