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I've had one of these for about 5 years now. I wanted something small enough to put in my pocket and have the best available picture quality at the time.
'Which' made this a best buy as they still do with most Canon compacts, so I decided this was the Camera for me.
I love the metal body...its tough...I've dropped this loads and it still works perfectly.
Image qualty is brilliant, its only 4MB but its the lenses that really count on compact cameras and this one is a peach! My Dad has a Canon Ixus with 8MB but I honestly think my old 70 takes a sharper image!
The zoom range is good. ( don't bother with the digital zoom unless you want rubbish photos)
Flash performance is perfect. ( better than my Nikon D80 built in flash which is rubbish)
If you can find one of these cheap...go for it!
This is a quality digital camera and gives me a good feeling every time I look at it. It?s small so easy to take anywhere in your pocket as you never now when you could have the opportunity for a great photo. The styling of the Ixus ll is stunning and is what sold it for me compared to other similar cameras. The slick lines with no bulky protrusions and the silver creates a great look. The Ixus ll doesn?t just look good though, it performs just as well as it looks. The photos created are first class, with the Superfine setting and 2048 x 1536 pixels A4 size photos can be printed which are so shape there is no loss of detail. There are 3 settings for what is called the compression setting, Superfine, Fine and Normal, There is very little, almost unnoticeable difference between the qualities of these, however a 1.5mb superfine photo is compressed to 1mb with the fine and with the normal setting it?s 0.5mb approximately. Whatever settings used high quality photos are achieved. Having taken your photo they?re displayed on the high quality 1.5 inch LCD screen, which in the play mode enables you to zoom up to 10 times to view detail which in my opinion is a great feature when showing people photos. As well as taking photos it takes movies up to 3mins on the lower sizes and 30 sec?s on the largest one. This wasn?t a feature I really looked at when buying a camera but having got it, I really rate it now and the quality of movies created on the Ixus ll is very high and it has longer capacity compared to other makes. This camera is so easy to use, the menus are clear and it doesn?t take long to get used to what everything means. With the manual mode you can experiment with a wide range of setting, or if you just want to snap just switch to the automatic mode, where the settings are just size and quality/compression rate. The zoom function speaks for itself with an optical zoom of x2 and digital zoom of x3.2, however I haven?t really used
the digital zoom as the quality of photos does reduce if used. What I like about the Ixus ll and I think Canon in generally are renowned for is the high build quality of their products. The Ixus ll feels solidly put together with mechanisms such as the battery hatch and memory card slot are very positive, feels like it will last along time, if taken care of. Having noted the good points about the Ixus ll, there are two small gripes I?ve had with mine. The firsts is the strength of the flash in the automatic mode, when just snapping, when the flash is required and it goes off it is very bright, too bright, and gives a lot of reflection in the photo and reduces the quality of the picture, not to mention that it blinds everyone for a few seconds. This can be overcome by using the manual mode and changing the settings. Either have no flash and increase the shuttle time, or reduce it and use the flash. The second thing may not apply if you buy it, but when attaching it to my PC the connection between the camera and cable has a bit of play in it and sometimes to make a good connection a bit of wiggling has to been done. Overall this is a great camera and I?m very pleased with it and the value for money you get. I could probably go on and on about it as it is so good, but the general message you should get from this review is that the Ixus ll is a great camera and well worth buying if looking for a 3.2 mega camera with a zoom.
Ultra chic and ultra sleek, the all-metal bodied Digital IXUS II has an irresistibly silky feel. Canon's smallest 2x retractable zoom lens, 3.2 megapixels, and video clip and sound recording functions have been packed into the slimmest and lightest Digital IXUS body ever. Canon has miniaturized nearly every element of the Digital IXUS II to make this Canon's smallest Digital Camera ever. These include the 'one dime lens', first time use of a tiny SD memory card, the smallest flash ever to be used in a Canon digital camera, reduced battery size and the unique DIGIC processor. Despite its compact size, the Digital IXUS II's 3.2 megapixels will ensure its popularity amongst users looking to achieve high quality prints up to A4 size.
The Digital IXUS II heralds the introduction of Canon's smallest retractable 2x optical zoom lens. Nicknamed by Canon engineers the 'one dime lens' for its ability to hide under an American dime coin, the f/2.8 - 3.9 lens measures a mere 17.9mm in length (when retracted). As pixel counts go up and lens sizes come down, lens quality becomes the crucial element to image quality. Canon's expertise in advanced lens material and glass-molding technologies allows aspherical lenses to be incorporated in the zoom, delivering a sharpness of image not possible from conventional lenses. A 3.2x digital zoom is combined with the 2x lens to achieve a powerful maximum 6.4x combined zoom.
The new Digital IXUS II comes packed full with features. Video clips of up to three minutes can be recorded, replayed with full sound and cropped to the right length with full in-camera editing and previewing. Still pictures can be annotated with 60-second voice memos. Quick and accurate focusing is assured by detecting the subject from a wide area of the frame using 9-point Artificial Intelligence Auto-Focusing (AiAF), while accurate automatic exposure is secured through three choices of metering mode; evaluative, center-weighted or spot. A newly designed, 24% smaller Li-Ion battery delivers more pictures per charge than a Digital IXUS v, yet makes the Digital IXUS II smaller and lighter.
A camera can only benefit from having more pixels if its processor is capable of properly interpreting vast amounts of data in a fraction of a second. This is where Canon's DIGIC (DIGital Imaging Core) processor comes into play. Optimally designed for Canon's digital cameras, DIGIC now equips the Digital IXUS II and is purpose built to deliver accurate images of the highest possible quality. The complex algorithms necessary to properly calculate functions such as white balance and color rendition are executed by DIGIC with such high speed there is no trade-off in camera responsiveness. By keeping all key functions on a single chip, size and power consumption are also reduced. The overall result is more shots at a higher rate with stunning quality.
Even before the shutter release is fully pressed, the Digital IXUS II analyzes the scene to help get the perfect shot. Canon's unique iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology works like the photographer's assistant, pulling together available information such as focal length, luminescence and camera settings. This data is matched against what the camera already 'knows' about typical images and settings in order to estimate focusing position, AWB and exposure. The camera is then pre-set, so by the time the scene is fully metered only fine adjustments are necessary. This gives the Digital IXUS II faster, more precise auto-focusing and the best possible exposure and white balance in every shooting situation.