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I've had my Canon Ixus 40 for 5 years and I'm always on the look out to upgrade to something a bit more modern, but I always seem to think that while its still going, then why waste my hard earned cash on another digital camera which may or may not be better.
I know very little about digital camera's other than point and shoot so when looking for a replacement I'm a little out of my depth, so this, apart from this Canon being great, is part of the reason I don't splash out on another.
When I bought this from Curry's I think I paid in the region of £250+ which at the time was a lot of money, but this camera has been really been put through some rigorous use over the years and I still find it very useful, reliable and it performs well.
It is a lovely stainless steel colour, and has a metal body. Some of the digital camera's I have been looking at in the price range I'm willing to pay are plastic. This puts me off, since I find that the metal body makes it very hard wearing and robust. It has been dropped hundreds of times and it is hardly even scratched, no dents or anything.
It is a stylish looking camera, very compact and slim, and is easy to pop into a pocket or small handbag, and takes up no room at all.
It has a 4.0 megapixel sensor which enables photos to be blown up to A3 size. I know that may not seem so good now since many cameras have way more pixels, but to me, who only uses this for holiday and family snaps, it matters very little.
It has a built in flash which is effective up to 3.5m but does reduce to 2m when using the zoom function, which is a point to note when shooting in dim conditions using the zoom. There are a few different flash settings, which range from continuously on, red eye and continously off which I find useful when trying to get the right photo in certain conditons.
There is also a timer, which I've not used before, but this is useful when the user wants to be in the shot. I'm not so photogenic, that's why I keep out of photos!
It also has a 3x optical zoom lens, which makes taking close up pictures a doddle, they still look great once processed. I don't find that the images are shaky, they look very clear and defined. I find this more than adequate for my needs, since all of my pictures are amature. The zoom is easy to use, it's on the top of the camera and is just a little tag that can easily be operated with one finger whilst using the camera.
On the reverse of the camera you will find a generous 2" high definition LCD screen, which allows the user to view the image immediately on taking the shot, therefore you can decide whether to delete the image or re-shoot.
The camera also can take up to 60 seconds of action in movie mode, which can also be played back on the screen. It shoots at 30fps I believe.
There are 6 scene modes, which allow you to choose the correct one for the conditions, whether its pets/kids, low lighting, night time, action etc. I find it easy to select the correct mode with the button on the back. The images show on the screen, then you select which one you need. It really is simple and user friendly. I was a little intimidated at first, but after playing around with it for a while I found it really simple to use. The modes really do make a difference to your photo, they make it clearer, brighter, and sharper and the focus is better.
The Canon Ixus 40 comes with a rechargeable li-ion battery, which I find to be very generous on use, one charge can seem to last forever practically. It also includes all the leads, charger and cables needed to get underway. I'm not sure if it came with a memory card, the SD type, but these can be picked up pretty cheaply.
I would highly recommend this camera to anyone who wants a decent quality point and shoot with some really great but easy to use features. This has served me well for the past 5 years, so I'm sure it would be just as reliable for any amature who wants a compact, but hardwearing, stylish camera for everyday use.
Canon Ixus 40 is a pretty, compact camera which will satisfy any amateur photographer. It easily fits into one's pocket so it is not an inconvenience when for example going out. Unfortunately, the small size is also reflected in the size of the LCD, which I personally find too small. Most importantly, the quality of pictures is very good. Video mode (with audio) is also of a high standard. Ixus 40 takes pictures fairly quickly which may be important when watching sports. Partiers will be happy to hear that the camera's design is quite solid. From my experience, the camera can withstand a 1m high drop onto concrete. The camera is very dependable as long as the owner stays reasonably gentle with it. The lense appears to be vulnerable to sand (so are in most cameras) so it isn't of great importance. I have had this camera for about 2 years now, and haven't had any problems with it which weren't my fault. For its quality and cost, the camera is really a great choice.
Canon have always been at the forefront of the Point and Shoot digital camera market, and the Ixus 40 is another example of how to do this kind of thing just right.
The camera it'self is extremely small - it's shorter than an average mobile phone, although slightly wider and thicker.
It's definitely small and light enough to sit comfortably in your trouser pocket all day (as mine often does!). The weight is just enough that you don't feel it will break the first time you drop it.
As well as the basic job of taking pictures, you also get the usual additional features such as movies (in numerous formats), different types of settings for sports, lowlight, portrait etc, and you can also flick the thing onto manual and change the settings yourself.
All the oft-used features, such as picture browsing, deleting and zoom etc are located on dedicated buttons on the camera, easily accessible with your right hand.
I've always loved the Ixus range of cameras (this is my second) for several reasons:
1. Build Quality - Utterly, utterly rock solid cameras. I've dropped mine many times, and all that normally happens is the battery will go flying. Just put it back together and all is well.
The last time I dropped it onto a stone floor, the focus and zoom stopped working - I thought I'd finally killed it. However, I *literally* banged it against the table a couple of times and it works perfectly again. Priceless.
2. Picture Quality - For such a small camera, the lens it has is wonderful, and really lets you sap every one of those 4MP onto the picture. The camera is also very good at shooting in the dark, without flash.
Generally, the pictures from the camera are clean and crisp, with good colour definition.
3. Battery Life - Again, amazing. This camera spends most of it's life in my bag just so I always have a camera with me, and it's rare I'd dragged it out after not using it for a couple of weeks to find it needing a charge. In daily use, I regularily get a weekend's worth of partying / picture taking from it (a couple of hundred shots, most with flash). Plus, Canon kindly give you two batteries in the box, so you're always ready to shoot!
But you're still reeling at the lowly 4MP, right? Well, you realy needn't. Firstly, remember you'll be getting this camera at a fraction of the cost of a new, 'higher resolution' camera.
Secondly, especially with Point and Shoot cameras, your picture quality will be affected more by the quality of the lens and processing hardware than it will by the actual MegaPixel rating - don't assume that a higher MP will give you a better picture.
Thirdly, think about where you'll ultimately be using these pictures. Whilst it's nice to think you've got the best quality picture you could, chances are for the most part you'll be sharing them on a website, or via email, or on your ipod, or even just on the camera it'self...all of which are not ideal medium's for blastingly high quality pictures. If you're looking for using the pictures professionally, then you'd not be looking at a point and shoot anyway.
Although this camera is now several revisions out of date, and it's lowly 4MP resolution seems pitifully small with the latest offerings, this camera delivers great results and what are now bargain secondhand prices. Well worth buying and leaving in your bag just so you're never caught without a camera.
This little number was and still is my first digital camera.
Armed with a few hundred pounds just over a year ago and with plenty of time ( at work !) to have a good surf around to compare products versus price (to make a purchase prior to my impending honeymoon to the maldives.)
I was looking for a camera that was powerfull in that it had enough megapix to keep me happy, plenty of features to make me look clever, a good quality lense and pictures and most importantly was the ability to buy an underwater case in order that I could take some scuba diving photo's.
With the added bonus of looking and feeling like a trendy yet qulatiy product.
I have been very impressed with this camera and many thousands of pictures later I can find no fault with it.
There are however newer Ixus versions with greater mega pixels available, but these will inevitable be more expensive than the Ixus 40, this camera is now more middle of the road with the newer models available but I would struggle to find a better product for the price.
I bought this camera 9 months ago. Overall I'm satisfied with this product. This is the first Canon camera that I've bought. Previously I had a Kodak and I like this Canon a lot more.
It is very neat and small and the design is very elegant and pretty, suitable for family use and when travelling.
Because I'm not a professional photographer, the quality of the images is very good to me and 4 megapixels are enough. What I like from this camera is a wide screen which allows to enlarge the photographing view.
Recently I have attended a photography class and it makes me want another camera with more zooming in capacity, 3x seems a little bit not enough for me now.
However, if you use the camera not for professional purpose,I think this is a great choice for you!
I'd been thinking about a digital camera for quite some time now but always thought it was too expensive. It was only when a friend took our wedding photos with his digital camera that I realised how wrong I was. The cost per print is far less than traditional film and because you choose what to print, you don't waste loads of money printing rubbish. You end up with fewer, better quality photos because you can see whether the photo has "come out" straight away. I was always taking duplicate photos "just in case" and getting double prints when the film was developed because the cost of reprints was so high. Now I can get as many copies of my best photos for just 10p/print and I'm not spending a fortune on dud photos.
My brother had just bought the Ixus 30 and recommended it as decent quality and easy to use. I decided to go for the Ixus 40 as this was exactly the same but with more mega pixels (4 rather than 3) which gives greater scope for photo enlargement. The basic features we (my technophobe husband and I) were looking for were: decent number of mega pixels; reasonable optical zoom; decent LCD screen; and nothing too expensive. At £140 the Ixus 40 met the bill.
Along with the camera, the box contains:
- Wrist strap
- Camera to PC USB cable
- Audio-Video cable
- One camera battery
- Cover for battery
- Battery charger
- Software CD-ROMs
- Instruction Manual
- Direct print instructions
- Quick start guide
- Small (16MB) memory card
The memory card is basically enough to get started until you buy a larger one of your choice. It seems to be fairly standard that cameras only come with a small memory card (I guess then you can buy one according to your budget and requirements) but I've found the one supplied is a useful backup for when our main memory card is full and I don't have time to transfer the photos to the computer.
Size and Weight
The camera measures approximately 8.4 x 5.3 x 1.9 cm (width x height x depth) and with the battery it weighs just over 150g. This makes it pretty handy for taking photos on the move as no one wants to be lugging a huge brick about. It means you are more likely to have it handy for that unexpected photo opportunity.
We have only recharged the battery about four times so I can't make detailed judgements on the battery life yet although it seems to last a good length of time. I would expect the battery to last for a whole day out taking lots of pictures. The manual says
Charging takes 90 mins which is pretty decent however, the main problem is that the amount of battery life left when the low battery warning comes on is very short. I would therefore say it is probably a good idea to buy a second battery so that a fully charged spare is always to hand.
- Three levels of photo quality ("superfine" for photos that you want enlarge/zoom without losing resolution through to "normal" which provides decent 6"x4" photos and takes up much less memory.
- Various shooting modes (auto, manual, portrait, digital macro, might snapshot, kids&pets, indoor, and underwater). We tend to just use "auto" because we're lazy and don't want to work out all the settings to take the best photo but we have used the digital macro to take close ups of my engagement ring. My husband also tested it out on geranium flowers and you could zoom right in and see the pollen grains, stamen, etc.
- Continuous capture mode
- Timer (useful if you want to be in the photo or if you want the camera to be perfectly still when it takes the photo).
- Auto standby mode (saves battery)
- In auto mode, you can effectively "point and shoot"
- Quick start up (you can turn it on and take a picture in 3 seconds)
- 2" LCD viewfinder (also has a standard manual viewfinder)
- Automatic focussing
- Combined optical and digital zoom of up to 11x (I'd say this along with the fact you can instantly review your pictures is one of the best features)
- 30 frame per second video recorder (isn't amazing quality but fun if you don't have a video camera)
- "Direct print" with compatible printers; ours isn't so we haven't tried this.
General photo taking
For most photos, as I've said, we just use the "auto" setting. There are buttons for switching the flash between on, red-eye reduction and off and for switching between normal, timer and continuous photo mode so you can change quickly without having to go through the menus. The only time my photos don't really come out too well is when I do close ups with the flash but they are usually fine when I turn the flash off and make sure they are well lit instead. The zoom toggle switch is pretty standard so the camera is pretty good for all standard photo taking.
The instruction manual is quite comprehensive. I read a small amount to get me started (mainly about the physical things like battery, memory card, where all the buttons are etc.) but found that once I knew a few features, it was easiest to just work out the rest. Most of it seems to be self explanatory although I do use the manual from time to time (for example today I used it to find out how to work the continuous shooting mode) to check things.
Ease of Use
My technophobe husband managed to learn how to use the camera fairly quickly without much reference to the instructions and now spends ages just taking photos for fun as opposed to taking photos he wants to print and keep which I think is a good indicator that it is fairly easy to use.
As I said before, it is a small, lightweight camera which means it is convenient to carry in a coat pocket. The LCD screen is a good size and gives a very good indication of how the photo has come. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a carrying case but we just keep it in a large coin purse.
The menus are easy to navigate - this is a camera you can just pick up and take pictures with
The button to operate the camera is in a standard location on the top in one corner. Pressing half way shows you what the camera is focussing on which can be helpful. It also beeps to tell you if it cannot focus and when the flash isn't on that it is too dim.
There are effects available such as "vivid", sepia and black&white but to be honest, there's not really much point as one can just as easily take them all with standard colours and then edit them on the computer afterwards.
Uploading photos to computer
The camera comes supplied with a USB cable and uploading is fairly quick and easy. The first time I uploaded it took me through a "wizard" which set up all the settings for transferring photos.
I bought a memory card immediately - the camera can hold a lot of images, but memory cards are cheap these days so it never hurts to have more storage.
There are additional accessories available to buy from Canon including
- rechargeable batteries
- battery charger
- "all weather" (waterproof) case - needed for underwater photos in conjunction with underwater mode
- memory cards.
There are only two negatives I can think of: Firstly, it does not come with a camera case (although this seems to be standard for digital cameras). Secondly, we have been caught out by the battery running flat as it does not give much advance warning before it runs out. Other than that it is brilliant.
I would say that this camera gives pretty decent value and gives good quality photos for the average person. It has good specifications and a large range of features which makes it a very good deal. Overall I'd recommend it to anybody except for professionals (who wouldn't be asking my opinion anyway). If you want a small, low cost, decent quality camera it is worth looking at. It's easy to use, you can take it anywhere and the picture quality is excellent. I look forward to buying the Ixus 200 in ten years time!
Iam impressed with this little beast with power packed features. Very compact and slids into pocket.Excellent features, the photo quality is indeed good. The videos shot in compact mode were also good. The battery life is also good. I was disappointed by fact that u cannot zoom in shotting mode (this feature is available in Ixus 50 though). It would have been good if the camera would have come with a decent case.
Overall Iam very happy with Ixus40.Good deal.
I recently received this camera for my birthday, and having previously no desire for a digital camera I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the smallest digital cameras I have ever seen, and I personally think this is an important aspect in this modern age. One of the things that put me off digital cameras in the past was their bulky characteristics. This is not an issue here, with the Ixus pocket size design. The size of this camera has not meant that other qualities of this camera have had to be sacrificed. It has 4.0 mega pixels, which provides an excellent quality in the finished photograph. The camera is very easy to use with a automatic focusing tool, when you depress the take button half way, this makes it easy to get professional looking photos. The zoom on the camera is also excellent and provides a good addition to the camera, and the quality of the photo is still present even with the zoom.
The hardware that comes with the camera is also top notch. The battery is excellent, and once fully charged lasts for what seems like days before needing to be recharged (re-charger included). All the necessary cables are included so that you can connect the camera to youre computer, and transfer your digital photos with ease.
The camera has all the usual things as well, such as a flash, a timer, video, and an excellent screen in which to view your photos. An excellent purchase, you are getting the quality you pay for.
Brought this camera after using the same one my friend had. Nice and easy to use which was very important for the less technical people like me. Large screen and lots of options, which I am still discovering. Also nice style as well as being compact. Liked it also because unlike the thinner models this camera could stand up on a table. Annoying that it doesnt come with a case, which is vital, but found a cheap alternative to the manufacturers case.
Would definately recommend to those not very good with gadgets like myself.
What a beast! We had a 2Megapixel camera which was starting to play up so I had a good look around at what was available. 4Mpixels now seemed affordable so I set that as my lowest levels. A few photographic sites helped with the selection process. In the end it was the size and weight which made me choose this one. Other cameras may have produced slightly better photos but the size and weight meant that they get left at home just when you want to take a photo. This camera is so neat that it easily fits in a pocket and can go anywhere.
Despite the small size the LCD display is big. It does rather take up the whole of the back of the camera leaving little room for the buttons. You may find the buttons a little bit fiddly but you will get accustomed to them quite quickly.
Needless to say it is crammed with features, many of which I don't make full use of - prefering to have most things set to Auto.
Possibly the biggest downside is that the memory card supplied as standard won't hold all that many photos at 4Mp (certainly not all of our summer holiday photos). I bought a bigger one at the same time.
The photos are great, outdoor especially but even indoor flash is pretty good (and so much better than our last camera).
The Ixus was a little bit more expensive than some of the other 4Mp cameras but I think the extra was well woth paying.
Handy little light camera, slips easily into pocket. The instructions weren't great, but it is easy to work out how to use the camera, small digital cameras seem to follow the same format in the available functions. The lag time between taking photos is quiet long, which can be frustrating. Photo quality is excellent for the price. Functions allow the artistic photographer to produce interesting composites and great macro shots, particularly of flowers. Highly recommended over all
I was brought this camera by my husband as a brithday present in June and have never been without it since....
It is nice, compact and lightweight which allows me to carry it in my handbag everywhere. It is even small enough to be able to take out in a small evening bag.
The camera features are quick and easy to access and the layout of the display is very easy to navigate and understand. So if like me you are not very technical this is a good camera.
The ability to take short video clips has been very usefull for gathering information in my job, as well as trying to show the vet how ill my dog was. VERY VERY USEFUL
The play back function is very easy to access for all functions even the video clips.
Picture quality is very good i even mamanaged to take some great pictures on holiday from the plane and from a moving car that did not come out all blured. It was as easy as point and shot.
GREAT CAMERA WELL WORTH THE MONEY....Husbands quote.
I brought this digital camera at Xmas last year, and it has not even started to lose it's appeal yet!!
It is a small, asthetically pleasing camera; metallic grey, that comfortably fits into any pocket, and also includes a wrist strap, to ensure it cannot be stolen or lost. It is extremely light
At 4.0 Mega Pixels, there is more than enough picture quality in my opinion to take any picture imaginable, although because of the lens quality and other features available via the menu, it is slightly more expensive than a few other 4.0 MP cameras out there on the market. Memory cards for it are also relatively cheap, when considering the quality of the image being taken.
A simple slide-across button can transport you between take picture/take video/slideshow, and the menu button takes you straight to a main menu including picture settings for example, and even a menu for you adjust items such as a start up picture.
The buttons concerning options such as the flash and zoom are indicated by pictures on the screen, however it may be wise to read the manual, albeit briefly, just to ensure you are aware of what means whats, and avoid confusion and frustration when taking a picture.
The zoom is also as good as any other camera out there in this range, able to zoom up to 11x - and being able to focus on any object from any reasonable distance.
Unfortunately, no case comes with the camera, although it is a hard, aluminium shell that protects it - after nearly 5 months of use, I can see no visible marks on my one, but it would at least give me piece of mind if a case came with it.
Another slight concern, but no trouble to me as of yet, is the A/V port on the side on the camera - its cover is very hard to get loose without feeling that it may snap off. It has so far been durable, but for how much longer?
At this price - approx £170 - 200, you will struggle to come across another camera in today's market, with just high quality, all-round performance as this one - a must have for anyone in need of a digital camera!!