The Canon IXUS 190 is one of a duo of new IXUS cameras, the IXUS 185 and 190. They are the slimmest models in Canon’s range, making them ideal to slip into a pocket or bag.
The two cameras are the same in every respect, except for the fact that the IXUS 190 features NFC as well as Wi-Fi, while the 185 is Wi-Fi only. If you have a smartphone or tablet which doesn’t feature NFC (such as an iPhone), you may as well plump for the 185.
Both feature a 20 megapixel CCD image sensor, a 10x optical zoom offering an equivalent of 24-240mm in 35mm terms. Other specifications include 720p HD video recording, a smart Auto setting, and a set of creative filters which can be applied to your images for different looks.
As it says in the marketing material of the Canon IXUS 190, the camera is indeed very slim. You shouldn’t have any trouble fitting this into a trouser or jean pocket, or a very small bag on a night out or similar. The camera is very light and is made from plastic, which leaves it having quite a cheap feel. Rounded corners and the black finish of the one we’ve been supplied with give the camera quite a sleek appearance to look at, though.
On the top of the Canon IXUS 190 there’s the on/off button, along with the shutter release. Surrounding the shutter release is a zoom switch for extending and retracting the 10x optical zoom. It’s quite a small and fiddly zoom switch, but it feels relatively solidly built. The zoom itself moves in and out relatively quickly, with a slight pause before moving into the digital zoom territory. You’ll also see a zoom bar at the top of the screen, which will display yellow when you enter the digital zoom, and blue when you push the digital zoom even further.