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Well, I?ve just come back from a skiing holiday that i buy my Ixus V3 for... and its brilliant. Its quite a pricey camera but its well worth the money. The picture quality is super with 3.2 Million pixels its not surprising. I got a 128MB card for it and on the best quality it done about 78 pictures and on lost, well you are going to have to be a bit trigger happy to use them all up. The great thing about this camera is that you can use it as a point and press camera or as quite an advanced camera depending on your ability. This camera has so many features, but some of the best are the video feature which has been greatly improved from the V2. On lowest quality it will film for 5minutes or so and on the highest quality it will do around 35 seconds. Another great feature is the stitch feature that allows you to take a picture then move along and take another and join them up together, there?s no limit to how many pictures you can join together. And to top it all off its got a great feel to it, it just feels so well made and sturdy with a great finish. If you have the money I really recommend this camera, with the size and features you cant really go wrong.
As this was going to be my first digital camera, I spend a lot of time researching on the internet and in magazines. I wanted to make sure I got the best camera I could for the best price. The IXUS V3 has a lot going for it, but the first thing you need to ask yourself is what do you want to do with your digital camera? For me - I wanted something small that I could put in my pocket (without discomfort), and take everywhere with me. I wanted to be able to take pictures relatively quickly, and for them to be of a good quality so I could get prints if I wanted to. The V3 was all of these things. It is very compact, and the time between shots is quite fast. It is also hardwearing, so suitable for carrying around with you. The LCD screen is of a decent size, and updates quickly; and the button layout is very intuitive with each button doubling up as something else depending on which mode you are in. The battery life is good - you'll get around 150-200 shots in before you need to change the battery, although I would recommend buying a spare one. Also, the CF card (memory card) that comes with the camera is only 16MB - I bought a 256MB card with it (holds around 270 pictures on the default resolution). Something else which may be useful is a leather case, as it protects the camera (especially the LCD screen), and you can attach it to your belt. Currently (June 2003) the IXUS V3 can be found online for around £260. With a spare battery, bigger CF card and case, you're looking at around £350 altogther. Check out www.pricerunner.com for the best prices. I give this 5 Stars because it's perfect for what i wanted - however if you're got different needs, this may not be the camera for you. (A good camera with more features is the Canon Powershot S45.)
Like its predecessors, the Canon Digital Ixus V3 is stylish, small and packed full of features. At only 87 x 57 x 26.7mm (w x h x d) and with a weight of just 180 grams (without battery) the Ixus V3 is just marginally bigger than your credit card. Don't be deceived by its size though; inside this tardis of a camera the budding photographer will find all that is needed to take some excellent images. It has a 2x optical zoom (35-70mm), video clip mode and all the features of its Ixus brothers. The main differences between this incarnation of the successful Ixus range is its 3.2 mega-pixel CCD, new DIGIC processor, 9-point intelligent Auto Focus, Intelligent Orientation Sensor and much more. Let's take a quick look at these improvements: 3.2 mega-pixel CCD - an extra million pixels on the previous models. This will enable you to produce excellent quality 7 x 5 prints. (Depending on your printer, of course). DIGIC Processor - According to Canon the processor "processes images at 12-bits, allowing for much better colour rendition. Furthermore, since the processor works so fast, there is an additional benefit of a slight improvement to battery life and reduced overall power consumption." Intelligent Orientation Sensor - This detects the orientation of each shot, whether vertical or horizontal; this allows for better Auto Exposure and Auto White Balance in vertical mode. 9-point intelligent Auto Focus - allows for a larger area to be covered by the focusing system. Amongst its other enhancements include a long shutter mode. This means that you can control the shutter speed at the slow end - 1 second all the way up to 15 seconds. This gives the photographer a bit more creative control. Obviously for the pro this neither gives you the versatility or the creative control of an SLR or even the S45 or G3 also in Canon's range. If you've got big hands
you might find the controls fiddly. Essentially this camera is a point and shoot camera with some excellent features in a small, sleek body. A word about the software. With this camera you get Canon's own image cataloguing software called Zoombrowser. Free access to an online photo album and ArcSoft image manipulation software is included. In the box you get the camera, battery, 2 software CDs, video and USB cables, battery charger, 16MB CF Card and user manuals. For the price of about £350 this is an excellent small, stylish camera that produces excellent quality images.