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Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS: Great for Home Photos & Home Videos
Canon Digital Ixus 80 IS
Member Name: Snu210
Canon Digital Ixus 80 IS
Date: 23/11/10, updated on 23/11/10 (108 review reads)
Advantages: Great features, good sized photos, good compact point-and-shoot
Disadvantages: Doesn't like humid conditions
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.
Summary: Overall good portable camera with nice picture quality
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