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The Canon Ixus range of digital cameras have a great reputation within the digital camera world. The Canon Ixus 800 IS has a 6 megapixel camera with good sized 2.5 inch LCD screen and also an optical viewfinder. This particular model is also the first in the series to inlcude an Image Stabiliser which is able to combat the troublesome camera shake that is commonly encountered.
The Camera is a great point and shoot digital camera with an extended optical zoom lens to 4x, which gives the camera an effective focal length of 35-140mm which is good for a camera of its class. There are 14 different scene modes, which is certainly enough for the average user and the camera also sports a good manual mode for the more advanced user that would like more control when taking shots.
Aesthetically, the camera is beautiful with curves in all the right places. On top of this, the camera is wonderfully easy to use for even the most novice of users. And, most importantly, the camera shoots very good quality pictures that, for a camera of its class, are difficult to beat. Some users have had issues with the reliability of the camera and found faults in the durability of the camera. Something i have not expereinced and so cannot reliably comment upon.
This camers is able to combines, style, ease of use and quality into an affordable package, one of the best in its class.
Great as long as you don't need a piece of kit to last more than a year no matter how carefully you treat it. Mechanically unsound so after 12 months [lenght of guarantee coincidentally] it will cost you over £100 just to send it back to Canon. Anybody else suffered likewise?Mark, Oxford UK
For those who are looking for a pocket aim and shoot camera this camera night be right up your street. I really liked the overall design of this camera even though for me this isn't usually one of the most important things when making a purchase. My Ixus 800 model came in a sleek brushed silver finish or what the manufacturers refer to as "a striking tri-coloured design - 'ice metal' silver and 'moonlight' silver in satin and glossy finishes, complemented by an ebony black gloss surrounding the LCD screen".
For a compact camera there are many impressive features to behold including a 6 megapixel sensor, 2.5" LCD screen, 4x optical zoom, 16 shooting modes and Canon's DIGIC II processor. There is a nice range of 14 picture modes that include Night snapshot, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Colour Accent, Colour Swap, Digital Macro, Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Stitch Assist, Movie.
I really like the large 2.5" LCD screen on the back of the camera which features a wide viewing angle for easy sharing of images. The LCD seems bigger and clearer, and the design further refined than my previous Ixus 65. There is a grid line display that is useful for image composition. It also incorporates a Night Display screen that is useful for viewing images in the dark.
Another feature that I liked on this camera and which was the first time I'd come across it was the Widescreen recording mode (2816 x 1584 recording pixels). This enables you to capture images in 16:9 format. This is handy if you want to view watch your photos on a widescreen television.
There are a powerful movie features on this camera and I found the quality of the video outstanding. You can record 30fps VGA movie clips of up to 1GB. The 60fps QVGA mode is ideal for recording fast action sequences and analysing them in slow motion, while the handy Compact mode records up to three minutes of footage in low resolution.
One major improvement over a previous camera I have used, the IXUS 65, is that this camera incorporates image stabilising. This is a useful feature for those who suffer from shaky hands. I was also quite impressed with the battery life. I took over a 250 photos before it began to run down, although this was without the use of Flash.
I would recommend using the different exposure compensation options such as Cloudy and Sunny etc - they will make a significant difference to your finished images. I would also recommend switching off the AI Auto Focus as I don't find that it works all that well. There is a tendency for it to select the wrong areas of photo composition to focus on.
Hooking up the camera to you computer in order to upload your pics is an easy procedure. The results of the shots were bright, good colour variation and contrast and, at 6 mega pixels, sharp enough. I would highly recommend for those who want a highly portable camera that takes pretty good shots and nice video.
4x optical zoom UA lens with optical Image stabilizer
ISO 800 and IS for reduced effects of camera shake and subject blur
Delightfully compact with avant-garde two tone finish
DIGIC II & iSAPS
2.5"LCD with viewing angle
16 shooting modes
My colours for in-camera photo effects
Widescreen 16:9 mode
Long 30fps VGA movie clips
In the Box
2 CDs containing software and drivers and Arcsoft software
An AV cable.
White mini-USB cable
1100 mAh 3.7v battery
Small manual and a more detailed second manual.
16MB SD card
Price: You should find this camera at a number of outlets for around £230
This camera is amazing! I'm a professional photographer and recomend this for a snap camera. So easy to use. best part is the image stabilizer which alows you shoot in much lower light situations. So you capture the 'mood' without blasting the flash everytime! Canon have really done it again, a real winner!