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      05.04.2012 04:52

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      Fantastic Little Camera for its age

      I bought this camera for my Graduation in 2004 and it lasted years - brilliant point and shoot, great display, great ease of use (even though the instructions I was sent were in French!!) Great optical zoom for the year of manufacture. I researched this camera fully at the time and it came up top in the reviews I read back then - it's better in my opinion than some of the new point and shoots being released. It was a great holiday camera - took fantastic resolution pictures. Also very handy on a night out due to it's small size - fitted nicely in my jeans pocket. The menu facilities are simple and easy to use. As well as everyday pictures of people and scenery I used it for a bit of product photography and founf the macro settings great for this. I think Canon were ahead of there time with this camera and I loved using it. It's got some great accessories you can buy for it too - like an underwater case if you want to take pictures while diving. The compact flash memory card was the only downside I found with this camera - as not many pcs have a CF port now - as they tend to be SD cards... but you can plug the camera into computers directly using the USB cable which is just as easy.

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      12.02.2007 16:25
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      An excellent camera for both the amateur and professional.

      Coming in at under £170. This is an excellent all round camera. The auto mode makes it a great 'point and shoot' camera but there are enough manual features to keep even the budding professional photographer entertained. It has a solid feel to it and looks good in it's silver casing. Picture quality from the 4 mega pixel lens is excellent, battery life is very good and it has a lot of manual features that are usually found on more expensive camera. As with most cameras you will have to buy a bigger memory card (only 64MB supplied) and a spare battery (approx £5 on ebay). The only downside I feel is the picture quality on video recordings but then it's a camera and not a camcorder so I suppose it's forgivable. The instruction manual is straight forward and easy to follow but not really needed as the camera really is very user friendly. I have owned this camera for approx 2 years and has been 100% reliable.

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        30.05.2005 18:26

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        I love this camera. So small yet excellent pictures. Easy to use but it does have a lot of features that it will take time to master, it is worth it.

        Only criticism would be that cannot get a bag for the camera that also has space for spare battery and / or memory card. Most o the bags have space only for the camera.

        No camera bags are supplied with many cameras thee days, so you have to hunt out what you want, have only found poor quality bags so far. Would like a leather one.

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        08.07.2004 02:17
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        Amazingly, for such a decent digital camera, the Canon Digital Ixus 400 is offered for sale at Amazon at less than £250 according to Google, although when you click the link, the Amazon says disappointingly, ?This item is not in stock or has been discontinued?, although it goes on to offer new and used versions at just £220. I daresay that all that will soon change, however. Kelkoo suggests prices in excess of 300 notes, unfortunately. Best advice is to shop around. Also known as the Powershot S400, the Ixus is a compact, 4 megapixel digital camera, finished in the obligatory, ultra modern silver, sporting a zoom lens which offers three times optical zoom, although Canon?s own site maintains that the zoom goes right up to 11 times (Hmmm?). Featuring in the not quite ultra-budget end of the digital camera market, the Ixus is a decent bit of kit with an awful lot going for it, feeling reassuringly chunky, solid and robust, although it is nice and small (see picture at http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_s400-review/). Canon boast that the body comes with a Super Hard Cerabrite case, which is substantially more damage resistant than most other cameras. It also offers the neat touch of being able to shoot short videos with sound, although if you really want such things then you?d be better getting a proper DV camera. Being jack of all trades can often mean you?re master of none, but the Ixus is a decent, value for money digital camera which does its core job really well and offers a lot for the price. In fact, it?s cheap enough for anyone to buy without fear. The package includes a 32Mb compact flash card to store your photos, although inevitably you will need to get a larger, more spacious memory card for any serious use. Still, that?s a pretty standard issue for all makes so no black marks for
        Canon, especially as they also include a battery charger as standard, when many other manufacturers ask you to fork out for this as an optional extra ? Harrumph!! There?s a decent package of imaging software included, although you will need one of the better packages if you?re serious about playing with your pix, and Adobe Photoshop is the recommended package. The controls on the back of the camera are a bit fiddly, although when you get to grips with it, there?s a lot you can do with this camera, and plenty of flexibility for the money. I mean 250 quid is absolutely nothing these days, and if you really want a load of bells and whistles then you should be looking at a more expensive range. But down to the most important thing about any camera ? does it take decent photos? Well, happily, yes it does, bloody good ones which are nice and sharp with good natural colour and a fair amount of flexibility. In the settings to boot. The Canon Digital Ixus 400 comes with many recommendations in its class, and if you want a really good camera at that sort of cost, then there are few better options around. The whole range of Canon cameras comes out very well, and PC Pro sticks with the make for both premium and value marques on its A-List, although it?s the Canon PowerShot A80 which takes the honours in the value range rather than the Ixus. However, I?d have very few qualms about recommending this particular camera and certainly for beginners. JUST FOR ANORAKS - SPECIFICATIONS: 4-megapixel CCD, 2,272 x 1,704 maximum optical resolution, 3x optical zoom, 3.6x digital zoom, shutter speed 1/2,000th second to 15 seconds, 50-400 ISO sensitivity, +/-2EV exposure compensation, 1.5
        in TFT LCD, built-in flash, up to nine-point AF, evaluative, centre-weighted, spot metering, 320 x 240 15fps movie mode, PhotoStitch panorama mode, 2.5fps continuous shooting mode, 32MB Type I CompactFlash, lithium ion rechargeable battery, USB cable, ArcSoft PhotoImpression and VideoImpression software, wrist strap. Dimension: 87 x 57 x 27.8mm (W x D x H). Weight: 222g (including battery/card).

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          21.06.2004 14:49
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          Although this is my third Ixus, and I am a great fan of the digital Ixus series, the 400 turned out to be a great disappointment: After just one year I got the message: E18, which is apparently a known error with the Ixus 400, which makes the machine virtually worthless.... So, this time I can not be pleased with the Ixus. Especially since this malfunction seems to be occuring with several other Ixus's too, as can be easily found on the internet. Ixus should have tkane these machines back to the factory!

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            15.05.2004 04:56

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            I have had the Ixus 400 for some time now. The camera is very straight foward to use and very easy to take high quality pictures. Aesthetically the camera is very good, the sleek lines and the rounded edges make this and the Ixus 500 look better than the others in the Canon range and most other cameras that are also around. The buttons are clearly labeled and there is no ambiguity in the icons. Deleting pictures for the first time may be difficult to master but once you figure it out or you read the manual it is easily picked up and you will notice how all functions follower a similar pattern. The 4.0 megapixels are more than enough for taking pictures and the spiecail thing about this camera is that it can be used as a point and shoot camera But in the ?manual? mode enthusiasts who don?t want to waste money on an SLR but still play around with shutter speed, ISO speed etc. Tasking movies is also quite well done on this camera, although this is not very hi quality but is bearable. The sound is quite echoed but considering it is designed purely as a camera not a video camera it is not bad. You can record as long as you want as long as you have enough memory, and the time you have left is clearly stated in seconds. With Compact Flash memory so cheap now this is very good. The battery life of the camera is good, although I have had to buy a spare battery so that I am able to take photos throughout my trips. The software that came with the camera is very good. ZoomBrowserEx remembers what pictures you have already downloaded onto your computer so that you don?t waste space on your hard drive through duplicates. The camera also comes with software that stitches photos you have taken together so you can make a large panoramic photo. I was surprised by how well this came out as it warps the photos so all match and the joints are seamless.

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            11.04.2004 05:36
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            Yep! Guilty! Of choosing a camera just because of its brand name. Canon has long been recognised for its quality cameras, and this is no different. The canon ixus 400 can be carried anywhere ? measuring only 2.0 * 5.0 * 8.0cm ? it is extremely light and portable and is great to just keep in your pocket to catch that rare shot. Camera picture quality is generally defined by the number of megapixels that the camera is able to catch the shot in. Top of the range cameras can produce over 10 megapixels, but above 3 will produce a good quality photograph. The canon ixus 400, being 4 megapixels, produces a quality high resolution image, meaning that you can also enlarge the photo if you like, without losing a lot of picture quality. I have to say that one of my favourite features of the camera is the LCD screen (I have a thing for gadgets) ? you get to see the shot after it is taken, and can choose whether to keep it or not. Of course, you have the option to turn the LCD screen off, to save battery power. There is also an automatic power-off feature to save battery power. Zooming The camera has both optical and digital zoom ? optical by 3x and digital by 3.6x. Again, excellent features. The age-old question?Mac or PC? The camera caters for everyone! It can be used both on the mac and the PC, (via a USB cable), and is compatible with a range of operating systems. The camera also has an AV (audiovisual) connection point which can either connect it to the computer, or?and this is a really cool part?a virtual reality headset with which to view photos / video clips. Memory One good feature is that the camera memory is removeable ? this means that depending on how many photos you take, you can always put in another memory card which stores more pictures ? so will last longer. A rechargeable Li-ion battery is supplied ? which incidentally doesn?t have to be in the camera to keep the memory, meaning that you can rec
            harge the camera any time you like. Pictures are saved in JPEG format ? one of the most compressed ways of saving them ? so you get more pictures for a given amount of memory. Continuous Shots If the button is pressed down, the camera can shoot one shot after another ? an excellent feature for capturing a sports event. Self-Timer One good feature which allows those full family shots to be taken is the self-timer ? the flash flashes a set number of times before the picture is taken, to let you know how long you have less. AutoFocus The Camera supports autofocus, kind of useful for the beginner who doesn?t actually have a clue how to focus yet (yes, another thing I was guilty of) ? even though the manual is very detailed when you read it. Extras I have omitted the very common features like those of red-eye reduction (simply because they are found with most cameras). Some that I particularly like are the following: Special creative effect modes (5 in total) Voice recording facility with built in speaker to replay For more information on this excellent little camera, including a full list of manufacturer?s specifications, check out the manufacturers website at: http://www.canon-europe.com/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital/Digital_IX US_400/index.asp?ComponentID=37151&SourcePageID=26181 Exceptionally well built, with an astonishing range of features, just the appearance of this camera will get you some serious street-cred! If you have money to throw around, then this camera is definitely the one to get, but if you're just looking for a good camera with good features, there are plenty more cameras in the sea, and this particular camera costs more than it's worth. Thanks for reading and I hope that you have found this review helpful.

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              10.02.2004 04:47
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              *Brand: The Canon Ixus 400 was obviously made by Canon, one of the top leading companies known for their quality and their always upgrading technology. *Dimensions: The Canon Ixus 400 like stated in my advantages is very portable, the dimensions are as follows 2.0(H)x5.0(W)x8.0(D) --- cm For someone like me who loves taking photographs and taking the camera everywhere would really enjoy this light, small camera. *Megapixels The Canon IXUS 400 has a remarkable megapixel of 4mb! This means the digital camera has much better quality and sharper images then other top camera's. This also means you may wish to increase the size of your photos quite alot before losing picture quality . *LCD Screen The Amazing camera also has an inbuilt lcd screen on the back. This lets the user take a picture and then review it, if the user likes it he/she will keep it otherwise they have the option to delete it. I really find this useful, if i`m running out of photograph slots on my memory, I can just go through the memory looking for any photographs I don't like and then deleting them. The LCD screen can also be used to view your recorded movie (I'll write more about this later below) *Optical and Digital Zoom are Available! The optical zoom can zoom in by 3x, making the subject appear closer, whilst retaining high image quality. I really love that advantage. The digital zoom can zoom in by 3.6x, which once again is quite 'jaw dropping' *Internal Memory A bad point about the camera is that it has no inbuilt memory which is quite bad, this means people like my self have to buy memory cards (note: I bought many 32mb's cheap so it still paid off --- Compression on camera is really good.) BUT most suppliers give ONE free 32mb card. *Compatibility The Camera works on both the mac and the PC, which is very useful as most people either ha
              ve a pc or mac. The camera also supports many operating systems such as Windows XP and Mac Os. *Software With the camera you are given some software. The software you get is used for editing and downloading your photographs/videos onto your computer. note: You also get drivers note: Canon always release new updates of their software/drivers so an advantage is You can go to their site and download. *Battery The camera has a Lithium-ion battery, which is rechargeable (a charger comes with the camera) The compact sized battery has no memory effect, so they it can be recharged at any time. * Macro mode for close focusing As the camera allows you to take up to about 30+ seconds of video clips it also allows filming close up without losing focus. *Continious Shooting The Camera allows a user to take continuous snapshots whilst the button is pressed down. This is ideal for taking shots of some kind of event. *LCD Off feature You may look through the eye hole without needing the aid of the lcd screen, this means you may turn of the lcd feature to save alot of battery power. *Flash and its auto built in 'autoflash' The Flash on the camera can be forced to stay on all the time or off. To get creative results the camera's user may set it to an option on the camera to only come on in certain situations. *Red Eye Reduction Mode The Camera reduces the possibility of red eyes occuring by the flash. *Menu System Once the user has used the camera for a while the menu's system the user uses to navigate the controls becomes really easy to understand. *Self Timer The camera supports a self timer, this allows you to take the picture of the whole family with yourself in it too. What I like about this function on the camera is that the flash starts bleeping indicating its set to self timer. *Slide Show The camer
              a allows you to preview all your pictures/videos in order of the pictures taken in a slide show. *AutoFocus The Camera supports autofocus, which in a few situations I found really useful. *AV Out connection Another advantage on the camera is that its got an AV (AudioVisual connection) built in. You use this port to connect the camera to your computer or you may decide to connect some other device to it. I.e. Virtual reality head set may be connected to it and you may view the photos/video clips on there. *Other Features Its got inbuilt Voice recording, so you may save little memo's to maybe email them. Uses a Usb cable (faster to transfer files over) The camera supports five different speical creative effect modes. You may zoom into picture even after you have taken them on the camera. Built in Speaker allows you to listen to sounds in recorded clips Got Autopower off, useful for battery saving. Saves pictures in a Jpeg format, Jpeg pictures tend to be rich in high quality and really small (compressed) ------------------------------------------------------------------- Also To Note: When I bought the Camera it was about 399 pounds but its dropped since by quite alot should be able to get it in the range of 100-250 pounds. The Memory card is a flash media card. I stated the mega pixel in my review (4mb). I`m sure my camera came with a 32mb card but I don't think It is inbuilt. ---------------------------------------------------------- My Overall Feelings Towards the camera: My overall feelings towards the camera is very positive, not just because of the beautiful features it has built in but the fact its very portable and cute. It makes me look unique ^_^. What I really like about this camera is the megapixel and that the fact that when you enlarge a picture it doesn't distort or lose quality. As i`m always putting pictures on my computer and ed
              iting them I found the really cool feature really helpful. Well I hope this review was useful... Bye Bye.

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                20.01.2004 01:59
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                I have always liked the Canon range of IXUS* pocket cameras, ever since I bought the first, and to my way of thinking, best built model, finished as it was in a hefty satin stainless steel case with just a touch of black plastic around the lens. I guess you'd call this the IXUS 1, except back then it was not numbered, it was THE IXUS. *In other parts of the globe, this may be called an ELPH, as in, ?......still, as long as you've got your ELPH? (another missed marketing opportunity!) Over a 6-year period it has served us well, except for a failure during its guarantee period, which was fixed free-of-charge. However, last Summer while on holiday in Portugal, it developed the same fault, which given its age, I was forced to conclude was an un-economic repair. Just lately, I have been putting a greater and greater emphasis on using my Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera for most of my best shots, but even I have to admit that something approaching the size of a 35 mm SLR camera is not an ideal holiday companion, hence the IXUS as well. Since its original inception, the IXUS has kept up with the times - the version II APS camera was a cosmetically revised effort with a few extra features. Then the digital revolution took hold, and Canon were quick to exploit the IXUS? dinky looks and solid gold build quality, by turning out the first Digital IXUS, and all credit to them, in the same dimensions as the APS film version. As most people will have noticed, digital cameras are largely judged by their ?mega pixel? capacity, these being the number of dots which go to make up the picture, i.e. more = good. You will probably have noticed also, that last year?s bees-knees is this year?s entry-level, when it comes to mega pixels, and although some top-end cameras are flirting with ratings beyond 10.0 mega pixels, somewhere between 3.0 and 4.0 is capable of giving excellent results, especially as hardly anyone prints beyond A4 size.
                This is where the new Canon IXUS 400 comes in. It is no bigger than previous models, and yet packs a very creditable 4.0 mega pixel maximum definition, stored on Compact Flash cards, which gives it the added advantage that it can share cards with my Nikon. The latest 'entry-level' digital IXUS, the Digital IXUS II now uses the newer SD cards, but frankly, it's not an awful lot cheaper, despite sporting a 'mere' 3.2 mega pixels and I'd have to buy a new card reader for the new format. FIRST IMPRESSIONS The first thing you notice is that this camera is a slight deviation from Canon?s all-stainless look. It IS constructed of metal but the outer casing is a mixture of satin steel and a silky coating of a (hopefully) durable ceramic material called Cerabrite. This really is a return to ?dinky-ness? which some of the other IXUS?s, (or is that IXII?) were creeping away from, millimetre-by-millimetre. My daughter?s older IXUS V3 feels quite thick compared to a ?celluloid? cousin, but this 400 is a little beauty with the emphasis on the ?little?. One minor bonus here - I get to use the quality leather case from the old IXUS -, aye lad, them were?t? days when yer got a PROPER case wi? it. The flashgun is built into the front plate of the camera, so unlike my original APS IXUS, there is no need for it to pop up like a sleepy alligator raising one eyelid when needed - it's always there. The 3x zoom lens retracts fully (and covers itself) when the camera is switched of, and only protrudes when switched on, curiously for about the same amount whether zoomed or not. This camera embodies a long optical zoom for its size, and this is further augmented by a ?digital zoom? i.e. a centre-of-picture magnifier, to take the overall zoom range up to about 11x. Personally, I?m not impressed with digital zooms, since they are not really zooms at all, and achieve nothing that you couldn?t do ?back at
                the ranch? with your chosen graphics package. At least if you do a selective print later, from the centre of a picture let?s say, you haven?t compromised the actual picture content, whereas, if you use the digital zoom on the camera, the rest of the picture, which might later decide you really wanted is lost forever. Stick to the optical zoom is my advice. All credit to Canon, despite that camera having so many hatch covers, buttons and screens it doesn't feel or look too cluttered. The top of the camera only really has two main buttons, one the on/off switch and the other, the shutter release. The zoom control is an outer ring around the shutter release, which you work with your right thumb. The on/off switch has to be held down for a second or two to prevent accidental powering up, perhaps inside a soft case. Many people with a Nokia cell phone will be all too aware of the ease with which you can make an accidental call to the first person in your phone book, and turning the Canon on unknowingly could waste precious battery life, and possibly strain its lens mechanism if it?s still in the case. Annoyingly, the IXUS doesn?t give you a fuel-gauge type display to show you battery life. It holds off from telling you anything until you?re nearly out of ?juice? ? I?ve seen it opined elsewhere, that this is a fiendish Canon plot to get you to buy a spare battery. Unlike my Nikon, which will also run on 2CR5 throwaway batteries, the Canon will only run on its unique-fit Lithium-Ion batteries, and not for too long, it would seem. There are ways round this. One is to use the optical viewfinder for taking pictures, with the rear-mounted LCD screen turned off. Another is to refuse to show anyone your work until you get home! Camera makers will insist of showing battery life as a total of shots - what they fail to mention is over how long a period. There?s no point in telling me that I?m good for 500 photos, if the battery will only
                stand up for 5 hours, even fully charged. The spontaneity for which digital cameras are famed is tarnished a bit when someone shouts ?grab the camera, you never know who we?ll meet? only to find that you need to stay in for a couple of hours while the battery charges. USING ITS FEATURES To kick off with, you'll probably want to take some photos under the fully automatic mode. Quite literally, this involves turning the camera on, and pressing the shutter release. Canon do now seem to have (almost) licked the time lag problems encountered when trying to ?snatch? a shot - this camera boots up in about one second, which is a considerable improvement over my ?big boy?s? Nikon. Using one or other of the viewfinders, you aim and fire ? that?s all there is to it. Of course, by using the Mode dial, you can introduce a degree of over-ride into the process if you so desire, using the manual setting, the panorama stitch setting or the movie mode. AUTOMATIC - Even in fully automatic guise, you can still manipulate the flash gun in a carousel of options, ranging from not firing at all, through the ?anti-redeye? setting to ?slo-sync? which fires the flash in anti-redeye mode whilst also using a slower shutter speed to prevent the background from being almost completely blacked-out - a common problem with outdoor night shots. You can also access the closer focussing needed by macro mode here - this enables you to focus from within a couple of inches from the lens out to a foot or so. MANUAL - Whilst not a truly manual setting, this does give you more control over the exposure used, but not as you would expect by stipulating the shutter speed or aperture. No, here you can only adjust facets such as under- or over-exposure, and the white balance (i.e. the light qualities encountered under a range of settings - daylight, fluorescent and incandescent bulb etc). I guess anyone looking for true over-ride had better loo k elsewhere, bu
                t most people would buy this camera for its looks and pocket-ability - I know I did (sorry, WE did - it looks like my wife has taken a very big shine to it!). PANORAMA - The panorama stitch mode is useful. Unlike a celluloid APS camera with its various format options, the digital camera?s screen format is strictly a TV-shaped 4:3 aspect ratio. However, you can take a panorama of several photos, which are later stitched together. The Canon has a useful little feature to help you get the overlapping of frames more or less right first time. After taking the left hand shot of the panorama, the viewfinder then shows the right hand portion of the previous shot in the left of the viewfinder. Because this is semi-transparent, this makes lining up the next shot very easy. You continue in this manner for several shots. These are all retained as single shots but earmarked as participants in a panorama for later processing by PC software. MOVIE MODE - Personally, I can never get too worked up over digital cameras that can shoot movies for several reasons, not least of which is that I?ve got a camcorder, and you know what they say about horses for courses - after all, it can take still photos but I don't use the facility. Another good reason for not using the movie facility is that the sound is only steam mono, the picture definition in this case is limited to maximum of 320 lines definition, compared to 520 on the camcorder, and it only shoots 15 frames per second compared to 25 on the camcorder. Yes, it does shoot movies of a sort, limited to a three minute maximum, but just don?t expect to have much Compact Flash Module memory left for photos at the end of it! CAPACITIES Using the 32megabyte Compact Flash module supplied, you can only store 14 of the top definition (i.e. 4 megapixel) pictures. Not wishing to compromise the camera?s picture quality just to squeeze some more shots in, I invested in the cheapes t 128 megabyte
                chip I could find, for around £20 from www.dabs.com. This gives a much more acceptable 61 shot capacity with the 14 on the original chip held in reserve, or maybe to shoot a quick film epic (it?d have to be quick, too!). In theory, using the lowest definition setting, the new 128 mbyte job will store 1355 VGA quality pictures, easily good enough for Internet use, and twice as good as a video still, but don't forget, once you?ve taken your pictures at this setting, there?s no going back if you don?t like what you see when you print them. CONNECTIVITY In common with most digital cameras, the IXUS can be plugged directly into a PC USB port after which, most modern versions of Windows (and MacOS) will recognise it as a new drive, allowing pictures to be view, copied over, what-have-you. The IXUS also shares a common direct-to-printer protocol that many cameras have started to use, so that, given the right printer, the PC can be cut out of the loop. Of course, this assumes that your print composition is perfect first time, since you won?t have the luxury of straightening horizons (yes, why do they all slope after closing time?) or taking out Auntie Flo?s red-eyes and that alluring hint of knickers-elastic peeking out from under her party frock. In addition, the IXUS can also connect to a TV so that you can view your pictures as a slide show. This can be adjusted to PAL or NTSC output to suit which side of the Atlantic you happen to be on at the time. THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING Yes, its results are pretty damned good, and you have to look hard for any difference between its results, and those from my 5.0 megapixel Nikon 5700, costing 2.5 times more. If anything, I prefer its colour rendition, but that?s purely subjective. To be perfectly honest, apart from occasional manipulation of the flash mode, either to turn it off of get rid of the anti-red-eye facility to make the batteri es last lo
                nger, I don?t anticipate using its over-ride features. The instruction manual is 150 pages long, and ALL in English, but don?t put off, after page 13, you?ll be thrilled with the results and wondering whether to bother with the rest of the book. LIKES AND DISLIKES a) THE HOORAHS Build quality 10/10 Compactness 10/10 Ease of initial use 9/10 Extensive Manual 8/10 Long zoom lens 9/10, Picture quality 9/10 b) THE BOOS No carrying case - how cheapskate is that? 5/10 Short battery life, but then it would be difficult to put a big battery in such a small camera 6/10 No alternative dry battery for emergencies 5/10 Poor battery life warning - too much like only having a low fuel warning light instead of a gauge 5/10 CONCLUSION If you?re looking for a snazzy, if slightly pricey (£299 at Amazon*) digital camera capable of damned-near top-flight results, that feels like it's well-built (it is, by the way), and that?s quite a lot smaller than a cigarette packet, then the IXUS range should be on your shopping list. Oh yes, it?s a doddle to use too. *If it?s just results you?re after, then even Canon has a range of larger, cheaper and it has to be said, more plasticky cameras that perform just as well.

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                  10.01.2004 20:27
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                  When my brother first got this camera i was like wow not another camera i thought he was just copying me but i found out that it took some beautiful photos i realised it had supassed and other digital camera i had ever seen. The noises that the camera make wen u take a picture can be changed from dog 2 cat noises and even a bird. I have found that the quick fire shots have been very useful for like action shot like when me and my brother went skiin we found we could take action photos of each other traversing off the side of this 10m drop 5 stars totally knarley

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                    When i got this camera after reccomendation off dooyou.co.uk i was so impressed with the 4.2 megapixels of delicious pictures. Its variety of things to do with the camera just shocked me and i was so pleased i had bought it. It can do loads of things like highspeed shooting and you can set it so the shutter speed is set at 10 seconds. I have no problems wwith this camera and all it has brought me at the moment is beautiful pictures.

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                      07.11.2003 10:18
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                      This camera is worth every penny. taken thousands of photo's and small movie's with it now. Very easy to use. Build quality is spot on. make sure you buy a big memory card and may be a spare battery. I looked at all the camera's in the price range, none came close to this. compact flash memory is cheaper to buy than memory sticks. the only thing I can fault with the camera is the LCD screen on the back is prone to greay finger print marks. buy a lens cleaning cloth gets the marks off.

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                        28.08.2003 23:58
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                        We've had had our Ixus 400 for about 4 months now and we're very happy with it. The quality of photos is excellent. The automatic mode, where the camera chooses all settings generally makes the best photos though there are also plenty of facilities to experiment with different aperture, colour and speed etc. when you want. The only dissappointment was that the Ixus 400 doesn't have as wide angle lense as its non-digital predecessor, which I have used for years and was accustomed to. Other criticism came from my father, that it was too small! That the small buttons make it hard for him to use and he found it hard to hold it steady because he couldn't get a grip on it like he could with his SLR. Personally this isn't an issue for me and I find it very easy to use. The Ixus is very compact so you can carry and use it more discretely, hide it easily; it is lightweight and doesn't buldge too much in pocket or backpack. After much reading and shopping around, the Ixus 400 seemed like the obvious choice for me. There are few cameras at the moment that offer 4 megapixels. And the price, though not cheap, is more affordable than its competitors. We use the video feature a lot. The Ixus 400 takes video clips up to 3 minutes long at 320x200pixel (low resolution, but same as tv!). Also nice is that the Ixus 400 plugs into your TV, so you can see you photos and videos immediately, on the big screen. The battery life was a big issue for my choice of camera, because I plan to use it in more wild places where there's no plug sockets. Seems to last about 3 or 4 days of regular shooting. We've bought a heap of cheap 256Mb Compact Flash Cards. By the way www.ebuyer.co.uk has the cheapest ones we've found in England. To upload a full card of 256Mb from the camera to my (old slow) pc takes about 45minutes. That's a lot of photos! Cheapest places to buy one ar
                        e Amazon and PC World (summer 2003). Also - see the site "Digital Photography Review" http://www.dpreview.com has masses of technical information and reviews about digital cameras. I wrote this review because I while shopping around for the best digital camera I found other reviews useful. Peace to you.

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                      • Product Details

                        A fresh new design, beautifully styled new IXUS boasting new features and high level of specification!

                        The IXUS 400 is a stylish digital camera featuring a high quality 4-mega-pixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens. A stainless steel shell protects the camera, while a new finish, "Super Hard Cerabrite", mixes metals and ceramics to produce a tough cool-toned exterior that is visually stunning.

                        The IXUS 400 incorporates a high resolution CCD sensor with 4 .0 effective mega pixels (approximately 4.1 mega pixels in total). This sensor allows the camera to capture still images as large as 2, 272 x 1, 704 pixels and movies as large as 320 x 240 pixels.

                        The IXUS 400 features a highly compact and sharp 3 x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 36-108mm (35mm equivalent). The lens features a maximum aperture of f2.8 (wide angle) to f4.9 (telephoto).

                        The IXUS 400 has several shooting modes, which can be selected from a mode dial on the camera. Modes include Auto, Manual (Program), Stitch Assist and Movie (with sound).

                        The Digital IXUS 400 is more than just a still camera; it is also capable of recording voice-tags of up to 60 seconds to accompany each image, and can even capture movie clips of up to three minutes, complete with sound.

                        Typical of the level of technology that is a hallmark of Canon cameras, the Digital IXUS 400 features an amazing nine-point AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus) system that can automatically detect a subject, even if they are not in the center of the frame. Digital IXUS 400 users will also benefit from shutter speeds of 15-1/2000sec and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 2.5 frames per second in still photo mode.