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This is an excellent little camera. I have the red version that is shown in the photo but it is also available in silver and black. It lets you capture good quality photos with a small compact camera that doesn't require time-consuming manual focusing.
I usually use it on the automatic setting which auto focuses so all you have to do is point and click to capture a photo. The zoom is conveniently placed on the front with a swivelling button that you flick to one side of the other to zoom in and out. The zoom is good and you can still take good non-blurred pictures at maximum zoom. It is very simple to use so even if you give the camera to a stranger to take a picture of you on holiday somewhere they will be able to use it. You can also hold the button half way down to allow the camera to focus in properly before depressing the button the whole way to then take the photo. This can be useful if there is more than one thing in the shot or if the subject is moving around and you want to make sure the camera is focusing in on the correct thing.
Apart from the auto setting, there are also various more specific modes which include portrait, night snapshot, kids and pets, indoor, and digital macro. When using the night snapshot mode, the exposure time is longer which means you have to stay as still as possible for longer to avoid blurring the picture. For this reason, it is better to rest the camera on something when taking night photos if possible. The macro mode is very good for taking close up detailed shots of plants / flowers etc.
You can also record videos, the length of which are only limited by the space available on your memory card. The time available will be displayed at the bottom of the digital screen when you are in video mode and it will display the number of photos left when you are in the photo modes. There is a switch on the camera next to the screen allowing you to quickly switch between modes without having to scroll through options on the digital screen which is a very useful. One other feature that I have found particularly useful is the timer which can easily be set to different times giving you enough time to get into position! There are enough settings for most purposes but not too many so that you get bogged down with them all.
I have found it to be a very durable camera. I once dropped mine on a pavement and it still works perfectly fine, thankfully. None of the colour chipped off even though it landed on concrete. I find that the battery lasts well, although it does deplete quicker if you keep flicking through all the photos you have taken. It's small, compact size means it easy fits in your pocket so it can be to hand but you don't have to carry it or have it hanging around your neck all the time. It also comes with a wrist strap which you can attach if you want.
I have had mine for two years and it gives me everything I need in a camera so I don't see myself having to buy a newer version in the near future.
I purchased this camera having, believe it or not, previously survived the best part of my 25+ year long life only ever using a camera phone to take mostly grainy pictures of indecipherable objects in the distance.
When the offer of a holiday of a lifetime trip to Alaska and a conveniently timed pay rise came along this just had to change. I decided to treat myself to the Ixus 100 and I'm glad it changed as well. The Ixus 100 captured the trip perfectly from start to finish in amazing 12mp photos and HD video that will never be forgotten.
For a compact camera, at first sight, the Ixus 100 appears a little expensive and a little...little! Don't be fooled though, there's a lot of power in the little package that made for some amazing photography both on my holiday and since my return.
It's not going to make a professional photographer out of anyone overnight despite the various automatic features to get the best out of your shots but it certainly has the ability to capture something that could pass as professional with the right eye for a good image behind the lens.
The colour range the camera appears capable of is as good as could be hoped for from a camera of this price and I tend to find that the auto-adjustments offered by the likes of photoshop or other editing suites are minimal so it must be doing something right!
It's size make it perfect for slipping in and out of your pocket or bag at short notice and it can ready for action from standby in under 3 seconds if ready to hand ensuring you catch the majority of those important moments without panic.
The flash is more than adequate to light up a dim lit room although I mostly prefer to use the night mode setting instead as the flash can sometimes be too harsh while night mode compensates suitably.
The only feature I feel the Ixus 100 lets itself down with is the 3x zoom which is significantly less than other cameras available in a similar price range. As I don't have access to test these cameras as well it's hard to say whether the additional zoom ability is traded against picture quality but this is a definite consideration to make if you plan on taking a lot of photos some distance from where the action takes place.
I've been through a few digital compact cameras but they often lacked in battery life, image quality, ease of use and actual compactness. I wasn't expecting much from this little camera as I picked it up for £70 well over a year ago now. I'm not that technically minded with photography equipment but know what I want out of a camera and this one ticks all the boxes for me.
When it arrived I opened up the box and was met by a beautifully engineered metal box with a gorgeous red anodised finish that glittered in the sunlight. This thing is purdy.
And tiny. It fits well within my palm and is smaller than my wallet. Rough measurement is 90mmX55mmX15mm. I'm amazed they have packed so much technology in this little thing as it has 12.1 MegaPixel rating, a 2.5" LCD screen, AV (hdmi) output, function buttons, SD card input, camera stand mount and space for a battery.
The whole point of getting a camera is so you can take some nice pictures, which this does really well. Images are crisp and colours vibrant. On previous cameras the colours have been too light or dark so it was nice to have a camera that took a picture as I saw it. There is also a 3x optical zoom function which is pretty cool. It can go up to 12x digital zoom but everything gets super shaky and grainy so I don't use digital zoom, on any camera really.
The functions are pretty standard with; Auto, Custom/Program, and Video mode. Auto does me just fine but I have tinkered with the Program settings which allow you to mess with quite abit if you wanted.
When in Program mode just hit Function Set button and you get presented with a display which resemble an XY graph. Just use the up/down/left/right to scroll through the options.
Up/Down will take you through; Programmed styles (indoor, outdoor etc...), ISO, AWB, Colour setting, AF point, shot mode, Image quality (high, super high etc...)
The other standard function buttons on the camera case are; playback, display (on, off, minimal) Menu, Macro, Timer, Flash.
The AV cover pops off easily and reveals the USB port and a HDMI port. How on earth they fitted HDMI output I do not know. You can take 720p quality videos with this camera and the ones I have taken are pretty crisp. Not sure whether it would replace a video camera but for short clips it does a really good job.
The base of the camera has the battery cover and screw hole for mounting it to a camera stand. Slide open the cover and this allows access to the SD memory card and (surprise) the battery. Battery life is really good for this camera. One charge lasted me 2 weeks holiday and I was taking maybe 30 pictures a day or so. Having said that using the flash will drain it quickly, as on any other camera. I've only tried an 8gb SD card in it but that's plenty. In fact, when I was round at a friends house and wanted a file he had I just plugged it in and used the camera as a data storage device so uploaded the pdf documents to the camera to put on my computer later. So you can use your camera as a data stick as well.
Sure I really like this camera but, admittedly, there are some bad points such as the tiny tiny viewfinder. (Though who uses a viewfinder on a compact camera?! I guess you could to conserve battery power but compact cameras are point-n-shoot so a nice display is all you need.)
It also may be too small for some. If you have big hands then this thing will get lost in them and you may struggle using the function buttons.
The zoom button is integrated into the action button and has a tiny indentation to help rotate it. You might not see it at first and it does have a dainty feel to it. It's held up fine for me but some may prefer buttons for the zooming function.
I can see the battery flap been a possible area of failure as it is a small bit of plastic even if it does click in securely enough. It could snap off but I've handled mine quite roughly and it's still holding strong.
Personally, I have really enjoyed my use of it. I carry it whenever going out or on holiday and just don't notice it. It's robust as I've dropped it a few times now and apart from a graze it keeps on going. I like them so much I have 2 of them.
Track one down and buy it. They are really one of the best compact cameras going around even today. If you're importing one in from the US, which can be even cheaper, it goes under : Canon Powershot SD780 IS (Digital ELPH)
I'm not a hugely tech-y person, so I like to be able to use a product without worrying too much about working things out or fiddling with functions. I like to be able to use different functions though, as I'm a huge fan of photography and I like to be able to capture what I want and when I want to.
I was given the Canon IXUS 100 IS for my birthday in 2009, and I immediately took to its sleek and small design. I also thought it was a nice weight: not too light and not too heavy. I immediately took a few photos with it and quickly located the 'display' button for viewing the photos I had taken. I'm not a huge fan of manuals, but at a glance at the manual I could see where the zoom button was, how to focus the camera, how to use macro, how to set the flash, and a few other useful functions.
The macro feature is my favourite function as it is really easy to select- just two button clicks- and it gives a very crisp, clear picture. I've been able to play around with it a lot by photographing insects and other things that move quickly, and have produced some very good photos.
I really like the video feature, as my previous camera did not have a good capacity for recording videos but the Canon IXUS 100 IS has enough memory to hold a few videos, which are also of very good quality - when the lighting is right. The sound tends to record pretty well too. The camera also has a tripod mount which I have used with other people's tripods a few times with success. Videos can be viewed easily by connecting the camera to a television with a cable, although I usually just upload them to my laptop using the connecting cable and transfer them to my photo folders, which is really easy to do.
The Canon IXUS 100 IS is easy to recharge, and the battery lasts a long time even after two years of somewhat heavy use. A disadvantage may be that it is quite pricey, although I'd argue that it is very durable and therefore worth the investment. I have even dropped it a couple of times, and it hasn't failed me yet!
I love this little camera, it easily fits in my pocket or my small handbag, so I can always whip it out easily whenever I see anything worthy of photographing! I wouldn't buy another!
For my birthday earlier this year I asked for a new digital camera as my old one, which I'd had for 6 years was becoming quite slow, not to mention that it looked like a brick compared to some of the models on the market now! After doing some research online I settled on the Canon Ixus 100is which my parents then bought for me. I decided to put the camera through its paces properly before writing this review and over the last 8 months or so it has been abroad with me several times which gave me the chance to test out all it has to offer.
One of the things that had started to annoy me about my old camera was that it was so bulky and difficult to carry around anywhere. I would often think twice about taking it out with me for example when going out with friends as it would add a fair amount of weight to my bag. So one of my requirements was that the camera had to be small (ideally enough to fit into my pocket).
Well cameras don't come much smaller than this! The Canon Ixus 100is must be one of the smallest cameras out there. It is a mere 18mm thick and fits snugly into the palm of my hands. It is very light so won't weigh you down. With that in mind, I must point out that the camera is still very well built and does not look at all flimsy. It also comes with a wrist strap for additional security. Having said that I did slip when trying to take a photo whilst on holiday in Madrid. It was a heavy fall and luckily I didn't do any damage to myself but unfortunately the black paint chipped on the back, so I now have an almost white button. Still at least it hasn't affected the functions and looks used!
The model is available in 4 different colours: Black, red, gold and brushed silver. I opted for the black as it looked so classy! This, along with its smoothed edges results in a sleek and stylish finish. The camera has a generously sized 2.5" screen on which to view photos. This is great as it allows you to clearly see the photo you are taking/have taken so you can decide if you're happy with it or if it needs to be taken again.
The other buttons on the back of the camera are standard for most cameras - a dial, which allows you to move back and forward between photos, set the flash on or off, erase photos and scroll through the various menu options, which I will describe in more detail later in the review. I have found the dials to be just the right size for me (I have fairly small hands) but I can see it being a bit fiddly for those with larger digits, so it may be worth testing this out in store before purchasing.
I do have a couple of niggles about some of the features on the back of the camera. Firstly, the viewfinder. It's great that this camera has one and there are times that I find it easier taking a picture through the viewfinder than by looking on the screen (strange I know!) However, the viewfinder on this model is tiny! I find myself really squinting to try and see anything clearly through here and it's even more difficult if I'm wearing my glasses. A slightly bigger viewfinder therefore would have been better in my opinion and there is certainly enough room for one.
The second niggle is the A/V port. This is where you connect the USB cable to download photos to your computer. Like a lot of cameras this is covered by a bit of plastic hung on to the camera by a bit of elastic/flexible plastic. It seems a bit fiddly to me and I am always conscious of not applying too much force when opening the cover so that I don't snap it off. Surely with such a well-built item they could have spent a bit more time thinking about how to make this more secure.
The Ixus 100is has 12.1 megapixels. This is more than double that of my previous camera which had 5.1 megapixels. Now, I'm not the most techy of photographers but as I understand, megapixels are not the most important feature to be looking out for when considering which camera to buy. Yes, it is important if you're going to be making posters out of your prints or if you want to crop them without losing too much detail, but if like me, you just want to download your pictures to the computer or print standard 6x4" shots then there isn't much difference between say a 5 megapixel and a 12 megapixel camera (that is, not one that I noticed!). Still, a larger megapixel count gives you greater flexibility of printing sizes so this is a positive feature.
Now on to taking photos. I'm not one to trawl through manuals before using an item, preferring to test it out myself first to see if I can get it going. In this regard the camera is exceptionally user friendly and intuitive to use. All the menus and settings are logically layed out so things are easy to find.
The camera comes with a wealth of inbuilt features all geared to helping you take the perfect shot without too much effort. Canon have included 'Scene detection technology' so that the camera automatically determines the brightness of the subject, the contrast, the distance from the subject and the overall hue. It then searches its inbuilt library of 18 possible modes to select the perfect settings for the scene. Pretty clever huh? I think so. And I have to say that my pictures with this camera have been great everytime. The colours are always crisp, sharp and accurate. I don't have to think too much about which setting to use as the camera does the hard work for me - great! Along with this there are various settings that you can also manually set, for example if you're taking pictures in the dark then you can use the nighttime setting. This setting has worked really well for me as with my old camera the pictures I would take in the dark would come out quite blurry but now they are clear and focussed. Similarly there is a setting for taking pictures indoors and of kids and pets.
It also has face detection technology so that when you're taking pictures of a group of people it detects faces and adjusts the focus and flash settings so that you get optimal results and accurate, natural looking skin tones.
One problem I had with my previous camera for some reason was that the pictures would come out slightly blurred, probably because I would move the camera slightly when pressing the button. The Ixus has motion detection technology that aims to combat blur and since using this model I have to say that I have not noticed any blurring of photos.
The camera also has various 'special effects settings'. This was something else that I was especially looking out for when deciding which camera to buy, as my old camera didn't have any such settings. These include the ability to take black and white and sepia photos. Most of the time I do not use these settings but on the occasions I have used these they have worked really well. For example when taking pictures of some of the gothic buildings in Madrid the pictures came out brilliantly in sepia and black and white, giving them a kind of timeless quality!
There are also various colour settings so that you can make the colours in your photo more vivid or neutral or skin tones darker or lighter. As I stated above, all the settings are quite intuitive to use and there's not a lot of menus to trawl through to get to them. I would have liked to see some more 'fun' settings such as a fish eye lens but that's just me being picky!
As well as taking pictures of family and friends I like to take 'scenic' pictures when on holiday. Sometimes though the lens just isn't wide enough to capture the entire scene. Some cameras have a panoramic lens that will let you capture such images. The Canon Ixus 100is has an inbuilt program called Stitch Assist. This will let you take a series of shots and join them together, rather like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. I can't say that I am too impressed with this. I find it fiddly and it's very difficult when you've taken your first shot to find the point where the second shot should join on and often I either miss a bit so the picture looks disjointed or capture part of the image twice (though this can be edited afterwards using programs like Photoshop). As such it's not something I use very often, but I thought it important to include this.
The camera also has a 3x optical zoom. When taking pictures of groups this I have found to be sufficient, but when taking scenic pictures I find that sometimes this is not quite enough.
Like many digital cameras the Canon Ixus 100is also has the ability to record video short video clips with sound. Obviously if you plan to shoot a lot of clips then you should really be looking for a digital video camera but for the odd short clip I have found this to be really good and the videos to be of very high quality. I used this a lot when we visited Disneyland Paris earlier this year to film some of the parades and they came out brilliantly. The movies are outputted as .mov files which are not compatible with Windows media player and instead have to be viewed with Quicktime player. Unfortunately you can't zoom in or out when recording a video.
The camera takes a lithium ion battery that has to be charged separately using the charger provided. I have found battery life to be excellent. I am fairly snap happy and take lots of photos when out and about and on holiday. When away on holiday for a week I find that a fully charged battery can easily last the entire trip (though I do carry the charger with me just incase!). To record your photos/video clips the camera is compatible with a standard SD card.
This is probably one of my more lengthy reviews but I wanted to write one that covered all the things I would look for or consider when buying a digital camera. Overall I am highly impressed with the camera. The pictures I have taken always come out great, clear, crisp and with accurate colours. It is let down slightly by the lack of zoom, the not so great Stitch Assist program and the tiny viewfinder, for which I've taken off a star, but really if all you're after is a camera to take with you when out and about with your friends or to take some holiday snaps then I think you couldn't do much better than this camera. The Ixus 100is cost £149.99 earlier this year but has now come down in price to just under £100. This I think is exceptional value so if you're considering buying a camera as a gift or in the sales then give this one some serious consideration!
For a beginner photographer this is a brilliant camera, it has pretty much all the functions that a SLR camera offers and is really easy to use whilst producing great photos. Stand out functions include the anti shake function and the face recognition functions, both of which are brilliant for taking pictures of people.
The only bad points of this camera are that it does not take very good long distance pictures and not very efficient if you want to take a quick succession of photos in a very short space of time.
Asthetically it is a beautful gadget and its small size make it ideal for holidays and nights out. The only downside to its lovely black casing is that scratches show up very easily unlike silver cameras.
Overall, I think this is the ideal camera for people who want to take great photos but don't want the size and effort of an SLR.
I got this Canon Ixus 100is in red at £150. Although expensive, and by no means near the standard of and SLR, it surprisingly packs quite a punch for such a small size. It certainly is as simple as a point and shoots camera but also has features that more experienced photographers will appreciate.
All pictures are very clear and super sharp. The flash is doesn't bleach objects out but I am also very impressed at the quality of pictures without the flash. There are a lot of customisable settings for taking photos, which are handy when you are in unusual environments but most of the time I find the automatic settings work fine. The camera also takes HD video which makes a nice change from other cameras where the video function is virtually unusable- the sound is not perfect but for a camera of its size it is more than adequate.
The only slight problem with the camera is the measly 3x optical zoom. There have been occasions where I have been frustrated with this but then again I was aware of the zoom before I bought the camera.
Overall, I believe the negatives far outweigh the positives. Although the camera isn't the cheapest, it's probably one of the best in its price range.
I bought this camera in red, about 7 months ago after doing quite a bit of research, I wanted a decent point and shoot camera that was decent quality. As I've gotten into photography quite a bit but can't yet afford a digital SLR I thought I could use a point a shoot to 'practise with.
Of course no point an shoot camera is going to be as good as an SLR but, and so I thought if im going to have one size will be an important factor - the smaller the better. In terms of size style and shape the camera is really unique. Considering its almost two years old, people still think it looks really cool and it does. It fits nicely in the palm of my hand and has a nice comfortable feel to it. Its really light and small. The only bad thing I would say was the smoothness of the camera make its quite slippery so make sure you use the strap because you don't want to damage the screen!
The main shoot button so far has been fine although it doesn't seem particularly sturdy, but I've used it a lot and the camera still works feels and looks as good as new.
In terms of ease of use I do find the feature quite difficult to get used to and when I haven't use the camera for a while I usually forget and if I'm in a rush (i.e a birthday) I will just use the auto function which does the trick. However once you get a hang of the options I think its really better to use them, just as most people don't use Auto on DSLRs.
The quality varies depending on the settings you've chosen - with auto they can be quite basic - but good enough for someone who just wants a few snapshoot to remember a moment... however if you like arty photography the auto wont be for you, to really make use of the quality you have to adjust the settings to whatever your taking a photo of to really make the most of this camera.
Overall I would definitely recommend this camera, for its small size, its doesn't lack in quality and before I forget to mention it has a really decent HD video recording function that it really good for a point and shoot camera!.
When I eventually get my DSLR I will still keep this in my pocket for times I don't want to lug around a big bulky camera....
My girlfriend recently recieved this as a birthday present, and my first reactions were jealousy. The matt black finish (if you get it int hat colour) is just soo smooth, and cool. And the incredible smallness of it is just amazing.
The screen on the back is adequate and the almost unique feature aobut this camera is that it has a viewfinder. When looking around,my girlfriend found it near impossible to find another with a viewfinder on. So this is definately a plus, although it may seem old fashioned.
The 3x optical zoom is good, and the video recording is excellent, with great results, although if you will be using this alotm, make sure you get a big enoguh card ( i recomend 8gb).
The only downside to his camera would be that the shutter speed is non adjustable, only the ISO, which will change shuter speed but at the cost of quality. But to my knowledge, not many of the competitors do this, so maybe this is me just being picky.
The canon Ixus series has a reputation for being one of the best compact digtal cameras ont he market, and it has, more or less lived up to expectations.
I have had this camera now for a couple of months and thought I would give my opinion on it. I bought a canon because of many reccomendations from friends and I liked the look of this model. I own the black model which looks very stylish but the only downside is that fingerprint smudges show up on the casing a bit due to the colour.
The 12mp setting gives excellent quality pictures but the lower settings also yield great quality photos and load much faster onto your computer and when uploading so I reccommend using a lower mp setting most of the time. The auto mode setting on this camera is so clever and will automatically detect the right light and scene settings for the optimum picture, which appears to work very well most of the time.
The HD video setting is also extremely high quality and I have been very impressed with this feature, not having purchased it specifically for this reason. I feel that the optical zoom (3x) could be a bit higher for the price paid for this camera, but there is always the option for paying for the next model up (ixus 120IS) for this feature.
Overall I would say I am extremely satisfied with this camera and I have taken some great quailty photographs. I've been experimenting with all the colour settings and the colour accent setting is great. This enables you to pick one colour to stand out in the photograph, while leaving the other colours in the scene as back and white. This creates really arty photographs. Definately my favourite feature on this camera. I would recommend Canon definately.
When talking about compact digital cameras, they don't really get much more compact that this offering in the well established Canon Ixus range. This little beauty is a joy to look at & will fit into even the smallest of pockets being only the size of a credit card with the thickness of a matchbox. But does this small size result in a comprise in performance?
The answer is no not at all, it is jam packed full of features & performs extremely well against the competition. The image quality on this 12 megapixel camera is superb & one of the best I've ever of any camera in this class, the photos produced are so crisp & sharp with the colour being well defined. As well as the auto mode offered, you can be a bit more creative with your photos by playing around with the variety of manual settings on offer.
As well as superb images, this camera also takes videos with audio in High Definition. The device can directly be connected to your HD TV via an HDMI cable to play the videos back. When I did this, I noticed, how well the videos come out with the high resolution showing alot of detail & sharpness within the videos. These videos however can take up alot of space, so the resolution can be lowered if necessary.
Another added bonus to this device is the addition of a viewfinder as well as the large LCD screen. It's available in a choice of black, red & silver, I personally prefer the black.
This camera offers the best of both worlds, offering a great digital camera which performs brilliantly in a size so small, you can carry it anywhere. The small size however means that I'm worried about dropping it easily, so always hold it via the wrist strap to prevent this.
If you're looking for a compact digital camera, you can't go wrong with this, it completly outperforms the competition!
The Canon Ixus 100 IS is the successor to the Ixus 85 IS model, now with 12.1 megapixels instead of the old 10. The 2.5" screen is retained, as is the optical viewfinder and the 3x zoom capability, but the Ixus 100 IS is packed with new features.
Video can now be recorded in HD (720p format) and an HDMI port has been added for viewing your pics on the latest HD televisions. The 100 IS also gets a new DIGIC 4 processor, Autofocus Tracking and Auto Scene Detection!
The dimensions have changed in proportion, being a whole millimetre wider than its predecessor, another millimetre taller, but 2mm slimmer with an incredible depth of only 18.4mm. The weight stays about the same at less than 130g and, being similar in size to an iPod, it is very easy to carry around in your shirt pocket/handbag. Indeed, the similarity with the iPod doesn't end at the size. They share the same round-shouldered design - no sharp edges here - and both come in a range of colours: silver, black, gold and red in this case.
For a small camera, it is surprisingly easy to hold and sits well in the hand, with all the controls seemingly in the best place. A well thought out design.
If we take a trip around the camera, there is a tripod mount on the bottom, along with the battery compartment (dedicated rechargeable battery) which also houses the SD memory card. The majority of the control buttons are on the right-hand side of the back, together with a rubber flap that hides the AV/HDMI output. Obviously the screen takes up a lot of the back and the lens takes up a lot of the front, with the shutter button/zoom bezel on the top.
The 3x zoom lens now has a range of 33-100mm and the action is stepped allowing seven settings - this feels solid and easy to control - and, unlike a lot of the modern compact cameras, has an optical viewfinder; always a plus in my book.
At this point, I wonder how much people are swayed by big numbers. Does everyone want the most megapixels and the biggest zoom for their money? The 3x zoom is perfectly adequate for taking holiday snaps, party photos, landscapes, and even the odd wildlife picture if you can get close enough to your subject. This is where you have to decide what you will primarily be using it for.
The LCD screen is clear and bright and the menus appear superimposed along the left side, with the options coming up along the bottom. This is easy to use with large icons. The screen incorporates a 3x3 composition grid but no histogram for the purists - but the purists won't be reading this anyway, they will be striding around with a light-meter in one hand and a roll of monochrome film in the other.
What the Ixus 100 IS lacks in manual usability, it more than makes up for with the quality of its automatic features. The Autofocus is fast and accurate. The Auto-exposure works well and is complemented by the iContrast feature, and the Face-Detection works supremely well and effortlessly.
Noise is always going to be a concern with a 12mp sensor so small (1/2.3 inches or 8.8mm x 6.6mm) but the Ixus 100 IS does make a good effort to eliminate this and I have seen much worse results from the same size sensor.
As with all the Ixus IS range, the Ixus 100 IS features Image Stabilization (hence the IS) and there are 18 preset scene modes to shoot in - although, curiously, Landscape seems to be missing while Underwater is present??
I am not at all keen on the Video capability. It is cited as one of the selling points with a 1280 x 720 HD resolution (30fps) but I found it to be a little jerky and washed-out.
Great present bought for my 21st birthday a few months ago. The quality of the pictures is fantastic and the video facility is also excellent. The screen is bright and clear enabling you to view both photos and videos with a great degree of clarity. The product has been easy to use, and is definitely visually attractive, although the buttons at times seem on the small side. The face recognition technology enables the camera to detect faces and improve the clarity of them even further. Additionally, the clarity of the picture is never compomised by the zoom function, although perhaps a larger zoom function would have been possible given the cost of the camera. Despite the size of the camera, (it is only a little larger than a credit card) it has been robust and sturdy. The only real difficulty has been that at times the PC software accompanying the camera can be difficult to use to manipulate the pictures. In general the camera appears to be a little on the expensive side, but probably worth the money.
The size of the Ixus 100 IS, already makes head turns just by the sheer size of its body, upon using it you'll be filed with satisfaction from its cutting edge technology. Needless to say, the camera is extremely compact, yet it is still blessed with fantastic aesthetic qualities that makes this an ideal fashion accessory for the image conscious.
One of the most amazing features of the camera, would be its ability to capture video in high definition (HD) at 1280 x 720, which is indeed impressive for any camera, yet alone a camera of this size. In addition, you'll be able to easily enjoy the HD video clips that you have recorded on your HD television by simply connecting the mini HDMI cable to the camera's port.
In addition to its standard features, there are also specialised modes such as Macro which is quite powerful, being able to focus clearly and in detail on an object/surface that is just 1 centimetre away. The camera's lens is only average, because it is limited to 3x zoom, but realistically there has to be a compromise for the camera's size and this is one of it. Whilst this is not fantastic, this camera is more suited to leisure photography and not highly creative image that demand the use of many manual settings and a more powerful zoom capability.
In total there are eighteen different combinations of settings which are suited to most of the common shooting conditions, which saves you from having to spent time to work it out yourself. After the image has been captured, you can review it and see the results of the camera's chosen settings, you also have the option to capture it gain with manual adjustments made by yourself or just leave it to the camera.
There are also a few smart innovations that light sound life changing and a huge break through in technology, but realistically it does help to make photography more fun. Functions such as blink and face detection makes it easier to take group photos that saves the photographer the sprint/dash to get into the frame after setting the camera, which works by simply taking the shot after a new face has been detected.
The photos taken can be checked on the camera's 2.5" display screen which is the best way of gauging the camera since the viewfinder which is rather tiny does not seem terribly accurate when compared to the display screen.
this little camera is amazing. i got it the beginning of this year because i didnt know how to use my canon EOS-45OD properly and i really wanted to take pictures with out the hassel. the piture quilty is fantastic, i personally think its better than the canon EOS-45OD. its size is perfect for a handbag or pocket, is so easy to print pictures off and see them on the 2 inch screen. The zoom is great for every day use and the picture still staying crisp when your zoomed in. i hope this helps and this camera has changed my life because is so easy to use and light so i can take it every where i go.