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It's nearly 4 years since i bought this brand new for a holiday over in Spain. The only place this bad boy couldn't go was in the water, but i'm sure there was a few splashes over it which it took in its stride.
The unit is solid enough to know your carrying a camera, but compact enough to throw in your bag or pocket. The battery lasts for months on end, it is unbelievably good.
The picture quality is good, not the best, but adequate for a some holiday snaps. there is enough options to change the shutter speeds and most other things to keep the tech heads happy, but all easy to get to. The menus are easy to go through and exactly where you would expect. quick preview and a adjustable timer are the norm.
No problem with no name SD cards, and no problem with connectivity to a PC to transfer the images.
This was such a good camera, i was even offered a new samsung compact camera with more MegaPixels and all the bells and whistles, and i turned it down immediately.
The only bit that's a bit fragile is the SD card and battery slot. mine has broken off one of the sides, but still slides into place securely, so not really that bothered.
All round stunning little camera.
The reason I bought this camera was brand loyalty - I had a canon previous to this and was extremely impressed by it's functionality and battery life. To say this camera delivered would be a complete understatement. It is fantastic, the battery lasts forever. The pictures are crisp with 7.1pixels. I am aware that specifications have changed and advanced significantly since 2008 when I purchased the camera. However, I would definitely recommend this to somebody looking for a casual leisure activity camera - It is slim and durable with a sturdy metal casing.
I have had zero problems with the camera and can't say anything negative. The video camera is fantastic on it. I have a decent camera on my phone but choose to use my IXUS where possible.
-Excellent battery life (Charge after say four occasions of use)
-Manual and Automatic function.
I've had this camera for a couple of years now. I have found it has been really reliable over this time. I have taken lots and lots of pictures in that time having gone to university and of course being dropped in that time too. It takes SD cards too which was great as my last camera took the same memory card. It has a large screen on the back which is always helpful especially after a few drinks haha. The sound isnt too bad when recording when in loud places for example summertime ball this year. The battery life isn't pretty good considering i have had the camera a few years it doesn't run out too quickly. The only issue i do have is that when it does run out you cant just put batteries in to it. Overall a good camera and would recommend to people of all ages as easy to use.
I've been a firm fan of Canon camera's for years so it wasn't hard for me to pick my next camera. The Ixus 70 is small, lightweight and perfect for point and click photos.
I got the camera the day I flew out for a months backpacking in Europe, and I'm pleased (but not surprised) to say that I didn't have to spend hours pouring over the manual to get to grips with all the functions - I simply arrived and started taking photos.
Positives: large screen, good quality videos, good distance zoom, face detection and a fantastic selection of shooting modes (day, night, distance, close-up) as well as the usual selection of photo type (sepia, black and white etc). And of course the fact that it's a nice style camera just adds to the extensive list of why this is a great camera to own.
My only negative is that you will need to get a large memory card, but that is evened out by the great quality photos.
This camera is fantastic, since getting it I don't leave the house without it.
This camera is absolutely fantastic, small, light and stylish. I originally had the Ixus 30 and when it came to the time for upgrading i had no doubt that i was going to get another Ixus.
I chose this one as it was an upgraded version to the one i owned and there is no regrets there.
The camera is easy to use and the buttons are of a decent size. Picture quality is absolutely amazing however viewing the pictures on the camera screen the quality is not apparent. A feature i love is that when you view the picture whatever way you hold the camera the photo will adjust so that you are viewing it the right way.
Downloading the pictures onto a computer is also very easy, you do not even have to download any software. There is a button on the camera which allows you to download the pictures onto the computer. (PC user)
The camera uses an SD memory card which is again a bonus as you can get these for a very cheap price on the market.
A down side to this camera though is that it doesn't come with a case and does not have a battery indicator but only flashing when it is about to run out of power.
The canon Digital Ixus 70 is the most robust pocket size digital camera i have ever owned. This product is slightly heavier than most but that is reasuring as you know its well made. The 7.1mp is ample and picture quality is good until you reach the far end of the digtial zoom where obvious noise starts to appear on the image. The camera suffers slightly from vignetting but i only noticed after purchasing a DSLR and seeing the quality from that.
The menu is well laid out and easy to navigate. You get lots of options to play about with and chaning exposure values, scene modes and ISO setting are fairly simple and make you feel comfotable enough to change them at speed so you dont miss a perfect picture moment.
The battery life of the camera is good and can last around two days walking around a city and taking lots of pics. Lithium Battery is something i could not do without.
The viewing screen now seems small compared to rival cameras but this is still good quality.
This is a sleek and sophisitcated camera which is an old model now but still stands out from the rest. Remember you dont really need over 3.5mp to print out A4 prints perfectly so dont be worried thats its not as high as 12mp cameras out there now.
I bought this little beauty before embarking on a backpacking adventure for four months. Obviously I wanted to document this trip and so invested a lot of time in finding what I hoped would be the right camera for the job. After reading countless reviews I narrowed it down to a few cameras, but the Ixus 70 was the only one for the me.
With regards to its construction, the camera is sturdy, being made out of metal. I like that I don't have to worry about it breaking. It also looks professional being both sleek and slim.
With regards to picture quality I can't fault it. Pictures taken on this camera have won me photography competitions against digital slrs. There are a wide range of settings to ensure that you capture the image that you want to capture, although a few of these are rather well hidden amongst the settings. If I have any qualms about this camera it's that it can take a bit of time to work out all of the intricacies, but in general its ready to pick up and go.
Needless to say, I love this camera and think that for the price it's fantastic value for money.
When you first look at the Canon Ixus 70, its square styled body, might not be the best styling for some. But it is a love or hate camera, even for those who don't like its aesthetic appearance they would be impressed with its performance. But the modern styling does appeal to a certain degree.
One of its advantages is definitely the 0.3 second delay for the shutter, which is undoubtedly good for a compact camera. The quality of the images are very clear and it has quite a good contrast of colours and it does have reasonable colour accuracy. The quality of recording video is quite good, even on standard quality, but you could increase the quality, which would take up more space, hence less recording capacity. However, it still good overall. The quality of the movie does effect the space required, a memory capacity of 512 megabytes will only support about 4 minutes of video recordings which is quite short. Furthermore, when recording videos, it is limited to digital.
There is a short start up delay, which means you wouldn't have to furiously wait for the camera to turn on, when you're trying to capture the photo of a lifetime. It does not have a long processing time/process in between single shots and the rate of burst are quite substantial. Therefore this camera gives you the ability to snap shots when you need it the most.
The camera only has a bog standard 35mm to 105mm optical zoom, which is fine for matures and beginners or even the occasional photographer. But it would be suitable for taking normal photographs that do not require zooming over long distances or distant shots which are naturally more demanding.
Considering its size and weight, it would be a good choice for a first camera or for the occasional snapper.
This is the first and only digital camera I have owned and it has worked fantastically well for me. I have to admit to not knowing much about photography but this camera has been very easy to use and allowed me to take some great quality pictures.
I have owned it for 2 years now and took it with me whilst backpacking around the world for a whole year. During that time it has continued to function well in all sorts of conditions, from -10 snowy weather whilst snowboarding, to +40 degree weather on beaches in SE Asia. The only problem I have with it now is a strange noise from the zoom lens but that is due to me getting sand in it after sandboarding in Peru so it has taken a lot of abuse and continued to work which is amazing!
It is very light and small and therefore perfect for travelling with or slipping into your pocket for use on a night out. The battery life is also very good and it is easy to find cheap SD memory cards for it now.
I have not really needed to use all the functions on it as I have been able to take good pictures without spending a lot of time working out how to change all the settings. It is therefore really good if you are looking for a simple 'point and click' camera. One of my favourite functions though is the 'My Colours' one as I have frequently used it to make photos such as ones of lush green rainforests look really vibrant.
The only aspect of the camera that is slightly disappointing is the movie function as the picture quality whilst filming is not that great but just having this option on such a small camera is a bonus anyway.
Overall, I would highly recommend this camera to others and if I ever need another camera in the future I will definitely be looking at Canon ones first due to the impressive quality and durability.
I know so many people with this camera and thats because it is so good!
For an affordable camera it really does take great shots even if you don't have a clue about photography. For the everyday person its simple to use and won't let you down as a point and shoot camera but at the same time if you want to be a bit more technical and test out your skills there's definitely the potential to do that.
Mine's been on a couple of holidays with me now and battery life is good and the quality of the pictures has been awesome in all conditions from nights out in oddly lit bars to hiking up snowy mountains where the mist was some what of an obstacle. And it will be going on my next trip to South America so I'm hoping it won't let me down cos its my trip of a lifetime!
Oh and as a note for any camera - I really like the face recognition technology. It does make pictures of people come out well and its amazing how it picks these things up!
It is fair to say, that this is probably not the prettiest camera i've, or you've ever likely seen. It's a slimline, palm sized compact, plain looking, with an uninspiring conventional look, which in my opinion is quite drab!
The camera has a relatively small 2.5" (inch) true colour screen on the back! Wow that's small. An looking at the users end, it has the wheels, knobs and buttons found on any camera. It also supports all the usual memory formats, as you would expect from a fairly modern Cannon camera.
I also noted upon using it, that the control wheel on the back and selector mode, felt rather loose. Overall, the thing felt like holding cheap plastic, poor quality, and not robust.
However appearances and build quality can be deceiving, and the Canon Digital Ixus 70 put quite simply, is the best "point an shoot" camera I have EVER owned.
So without further ado, let's talk the details of why, how?!!
This camera rolled in at anywhere between £130-170 new, (launched in 2007 I beleive) but you can snap one up now (like I did) second hand for around £40-60 which is a bargain! Places like ebay or car boots would be a great place to look for one!
The features are just silly for the price, and i'm sure I won't use half of them, but the ones of note or which stood out for me are:
-7.1 MegaPixel (not that impressive, but enough for most people) Theortically this would allow a poster size photo quality print! In reality A4 in my experience! Then again, how many times have you made photo posters. Photo quality though is outstanding! Be assured of that!
-The DIGIC III processor, which is used in higher end models too. Basically it is just the "exciting" name for Canon's image processor, it amounts to ultra fast processing, and great results with crisp images. It is also the brain behind the intuitive easy to use camera menu features!
-3 X Optical Zoom, Using Canon's Ultra-High Refractive Index Aspherical compact lens system! YES! what nonsense!!! it just means you get a clear picture from a small lens. Why tech folk have to to give such silly names to camera features is beyond me!
- Time Lapse Movie mode, enabling you to do impressive time lapse stuff, like filming clouds drifting past, paint-drying (lol) that kind of stuff! You can then accelerate this to smooth playback clips! Not sure i'd ever use it, but why not have it as an option I say!
- 17 Shooting modes, to enable auto-set pre-determined settings for just about every conceivable scenario. All the usual Landscape modes are bundled in. Quite clever and worth mentioning is the "My Colour" feature which lets you apply colour effects to the images (without the need for 3rd party software). Enjoy Grandma in black an white!
-Face Detection AF/AE/FE, somehow this clever little camera knows when its looking at a face or faces! Basically all this clever little thing does, is optimize the focus, exposure and flash setting to extenuate the features of the face(s) making even ugly subjects look beautiful! (ok maybe not, but it is impressive).
---THE BATTERY LIFE---
The camera came with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which lasted for ages (2 days of heavey use) compared to my previous camera! No more faffing about changing the AA batteries. I just plug the thing in, and charge it up! Ideal! I mean who wants to lug around a bunch of AA's.
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Despite my initial impression of poor build quality, I have been amazed at how tough the little camera has been!
In the short year I have owned it, it has been dropped down the stairs, sat on, left in the blazing sun in Egypt! Left in freezing conditions in my cars glove box this winter (08/09)!!!!
Yes, somehow it still is all in one piece, the functions all work and is still taking great pictures! Canon is seemingly the toyota of the Camera world!
An the end of the day however, forget the bells and whistles, the function packed menu's, the price. The photo quality and ease of use are the most important features of all! I mean that is what cameras are for! Taking pictures!
I would argue that for a happy snappy holiday camera, the price you can find one of these cameras second hand, I doubt you will get a more user friendly, high quality camera from anyone else! Its just brilliant!
I own this camera for more than a year and have been very happy with it. Its small and sleek and can hide in your pocket easily. The pictures are lovely and crisp
Here is a summary of good and bad points
1) Size: Its very small and easy to carry. My mobile phone is bigger than this!!!
2) Fast: The camera starts up immediately and saves the pictures fast ( i use a 2GB SD card)
3) Battery Life: The battery life is very good. In my 10 days italy trip i had to charge it only once (with more than 2gb of pictures taken)
4) Picture Quality: The photo quality is awesome. And it does not require you to be an expert. I just see and click and the pics come out good. I trust canon when it comes to photography and they have not disappointed.
1) LCD Size: the LCD is 2.5 which is good but 3" would have been better.
Overall i would strongly recommend this camera.
I bought this camera as I needed a new camera fast! It takes sd memory cards which is a plus as these are the cheapest ones to buy. The camera itself is very competitively priced for the size and features. It is a small camera suitable for your handbag or pocket on nights out and not too heavy either. The camera at first I found quite fiddley to use with all the buttons are on one big round button so you have to be quite precise this does take some getting used to and I find it really easy to use now. This might be something to bear in mind if you're buying this for a young/elderly person who might find this difficult to grasp. The camera has a range of functions which enable you to be a complete beginner when it comes to photography or it also has a manual setting for the more advanced photographers. I aren't a protographer yet have still managed to test things out by trial and error and get excellent results from the manual setting.
The camera has an excellent battery life of about a week - this was a week using it every day whilst travelling. The one negative that I can think of is that it doesn't tell you when the battery is running low, although I know that they now do this on newer models. The LCD screen can be switched off to save the battery life and even when the battery is very low you can still last for a good half a day with no screen - slightly old school photography but at least you can still take pictures.
The video quality on the camera is excellent and the sound is superb too - far better than I expected.
The specification of the camera is as follows:
* Product Description: Canon Digital IXUS 70 - digital camera
* Product Type: Digital camera - point and shoot
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.6 cm x 1.9 cm x 5.4 cm
* Weight: 125 g
* Supported Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
* Sensor Resolution: 7.1 Megapixel
* Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
* Lens Aperture: F/2.8-4.9
* Focus Adjustment: Automatic
* Min Focus Range: 30 cm
* Focal Length: 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm
* Optical Zoom: 3 x
* Digital Zoom: 4 x
* Camera Flash: Built-in flash
* Red Eye Reduction: Built-in
* Microphone: Microphone - built-in
* Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom
* Display: LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - colour
* Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
I have put satisfactory for the instruction manual but haven't read it as have just managed to figure things out.
In short this is a basic camera for those who want a simple point and shoot, however it has the advanced features there for anyone wanting to learn.
Canon's Ixus 70 is a superb little camera. Its superior function, accompanied by such elegant design, really sets the Ixus apart from its many rivals in a similar price bracket. So...
Performance is great - at 7 megapixels, you can be sure to retain detail when you blow images up or zoom in. Images are crisp, sharp, and the colour is great (white balance adjustable). A 3x optical zoom is also perfect for capturing distant images. Several specialist modes exist to give best results in, for instance, low light conditions.
Ease of use - even my technophone mother can use this camera! It's an ideal first digital camera, and there's even a conventional viewfinder for those who prefer not to use the 2.5inch display screen. It is easy to switch between picture, video and reviewing mode with a simple slider. The buttons are all very obvious. This really is a 'point and shoot' camera - you can ignore the specialist modes and let the camera do most of the work!
Not to detract from the performance, the Ixus feels wonderful in your hand. Small and compact but without being too small to hold comfortably, its stylish design, with very square edges, and either two-tone silver or black and silver detail, is eyecatching.
The only real disadvantage with this camera is the lack of battery life indicator. Battery life is generally very good, however - but it's perhaps best to put it on to charge if you plan a day of photography!
A wonderful camera for the price. So easy to use, despite its relatively advanced technology, it also looks fantastic - and has all the quality you would expect from Canon.
Best digital camera i have ever owned!
I did photography for A level and was unsure what camera I should get to carry on with photography for fun. I chose this camera as Canon has such a good reputation. It is the best camera i have ever used. The pictures are so clear and transferring them to your computer is soooo easy (i use a mac so i have not tried it with a PC).
The one bad thing is that it does not come with a case but I bought a really cheap one from e bay, about £4.00, and it works great.
The extra features such as red eye reduction are good but I leave that till have placed the pictures on the computer. Lots of features but this is not why i bought it.
Basically it has a great lens and a great build and the pictures are GREAT.
It is a very good camera and feels well built with an all mettle case.
A deffo thumbs up.