Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon Ixus 60 lasts the distance!
Canon Digital Ixus 60
Member Name: Miler
Canon Digital Ixus 60
Advantages: Durable, great battery life, simple to use, good quality pictures
Disadvantages: Only a 3x optical, but that is standard of a camera this age
I got my Canon Ixus 60 back in March 07, just in time to watch my beloved Newcastle at St James Park! Despite the fact I was sat up in the heavens of the stand, clarity of the players and the ball was second to none.
I wanted to buy a camera to create memories. I remember going to a friends student house and seeing literally hundreds of pictures of her friends, family and general good times on her wall. I was pretty envious that I didn't have anything to capture such memories.
I worked at Currys at the time and had to the chance to 'test drive' many compact cameras, including the Sony Cybershots. There was something in particular about the feel of the Canon Ixus 60 though. It just felt durable, well made (metallic feel not plastic) and it took some cracking pictures in the shop!
Two and a half years on and the camera has lived to see 2 years of university (including some messy nights out!) and has lasted for 7 weeks in Brazil as well.
The lithium-ion battery is unbelievable as well. I fully charged the battery before I went away to Brazil, took over 1000 pictures along with about 20 videos whilst I was there, and the battery didn't run out until I was in the airport ready to depart 7 weeks later. Admittedly I was frugal with the battery in the sense as soon as I was done taking pictures, I wouldn't wander aimlessly with the battery life seeping away. But even so, 7 weeks was pretty remarkable; in a hot climate as well.
As for picture quality, for storage reasons I generally only set the quality to 'medium' which is still more than adequate for a laptop screen barely 17"!
In terms of features, its got quick access to the standard things such as Macro, Timer, Flash and ISO. Within the menu system there is a vast array of options to customise your picture to suit how you want it, but equally it can be a simple point-and-click camera as well.
Summary: Durable, simple-to-use camera ideal for first timer or SLR fan looking to save space
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