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Admittedly I am quite a clumsy person and so can say that my Canon IXUS 80 IS has been through a lot over the last three years, such as many festivals, gigs, beach holidays and many occasions where I have dropped it... but it has made it! So is an unbelievably reliable camera!
It is also really user friendly, as you learn to use it within minutes and changing the many useful settings is simple. The settings can be changed for many occasions, such as a night setting and a potrait setting, where it captures faces excellently. Another feature is the editing, where you can change colours of the picture, make the pictures more vivid or neutral, cropping etc. Although limited in its editing I don't think it is essential, as much can be done after on a computer and who needs editing when a you've already produced such a great picture?
The camera is also really small, light weight and attractive, so you can take it anywhere as it can even fit in most pockets. But this does not mean the screen is small, it is a good size, with easy to use and clearly set out buttons.
The video setting is also surprisingly good too, it gives a clear picture and keeps up with the movement of the camera, with really excellent audio as well.
I love taking photos. I'm more of an everyday photographer more than an expert. I first had the Canon IXUS 80 IS as a Christmas present a few years ago. As soon as I powered it up...i found it extremely easy to use and didnt even read the instructions until a few days after because i found operating the camera was almost like second nature because of the buttons which are easy to see and because the design of the camera and the menu functions were designed in a simple and classic way.
This camera has many functions such as macro, the ability to lighten or darken skin colour (which i was a big fan of, being quite pale) and red eye correction, amongst many other features. Its also possible to enhance pictures and I believe that the quality of the images taken is very high, given that 8mp isnt that many mega pixels when it comes to digital cameras.
This canon camera is very small and compact and whenever id be on a night out or on holiday, the camera would constantly be strapped to my wrist because taking pictures with this camera was so easy because of the quick start up and the ability to take lots of images in a limited amount of time.
Im sad to admit, that Ive had 4 of these cameras, but only because of my actions. The first 2 got dropped (by other people), i left one on a bus stop and the last fell in the sea in vietnam while i was kayaking!! The only reason why I dont have another canon IXUS 80 IS is because my boyfriend bought me a sony. (i prefer the canon...but dont tell him ;-)
As a keen photographer I have a lot of experience with digital cameras. I've always favoured canon and nikon cameras, but having experienced this I now only go with canon.
So where should I start? This camera is super easy to use, even my OAP grand parents can use it! It is also packed with features that you wouldn't expect from a compact digital camera. Without the added bonus of being able to manually control the focus, like that on an SLR, this camera still has loads of features for you to control. You can manipulate the white balance, ISO, flash and exposure really easily. It also has tons of features such as black and white, sepia and so on.
When your done taking photos, the quality is excellent. These photos look like they have been taken with a digital SLR!
Easy to use
Small and compact
Tons of features
Feature of looking through the view finder only
Camera shake feature
Red eye fix
Well I don't think there are any!
If you are looking for a great digital camera, but are not quite ready to upgrade to a Digital SLR then this camera is for you!! I'd recommend this to anyone
I love this camera! I have always bought Canon cameras and have found them to be nothing but easy to use, with great picture quality. This camera is no exception. I bought it after my Ixus 40 finally gave in after 4 years of constant use.
The main thing I love about this camera is its size. I have a chunky DSLR to take on holiday but this camera is my 'nights out' camera. Its so small and light, its great to take out without changing the size of your handbag ;) I also think it actually looks quite stylish. I have the pink one which I adore but I think all versions are sleek and sophisticated looking.
I've always found the pictures to be great quality in all sorts of conditions. One thing that particularly stands out is the speed at which it takes photos. I have noticed a big difference between this camera and some of my friends. The face recognition is also quite good. The functions are easy to use and there are so many features e.g. macro/landscape/night/video/continuous/delay settings. It gives you quite a lot of freedom to change settings for a point and shoot, for example you can change the ISO and white balance if you wanted to, but not the aperture and shutter speed.
The Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS camera is a really handy compact point-and-shoot/video camera to own. As an experienced graphic designer, I wanted a camera to take on holidays which wasn't bulky but would still allow reasonable sized resolution photos for future use. Since my last point-and-shoot camera was from the 1990's - a little bulky, a bit low-res and not rapidly responsive with its buttons, I was very impressed with my new upgrade.
Firstly, the Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS comes with everything you need to run it - except a giant memory card. The SD memory card you get is 2 gigabytes - adequate for a run of photos, but I had to purchase more SD memory as I like to take 500 - 2000 photos on my trips. Included in your purchase should be the camera, a rechargeable battery, a battery recharger, a 2 GB memory card, instructions, software and a USB cable for plugging in the camera to your computer.
At 8 megapixels, the quality of the photos is very good. Obviously the larger the photo gets, the more pixelated it becomes, but you can use most well-focused and sharpened images on an A5 size easily. For the best method to retain sharpness, consider not using the zoom function too much, as you lose the ability to blow up the photo size when sharpness is compromised. Although the Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS is very good at focused, zoomed photos, it is still not quite perfect.
A 2.5 inch LED screen means there is enough screen to make out both photos and videos and an automatic focusing box comes up when you partially hold down the main button (Face Detect on). Move the camera around until the square focuses on the right area and then take the photo to make the most of the automatic focus. Also, try pressing the Function Set button to get a range of options for digital macro, portrait, night snapshots, colour accent and swap and a kids and pets setting.
Some of the really useful features for me were the quick, automatic menu settings for focus and flash, which do a great job (not like those old 1990's cameras), playback gallery of the photos and the built-in video camera function which means you can take reasonable home videos easily (although not too long in length, depending on battery power and memory card size). I often take multiple 4 minute videos and put them onto a Christmas CD for family and friends using an 8 GB Kingston SD HC memory card.
Advantages of purchasing this camera:
*Very easy to use menu system and buttons
*Doesn't require any photographic knowledge to take good pictures
*Compact, nice looking, travels well, apart from humid conditions
*Has a built-in video function
*Has automatic flash and focus functions
*Photos just "look" good (sometimes this quality can defy technical expectations on point-and-shoots)
*Photos can be blown up to A4 & A5 size if well focused
*Some additional function features (eg night shots)
*Battery lasts for ages and can be recharged a lot, saving money
Disadvantages of this camera:
*Doesn't come with a waterproof case included in the package
*Memory card it comes with is a bit small (2 GB) for my usage
*Doesn't like humid conditions - will lag by some microseconds after exposure
NOTE: When I travelled to Malaysia, I noticed that the camera performed badly in humid conditions (very wet, steamy, hot weather). The camera refused to take photos when I pressed the button so it was a bit random gathering tourist shots. However, upon returning to cooler conditions, the camera worked fine again, apart from a slight permanent lag (measured in microseconds) in taking photos. I'm not sure if this is a common occurrence in these types of cameras or if mine is specially unique with this issue.
Overall, this is the best point-and-shoot camera I have purchased. It comes with a price tag at Amazon for £229.99 but in Australia I purchased it for £80 at The Good Guys. No doubt it will remain reasonable value for money (depending on where you buy it) until the next wave of technologically advanced point-and-shoot cameras hit the marketplace.
I was bought this camera for my Birthday in Pink. At first sight I was overjoyed, It has a very nice sized Screen at the back and the menu is very easy to use, even for a novice photographer. This is great as a basic click and shoot camera, especially on evenings out as the colour spectrum and night time options produce superb quality photos. Unfortunately it can be a bit tricky trying to get the lighting right for daytime pictures so I tend to get my boyfriend to take his sony as it produces better quality pictures. I will also say the shutter speed when taking pictures isn't as great as it could be, and i have missed a few good photo opportunties because of this. It is a very pretty camera and not too expensive so great as a present and comes in a range of colours. If you are a person who is fussy about limited lighting options though I would keep looking.
**This is a review of the Canon Ixus 80 IS as I use it. I'm not a person who reads the booklet that comes with it, so I don't know all the technical bits. Hell, I don't even know what all the buttons are for! So I'll be reviewing it as a standard user, which a lot of people who might be interested in buying this camera will be**
I bought this camera to replace my old Canon which wouldn't hold charge anymore, despite trying a new battery. As I have a Canon photo printer which connects directly with any Canon camera, I was looking for another Canon to replace it.
I wasn't actually shopping for a camera when I bought this one. I was shopping in Tesco when I came across this on the end of an aisle. It was with some other electrical items on sale and this Canon was ticketed at £98 and it was PINK! So it went in my basket. I knew that Canon was a brand I trusted, it would work with my existing photo printer, it was a camera that would be easy to use and of course, I like pink.
Upon arriving home, I unpacked the box and took out the camera, the battery charger, the battery itself and the memory card. There was also a comprehensive instruction booklet in there but, as mentioned, I had no use for that. The camera itself is very lightweight and is slim so it will fit easily into a pocket, although it does fit perfectly into any Canon compact case.
I plugged the battery into the charger to charge. This in itself was easy to do as it just slots in simply. Once the battery was fully charged I was ready to go. Putting the battery and the memory card (SD) into the camera is really simple. There's a sliding thing on the bottom of the camera and once that's open, it's easy to slide the battery and the SD card in. Turning the camera on is also easy: you press a button on the top of the camera that's clearly marked on/off and ta-dah! It's on!
Taking a picture is easy. Ensuring that the black button on the right of the camera is slid up to the red camera icon, it's then a simple matter of pressing the big silver button on the top. Should you want to zoom in or out, you slide the black circle surrounding the silver button round. It has a 3x optical zoom, so it's not the best zoom on the market, but it's good enough if you want to take pictures of family, friends, pets, scenery and mountains or beaches.
The camera has 8 megapixels, so the quality of the pictures themselves is also great, even when they are printed out onto an A4 sheet. You can also zoom in on the photos themselves, by clicking the black slider on the right down to the blue play button, then moving the zoom button round. Should you want to move the zoom around inside the picture, you use the large outer ring on the back of the camera.
Once you're in the playback mode of the camera, you can then flick through the pictures you have taken using the same outer ring. Should you want to delete a particularly hideous one that you don't want anyone else seeing, you press the bottom of the outer ring, then the button in the centre.
The Ixus 80 IS has a 2.5inch LCD screen, so it's easy to see both what you're shooting and your pictures when you're looking through them afterwards. There is also a viewfinder, should you prefer to look through that when taking your pictures, rather than use the LCD screen.
This Canon Ixus 80 IS also shoots video. The black slider moves to the middle, onto the cinematic camera icon, you press the big silver button on the top and away you go. Video does use up a lot of the memory on your SD card though, so I tend to prefer to use photos.
It's also possible to change the background picture and the various noises that this camera makes. I've personally changed my shutter sound to that of a bird tweeting and the operation sound to a dog barking, but there are a few different ones to choose from, should you not be as odd as I obviously am.
In all, if you're looking for a camera that is easy to use and has some good gadget-y features, then you can't go wrong with a Canon Ixus. However, I got a bargain when I bought mine at Tesco for £98, as this is currently available on Amazon, in silver, for £199, but personally, I'd go for the newer version, the Canon Ixus 95 IS for £129. This is essentially the new version of this camera but with 10 megapixels rather than 8.
I bought this after having an earlier version of the Canon Ixus range which i unfortuantly managed to lose and have been using it for around about 6 months.
On initialing looking at the camera you will find it feels very nicely put together and the buttons are laid out to make this camera very easy to use. The screen on the back of the device measures 5 x 4 cm which gives a nice area to review your photos.
The case itself has been subject to a few holidays and has coped very well although as you would expect it does show the scratches, more so on the shiney surface around the lens.
The battery lasts a good time too and on a two week holiday we only have to charge it once.
The camera is 8 Megapixel and i for the price of this camera i have been very pleased with the outcome of the photos. It is a great camera that you can pop in your bag or even pocket and take where ever you go to catch the pictures you want. The camera is also nice and small and doesnt way much at all so as i said before i will easily fit in a coat or trouser pocket.
I would reccomend this camera for ease of use and the fact that you can take it most places with you and it is capable of capturing some great shots. There is also a little hole on the site in which you can attach a strap which allows you to keep hold of the camera nice and safely. We have had no problems with the camera since we bought it.
The Canon Ixus 80 IS has a rather elegant and classy aesthetic appearance, due to its subtle colour contrast. It is quite slim and small, which makes it lightweight. Therefore, unlike other heavier models you would not strain your hand if you use the camera excessively for a long period of time. The lens has a 38mm to 114 mm zoom range which is not amazing in general, but it is acceptable for a camera in the compact market.
However, if you regularly take photos of large groups of people or objects you might find that they would need move rather close to each other. Its 8 megapixel resolution, means that it would have no trouble if you do decide to print some photos in large formats/sizes. The camera also allows you to select from a range of ISO settings from 80 to 1600. Which can be useful depending on the lighting and the type of photo that you want to take.
The default white balance setting is not optimum for every shot, but it is the standard settings. In the event that you wish to change this due to photos looking awful, using the manual settings will help to improve the photo.
When using the camera, there is a very short start up delay which is quite good compared to others. The delay of the shuttle is also reasonable, however there is a small delay in processing time in between shots and during burst shots. The start up delay has been measured at about 1.4 seconds which is quite good. But overall, you should not miss an photo opportunity with this camera. When using the camera in Macro mode, the detail and sharpness of the image is indeed quite impressive. Its built in flash is also quite powerful which helps a lot when shooting in low light conditions.
All these features can be used for quite a long time, because the battery stamina of the camera is also quite good. The display screen is good and clear, even in bright conditions. But the viewfinders is not very accurate, however it could either be a big or small problem dependent on the individual. Because some prefer using the viewfinder primarily and some prefer using the display screen and only depending on the viewfinder when battery is low in an effort to conserve battery.
Although there is not build in memory, it is supplied with a 32 megabyte memory card as standard. In total there are eleven different exposure settings that can be utilised.
I have owned the Canon Digital Ixus 80 camera since January this year - I bought it with money from my birthday. Its really good, particually the battery life! I have been to Cuba this year and took around 1000 photos, I only was required to charge up the battery just once on the trip - I was really surprised. I also charged it up over night which meant that I could use it throughout the day, then it would be fine to charge.
I thought that the lead to charge the camera up was quite bulky which was annoying, but overall the charger was light weight, and it helped as not too many extra kilos were added to your luggage. The memory card that is built in is far too small - I would suggest buying (like I did) a 4gb memory card from amazon as it is quite cheap, and you will not regret it! The camera also requires a good case, which was missing.
The actual camera was of really easy to use and focusing quality that suprised me too - good suprise there! I used it with ease, straight out the packet and I am no technical genius.
I previously owned the Ixus 70 model, a camera that was produced in 2007 and which served me well until the day I accidentally put it through the 40 degree spin cycle of my washing machine (Ooops)! I was impressed enough by the Ixus model to feel, as a casual snapper who just wanted family and holiday pictures, that this model was all I needed in a camera. So I set about looking for the latest in the Canon Ixus range. I found prices varied to a ridiculous degree. This model is on sale in Argos for £146 and on Amazon for £199. I then went to the high street shop Currys where they had a range of cameras on sale which they described as 'old models'. Although the Ixus 80 IS only came out in early 2008 Canon have svereal newer Ixus models on sale, including the Ixus 90 IS. So the Ixus 80 was amongst the 'old models' and was reduced in price to only £79. The camera is available in a range of colours: pink, chocolate, caramel and silver.
This camera is small and compact. It is actually slightly heavier than the Ixus 70 but has a more rounded shape which makes handling easy and comfortable. It's measurements are approximately 3 1/2 inches long by just over 2 inches tall so it sits nicely in the hands with half the length of your thumbs underneath.
The control panel is a flat circlular ring and centre button. The centre button is labelled Func.Set but usually acts as confirmation of a selection of a control in the display screen. The four compass points of the circle each have different controls. I find it relatively easy to use the control panel although I have accidently pressed the wrong side of the circle once or twice - this is easier to do if your fingers are thick or large. One of the controls I use quite a lot is the delete funtion. This is marked by a trashcan symbol on the south west corner of the circle and it is easy to instead press down to the west instead. Thankfully, the functions alluded to on the circle button only work when certain sections in the display panel have been accessed. So it is difficult to actually end up doing something wrong or changing the display much without being able to quickly correct it, anyway.
There are also three other buttons on the camera. One is for when you connect the camera to your computer to download pictures. The button lights up blue to confirm everything is in place - you then press it to activate downloads. The other buttons control display options and allow access to the main menu where you can control all aspects connected to the camera. There is also a 'slide' function on the camera. This is a little plastic button that you can slide up an down between three modes: camera mode, video mode and control mode where you can view pictures and footage collected. The slide button is quite flimsy and sometimes can lodge midway - even if you pull the slide to the very bottom of it's range the mode won't change. This can be remedied by flicking back one mode then pulling it down again. Although this sounds a little precarious the slide never looks in danger of breaking or being the cause of any malfunction.
The camera display panel measures 5cm by almost 4cm so is a good size. There is also the option to look through a viewfinder although I rarely if ever need to use this. The display is high resolution, very bright and all wording is easy to read. You can also control the apearance of the display to your own liking.
Picture quality is great with this 8.1 Mega Pixel camera. I really love taking close up pictures with the 'Macro' option as they tend to look more precise than distance photos. I have taken some incredible pictures of insects and flowers with this model.
There are several things I love about this camera. It seems to make taking a great photograph, even one that's just of a sunny garden, very easy indeed. It's face detection software is brilliant and it can detect up to nine faces so that you can take an even photograph. Faces are highlighted by a yellow box on the display. The camera is sometimes fooled however - mine has detected 'faces' in mushrooms and logs. It also picks them up from photos or newspaper pictures!
I also love some of the features where you can alter or 'fix' your photographs before downloading them onto your PC. It has red eye correction which usually works very well. Sometimes after the fix the person (or animal if like me you photograph your dogs all the time!) can sometimes look very black-eyed and soulless. Red eye correction seems to work best on eyes that are facing front ways on to the camera. I also like the colouring options for your pictures. You can change them to sepia or highlight a certain colour (great if you want to emphasise blue eyes or a green landscape, for instance).
The video capture works very well and when downloaded the footage is high quality and clear. The smaller the video in playback the better quality however.
The camera comes with some accessories like a wrist strap, charger, 32MB memory card, AC and AV cables and a user guide on CD. It also has a CD with software for the image downloading process and photo enhancement software including Zoom Browser version 6.1. If you have previously used a Canon Ixus first uninstall any software you have already. I tried merely installing the newer version software over the old and it didn't work. No camera cover or pouch is inlcuded though - I bought a standard Canon case for £5.
Register with the Canon website to get the best out of your camera and to stay informed about downloads for your software. When you install the software registration is part of the process.
Overall this is a brilliant camera that really helps you take the best picture you can take. It's great for people who just want to point and shoot or even for those who want to be a bit more adventurous. It is also very reliable for allowing so many 'fix-it' options for the photos you feel need a bit tweaking! I would recommend this camera and the Ixus model range in general to anyone looking for an easy to use family camera.
This a great point and shoot camera. If you're looking for a small camera to carry in your pocket whether you're out and about or down the beach on holiday - this is the camera for you.
I have owned this camera for approximately nine months with few complaints. The build quality is sound. It has survived the many knocks scraps I've subjected it to.
The pictures quality is excellent. In my opinion Canon cameras give extremely vivid colours that make your prints look great.
The camera has a propriety battery and there is an included charger. The charging unit is separate form the camera. So if you buy an extra battery you can be charging one batter while using the other one in the camera.
My only criticism of the camera is the lens isn't very wide. Sometimes you need to take a step back to get every on into the picture. This is something to consider if you take a lot of group shots indoors.
If you are after a point & shoot camera which is for family use & carrying around in your bag this is the one for you. I'm no camera buff but I do take lots of photo's of my growing brood & generally taking pictures of anything & everything. I also do occasionally ebay and I find this a great all rounder. It isn't much bigger than my mobile phone & has a great viewing sceen, the auto focus onto faces that are moving is a great feature, there is a much shorter 'press' delay then on my old IXUS (which frustrated me beyond compare) which is great for catching those special moments with kids & babies. You can alter many aspects of the camera from pixallation to colour brightness but I need the manual for stuff like that.The picture quality is excellant though close focus is a bit tricky usually best to stand back & zoom up to get a better clarity.Its easy to upload photo's through the cap covered USB.Easy to review & erase photo's.The video aspect is also very easy to use & handier than carrying a normal camcorder but obviously uses up the memory very quickly if you do loads.Disappointing that no case or wristband comes with camera as its not a cheapy plus you need to invest in a decent memory card (extra cost).The battery life is quite good & recharges quite quickly. I love it as a camera for a mummy on the run who loves snapping the family.
I bought the Canon IXUS 80 IS as a replacement for a somewhat feeble Pentax Optio M60. It acts as a fantastic demonstration of the mantra 'pixels aren't everything', since despite only boasting 8MP instead of 10MP, the Canon is a significantly better camera.
To start off with the downsides; the IXUS 80 IS is very much a point-and-shoot camera, which in itself isn't a bad thing, but when this is coupled with a very limited range of default setting modes, it becomes slightly more problematic. The absence of a 'sport' shooting mode is particularly poor. Aside from this, the only other slight disadvantage could be the time between shots, which is 2 seconds at best.
The positive elements of the IXUS 80 IS are much more numerous. First off, the camera is very stylish and good looking; smooth curves at the front complement a more simple rear design. Image quality is also good, and the Image Stabilisation is clearly very effective. Shots at night were less grainy than other camera's of a similar price/class, although there were some artefacts visible when zoomed in. A neat function that I can't help to be impressed with is that the camera zooms in on any photo you've just taken so you can check whether it's blurred or not; Canon have done well to cotton on to the fact that many people can only tell an image is blurry when they get back to their computer, by which time it's too late.
In short, the IXUS 80 IS is a very good camera, although it does somewhat miss its target market. It produces good quality images and is easy to use, which for many, is all that people need from a digital camera.
stunning slim line camera about 4 inches long 1.5 cm wide. Takes a very nice sharp image. have a 3 x opitcal zoom which works on both photo and video there is a place to screw a mini tripod onto the bottom. Within the box it comes with a charger for the battery a cable to connect to your laptop or compuer. It also comes with a cd to set up your pc suite on your pc. it is straight forward to use for everyone from children to the elderly. The great thing about any digital camera is that you can review each picture once you have taken it so you know if it is spot on. You can zoom in on the photo once it has been taken also which is a real big help. For the money that you spend on a camera this one is very good for not being over priced.