Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Long lasting and brilliantly made
Canon Digital Ixus 95 IS
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Canon Digital Ixus 95 IS
Advantages: Great size, good range of features, video camera records sound and is good quality.
Disadvantages: A little bit dated now, no 'snazzy' touchscreen/3D tracking...
After struggling through 8 months with a cybershot camera, which I bought hastily the morning before my prom (I had no camera, £70 in my bank and a teenagers urge to have photos!) I thoroughly researched my upgrade as I didn't want to be stuck with something that didn't do it's job like the Sony.
I've always been a Canon girl for photography; in fact I have a Canon 350 DSLR which I love but don't get much use out of currently. To compare this camera to that one would be futile but truth be told they're both outstanding pieces of kit. Ok, so this is just your bog standard point and shoot... but it's a damn good one. The design is slick and after three years or so I have yet to see any massive wear or tear on it. It has the obvious 'this is a slightly old camera' look to it but on the hole it's working as it did the day I bought it.
Onto the camera itself: It has a really simple display and button system. On the top as you'd expect is the power button (small and not easy to confuse with the shutter button) and the shutter and zoom. On the front is the extendible lens, Canon and camera style branding, flash and view finder. On the bottom is again more of the usual - battery and SD card chamber and tripod screw hole. On the sides are AV connectors and USB/computer connector points (though I've since lost my lead so can not comment on how well this camera connects to a computer). On the back is a large screen with various view modes and the buttons that you'd expect to see. The quality of your videos and photos depends on what memory card you're using and what size photos/videos you want as well as the quality you set yourself. I normally set it to the middle quality, which gives me about 700 photos and around 11 minutes of video for a 2gb SD card. More than enough!
The display on the back is fully coloured and easy to navigate around. There are different options to choose from such as grid line display, blank display and just 'live' action display. As well as this if you press the blue arrow button you get to the review page of your pictures and videos and can even play the video clips (there is no sound when played back on the camera but when you upload them to the computer, sound has been recorded). There is a flick switch at the top where you can change from manual camera mode, to automatic camera mode, to video camera mode. As always, holding the shutter button down half way before pressing it fully focuses the camera. The flash can be turned on or off in manual mode but will fire automatically if you have it set to auto and it thinks it needs it. It has lots of different things to play with, such as party scene and sunset scene. This gives you a little bit of control over the ISO and shutter speed rate - but it's certainly nowhere near the control a bridge camera or SLR would give you.
These cameras retail at around £120 - £150, which in my opinion is a great price for such a good little camera. I bought mine from Amazon using DooYoo vouchers and so mine was a little bit cheaper, but if you shop around then you'll find one of these to fit your budget. They come in a range of colours as well, with some being more expensive than others, so you can again chose whether you'd like to splash out a little more or just go with what you know (i.e. silver). All in all this is a stunning like compact point and shoot and one that I would recommend a hundred times over to anyone who wants a sturdy camera to take with them on holidays, out clubbing or just as a 'bottom of the handbag' camera to always have on you (make sure it's insured if you do that though!). It'd also suit a mature teenager or younger kid who knows to care for their equipment and wants to start taking serious photos.
Summary: Perfect for the beginner and serious photographer alike.
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