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4.0 out of 5 stars
Small is beautiful, 4 Nov. 2004
I'd agree with holmsey2's review: the Ixus 40 does seem to have slightly more purple fringing than my old Ixus model in certain high-contrast situations, but this is to be expected when the lens and CCD chip are so small. Photos are better quality than comparably sized Sony models for instance. Detail and focussing is improved over the old models, and responsiveness is hugely improved thanks to the new Digic II processor. This latter point alone, along with the great 2" screen, sold this camera to me over the Ixus 430 - expect to see Digic II in more new Canon models after Christmas. SD memory cards are relatively cheap now which is another plus point.
The plastic toggle on the hand strap is designed to help you open the small AV port cover and also eject the SD card if you don't have long nails! I bought a £15 Canon leather case to keep the camera protected against such sources of scratches.
One last comment: I'm on my second Ixus 40 after the first turned out to have a stuck pixel on the screen. Amazon replaced it quickly with no hassle.