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The compact Canon Ixus 65 is quite a reasonable size for its specification and functions. Its styling features are quite modern with sleek styling and a zen approach, which does make the camera aesthetically pleasing.
The camera is a 5.9 megapixel with 3x zoom, which is quite standard. Since these cameras are usually suited to taking the occasional photo, which means it is not ideal to be used to zoom over long distances to take photos. The amount of megapixels is decent for printing the photo on reasonably large sizes. Overall, the image quality is quite good with quite good image sharpness whilst still no having a huge amount of noise. The camera also allows you to take videos which are quite clear and reasonable.
The display screen is quite sharp and clear, the flash may look small, but it is effective. The battery stamina is quite good. Like any camera, there is a shutter delay of about 0.3 of a second, which is quite good for a camera in this size. Therefore, you won't need to worry about missing a photo opportunity with this camera, especially where every second counts.
Other than the standard features and settings, you can't change settings such as shuttle speed, aperture and manual focus. To use this camera, you would literally need to have hands like a tripod, especially because it does not have any type of image stabiliser functions.
I've had this camera for over a year now and I have to say, its been a pleasure to use so far. I previsouly had a casio and decided to take the leap of getting a Canon next time. I wasn't disappointed. The first thing that strike you is how big the screen is! It's huge in comparison to some of the other point and shoot cameras out there. It comes with Canon's own rechargeable battery and takes SD memory cards. I opted to get a 2GB memory card and it holds around 1000 photos on good quality. The menu is relatively easy to use and on the top menu there is a switch for playback, video recording and for photos. The zoom button is also very easy to use. For taking photos, the camera has various modes: Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night snapshot (although I found this to be very blurry most of the time), Kids and Pets, Indoor, foliage, snow, Beach, Fireworks, underwater, colour accent and colour swap. The quality of the photos are very good depending on what you are taking. Obviously if you are a pro this would not be the camera for you and I would recommend that you stick to a SLR. But if you are like me and just need a camera for those days out and family events then this is the one you should get. No regrets in buying this and you would get the security of Canon support if anything does go wrong.
I liked the overall design of the camera even though for me this is one of the least important things. The Ixus 65 is model comes in a brushed silver and ebony black and Canon have emphasised the fact that the top of the this camera is supposed to appear like a samurai sword. For a compact camera there are many impressive features to behold including a 6 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, 16 shooting modes, Canon's DIGIC II processor and a 9-point AiAF for better results.
At first I really found the large 3-inch 173k colour LCD screen on the back of the camera a very useful viewing platform. You will find these screens on a lot of cameras these days but they are often too small and therefore not much use. This screen is pretty unique in that instead of tiny fiddly buttons to control the screen image Canon has adopted a scroll wheel similar to Apple's iPod whereby the button you are pressing is highlighted on the screen. All you have to do is to scroll the figure around the four-point circle and the image on the screen is displayed. However, because there are only still only 172,000 pixels as on most smaller screens, the image is not as sharp as it could be. The large screen however, does come at a cost - Canon has incorporated what they no doubt consider to be a revolutionary idea by dismissing with an optical viewfinder. Call me old fashioned but I'm afraid that for me a camera without a viewfinder isn't a camera and for this reason I returned it to the shop.
Another draw back is that unlike the Canon's new Ixus 800IS this camera 65 doesn't come with image stabilising. This is a useful feature for those who suffer from shaky hands. Another irritating factor is having to take the battery out to recharge it instead of being able to do a recharge whilst it is still in the camera.
On the plus side however, the Ixus 65 makes use of an ISO 800 setting enable you to take flash-free photographs indoors and minimise the effects of camera shake. A new High ISO Auto setting automatically sets exposure which means you can take sneaky shots without blinding your victim at the same time.
I managed to take a few photographs. Hooking up the camera to you computer in order to upload your pics is an easy procedure. The results of the shots were bright, good colour variation and contrast and, at 6 mega pixels, sharp enough. So if you don't mind the omission of the optical view finder then I would still recommend this camera for those who want a highly portable that takes pretty good shots.
Optical Zoom: 3 x - Construction - 6 lenses with 2 UA in 5 groups
Digital Zoom: 4 x
Image formats: JPEG
Power sources: Li-ion battery NB-4L: autonomy of 160
Memory Card: Type SD Card 16 Mb
Video Sequence: 640 x 480 at 60 images/sec.
Port: USB 2.0
photos (LCD screen off)
Lighting adjusted 1 to 15 levels
QuickBright and Night viewing mode
Cover: 100 %
CCD: CCD 1/2.5" captor with 6 megapixels
Resolution (in pixels): 2816 x 2112
Shutter mode 2,1 images/s
Vocal memo (60 s)
17 different modes
Canon DIGIC II processor
Size: 3.4 x 2.24 x 0.8" (86 x 53,5 x 21,7 mm)
Included accessories: SD 16 MB memory card, Li-ion battery NB-4L, charger, USB/Video cables, strap