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2.0 out of 5 stars Light, compact with good automatic mode - but watch for error E32, 1 Sep 2013
This review is from: Canon IXUS 132 Digital Camera - Silver (16MP, 28mm Wide Angle, Eco Mode, 8x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (Electronics)
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For a fully-featured mid-range camera, it's nice and light, in a sturdy and fairly hard-to-break case. Perfect for throwing in the bag and not adding too much weight. The battery lasts well too, enough for at least a few days away taking the odd holiday snap (or ten). There's also the handy eco mode if you want to stretch that out a bit longer (and save some more travel bag room by not bothering to take the charging unit).

The picture quality is pleasing with nice crisp detail when you zoom in, and although there is lots of opportunity to adjust the settings and use some interesting colour effects, I've found myself relying on the automatic mode pretty much all the time. The photos taken on auto are more than satisfactory, although (inevitably) colours didn't seem to be quite as vibrant and contrasting as when using the programmable functions to tailor the camera to the scene manually. Still, it was nothing major to worry about, and certainly won't spoil your batch of holiday snaps. The 8x optical zoom is also very decent for a mid-range camera like this.

If you do want to play around with your images and don't want to spend time post-processing with Photoshop or similar, there is the full gamut of filters like sepia, B&W and various colour tints to have fun with. Similarly, there are different aspect ratios, including 1:1 for Instagrammers, but as they're just rough-and-ready crop effects, you're probably better off editing on the computer afterwards if possible.

Don't forget to buy the memory card when you get it - there's no on-board memory like with some cameras, so it won't work without one.

A very decent offering for the price bracket - reliable and extremely easy to use for both non-techies and those who like to fiddle a bit more with the settings!

------- UPDATE --------

Have been using the camera for a couple of weeks, but suddenly getting automatically shut down with 'Error E32' displaying, about a minute after turning the camera on each time. The camera is still functional for that minute, and the photos take fine - it's just that you now have to keep turning the camera back on again after each shut down. There seems to be very little online about this error, which has spoilt an otherwise decent camera. A shame, as I wouldn't recommend this unless Canon publish some kind of easy fix for it.
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