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Canon IXUS 860 IS Digital Camera - Silver (8.0MP, 3.8x Optical Zoom) 3.0" LCD

by Canon
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Wide-angle (28mm) 3.8x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (IS)
  • 8.0 Megapixels
  • Total anti-blur solution with ISO 1600, Auto ISO Shift and IS
  • Striking modern design with Touch Control Dial
  • DIGIC III for lightning fast response, superb image quality and advanced noise reduction
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE and Red-Eye Correction in playback
  • 3.0” high resolution PureColor LCD with wide viewing angle
  • Safety Zoom and Digital Tele-Converter for extra telephoto reach
  • 17 shooting modes and My Colors photo effects
  • Extensive movie options including VGA (30fps) with Long Play (LP) and Time Lapse Movie
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Canon IXUS 310 HS Digital Camera - Silver (12.1MP, 4.4x Optical Zoom) 3.2 inch Touchscreen LCD Canon IXUS 310 HS Digital Camera - Silver (12.1MP, 4.4x Optical Zoom) 3.2 inch Touchscreen LCD 3.7 out of 5 stars (21)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 2.6 cm ; 154 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 2341B006AA
  • ASIN: B000V9F492
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,714 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

High resolution PureColor LCD with wide viewing angle;My Colours photo effects;Optional waterproof and soft leather cases

Product Description

The 8.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 860 IS combines photographic prowess with compelling design. A 3.8x wide-angle Image Stabilizer lens captures all the detail of panoramic vistas and large group shots....

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera! 9 Oct 2007
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Very pleased with this, the other reviews about say it all really.
There is so much in such a small package!
My only concern was not having a viewfinder, but this turned out to be totally unfounded as the large, bright 3" screen is still viewable in direct sunlight thanks to a blue anti-glare coating. You can also hold in the Disp. button to temporarily set the display to max brightness.

Seems better value than the 960 as the display is bigger and its 12MP sensor causes more noise in low light. Megapixels aren't everything these days. Having the 28mm wide angle is extremely useful too.

I can also highly recommend the tiny Lowepro Apex 10 AW for this camera as a great outdoor case with beltclip and room for a spare battery and cards.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best just got better 2 Oct 2007
I bought this camera because it has a 28mm (equivalent) wide angle setting. The other cameras I looked at with this setting - Ricoh and Panasonic - all had 'issues' in user reviews which put me off considering them.

Advantages include: a large screen with 230,000 pixels which is good even on a bright day; the Digic III processor which seems to me to give pictures that litle bit sharper than Digic II; a usable digital zoom when set at the 1.5x setting (at any rate, it is sharper than the similar setting on the Powershot A710 IS); an excellent movie mode - though you can't zoom in and out once you have started shooting; macro mode with Digital Setting - via the FUNC button - gets closer than the 3cm stated in the User Guide; and I found the 'Foliage' scene mode particularly useful for woodland photography.

The ISO settings have a separate button with access to a High ISO auto which will automatically compensate for darker scenes. As you might expect, noise increases.

You cannot change the shutter or aperture settings, but I have not found this to be a problem so far, as the scene settings cover most needs. There is no Sports setting, but "Kids and Pets" seems to fill the bill.

Shot-to-shot speed is so fast I have not found the need to use the Continuous setting so far.

Battery life is excellent. Another triumph for Canon!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 26 Nov 2007
I have just brought this camera. I upgraded from a Sony T9. This camera is excellent. Have had it 2 weeks now, I have taken some great shots. They say the camera doesnt take good pictures its the person behind it.
Well, it is true but having this camera in your hands certainly helps.

Shots in low light are fantastic, very clear even when using the digital zoom. The camera has 3.8 Optital zoom then the digital zoom takes over. This is the best digital zoom I have seen on a camera. Captures the shot perfectly.

The wide angle lens works perfectly, again compared to other models offering similar spec the quality of this lens makes it stand out from the rest. There is very little sound as the lens adjusts, focus is quick and accurate, it captures detail very well in all conditions.

The 3inch LCD screen is spot on, displays pictures and makes them look better than in real life. Displays the colours, contrast very well.

I was not expecting a lot from Video capture function, but again, as with everything else this function was excellent. Footage is smooth, sound is recreated perfectly, there was no blurred image or jerky effects as I filmed my daughter running around in her walker.

The built in red eye reduction actually seems to work in a lot of the shots that are taken, there is also a feature that allows you to remove any red eye in shots that slip through the net. This isnt perfect and isnt guaranteed to remove all instance of red eye but it did a decent job in the images I have used it on to date.

There is a touch sensitive function "wheel" which is handy but if you dont like it it cant still be used in the conventional way.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good camera but problems with video 22 April 2008
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This is a nice camera, though slightly heavier than the Ixus 3 I am used to. Stills are good, though there is no auto-red eye even in portrait mode. Battery life is excellent.

Main problem was with the video. After 5 months the camera stopped autofocusing in video mode, so any zoomed video is blurred. Am sending back today.

p.s. Just a word about Amazon customer service. Absolutely amazing. Instant telephone response. No mucking about with repairs. They will simply send out a replacement camera this week EVEN BEFORE THEY HAVE GOT THE DEFECTIVE ONE BACK!!! Extremely impressive. In future I will not buy tech stuff from anyone else. Well done Amazon.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent camera 26 Mar 2008
Probably the best "wide-angle" compact digital camera on the market. Really good colour reproduction, and even at ISO 400 the noise is kept to a minimum. As with most digital camera not great indoor with artificial light, but you can set up your own colour and exposition so just a minor problem.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good buy 22 Oct 2007
By Liamgav
Only being using this for a few hours, but I'm already very happy with it. Pictures are very good quality, taken pictures in a few different environments and shades of light, every one of them have come out with good clarity. Video looks good also, haven't tried it out after transferring to a PC yet but it's as good as I've seen from a digital camera.

Nice settings, a very handy modifiable short-cut button, I've it programmed to the Teleconverter lens which is very nifty for using the digital zoom to good quality. LCD is excellent, camera is small and handy, looks good....what else can one say?!

Highly recommended.

ps for an extra 3 quid I was able to have it on my doorstep by the next day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great after 5 years!!
Although there are now newer, cheap good quality cameras. This camera was/is a little gem!
Having splashed out and brought this camera for a more expensive price 5 years ago,... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by DB
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it me?
It feels great when I first got it, it took really well picture
The camera was easy to use, nice screen though
Had great fun with it

But after a while ,... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2011 by N-De
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy
The camera is very good at taking photos
BUT I did not use it very much and switched it on only to find it would not work.
LENS ERROR restart camera. Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by Mitch
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice little camera
This is an excellent little pocket camera, which produces sharp, consistently good photos. There is a good range of scene modes. Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best cameras there is
despite the unimpressive megapixel number of 8MP(by today's rate) of this camera that many rookies measure cameras by; I find it more than enough; the macro setting for close-up... Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by hebejeebie
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon IXUS 860 IS
The best camera I've ever had in my life. This is my fourth camera, I've used YASHICA, Sony, Kodak before, but this one is the best of all. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2010 by Vinod Shankar Sankaran
3.0 out of 5 stars Canon have made better cameras
This is my third Canon Ixus and by far the most disappointing.

I'm no expert on photography and simply want a reliable point and shoot camera that takes consistently... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by Mr. R. Cottrell
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable - and poor service from Amazon too
A few months after buying my IXUS860 it stopped taking sharp pictures and I recieved various error message like lens failure, etc. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by P D
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but barrel distoration a problem
I've had this camera for half a year now and still love it. After a recent social gathering everyone exchanged pictures and on comparison this camera gave the best pictures. Read more
Published on 7 April 2009 by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little camera
I have owned a Canon IXUS 860 IS for six months and I think it is a fantastic camera for its size and price. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2009 by Charley Farley
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