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If your after a really technicaly detailed review this isn't for you as i dont know about these things. What i do know is i'm not great with technology but i can use this camera and its functions and i love it.
When shopping for this camera i wanted something that looked nice, was small enough to fit in my handbag or going out bag and that had a decent amount of mega pixels so the photos would be of a decent quality. This camera delivers all this and more. It has a really nice sized viewing screen almost the size of the camera so you can get a good look at what your trying to take a photo off and it has a great zoom so if things are far away you can still get a good picture. Its very easy to hook up to the computer and download the photos (if i can do it anyone can).
I have had this camera for almost 3 years and the only downside is the battery is going now and needs alot of charging which isn't really a fault of the camera and we have a spare anyway so not really a problem. It didn't come with a protective case either so we had to buy one to protect the screen but it wasn't expensive. So i would defo reccomend as a first digital camera.
I got this camera from my school because of exceptional services to the school, and to be honest apart from an education it's the best thing that I've received from them
I have found the main use for it is for quick and easy photos of family and friends, perfect for facebook and other social networking sites
The sheer ease of use of the camera is absolutely superb with the automatic feature doing all the work for you but allowing you to make small customisations to things like the flash and exposure time
Downloading from the camera to the computer is also a breeze, with the almost universally accepted jpeg format used.
The 7.1 mega pixels offered also allows for crisp and clear photos and there is also a film option, however I found this to be poor at best.
There is a sd card port and this allows for plenty of photos to be taken, and thanks to the small compact and sleek design you'll have no problems carrying it around to fill it up
The camera is very easy to use, point zoom and then take the photo, and thanks to the instant preview on the generously sized screen you can instantly find out if your photos are any good.
In conclusion a fantastic, compact, easy to use camera that I would have no issues recommending to a friend
I was looking to buy my first digital camera and I came across this. I ended up going for it after quite a bit of deliberation as there were newer and better models with image-stabilisation and higher resolution. I ended up going for this due to its affordable price, looks and good reviews.
I was quite excited about the camera so didn't take the packaging into account too much. However, the box is a light-blue colour with nice illustrations and it lists the features in big and bold writing. The camera is nicely positioned in the centre of the inner holder with all of the books and manuals, etc.
There is an AV cable included to connect the camera to the TV, and a cable to connect to the PC via USB is also supplied. Furthermore, a hand strap is supplied. A case must be purchased separately as none is supplied.
The camera itself it very stylish with a blend of black and silver. The large 3" screen and reflective sides add to the elegance and pleasantness of this camera's image. The controls on the back are fairly small as well adding to the ultra-compact look.
This camera isn't packed full of features, but is more than adequate for most people.
This ultra-compact features Canon's nifty DIGIC III imaging processor, which will provides super-fast responses and advanced noise reduction, as well as automatic face detection which will help to bring faces into sharper focus. The face detection feature works really well from my experience.
You have the option of choosing the start-up and switch-off image. You can also control he noises the camera makes, such as the shutter noise.
There are four automatic modes which include auto, manual, digital macro, colour accent; there are also various shooting modes which you should change to correspond with your location. These include Portrait, Night, Snapshot, Kids and Pets, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks and Indoor, Aquarium and Underwater. Te latter two features are for use underwater with the compatible waterproof case.
Examples of white balance options to choose from include auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, florescent, florescent H and custom, as well as custom ISO settings ranging from 80 to 1600. Shooting modes include single shot, continuous, and self timer which can be set at 10 seconds, two seconds or a custom time. The timer works great and comes in handy when you want to take a whole group photo without having to pinch someone away. The most fascinating feature for me is the macro mode which allows you to photograph ar 3cm, this function works amazingly well and I have managed to capture many amazing photographs with this mode, including a butterfly.
You can also remove red eyes on the camera itself. The process is very simple and fairly effective. The eyes can look distorted if viewed on a larger computer screen. However, this is to be expected.
At the top of the camera, next to the shutter button, there is a switch with 3 positions: video, auto and manual. The shutter button itself is enveloped within the zoom rotary collar. The zoom collar can cause problems if you are photographing single-handedly. However, it is possible, just a bit finicky.
I will update this with more information soon. The review is unfinished!
This is the best compact camera I have ever owned. With 7.1 mega pixels it takes great pictures and the colour is very accurate. The very large 3 inch LCD screen is makes reviewing pictures and navigating the menu very easy. Being slim and compact, it makes it perfect for travelling and can carries in your top pocket or handbag. The 3 times optical zoom is plenty and the macro mode takes great close-ups of flowers and really shows there true colours. I like to take pictures of flowers in the garden, friends at social gatherings, videos of the cat doing crazy things, items to sell on eBay, ideas when out shopping, places I visit, and the Canon Ixus75 does all these things and more. If you want to get clever you can adjust the colours, to sepia, B&W, Inverted and even separate the colours so that only red will show in colour and everything else will be in greyscale for instance. You can also change the shooting mode to adjust the white balance, and exposure but for general photos I leave it on automatic to ensure perfect shots each time. I am really happy with my Canon and I would highly recommend the Ixus75 to all my friends.
I love this camera. I have had it for about 18 months, I paid around £220 for it and it has been worth every penny. I think that the best feature of this camera is the large screen on the back. For people like me who take ages to print off photographs its the best way to show them to other people which just isn't practical with a smaller screen. It is also very slim which is great for shoving in your pocket while out and about. In my case it was shoved in my back pocket during a month long adventure holiday in Africa and did me proud. It has even more features on it than I use for the more studious photographer than myself. The only drawbacks I think are that it is a little behind in terms of the number of megapixels and the optical zoom. However considering the price is a little lower it is definitely worth the money for ameteurs.
After owning this camera for 1 year, I'm left wondering whether I originally purchased a delicate piece of electronic equipment. The IXUS 75 is perhaps one of the most durable and well-built cameras I have ever had the fortune to use. It has survived being dropped, trodden on, dropped down the toilet, and having things spilt on it, and it served me faithfully until it was stolen; clearly somebody else knew how good it was.
The picture quality was also fantastic; in daylight it took even and well balanced shots, and coped well with mixed-light conditions. The camera really excelled at night, where a complete absence of graininess, and non-overbearing flash gave excellent quality pictures. The battery life was also good, lasting several hundred shots.
It's difficult to find an area in which this camera struggled, but one obvious contender is cold conditions. When skiing in the Alps (temperatures of around -15), the lens kept sticking and there were clearly issues with the auto-focussing. However, can you really expect a camera to work at -15C?
The IXUS 75 is undoubtedly an excellent camera, taking good quality pictures both day and night. Unless you spend most of your time in Arctic conditions, the IXUS 75 would be an excellent choice.
My husband is a bit of a photography bore, and has a top of the range Digital monster of a camera that he adores. I wanted something smaller and easy to use that was alway's accessible for taking quick pictures of family/friends etc - so after spending a lifetime questioning the saleman in Jessops my other half declared that this camera would suit me, and it does.
Me and technology don't usually get on, but even I find using the functions on this camera easy to understand and implement, and downloading of the shots to your PC is a breeze.
It's easy to review and edit the shots you have taken as the preview/display screen is a good size and its proven to be pretty hardwearing over the 2 years I've owned it, as its usually shoved in pockets or handbags, and it's never taken any damage.
The quality of the shots and videos it can take are really good - even the hubby was impressed, and the dual function means it replaces the need to take both a camera and camcorder to certain events. We didnt bother taking our digital camcorder on our last holiday, just opted to take this instead.
I have just read the review on this camera and it just says it all, so I thought I would just review it as a user. This camera is so easy to use and fits into your pocket or handbag so it is always availible. I am a grandmother with active youngsters, it is in constant use and as it is aim and shoot I never miss a thing. The children use it as well the youngest is 5 and he has taken some lovely photos- and some rubbish ones as well but the delete is easy so no problems there- they also love the sound effects that accompany scrolling thru.
This is also a very robust camera as you can imagine it gets rough treatment -even an overnight stay in the fridge! not recommended , but it was fine.
I also got a higher memory card and have had up 400 photos stored at one time the battery life is seemingly endless and as it comes with its own charger you don't have to worry about replacements a great boon when you are on holiday.
All in all this is a little gem
I borrowed this camera from a family member and gave it a thorough test over a 4 week period. The IXUS 75 is a 7-megapixel high-spec ultra-compact, featuring an f/2.8 - 4.9 3x zoom lens with a focal length range of 35-105mm, a large 3-in LCD monitor and face detection focusing. With dimensions of 91.6 x 56.8 x 19.6mm and weighing only 130g, this really is an ultra-compact model that will slip nicely into a jacket pocket.
In terms of construction and design this is a nice camera to look at but I didn't really find it that comfortable to hold. The body comprises a sleek metal and plastic body that is a bit slippery and lacks grip. Another negative factor are the rather fiddly controls. The zoom control situated around the shutter button is especially tricky to use. In fact most of the controls are rather small and cumbersome. On the plus side I did like the three-inch LCD monitor which produced crystal clear images and was very bright with superb contrast and colour reproduction even in sunny conditions. As is the current trend the IXUS 75 has no optical viewfinder.
As you might expect from a camera in the Canon Ixus range, the features are quite extensive. There is a three-position slider switch to select between video mode, scene mode and program auto on the main panel. There are 10 scene programs in scene mode. The video mode offers a satisfactory maximum 640 x 480 resolution at 30fps, with mono audio. As with many such cameras you cannot use the zoom whilst filming. The video format is Motion JPEG and if using maximum quality you should squeeze 8 minutes out of a 1GB card. I do find video capacity on such camera to be a bit of a gimmick and really not necessary.
Power is supplied by a lithium ion battery which comes in the box along with the charger. According to the manufacturers you should be able to take around 210 shots in between charges. I found this estimation to be about right.
The camera come supplied with a 32mb SD card. I was able to take about 20 shots before the card was full. The camera is also compatible with SDHC cards.
Overall the camera performs well. It only takes a second to switch on and the AF system is one of the fastest I've ever used. I managed to get some really good shots in low light situations largely due to the AF assist light. However image quality does start to deteriorate noticeably when you push up the ISO settings. Anything above ISO 400 and you will begin to see image noise. At the top setting of ISO 1600 noise is a major problem and I really wouldn't recommend taking a photo at this setting. I also found the AiAF multi-point focusing system a bit suspect, and at times I found the lens to automatically focus on the wrong object. As such I recommend using the centre-spot focusing. The face detection system worked quite well as long as you focus on faces looking straight towards the camera in well lit conditions.
I found the photographs produced with this camera to be satisfactory rather than outstanding. Although the camera produces excellent colour saturation, images do lack sharpness of detail when blown up. For most people this won't matter and the camera should be good enough for taking your average set of holiday snaps but I always feel that the consumer should expect more from a camera that is clearly marketed as something above the average.
Originally selling for £190 you can now find this camera for around £130. It presently sells at Currys for £129.99.
For some time I have wanted to buy a digital camera that would be small enough to carry in my pocket and would be easy to use. I already have a canon powershots3 IS and have been really pleased with it. However it's not always convenient to carry around as its quite big and bulky. Having read lots of reviews I decided I really liked the look of the canon Ixus 75. Apart from the glowing reviews I read I was attracted by the large LCD screen and the wealth of functions this camera has. Although it is basically a point and shot camera the Ixus 75 has a lot more to offer! I treated myself to this camera a few months ago so I would have time to practise well before Christmas. Having used it for nearly 3 months I feel I can review it.
The camera-What you get for your money
As I said earlier this is basically a point and shoot camera. If that is what you are looking for then the Ixus 75 will take really good pictures. However it is capable of much more! The camera itself is really well built and feels very comfortable in my hand. Before buying any camera I would strongly advice you to hold it to check it suits your hand size. I love the look of this camera, silver metal with the lens area picked out in black, it certainly looks different to any of its rivals!
The camera comes complete with a lithium battery and charger, which is a bonus. Canon say you should be able to take about 210 shots before the battery will need to be recharged. I must have taken over a hundred shots and the battery is still fine.
The camera is supplied with a 32 MB( enough for about 18 shots), SD card, which is more generous than some. I bought a 2GB card when I purchased the camera. I really think Canon could supply a larger SD card, as it would not add much to their costs!
Also included in the box is a camera strap , instruction booklet and CD -ROM. The basic instruction booklet is very easy to read and was enough to get me started quickly. The more advanced instructions are situated on the CD-ROM. I found these easy to follow too although have now watched several times! I would have liked an additional paper copy to refer too. There is also a canon solution disk that will need to be installed before you can download your photos. You can register your new camera via the solutions disk.
The box also contains all the leads you need to connect the camera to a computer, TV or printer.
The camera in action.
The canon Ixus 75 has an amazing 3-inch LCD screen. This for me makes taking decent pictures a breeze. I also find reviewing my photos is easier as I can see so much more. The large screen helps to read the cameras menu too. Although the screen is protected by Canons anti scratch technology, I would still have liked a screen that folds in such as the one provided with my Canon powershot. The screen is also anti-glare. There is no separate viewfinder with this camera, but I have never found glare a problem even on the beach in bright sunshine. Canon does not provide a case so you need to buy one to protect your camera.
This camera is really small at only 19mm wide it will fit into most pockets. It is very light too weighing just 130 grams. For such a small camera the controls are easy to use and well situated. At the top of the camera is the on/of button. Simply press to switch the camera on. To the right of the camera is the zoom ring. The camera has 3 times optical zoom. To the left of the on/off switch is a slider. The slider allows you to select the kids and pets mode (useful for shooting objects that move quickly), movie mode or simply select automatic mode.
At the back of the camera there is a small wheel. The wheel operates as a touch control dial. A magnified image of the dial displays on the LCD screen when you place your finger on the dial. Here you can select macro mode to allow you to shot close up pictures, change the iso settings or operate the self-timer function.
Inside the touch dial is a small button. Press to reveal further, more advanced options. The options are revealed on the LCD screen. The camera can be placed in manual mode if you want to be in total control of your shots. The camera has a colour swap and colour accent function. I have had fun taking sepia pictures and have managed some quite artistic results by changing my colours.
The camera has a very good stitch assist function. I have used this recently to produce a great panoramic view from the top of a hill.
In all the camera has 17 shooting modes. Initially I found selecting the different modes a bit awkward as the menu is accessed via a small button inside the touch dial. However it is something I have got used to. I particularly like the macro mode and have taken some decent close ups although it is not as good as my Canon powershot. This camera can be used to take underwater shots but will need a special case to do so.
The camera has an excellent flash which operates automatically.
The movie mode is another big plus for me. Although I do have a camcorder the movie mode is a really useful addition. It can be used to shorts clips and then they can be played back in slow motion, very useful to look at your tennis serve! It is also possible to film using the time-lapse function. This would be great for filming a flower opening! I have not tried this function yet but am looking forward to giving it a go!
Another big plus for this camera is Canons face detection function. This means that photos of faces are always in the optimum focus as the camera automatically detects the subject in the frame.
Canon claims that their DIGIC processor delivers little shutter delay and excellent image quality. I am really impressed with the lack of shutter time delay and have rarely missed a shot due to the camera failing to focus quickly. There is a bit more delay when the flash is on however.
Viewing your pictures is easy and the big screen really helps. There is a red eye correction function, amazing for such a small camera! Deleting unwanted pictures is easy.
Although the software provided is adequate I prefer to use Photoshop. Pictures can be downloaded direct to a printer if you prefer, as the camera is pictbridge compatible.
As you can tell I am very impressed with this camera and would recommend it. If I had to find a few niggles I would say that I would have liked some protection for the large LCD screen. I know Cannon say it is scratch resistant but a fold in screen would have been much better.
I wish Canon would provide a larger SD card. I know most camera manufacturers don't but Canon could win more customers by going the extra mile! A case would be nice too!
In low light when it is not possible to use the flash, pictures are a bit blurred using high iso settings. I don't often take pictures in low light so it's not much of a problem for me but it is something to be aware of.
Accessing some of the more advanced functions can be a bit confusing at first and I would have preferred them to have been located in one place. I have got used to the menu now so again it's not really a problem. Although there is a basic paper instruction booklet the more advanced instructions are contained on CD-ROM. I would have liked an additional paper advanced book to read in bed!
Since I bought my camera from our local camera shop they have come down in price. I have just checked and see it is for sale on Amazon for £140 including free delivery. I think this is a real bargain!