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This was bought for me several years ago as a gift, and at the time it was pretty much up there in terms of value, style and specs; I can certainly vouch for its durability, but has time been kind to this camera and does it still have a place in todays's market?
Firstly, its still a fine looking camera in my book; being boring, I had the plain black edition, but there are some other brighter, fun colours to choose from. It's nice and compact, fits comfortably in your hand, and weighs a mere 120 grams (and that is with battery inserted). It also came with a (unused by me, I must add!) cord with which you can even hang the camera around your neck.
By today's standards,the 1.5-inch LCD screen on the back of the camera is a tad small but I think its just right for this camera; because the camera's appeal is its compact size, the screen has to be relatively small to accommodate the controls next to it. The controls, incidentally, are very easy to use. Anyway, the screen is perfectly large enough for the average casual user, which is just as well as the only way to size up your shot is via that screen.
The technical camera specs tell me that the screen is 78000 pixels, which is ok, but quality wise sometimes leads to some blurring with any quick moves, and doesn't always handle night/ dark room scenes that well. Colours display well, and the on screen controls/ instructions are nice and bright and easy to follow.
In my experience, however, I have rarely had a problem with the screen size or quality; the only thing I can really recall is when in very bright sunshine, but then I think most screens have problems there.
One of the things I really liked about this camera when I originally received this camera was the way it auto-focuses, by way of a green box which flashes up and locks onto the central part of the screen, so you know if it has captured the picture you wanted or not. There are several more complicated focus options you can tinker with if you wish, but the default auto-focus feature is perfectly fine for most amateurs like me. Auto-zoom is also one that has a few options you can tinker with, but the default auto-zoom of 6.5 mega-pixels is ok, though the more you magnify the less sharp the image you are left with.
The standard resolution 5 mega-pixels obviously lacks sharpness by today's standards, but is not bad for sharpness; flash is always perfectly fine, and it does have the capacity to record short movies, which is a nice feature but only of average quality; a little microphone gives you audio too.
Battery life is poor, I must say, it was always the aspect I least liked. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which you charge by sitting the camera on a dock and plugging it into the mains. Never great, in later years it has held its charge less and less. Memory cards, now pretty cheap, are absoloutely essential as internal memory is non-existent (about 12 pics)
Final thoughts? Its performed well for me. Its now a back-up camera, sitting in my study looking jealously at my smartphone which does all the things it can, and then some! It has been on many holidays, witnessed many parties and family events and never let me down. Definitely still worth a purchase if you want a (now) cheap, reliable, decent camera.
But choose a nicer colour.
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A small camera that makes a big impression. With its ultra-slim body in a choice of four irresistible colors, the Digital IXUS i5 is impossible to miss. A powerful 5.0 Megapixel CCD sensor permits photo quality prints up to A3 size and plenty of post-shoot cropping possibilities.
Canon's unique DIGIC processor gives the Digital IXUS i5 superb processing power that results in incredible image clarity, responsive camera controls and fast, accurate auto-focus. iSAPS is like a built-in photographer's assistant; first analyzing the scene before optimizing camera settings, helping you to get the best results from every shooting opportunity.
Canon's own high-performance precision optics give the Digital IXUS i5 the ability to capture a scene with incredible clarity, contrast and detail. The camera's 9-point AiAF brings subjects sharply in focus, even when they are off-center, and a 3cm Macro mode gets you really close to your subject.
Relive special moments with friends by shooting VGA quality movie clips with sound recording and playback. And for great results with confidence in a wide range of shooting situations, the Digital IXUS i5 has five scene modes - such as Night Snapshot, Indoor and Portrait. Indulge your creative side with five Photo Effects, including Sepia, Black & White and Vivid Color.
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