Canon IXUS 135 review

The Canon IXUS 135 is an ultra compact camera with an 8x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, built in Wi-Fi, and a 2.7inch screen on the back, it’s available in blue, black, silver and pink. Find out how it performs in our review.

Canon IXUS 135 Featurescanon-ixus-135-black

The Canon IXUS 135 has a wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens, with optical image stabilization. Video recording records at 720p at 25fps with sound, and can be started using the dedicated video recording button on the back.

The compact camera fits easily into pockets and the metal body is available in a number of colours. With intelligent Auto the camera will automatically choose from 32 scene modes. The camera can shoot as close as 1cm in macro mode, and features an Eco mode to extend battery life from 200 shots to 275 shots.

The camera also comes with built-in Wi-Fi for easy image sharing and ability to GEO-tag your images using the GPS on your smartphone.

Key Featurescanon-ixus-135-black

  • 16 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 8x zoom lens, 28-224mm equivalent
  • Intelligent optical image stabilization (3-stop)
  • 2.7inch LCD 230k dots screen
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • HD movies (720p) with movie button
  • 1cm macro mode
  • ISO100 – ISO1600
  • Fun and creative modes
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Eco mode
  • Available in silver, black, blue, pink


Canon IXUS 135 Handling


The Canon IXUS 135 has a compact metal body, easily small and light enough to carry in your pocket, but there isn’t anything which aids grip and use of the provided wrist strap is recommended. On the rear of the camera is a sliding switch which allows to go straight to the Auto mode. The other modes are selectable from the menu when not in Auto mode. There are also movie record, playback and menu buttons as well as a d-pad with function / set in the middle. The d-pad gives quick access when pressed to macro, flash, display and exposure compensation or Wi-Fi in playback mode.


Built in hints and tips explains each option on the camera making it easy to use. The camera gives an overlay of the most common options when you press the Func/Set button, making it easy to choose and change settings. The menu button lets you set additional photo and setup options. In playback there are also playback and print options.


To use the Wi-Fi you need to enter playback and press the Wi-Fi button (which also acts as the exposure compensation button when shooting). The screen which appears shows you the varying options available, represented by symbols – not particularly easy to understand initially. You can connect the camera to an existing Wi-Fi network, or create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network, then connect the camera to your phone. Using the Canon Camera Window app on iOS or Android, you can view images and transfer them to your smartphone or share them, as well use the smartphone as GPS logger.

Battery life

Battery life is rated at 200 shots according to CIPA / Canon testing, and 275 shots in Eco mode. Extended use of Wi-Fi is likely to drain the battery further.


We took a number of shots to test the camera’s responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other

  • Shutter Response: 0.125 secs
  • Wide – Focus / Shutter Response: 0.3 secs
  • Full zoom – Focus / Shutter Response: 0.4 secs
  • Switch on Time to Taking a Photo: 1.75 secs
  • Shot to Shot without Flash: 3.3 secs
  • Shot to Shot with Flash: 4.6 secs
  • Continuous Shooting: 0.6 fps
  • Continuous Shooting – Flash: 0.3 fps

Focus and shutter response are both reasonably quick, although shot to shot time is a little slow, and continuous shooting isn’t very quick.