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The Canon IXUS 870 IS is a compact point and shoot camera with a range of special features for those wishing to try out some more creative effects. It has a solid, by current standards somewhat chunky build, and an extendable 4x optical zoom built in lens.
We have had this camera for about 3 years now and it is still working really well and looks only a tiny bit worse for wear. We do keep it in a proper IXUS leather case though, which keeps the screen unscathed and so on.
When we first got this camera we had a lot of fun playing around with the different features, my favourite is the colour select mode where you can use an eye dropper function to choose any one colour in the viewfinder and then everything else will be black and white in the photo except this one colour (think of that scene in Schindler's list where everything is b&w except the little girl in the red dress). With this you can come up with some great creative and fun effects, although it can be quite fiddly to actually select the exact colour that you want and you might have to get very close to it to make sure you have enough of that colour in the picture for the eye-dropper to sense.
The more we used this camera though the more we realised that the quality of the photos really isn't that good. I mean it's probably fine for a holiday snap or something but the photos do look a lot better on the built in LCD screen than they do once actually loaded onto your computer or printed out. In these bigger formats you really notice a lack of detail and much more blur, also I have the feeling that the picture field often looks quite flat with this camera. It also performs rather poorly in low-light and the flash, although bright enough, will wash things out and make people look terrible.
Ultimately, if you are looking for a purely point and shoot model, there are cheaper options out there, and if you are looking for something with better quality you should really go for a DSLR. The fancy effects on this camera are all easily replicated with computer software these days anyway. And if it's more video that you want (this IXUS does also have a video mode but it's not good quality) I would recommend something cheap and really pretty good, plus much slimmer than this model, like the Sony Bloggie.
Mid-range digital cameras like this one are really obsolete these days.
I bought this camera when it was lanched and I have to say it is a great and quality camera to have. This camera does everything that you need it to do. The 10 mega pixel specification produces superb quality images. I have had mine 6 months now and have taken over 300 photos. I love the way that you can remove the red eye that you can somethings get in your photos.It also has some cutting-edge features like Face Detection, a new Face Self-timer function which focuses directly to your face.
At 23.6mm wide it should fit into your pocket. I would recommend a case for it as i have dropped mine once and you don't want to damage it.
At just under £250 I would recommend it to anyone as it is a worth while investment which will last a long time. I must add that the battery life is very long. I recently went on holiday for two weeks and it lost just one of the three bars and i used it everyday.
The Canon 870 IS, is what defines, a Slim, compact, stylish and powerful camera in one package. The slightly retro styling with a modern touch, means that the camera can also make a fashion statement.
Being a 10 megapixel camera, it is good because it gives you the option to take photos in a higher megapixel if you decide to print out photos in a large format, even if you don't want to do so, it is always possible to take photos in lower megapixel. Equipped with a wide angle lens at 28mm, you can be sure you will be taking fantastic panoramic photos in high resolution. An image stabiliser function makes it easy to take photos on the move without having to stop still, which is close to impossible when in busy areas or tourist attractions.
Considering all its functions and features, the camera only weights 181 grams. Which is light enough to be used all day without feeling discomfort in your hands, which might occur if you use a heavier camera. In addition to the standard features, there are also a wide range of extra functions that are useful for taking even better photos. There are 13 scene modes which are suited to various types of shots and lighting conditions, this means you'll have the best of both worlds, since you won't need to adjust the settings like you would on an Digital SLR, to take one photo, instead you would just have to choose one that matches the photo you want to take. There is also face detection that helps the camera to focus and emphasize on the faces of individuals.
However, there are not particular settings optimized for shuttle speed or aperture. There is a total of 5 settings with various preset white balance settings. The camera can handle ISO up to 3200, which makes it possible to take photos in dark conditions, however there would need to be a compromise which involves lowering the quality to 2 megapixel in order to do so.
Despite these functions, the camera is more suited to taking photographs in bright lights/ strong sunlight. Because the use of ISO does have an effect on noise which is literally unavoidable. When taking photos in normal conditions, the camera produces sharp images, good colour accuracy, and exposure accuracy. When using the macro setting, the amount of detail captured is amazing, with good contrasts and decent dynamic range.
Sadly the video capture is less impressive, it's not bad or disappointing but yet it has nothing special. The quality of the video is acceptable with clear recording and a decent frame rate. The display monitor is sharp and detailed which really justifies how good the photos and videos are before even viewing it on a large screen.
The camera has a short start up delay, taking a mere 1.6 seconds to start up. When taking a photo there is only a 2 seconds delay before it can take another picture again. It also focuses on objects quite quickly to allow you to take photos with waiting for the photo to be focused. The battery stamina is quite good, giving a rather long operating period from a single charge.
The IXUS series has been going for 10 years and the benifits of that unbroken design heritage are plain, I recieved this camera as a Birthday present and I can report I am far from dissapointed! This is a solidly made device in gold or silver metal that feels comfortable in the hand and has easy to use controls. Its 4x zoom lense delivers very good images. The sensor is 'only' 10Mp, but that's more than enough resolution for most purposes, admittadly by my own confession I am a rank amatuer!. The 870IS shoots video too, saving standard-definition footage in the popular, space saving H.264 format. The lack of HD video was somewhat dissapointing particularly given that most of my hardware is HD ready, still this is a small price to pay for what is essentially a fantastic value camera.
£200 buys you a well built, good looking decent performing camera - Perfect for those drunken facebook snaps!
I was bought this camera as a present so it wasn't a personal choice. I previously owned a Pentax 5 megapixel camera and was disappointed as a number of tiny screws had worked their way out over the years. Anyway, since this camera wasn't a personal choice it was purchased by a friend who has the previous model and came highly recommended.
Extremely versatile, easy to use - without the need to keep going to the manual and has a snazzy feature whereby you can can view pictures in portrait mode and by simply turning the camera 90 degrees it changes it into landscape mode.
For the more experienced photographer and curious novice there are some great features including one where you can enhance colours - and I've made some arty photos using this technique.
Highly recommend buying this one - you will not be disappointed. Picture quality is excellent and battery life is sufficient for a weeks holiday.