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I have had a few digital cameras in my time but none have compared to my current camera. I currently own the Canon Digital Ixus 85 IS. I've had it for several years now and swear by it. It was recommended to me by a friend who has a photography degree and had worked in Jessops so I feel that she knows her stuff. Since purchasing it, i have had no complaints.
Now i'm no photography expert. I want my camera to be simple to use and take good quality photos and this has ticked the box. The settings on the camera are very easy to use and easy to understand. I also want my camera to have a long battery life which this has. I can go on a weeks holiday and not have to charge it at all.
The camera needs an SD card. I was sad to find out that on top of the camera I had to purchase this as the current card only held 4 pictures which was pretty useless, I also had to purchase a case which all in all made it quite a bit pricier.
It is more than adequate for the purpose I bought it for. It's Sensor Resolution is10.0 Megapixel with a 3 x zoom lens which is great for catching those pictures in the distance.
The camera has a built-in flash which can be set to automatic or switched on or off. There is also a great colour setting, where you pick a colour out and only that colour is shown in the photo, the rest is black and white, this has made some fantastic photos.
The screen is 2.5" which is more than adequate and shows the pictures taken to a high quality. As well as taking photos, the camera also takes videos which I don't utilise enough.
It is a small sleek camera, with the dimensions 8.6 cm x 2 cm x 5.4 cm and is very light at about 130 g. It feels top quality too and not cheap and plasticy.
If you are looking for a new camera definitely look into an IXUS, they are updating them all the time and I highly recommend them.
Having bought my very first digital camera IXUS v by Canon, I cannot turn by back on Canon.
When I get bored and see shiny competitor brands I give them a go but the quality is inferior.
I now have the IXUS 85 IS which does everything you might need form a point and shoot digital camera, without the need to have a degree to understand what it can do - yes it has loads but the function menu is a sinch.
The metal casing alone makes it the natural choice, not to mention the Japan badge. As a result you know your money has been well spent.
The quality of the pictures remains sharp and clear at low light levels and colours in the sun are not at all washed out.
Shame that this and so many cameras fail to come with a case, a small gripe.
Battery life could be better but I carry two spare. I don't need a spare SD card, as I use a 8gb which stores a 1000 photos or more. IT has 10mega pixle resolution, but I keep it set on 6 as you cannot tell the difference for regular 6x4 prints yet you get vastly more if you do.
I would buy another as I feel that Canon's new models are less robust and have had to keep up with the inferior competition to their detriment.
This really is an excellent camera. I've had it for 6 months now and so far it has not let me down in the slightest.
The picture quality is fantastic, there are many excellent functions, such as colours filters, red eye correction and face detection technology.
It is very compact and extremely slick looking, coming in chrome finish. It measures 86.0 x 54.0 x 20.4mm and weighs 132g so is small enough to carry in your pocket.
There is a 2.5 inch digital screen which is very clear and of ample size.
When set to 10 megapixels each photo takes up a lot of memory, however, you are able to select whether your pictures are 2,4,6, 8 or 10 megapixels, which means that you can save precious memory space for photo's which don't require such high resolution.
At £150 this camera is not cheap, but all in all it's a fantastic camera and ticks all the boxes:
- picture quality
The Ixus 85 IS is a slick, compact powerhouse piece of technology. Much more then just a point and shoot, it bridges the gap between mass market digital cameras and the coveted cam of the professionals, the digital SLR.
I have had my Ixus 85 for about 8 months now and I am still surprised about the quality and diversity of the shots it manages to capture. I take lots of pictures at night clubs and gigs, and just by flicking around with the standard pre-loaded settings I have some shots that not only am I proud of but that others are captivated by. With 10 mega pixels any of these shots can be replicated in the highest quality. Day shots are crystal clear, red eye is minimal but the one area where this camera really excels is Macro shots. I have some portraits in Macro mode which are simply breathtaking. I am complete beginner in photography but this camera has allowed me the flexibility to take some great shots but also has the capability for you to develop you skills with full creative control (comes with a manual mode setting for the more advanced photographer).
Well worth the price tag.
After a tragic accident in austria our original canon iuxs got lost in 5 foot of snow ,so when it came to getting a new one ,canon was again first in line,
easy to use fetures, sturdy ,reliable, great picture quality and a really sleek look (easy to slip in to your pocket) my husband looks for the technical uses i look for the best quality that will get a good picture of my one year old son doing circuits of the living room.
on the down side of this the memory card supplied with it could hold about 12 pictures but we already had a few from the last one and they only cost a few quid each off amazon.
Sadley no case this time but thats about it really for the 'downsides'
I really like the video feture on this camera its great and with sound (which some top of the range cameras on the market 'no names mentioned dont have)and came out really nice on the p.c.
Overall nice bit of kit and again for a women looks swish in your handbag or in his rucksac.
Also good price i think you definetly get what you pay for :)
When it comes to digital cameras I need something able to do the job but not too complicated. If I have to deal with too many functions and settings I just tend to give up.
So, when this camera was recommended by a friend I thought I would try it.
The Canon Digital IXUS 85 IS is more for those of us who just want to snap a quick, good photo every time without fiddling around, or worrying as to whether the pics will turn out but some control is available in the manual mode.
It has a resolution of 10 megapixels which is fine for most uses. I had no problem with it in varying light conditions, indoor, outdoor, portraits, landscapes, etc. The detail was excellent and the colours true to life.
This is an idiot's camera (not that it is poor quality, of course!). It must be, because I picked it up and got excellent results immediately.
I tried it on automatic mode and was even brave enough to give it a try on manual. (If you knew me, you would understand what a major breakthrough that was.)
I played with the settings and felt quite good at being able to tweak things a little bit and pretend to be a 'real' photographer.
The display screen at the back which is a good 2.5 inches shows you how your picture will look with the changes and you can decide whether you want to keep them.
Different flash and timer settings are easily accessible too.
This camera gives excellent results and is perfect for the 'snappers' like myself but it also has a little more to interest those who actually understand the art of photography and enjoy playing with the settings to achieve good results.
This camera was originally more than £200 but can now be found for around half that if you are lucky. Worth searching for if you need a new digital camera with a little more than the basics.
Best camera on the market - no-one does it better than cannon! Proper good value for money. Still havent tried all the different functions but teh basics are good enough for anyone amateur. Lightweight and compact. Dropped it a few times and its tough as well - apart from some scratches still work perfectly.