Canon Powershot ELPH 190 IS – Buyer’s Guide & Specs [2020]

Andy
| Last Updated: December 3, 2019

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS Digital Camera (Blue) with 10x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi

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
  • Includes 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.

Andy

Hi, I’m Andy. I’ve been taking pictures for just about as long as I’ve been old enough to hold a camera. I studied photography in community college after high school but was encouraged to follow a career path that was more stable. I do gigs here and there on the side but never took the leap to focus my efforts full-time. When Pam reached out to me through a mutual friend, I jumped on the opportunity to be a writer. Favorite type of photography: macro and street.