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5.0 out of 5 stars Well designed, solid and easy to use, 30 May 2009
This review is from: Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS Digital Camera - Silver (12.1 MP, 3.0x Optical Zoom) 2.5 inch LCD (Camera)
I needed a small, well built and easy to use compact for myself and other family members to use when our dSLR is not appropriate or convenient.

First impressions of a well designed and easy to use compact are sustained with continued use. By necessity the controls are small but are not difficult to use even with my largish hands and fingers.

The LCD review screen is bright and clear and there is a small but usable viewfinder when required. A nice to have feature not found on many compacts.

Changing from auto to program to movie mode couldn't be more obvious with a simple three position slide. Review of pictures or movie playback is also easy with clearly indicated control buttons and the four direction controller gives quick access to useful functions such as disabling the flash, deleting unwanted photos, setting the timer and so on. Menus are also clear and easy to navigate.

Picture quality is quite good but not as I have come to expect from my dSLR (a Nikon D60), however the movie quality is superb. I recommend getting a large capacity memory card as you are going to need it with this sort of quality.

Flash isn't bad but of course is straight on with compacts but it can be turned off very easily which is handy as even when shooting indoors with normal room lighting the photos look more natural without the flash. The image stabilisation looks to be of some use here and not just a gimmick.

Negatives are very few. There is no memory card or HDMI mini connector cable provided, both of which have to be purchased separately. Nor is there a case but these are quite minor quibbles. We will use the leather case from an earlier film IXUS. In those days they came with the camera! The black version will show finger marks more easily than the other colours I would think.

All in all a very good camera indeed with terrific movie quality in a very compact package. At a current price of £199 on line or in the high street and even a little less with a VAT refund if applicable, it represents very good value for money.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2009 19:20:24 BDT
Tina George says:
Hi, please could you tell me what size each picture is when it's transferred onto computer? I have had a bad experience with a sony cybershot, the pictures were around 5mb each and my laptop kept crashing. Don't want to make the same mistake again! Many thanks.

Posted on 13 Jul 2009 12:41:45 BDT
I am wondering what the shutter speed is like on this camera as my current camera is rather slow and i need this facility for some of the shots that i take.

thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2010 09:55:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Mar 2010 09:58:10 GMT
Barry Ross says:
Hi and sorry for the delay in responding. I didn't get notified of the responses so just came across it. The size of the files are just under 2.5mb each. The shutter speed on Auto varies according to the lighting conditions but can be controlled via the menu. For full control I'd recommend thinking about a DSLR.
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