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The Ixus is a great little camera and was highly recommended to myself by a professional photographer as one to have in your pocket permanently. Mine has sofar lasted for over 3 years and can even be used by my 3 year old son with ease. It connects very easily to the computer and downloads with ease and the addition of a separate memory card allows for ease of printing from a photographic shop. This camera has withstood the hardships of traveling and beach life the only fault I can find with it is the small size of the view finder as this takes me back to the days of my old 110 cartridge camera, though this could be because I'm used to an SLR camera. All in all I would highly recommend this camera to anyone who wished to own a compact reliable camera which will stand the test of time.
The Canon Digital Ixus is a nice little toy indeed! This small silver camera is ideal for sticking into a handbag, putting in a pocket, or (if you can be bothered buying the case) hanging off your belt. Nice and small, easy to take out, can't be bad things for a camera, surely? But what about the functions? The Canon Digital Ixus is a 2.1Mpixel camera, which is fairly decent as long as you're not expecting any pieces of art to come from it. It has a small LCD screen on the back to view the pictures you have taken, or act as a viewfinder. It also has a viewfinder so you don't have to use the screen if you don't like it, and can opt for the traditional hold-the-camera-to-your-eye and snap away. As well as this, it comes with the things that are necessary, such as timer, automatic flash, and all that malarky, as well as a 3x optical zoom and a 2x digital zoom. The digital zoom is not much use in my opinion, as a computer can make much better use of zooming into a photo, and it's not very easy to move the picture around while it is being viewed from the camera. On addition, the camera comes bundled with a camera-USB cable, enabling you to simply plug your camera into a computer and download the pictures straight off. It also comes with all necessary software, which include a photoviewer, editor and something called photostitch, where you can take multiple photos (also a function of the camera, in case i forget) and 'stitch' them together to make a long panormic photo. Overall, I've had very few problems with this camera. However, the battery life does not last very long if the display screen is on all the time. I estimate that you could probably leave the camera on for about 3 hours (continuous) with the display screen on, but it could easily last you a whole day without. To charge it only takes a few hours, and is simple enough, just remove the rechargable battery and stick it in the charger. One ot
her problem is that, like a lot of cameras, it can not cope with fast moving objects, which appear as a blur, so it is best to keep the camera still when snapping. Overall a nice buy, but with so many different versions of the Ixus out now, many with improved resolution, memory and battery life, it may be worth splashing out and getting a better one. However, for those strapped with cash that REALLY want a digital camera, you may as well go for this, it does everything a camera does and in a pretty simple way, producing good quality snaps whatever the conditions.
Wrapped in a gleaming costume of stainless steel, the Canon Ixus ii is the epitome of chic. Far from being ostentatious, however, the Ixus hides its wealth of features underneath a relatively simple exterior. On the front of the camera can be found a small opening for the optical viewfinder, and the most narrow of flash units. Turn the Ixus round, and the 1.5" LCD screen and plenty of buttons are set against the lustrous background. It fits easily into your pocket, being only slightly larger than a credit card. In order to make such a mini machine, Canon have had to make some changes to their usual models. The Ixus II is their first digital camera to take the SD (secure digital) memory cards which are about the size of a stamp. It comes supplied with a 16mb card, which unfortunately does not get you very far. To get real storage I bought a 128mb SD card from ebuyer.com. This cost me about £30 and has freed me from the fetters of limited memory. As we all know, basing a product on looks is superficial, and it is what's on the inside that counts. Again, the Ixus ii does not disappoint. Upon turning the camera on, the lens cover mechanically opens, only for a 2X zoom lens to slide out. Not only does it boast this "optical zoom" but also a 3.2X digital zoom, making a total of 6.4X if you use the two together. As you control the zoom with the small dial on the top of the camera, the LCD screen informs you how far you are zooming in. Even when using the digital zoom the image produced is sharp and clear. Unlike other cameras whose photos suffer from using the digital zoom, the Ixus does not seem hampered by this problem, mainly due to its 3.2 megapixels (The parrot was taken with full zoom). As can be seen from the images uploaded to Ciao, the quality is very impressive. I have very few complaints, in fact the only one is slightly soft edges. This is not a huge problem, but it just goes to prove that even this camera is fall
ible. There are three settings which define the quality of the images: superfine, fine and normal. I have found that there is very little visible difference between superfine and fine. As well as altering the quality, you can also change the size of your photo; large, medium or small. Of course, the size and quality affect how many photos that can be stored on your SD card. If you "go wild" and decide to take large, superfine images, you'll only be able to fit 8 photos on the 16mb card supplied. Again this reasserts the need for more storage. When buying a digital camera many people want to have some control over their photo taking, to take some responsibility for the result. The Ixus II tries to cater for all needs, though it is still quite limited in this respect. For example the optical viewfinder lacks "diopter correction", that is if you do not have perfect eyesight, the view may look distorted, and I'm afraid there is nothing you can do about it! Here comes the science, things are starting to get a bit technical! You can change the autofocus on or off, giving you greater control over your photo taking. You can also alter the shutter speed, the range is 1-15 seconds, which I am reliably informed means that you can use your camera in dark conditions with a longer exposure time. After taking your photo you are able to change the colour setting between regular, vivid and neutral. To turn on the camera, you have to push the power button for about 2 seconds, which ensures that it does not power up inadvertently in your pocket. The LCD screen displays a background, and the camera beeps a bit. When you take a photo, the Ixus makes an annoyingly fake "shutter noise", or if you like you can set it to be a dog barking. Now I have great problems with machines that gratuitously bleep at me. It is, therefore with a thankful heart that I discovered that you can turn off all of these sounds, if t
hey are not your cup of tea. From the moment you push that power button, it takes about 3 seconds before you can take your photo, and then 1.5 seconds before you can snap your next one. For most this is perfectly adequate, though if not happy with it, the Casio Exilim range of cameras are ridiculously quick to start up. To begin with I was considering the Casio, they are much smaller than the Ixus, though in my opinion they lack the features. Back to the Canon; to take the photo you press the shutter button only half way down. Then, as the autofocus kicks into play small green boxes intelligently identify what the main subject of your photo is, and adjust the focus accordingly. This is a remarkably clever feature, though I have found that it can bring the wrong things into focus, which can prove quite annoying. In dark conditions a small orange beam is shot from the camera, which is meant to help the focus adjust. Not only this, but it also reduces redeye by narrowing peoples pupils. That is, in theory. In reality I have found that red eye is a considerable problem, that is only avoidable by using the red eye flash option. While playing about with my camera I stumbled upon yet another feature. The "Stitch Assist". This simply enables photos to be stitched together when used with Canon software (supplied). Let's say, for example that you want to take a photo of a mountain range, but can't fit it all in. The camera locks the exposure and balance setting, allowing the photos to be linked together in a uniform way. The only problem with this is that the camera needs to be dead steady, and a tripod is needed. I think I have pretty much rounded up the camera's photo-taking capabilities. But the review does not end here! (groan). Far from it, because the Ixus ii also features a movie-mode. Even if you have never set eyes upon a camera before, you will be able to work this movie mode. You simply point, then press to re
cord, and then press to stop! The quality is surprisingly good. The colour is completely accurate, and the sound (recorded by a small microphone on the front of the camera) is spot on. To review your photos, the camera has a playback mode. If you are not happy with seeing only the last photo you took on the LCD screen, you can use the zoom dial to review huge batch of them, nine at a time. I thought this was an ingenious solution to the problem posed by older digital cameras: the monotonous trawling through your photos to find the one you want. When you do find your image (which will take just seconds with the aforementioned feature!) you can zoom in on that too. Alternatively, if all this LCD business sounds like too much trouble, why not hook the camera up to your television with the cable supplied, and see your photos on the big screen? Of course one of the most important aspects of any digi-cam is the battery. Again the Ixus performs pretty well. It has a minute rechargeable lithium battery which slips into the camera's underbelly. I have found that the battery will take about 100 photos before it dies on you. And when it does, it only takes just over an hour to power it up with the supplied recharger. Being digital, of course you are able to connect your Ixus to the computer with a USB connection. You then need to use the programs included in the package to get your photos from your camera onto paper. The software provided with the Ixus performs excellently. The Canon Utilities ZoomBrowser EX acts as a go-between for the camera and your computer. It allows you to download your snaps, make them into a slide show, and it also tells you a bit of info about them, for example time taken. Canon Utilities ImageBrowser allows you to send your photos by email, alter your photos, organise, and indeed print them. You are also given software to view your movies, and manipulate them. The final program I want to mention is the Photo
Stitch software. This arranges all of your photos taken in stitch assist mode, and pieces them all together. I was happy to find that you can use this program to give 360-degree photos. As you can see from this description, Canon have been remarkably generous with their software, which testifies to the commitment they have made to this product; there are even some other minor programs which I have not mentioned (they allow you to make greetings cards, and other "fun" creations!) Since buying this camera i have fallen in love with Canon due to their generousity. They give you everything you could really need to get started and more. I have bought many products which do not supply all the necessary accessories (the most infamous being the PS2) which is extremely frustrating. If you are not happy with what they give you, there are plenty of optional accessories to compliment the camera. The most exciting of which is the underwater case which enables you to keep snapping 130ft under. At £130 this is quite an expensive option. For my Digital Ixus II I paid £170 to amazon.co.uk, and £30 on top of that for the 128mb SD card. Tragically for all those wanting to buy this camera, the price has risen dramatically to £199 since then. Even considering this new price, the Ixus represents extraordinary value. All of its features contribute to it being an easy-to-use machine. The Ixus is an excellent camera for those wanting great quality photos without the fuss of fiddling with this and that. For this reason I would not recommend it for professional photographers (though being professional they would probably already know this!). This robust, and svelte machine should be with me for a long time yet, and i look forwards to taking plenty of snaps for years to come.
Before I go into detail I would first like to say how great this camera looks with its metallic finish and tiny size. For its picture quality it is quite expensive but that is made up by the ease of use and looks. The camera comes with an 8mb memery card which means it can take 46 pictures in (640*480) quality and 9 in (1280*960). If you are just going to be viewing your pictures on the computer only and also sending them over the internet use (640*480) quality. If you are going to be printing your pictures then I recommend that you use the higher picture quality. The zoom is ok , at 2*optical zoom, but its not great. The battery life of the camera is 2h with the display on and 4h without. The charging time is about 4h to fully charge it. I would only recommend this to people that have enough money and/or can't stand the bulky and unattractive digital cameras that also available.
I've had my Ixus for about 3 months now and its a fantastic little camera. Canon have got it just right with the styling and the dimensions of the camera as, in my opinion, it is one of the best looking models currently on the market. The Ixus (with a 2.11 mega pixel rating) has 3 settings for picture quality. I just use the medium setting whih results in excelent pictures and reasonable usage of the media card. The camera comes as standard with a Canon branded 8MB Compact Flash card. In medium, this only holds about a dozen images so a media upgrade is certainly a top priority. I have since brought additional 32MB and 128MB Compact Flash cards, which between them hold over 200 pictures! The camera comes with a whole host of useful features built in. You can change the order and edit pictures on the camera's internal LCD screen or by connecting the camera to the Video-In on a TV with the cable supplied. You can also check the status of the camera, remaining capacity of the current memory card and many other settings in the same manner. The Ixus will connect to any Macinttosh or PC with USB, using the cable supplied. I have tried out setting up and connecting to both a Mac and a PC and both have been ready within minutes with no problems. In the box you will find 3 cd's. One of these is a dual format cd with drivers and Canon's own software on. The other 2 cd's are Mac and PC versions of Adobe's Photo Deluxe Home Edition 3.1. The main Canon software utility I use is Canon's ZoomBrowser EX. This piece of software allows you to download the pictures from the camera to your computer, archive them in albums and present them on screen as a slideshow. ZoomBrowser EX is a fantastic piece of software. So easy to use and very carefully thought out. The second piece of provided software I use is Adobe's Photo Deluxe HE. This software is provided for touching up and editing y
our pictures. Again, very well thought out and the familiar and easy to use look and feel of Adobe's products meant that within minutes I was creating perfect looking pictures from originals which suffered severe 'red eye' or the all too well known 'holiday insect bites'. The only slight let downs about the Ixus are the supplied media storage and the pwer supply. With only 8MB to get you started you will find you are seriously limited to the number of photos you can take and you will be forever having to transfer them to a computer. With prices at an all time low, dont be put off by the need to purchase additional media, it will be worth it. Another worthy purchase would be a spare battery. Some camera's are able to operate from standard Alkaline batteries if the supplied rechargable should die. Not so is the case with the Ixus. The unique size and shape of the battery means you will need a second Canon battery charged up in reserve. That said, using the supplied desktop charger, a battery will charge from empty in about 2 hours and will give several days of light daily usage (internal flash not taken into account). Also, good luck in finding a suitable camera bag for the Digital Ixus. Canon do actually make some nice pouches designed for the Ixus, but anything from a 3rd party manufacturer will probably be too big because the Ixus is just so small! All in all, Canon have produced a top quality camera. That and the software package included make this a package that should certainly be seriously considered by anyone looking for a top quality, simply to use and versatile digital camera. Nice one Canon!
Just when you’d redesigned yourself to purchasing a large, ugly, expensive digicam, along comes Canon with something different: the small, stylish, expensive (sigh) Digital IXUS. Modelled on Canon’s Advanced Photo System (APS) compacts, it’s fractionally taller and wider than a credit card, but thicker and, at just under 230g, somewhat heavier. Despite its dinkiness, the Digital IXUS has a respectable spec: 2x optical zoom lens, 2.1 megapixel CCD capable of producing 1,600x1,200-pixel images, LCD for checking your photographs, 8mb CompactFlash card, rechargeable battery, and USB connectivity. It’s basically a point-and-shoot camera, although you can adjust the white balance and apply exposure compensation. The square case slides easilly into your pocket, but makes a few concessions to ergonomics. Even those with small hands may find the controls fiddly. The Digital IXUS also makes more noise than you expect, with the lens tending to grind and click as it zooms and focuses. Other disappointments include the light-hungry CCD with a similar sensitivity to ISO 100 film, and the macro mode. You can get to within 10cm of your subject with the lens at its widest setting, but if you zoom in, you have to pull back to 27cm. On the plus side, there are many neat features, the controls are easy to master and there’s a special mode for making panoramas. You also get software you’ll actually want to use. Picture quality ranges from good to poor. It won’t match photos from cameras with bigger lenses or three-megapixel CCDs. Images aren’t as sharp as they could be, and indoor shots tend to be underexposed and slightly cool. Still, you’re more likely to have the camera with you when a photo opportunity arises, and an image that needs tweaking is better than no image at all.
Okay so there are cameras out there that have way more functions and pixels than the IXUS but none look as good...or arguably are as functional. The old adage form follows functions is true with this camera. It's size is the killer feature but the finish is immaculate - if you have ever closed the door on a Mercedes or Audi car you'll know what I mean...it just has a solid feel about it. Shop around on the web to get a great deal would be my advice and make sure you get an extra battery as the battery life is it's only failing. Oh, and get a bigger Compact Flash card than the 8mb one supplied :)
The Canon Digital Ixus camera is awesome because it's absolutely tiny and yet packs in so many functions. The basic functions are easy to use, but some of the more advanced functions are more difficult, just in remembering how to set them. The manual is reasonable and is written in good English. It has 2X optical zoom (35-70mm) and ISO 100 sensitivity. Nothing to write home about, but the image quality is good even in low light situations. The flash mode also seems better than most other digital cameras: it gives even and smooth flash. The cycle time between shots is as good if not better than most other megapixel cameras at about half a second. (the flash does take ten seconds to recycle though if being used) The battery is small and is of the chargeable LiIon type. With the LCD on you can get about 50 pictures and the battery takes two hours to recharge. A second battery is a good option if you want to take more shots than that in one session. The included 8MB Compact Flash can hold around 12 Hi Res pictures or 48 Low res. The software is the cameras main failing. Downloading pictures to PC via USB is fast but problematic with the enclosed software. One option is to get an external compact flash reader for your PC, but Canon really should have made the original solution better rather than require people go out and buy more third party hardware. The styling and compactness of the digital Ixus are its "wow" factor. If you want to impress your friends, this is definitely the gadget to get. This really is a great little camera despite a few shortcomings, hopefully Canon will remedy the software issue. Also, as a final note there is a new version of this camera coming out the S300 which has a more powerful zoom (3x) and some new functions too, so you may want to hang on for that.
I bought one of these little beauties (no I'm not Australian) out in Germany at the end of last year. I happened to be in a camera shop with my brother, and he decided to preach to me about what a fantastic bargain it was. I wanted to try it... so I managed to colar one of the shop assistants. He informed me that it was "ibsolutely Vondurful", and began to go through all of the great features - 2.1 mega pixel, zoom lens... blah.. blah. It wasn't until I picked it up, and tried it out that I realised just how great this little camera was. The smallest of its kind, slinky, sexy... fab. I was running round the shop with it, zooming in and out and taking pictures of everything. (If the shop assistant knew any English swear words I would think he would have been saying them at this point... I think he may have said a few in German though). :) It was a 'must have' gift, and I have not regretted it. At the time, it cost me the equivelent of £400 - around about £100 - £150 cheaper than the UK at the time. The only hitch I had was with the manual. I asked the shop assistant whether the manual came in English as well as German... when a German shop assistant nods his head at you, dont believe him (lesson learned!). I should have checked myself - oh well! Canon Customer Services were fairly helpful when I got back to the UK though. I simply had to send off my German manual, and they sent me the English equivelent. The camera has lovely features with its playback of photos. A simple switch on the camera takes you between viewing what you have taken and actually taking the pictures. The screen on the back displays the pictures excellently, and the little zoom push button on the top allows you to zoom into your photos, or zoom out to display the selection of the all your photos, 12 at a time, allowing you to reselect and zoom in again. A lovely and effective way of allowing you to view what you have taken. You can also take pic
tures using the screen - as it displays exactly what you are pointing at in a kind of 'video' mode. The software that comes with the camera is excellent - allowing quick and easy connection from PC to camera, with added bonuses of software photo albums etc. A nice package. You also get a cable attachment with it that allows you to connect your camera to a TV. Fantastic for showing people the snaps that you have taken that day, after a day out. Dont forget those fantastic results that you can get by setting it onto "take pictures" mode and pointing it at the TV screen, whilst simultaneously viewing it on the TV screen. (yes I've even tried that one!) :) The photos come out sharp, providing that you dont get your light positioned wrong, use the flash when you shouldnt etc - the usual camera type stuff. Sure the pictures arent quite as sharp as some more expensive, bigger cameras. But this camera isn't supposed to be for the David Bailey's of this world. It is all about having fun - and thats exactly what this camera is. If you want a small, lightweight, easy to carry, sexy, cool camera... then this is the one for you. Everyone that I have shown this to has been impressed (and insanely jealous!! :) ).
The Canon Digital Ixus is the best digital camera that I have encountered by far. Granted I have not tried all cameras but for the selection I have played with this tops the lot. Its sleek ultra-compact style makes it not just practical but also good to look at. Friends will admire the camera pointing at them; blessed by its magnificence. Spec:- With 2.1 million pixel CCD it allows images of up to 1600x1200. 2x zoom lens with high resolution allowing wide-angle shots (telephoto) and good zoom. 10 second self-timer. Other:- The memory used is a CompactFlash card (camera supplied with 8mb card). 8mb allows between 4 and 46 images (depending on quality) to be stored in JPEG format. The link to computers is via a USB cable and the camera comes equipped with all the necessary software needed for the transfer if images to your desktop computer. It also comes with Adobe Photodeluxe home edition so that you can play around with your images to get them looking really good (I quite like Photodeluxe as an editing tool although it can be complicated in areas). Additional ‘Extras’ :- The camera has a lot of extra options but at an extra cost, naturally. Flash cards of varying capacity are available as well as AC adapter, enabling the camera to run off an AC power source. There is also the possibility of an all-weather case which is dust-proof and water-proof to a depth of 3 metres. Conclusion:- The is camera has enough good features and for the price it does the job admirably. The photos are good quality although I’m sure better could be achieved but this certainly is a worthwhile digital camera.
Ixus digital is one of the smallest Dig camera's, yet comes with 2.1 Mega Pxls. Using the standard CF memory cards, the pictures can be very easily put in a laptop or handheld. A slide projector is no longer required, since the Ixus easily connects to any TV set. Built-in flash. panorama foto's possible. Clear TFT screen (1 x 1.5 inch). Changeable resolution in 3 steps, lowest (640x480) is good for PC use; High can be used for printing foto's.
*click* The Digital Ixus shares many design characteristics with its non-digital Canon cousins. It's tiny, shiny, gorgeous to look at, easy to use, and has a high "Oooh! Can I play with that?" quotient. Let's not knock the dinkiness factor when evaluating personal electronics. We can be posh and call the Ixus a 'design classic' if we like, but the fact is that it's a dinky (if you're female), sexy (if you're male) piece of kit that is a lot of fun to own. Ultimately that's the best reason to buy one. If you're looking at digital cameras at all, then you probably know the pros and cons of going digital. I'll run through a few of them here anyway. Pro: * Instantly able to evaluate your shot -- great for those of us with short attention-spans * No need to squander vast sums on film and developing (although you can go to Boots or Jessops and get them to print your digital pictures on photo-grade paper if you want) * Easy to get pictures onto the PC -- no need for a scanner Con: * Don't expect the impressive optical zoom or many extra widgets that you can get with an SLR (digital photographers usually add their effects in post-production) * Expensive to buy the camera itself, compared to an equivalent non-digital The Canon Digital Ixus has a 2* optical zoom, and a 4* digital zoom (which I don't much recommend). It has a flash which is set up to flash twice quickly to avoid redeye. It uses CompactFlash cards to store pictures on -- CF is now becoming something of a standard in this media, which means that the cards are easy to get, and so are card-readers for the PC should you wish such a thing. Canon also bundle the Digital Ixus with a cable and CD of software for downloading pictures from the camera to PC via the serial port. I found it very easy to set up and use. The camera will happily take pictures in fully automatic
mode (ie. point-and-click), but gives you the option of a few manual settings if you want to try some other things out. In practice, I found myself taking a lot of indoor shots without the flash -- but you need a tripod or a steady hand to really pull this off. It also seems to do very well at closeups of people and faces. Summary: A gorgeous looking piece of kit that is a pleasure to use. But you will be paying for the general sexiness of it. It's quite possible to get a camera with better performance for less dosh, but ... it won't have the Ixus-factor. If you want an easy, dinky, painless little point-and-click digital camera and you don't mind paying a bit extra for the *ahem* design classic that is the Ixus, this _is_ the camera for you. The absolute cheapest price I found for it was in Dixons in Heathrow Terminal 1 -- so if you have any holidays planned, it's definitely worth saving up big electronics purchases for the (not)Duty Free.
This camera is wonderful. A fully functional compact, easy to use techno-mini. Basically it's an electronic version of the film based Canon Ixus. Top resolution of this camera is 2.1 Mega Pixels. It has a very fast 2x zoom with good battery life. It's the smallest digital camera currently on the market which is why I like it. A few minor niggles - the battery is a lithium ion Canon proprietory, which means if you run out of juice away from a mains plug it's useless. A spare battery is a must. Also it doesn't come with a case so this is something to think about. They do a metal case that is very small and shiny ooooohh! Unlike the other Canon Powershots the Ixus does not come with a mains power supply either. This you have to buy as an extra (about £50) which was a disappointment for me.
This camera exudes sex appeal. It's the size of a box of cigarettes, silver, and high tech. Gadgets have to be sexy for me to speed money on them. Big, square, bricks masquerading as digital cameras were not going to get my vote. Dinky and polished steel was. The Ixus is not only small, but it's light, fully featured and easy as anything to use. Just point and click. The manual is extremely well written. The buttons and User Interface on the back of the camera is well thought out and easy enough to use. The small display is crystal clear and gives a good playback of the picture you've just taken, including a nice zoom function to look closer at any part of the picture you desire. One small niggle is that it takes around 2 seconds to take a picture, until you get used to the system. You have to half depress the shutter for it to line up and focus. Then pressing the rest of the way takes your snap. Once you are aware of this you can get your set up sorted at first and take pictures a lot quicker. The manual mode also makes things a little quicker as it takes pictures straight away. Other nice things are the easy to use PC (or Mac) program to download you pictures to your hard drive, the very useful x2 zoom (makes the camera equivalent of a 35-70mm zoom), digital zoom (at the expense of picture clarity) and the 2.1million pixel resolution (1600x1200 or there abouts). It comes with a 8mb memory card, enough for around 11 high-resolution pictures or 30-odd low-res (640x800) photos. I'd recommend spending the extra for a 16 or 32 Mb Card (23 or 52 high-res pictures).