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Canon Ixus V3 Digital Camera [3MP 2xOptical]

by Canon
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  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Battery Model: unknown
  • Binocular: no
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Built In Flash: yes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • CD-R / CD-RW: No
  • Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 1536
  • Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 2048
  • Camera System: Complete Camera
  • Changeable Lens: No
  • Chip Type: CCD
  • Chip type: CCD
  • Compact Flash Card: Yes
  • Dictating Machine: no
  • Digital Video Conferencing Mode: no
  • Digital Zoom (Ratio): 3
  • Digital Zoom Ratio: 3
  • Digital zoom: 3
  • Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 3.2
  • Effective Pixels (in Megapixel): 3.2
  • Effective Pixels (in Thousands): 3200
  • Effective pixels (in thousands): 3200
  • Highest Focal Length in mm: 70
  • Image Stabiliser: No
  • Internal memory (MB): 5555
  • Internet Ability: no
  • LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 1.5
  • Lowest Focal Length in mm: 35
  • MP3 Playback: No
  • MP3 Player: no
  • Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 3.3
  • Maximum Pixels (in Megapixel): 3.3
  • Maximum Pixels (in Thousands): 3300
  • Maximum pixels (in thousands): 3300
  • Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
  • Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
  • Memory Type: Internal + External
  • Micro Drive: No
  • Mini Secure Digital Card: No
  • Movie / Voice Recording: No
  • Movie Play: yes
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • Number of Batteries: unknown
  • Optical Zoom (Ratio): 2
  • Optical Zoom Ratio: 2
  • Optical zoom: 2
  • Organiser (Data Manager): no
  • PC Card: No
  • Photo Resolution Height in Pixel: 1536
  • Photo Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 1536
  • Photo Resolution Width in Pixel: 2048
  • PictBridge: No
  • Picture Bridge: No
  • Pixel resolution height: 1536
  • Pixel resolution width: 2048
  • Pocket Calculator: no
  • Range Finder Type: Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
  • Reduced Size Multimedia Card: No
  • Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 1536
  • Resolution Width in Pixel: 2048
  • SLR / Compact: Compact
  • SLR or Compact: Compact
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC): No
  • Slr Or Compact: Compact
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Storage Card Format: Compact Flash
  • Telephone: no
  • Telewide: 70
  • Transflash Card: No
  • Type: Digital Camera
  • Type of Digital Camera: Numeric Colour
  • Viewfinder System: Digital Camera
  • Visual Cams: Digital Camera
  • Visual cams: Digitalcam without Twincam, Webcam, Netcam
  • Weight in Grams: 180
  • WiFi Connectivity: No
  • Wide angle: 35
  • Wrist Watch: no
  • XD Card: No
  • Year of introduction: 2002
  • Zoom Type: Optical + Digital
  • microSD/ TransFlash Card: No
  • wide angle: 35
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: V3
  • ASIN: B00006RGGF
  • Date first available at 1 Jan. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,399 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description Review

One of the latest Canon digital cameras in the Ixus range, the Canon Ixus v3 is a 3.2 megapixel gem based on a 1/2.7" CCD sensor that packs a pretty decent punch.

On the outside the camera is encased in a full metal jacket and the back is graced with a 1.5" LCD display that does a very good job of keeping up with changing images and light sources. All the relevant buttons are close to hand and Canon, like Fuji, has opted for a switch to allow you to change between picture capture, movie mode and playback, making the change between the three simple.

Images are stored on the 16 MB CF card that's included in the box and the whole device is powered by the made-to-fit Canon rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. This means the cost of running the device is minimal after the initial purchase and is welcomed when you realise the speed at which some digital cameras guzzle standard AA batteries. Connection to a PC is made via a custom-made USB socket and this socket also serves as the AV out port to connect to a standard television whether it's American or UK.

Lift the "hood" and you've got a 2x optical zoom that offers the equivalent of 35-70mm at an aperture range of f2.8 to f4.0. Add that to the digital zoom and you've effectively got another 3.2 on top of that, although as always you should never rely on the digital zoom's quality.

Autofocus and manual focus options are available and the focusing method is a TTL 9-point AiAF giving plenty of focusing points per image. While for close-up work the camera offers a macro mode up to 10 cm. The Canon Ixus v3 also offers four flash modes and seven white balance modes, giving you plenty of chance to get the image you want wherever you are.

Overall, images are very crisp and clear with plenty of detail. In fact, for a 3.2 megapixel camera some of the images are surprisingly good. The auto mode copes well with different focal points and this gives the images a rather warm feel when shot outside on a sunny day. Skin tones are detailed and even rosy cheeks on a cold day don't seem to cause any major issues. Canon has produced a worthy point-and-shoot with this model and it makes for a great little camera--images are sharp and the style is good. --Jason Denwood

Manufacturer's Description

Fashioned from high quality brushed stainless steel and measuring just 87 x 57 x26.7mm, the Digital IXUS v³ features a 3.2 Megapixel CCD, a new high performance Digital Imaging Core (DIGIC) processor and a high quality 2x optical zoom lens to ensure you can produce the highest quality images all the time.

The Digital IXUS v³ features a compact and retractable 35-70mm (35mm equivalent) 2x optical zoom lens. The lens has 7 elements arranged in 5 groups (including 3 aspherical elements) and features a maximum aperture of f2.8 (wide angle) to f4.0 (telephoto).

The Digital IXUS v³ uses a new 9-point intelligent AiAF system, which means that an even larger area is covered by the focusing system. The camera looks at the 9 focusing points and deduces the correct focus that is required.

The new Digital IXUS v³ uses an evaluative metering system to determine the correct exposure. This means that the camera divides the screen into several blocks from which light exposure data is collected. It then determines where the subject is, the background and foreground light conditions, allowing the best exposure level to be achieved for the particular image. In addition, the Digital IXUS v³ also has the ability to use 'spot' metering from the centre spot of the image (only) to accurately define the exposure required for a particular area. This is useful for difficult lighting conditions and large variances in highlights and shadows, allowing the user to better define the metering bias.

A tiny sensor has been incorporated into the camera that detects the orientation of the camera (portrait or landscape). A small camera icon shown in the shooting window indicates the orientation of the camera.

The benefits are: – More accurate AE and AWB in the vertical position since the camera can allow for brighter sky's at the top of an image. – Images are automatically shown in the correct orientation when viewed on the LCD or TV screen. – When downloading the images to ZoomBrowser EX, the orientation is also automatically detected and shown accordingly. – When using the direct print function and date option together, the date will be placed in the correct location, bottom right hand corner of the image.

The Digital IXUS v³ uses a 'seamless' digital zoom, which means that there is no 'step' drop in resolution as the camera enters the digital zoom function. The optical zoom is used as far as possible, to the limit of the telephoto end (70mm in 35mm format), at which point the digital zoom function will operate, gradually reducing the CCD reading area until it reaches the final centre portion. A maximum digital zoom of 3.2x can be used, providing a maximum total zoom (optical + digital) of 6.4x or 224mm (35mm format equivalent).

Improvements to the movie mode mean that the recording times have increased and the image quality in the VGA mode has also improved. Recording times will depend on the speed (and capacity) of the CF card used in the camera.

Other features include:

– Histogram Playback - the histogram is used to help determine if the correct exposure has been achieved. – White Balance - the Digital IXUS v3 uses a high precision white balance system and now features 5 preset filters [Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent High], an Auto mode and a Custom mode. – ISO equivalent settings - ISO AUTO / 50 / 100 / 200 / 400 can be selected. – Long Shutter Speeds - It is now possible to manually select a shutter speed of between 1 and 15 seconds when in the Manual Mode and with the 'Long Shutter' option enabled from the menu screen.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Dec. 2002
I have recently bought the Canon Ixus V3 camera and am mightily impressed with its tiny size, sleek design, multitude of useful features and most importantly excellent picture quality!
I bought the camera as a 'step up' from my Kodak DC215 1 megapixel camera; it was quite difficult handing over that sum of cash when I already had an acceptable camera. However, any fears were instantly quashed when I took my first shots with this cam, it is a truly amazing piece of engineering that takes the most precise and clear shots. I favour the high resolution super fine shooting mode as it makes sense to take the best quality pics all of the time, there is little point in spending this type of money on a camera to limit it to 640x480!
One of the features that came with the camera is the 'movie mode' and to be honest I was sceptical about it before I bought it; presuming that the movie quality would be shoddy and hardly worthwhile. I have to admit just how wrong I was; the movies it can take are of an excellent quality considering they are shot from a tiny 'digital still' camera, the only drawback being slightly tinny audio, hardly a major problem!
The best accompaniment to this camera is a large memory card, preferably a 128 or a 256mb card. This is required due to the large file size of the snaps taken. I have also invested in a spare battery for the camera; this is a sensible purchase as it doesn't cost very much and provides a bit more piece of mind if you are away on a long trip and are worried your battery may run out at precisely the wrong moment (which is always the case!)
Overall I would recommend this camera to anyone who was in the market for a good quality camera at a reasonable price. It does everything you could possibly want a digital camera to do and is wrapped up in a super small shell that won't feel out of place in your pocket!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Contributor77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2002
This has got to be the worlds best smallest Digital Camera, The ammount of features is incredible and i still wonder how it works, You have a camera no bigger than the size of your hand and inside you have the compact flash card and a battery as well as all the Lenses and circuitry! Plain Unbeleivable i think...
I normally use the Large/Super Fine Setting ( Hence why i just bought the 256 mb Viking Card from here ) and on 256 mb card at the max setting you would normally fit about 154 images.
The camera is a 3.2 Mega Pixel one and with this ammount of pixels you can have prints done at the size of 10' X 6' with no loss of detail... This camera is worth every penny as if you look at the 4 mega pixel ones your only talking slightly better picture definition but a more bulky camera and an extra £200 minimum outlay to purchase one.
It weighs not very much either ( 184g without the battery and flash card ) but like a mobile phone they dont weigh any noticable difference with the battery on / off.
I have waited a while to buy a digital camera and only had mine now for a few weeks, I have had the opportunity to play with a canon G2 for a few hours and personally think that the V3 is much better for the price you pay as the more expensive 4 mp cameras have too many features to actually know what your doing unless your a fully qualified photographer...
Buy this and a 256 mb compact flash card if you want a small light weight state of the art digital camera that will fit in any ladies handbag or your pocket with ease.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Nov. 2002
I short listed several cameras for my first proper digital camera, these were the Fuji F601, Minolta F100 and Ixus V2. The Ixus was preferred as I've already got an Ixus z70 APS camera and am fairly please with that and like the styling. So I was pretty much set on the Ixus v2 only problem was the low 2 mega pixels. So when the V3 was launched this seemed to be the perfect package and after more than two weeks I'm not dissapointed.
The camera is absolutely great, get yourself a 256Mb compact flash card which will store something like 156 shots at the highest resolution, or several thousand at the lowest. I have taken lots of photos (mainly of my three children) and have to say i have already got some of the best shots ever - even better than 'professional' photos. Sure the camera is great, but with the LCD screen and a never ending film you can just snap away until you get "The Shot".
The prints are sharp and clear and A4 prints from my Epsom 830 printer are indistinguishable from those from photolabs , they are also far superior to those taken on my APS camera or previous 35mm SLR equipment. Very impressed.
The Ixus V3 is also very tiny (perhaps too small), but all the controls are easy to use. The battery life seems quite good too, probably around 200 shots with mixed use of flash, reviewing shots, zooming etc.
The package is great, only criticism is 16Mb CF card is too small to be of any use, and really wouldn't take much for Canon to have included a case!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 3 Mar. 2003
It really is !! The Canon Ixus v3 really is a clever, compact and versatile digital camera. I looked at all the alternatives before buying and on comparison for my needs, the v3 came out in front. I've had it 3 days and been through all the options and tried various tests - I'm very happy with the outcome. I've only tried a few inside shots but these were very good. The numerous outdoor shots I've taken are simply brilliant, the detail is incredible.
I've upgraded to a 128Mb Viking compact flash card which I think is probably a must, I've also bought a non-Canon case to protect the camera when I'm out and about. As stated in previous reviews here, the only real letdown is the fact that Canon only supply a 16Mb card and no case with the camera but don't let that put you off buying it.
I'm a bit of a perfectionist and not easily impressed, but I am impressed with the v3.
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