Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon Digital Ixus 80 IS
Member Name: nykied
Canon Digital Ixus 80 IS
Advantages: Easy to use, reliable, compact, pink!
Disadvantages: The newer version is cheaper with more pixels
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.
Summary: You can't go wrong with a Canon!
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