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Canon Digital IXUS 55 Digital Camera [5MP, 3 x Optical Zoom]

4.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Battery Model: Camera Specific Powerpacks
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • CD-R / CD-RW: No
  • Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 1944
  • Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 2592
  • Changeable Lens: No
  • Chip Type: CCD
  • Compact Flash Card: No
  • Depth in mm: 21.6
  • Digital Zoom (Ratio): 4
  • Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 5
  • Height (mm): 53.5
  • Highest Focal Length in mm: 105
  • Image Stabiliser: No
  • LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel: 115000
  • LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 2.5
  • Longest Shutter Speed: 15s
  • Longest Shutter Speed in s: 15s
  • Lowest Focal Length in mm: 35
  • MP3 Playback: No
  • Maximum Aperture Tele: 4.9
  • Maximum Aperture Wide: 2.8
  • Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 5.3
  • Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
  • Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
  • Memory Type: External
  • Micro Drive: No
  • Mini Secure Digital Card: No
  • Movie / Voice Recording: Movie + Voice
  • Multimedia Card: Yes
  • Optical Zoom (Ratio): 3
  • PC Card: No
  • Photo Resolution Height in Pixel: 1944
  • Photo Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 1944
  • Photo Resolution Width in Pixel: 2592
  • PictBridge: Yes
  • RAW Format: No
  • Range Finder Type: Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
  • Reduced Size Multimedia Card: No
  • Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 1944
  • Resolution Width in Pixel: 2592
  • SLR / Compact: Compact
  • Secure Digital Card: Yes
  • Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC): No
  • Sensor Size: 1/2,5''
  • Serial Shot Mode: Yes
  • Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/1500s
  • Shortest Shutter Speed in s: 1/1500s
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Transflash Card: No
  • Video Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 480
  • Video Resolution Width in Pixel: 640
  • Weight in Grams: 140
  • WiFi Connectivity: No
  • Width (mm): 86
  • XD Card: No
  • Zoom Type: Optical + Digital
  • microSD/ TransFlash Card: No

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 798 g
  • Item model number: 0319B004AA
  • ASIN: B000B5KFGI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 21 Aug. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,313 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Choose from 15 shooting modes to get that perfect shot. Seven preset Special Scene Modes help achieve great results in tricky lighting conditions. My Colors allows special in-camera colour effects to be applied to images and movies in real time. Make extra-long (up to 1GB in size) 30fps VGA quality movie clips with full audio. View them with friends and family on the large LCD or connect to a TV for full screen playback. Record fast action sequences at 60fps QVGA quality and analyse them in sharp slow motio

Manufacturer's Description

Elegantly designed with an all-metal finish, the Digital IXUS 55 is slender enough to slip into your pocket. A powerful 5.0 Megapixel CCD sensor delivers photo quality prints up to A3 size with room to spare for post-shoot cropping. An ultra-high refractive index aspherical (UA) 3x optical zoom lens delivers crystal-clear performance in an exceptionally compact form.

The Digital IXUS 55's DIGIC II image processor ensures fast, responsive camera performance and superbly rendered colours. iSAPS analyses each scene and optimises key camera settings even before a shot is taken. The result is immediate high quality images. An extra large 2.5" LCD brings pleasure to framing and reviewing your creations. The monitor's wide viewing angle provides improved visibility for sharing playback with friends and family. QuickBright gives instant screen brightness in bright outdoor conditions. Night Display automatically improves visibility in low light for easy night shooting. You can choose from 15 shooting modes to get that perfect shot. Seven preset Special Scene Modes help achieve great results in tricky lighting conditions.

My Colors allows special in-camera colour effects to be applied to images and movies in real time. You can make extra-long (up to 1GB in size*) 30fps VGA quality movie clips with full audio, and view them with friends and family on the large LCD or connect to a TV for full screen playback. Record fast action sequences at 60fps QVGA quality and analyse them in sharp slow motion.

Printing with the Digital IXUS 55 is a breeze. Simply connect your camera to any PictBridge compatible printer and push the Print/Share button for a full colour print within seconds. Connect to a Canon SELPHY CP Series printer and take advantage of advanced print functions, such as printing ID photos and stills from your movies. Transfer images to your PC quickly and effortlessly with the ultra quick USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. Canon's ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Macintosh) are included for editing and organising photos, movies and slide shows. CANON iMAGE GATEWAY** provides 100MB of web space for sharing your photos online.

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I bought this camera about 2 weeks ago and i have not put it down since! It's small, light weight sexy little thing and even when using the digital zoom produces high quality pictures.
I spent a lot of time researching which camera to buy and I am so pleased I went for the canon, it has a huge screen on the back which allows for instant and good quality playback but if you are interested in saving battery you can turn it off. The battery that comes with the camera is rechargable which i find a big plus as it keeps the camera light weight. The camera itself is the size of a credit card (but thicker) so it really is small and when shooting at night it has a grainy image on the screen so you can see where you are aiming.
One thing I would recommend is to order a case with the camera as it does not come with one.
If style, ease of use and high quality are things that are most important to you then I would definatly recommend this camera. I am throughly pleased with it.
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I've lusted after an Ixus for a couple of years, and negotiated with my wife to get an Ixus 50 for my birthday only to find the Ixus 55 is the new kid on the block, so got this instead. Usual excellent service & delivery from Amazon. Only had it 3 days, so limited use but first impressions are:
The camera itself is absolutely stunning in terms of quality and engineering - Canon really know how to make cameras. It's tiny but perfectly formed. The LCD is HUGE taking up 80% of the rear of the unit. All controls are intuitive as on all Canon's. In fact the manual only runs to about a couple of pages of a very small notepad. Start up time is very quick. Movie mode is magic, exceptional quality though obviously only useful for short clips. No comments on battery life yet. I'm not overly impressed by the ability to download "themes" and "sounds" for it - it's a camera after all not a phone, but maybe that's because I'm a cynical 46 year old!
My only slight reservations which stop an immediate 5 stars are:
The switch for mode (still/movie/review) looks a little less robust than the rest of the camera and the battery/mem card compartment cover looks a little delicate, but hey, these are minor niggles from first impressions. I LOVE this camera, and so would you. Goodbye Coolpix, hello Ixus.....
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By Sam VINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2006
WOW, super cool camera. It is so hard not to fall in love with it immediately. It looks great, the shiny metal body, and the large LCD display are great. Image quality is super almost in every setting, but of course much better for printing if you choose high setting. The interface is so easy to get use to and you can start taking photos almost after 90 minutes (time you need to charge the battery for the first time).
Video mode is superb, choose 30fbs, and you can see how great it is, but it takes a large memory store space. Anyway, i guess that would not be a problem if you buy an SD memory card, with high speed and capacity. I bought it from Amazon very recently, together with SD card and a leather case, still haven't got the case, but the camera and the card arrived and they are great.
This by far is the best camera i have bought, and it is a lot of fun to use, and you can carry it everywhere. You can also choose different settings for your photos, in addition to in-camera red eye reduction to make things even better.
If you are looking for a great camera, this is the one. Great price, amazing camera, and you do not need any more pixels unless you are planning to print your photos on large posters.
Do not hesitate,get one if you do not already have a digital camera or looking for a new one.
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I was very pleased with the camera upon purchase but I thought it would be useful to give you guys an idea of how well it performs after 6 months use.

1. The camera starts to look very tatty very quickly picking up scratches to the metal - esk casing and buttons/switches loosing their coating all together. This is wear and tear even with using the case, which I bought separateley (the proper cannon case) which also turns this small nifty camera into a bulky item.

2.Switching betwwen camera/movie/view mode is now very difficult to do as the switch for this is now sticking on movie. very annoying.

3. only really produces good pictures on standard view. Try zooming and this camera has had it even on the optical zoom, but trying to digitally zoom is pointless - your pictures will not come out how you may have expected.

4.has started making a weird clunking noise when turning off and retracting the zoom lens.

5.does not perform well on night shots.

I wish I had read somthing like this before buying, it may have convinced me to go for a slighlty more expensive camera. Do not buy it thinking it is pro - ish just because it's a Cannon, it's nowhere near that, it is a fun, cheap camera that's great for taking shots on the spur of the moment and capturing some great memories reasonably well.
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I bought this camera as a replacement for my venerable Canon Digital Ixus V. Four and a bit years after getting it, the Ixus V was beginning to show it's age. It only has a 2.1 Mega Pixel sensor and worst of all, suffers a massive delay between pressing the shutter and a photograph being taken. It was fine for buildings and things that didn't move, but kids were tricky and candid photography more or less out of the question - by the time the camera took a picture the moment was ancient history. On the positive side, the Ixus V was small, pocketable and built like a tank. It had to be, because it went everywhere with me wholly unprotected in a trouser pocket. Four years later and despite some rotten treatment, including being dropped and doused with snow, water and sand, it is still taking very good photographs.
So, what to replace it with? A digital SLR? My short list came down to the Nikon D50 and the Canon 350D. But wait a minute. I have two excellent film SLR's and never use them much. Why? Because you can't fit them in your pocket and you look like a complete dork carrying them around on your neck or under your arm. So, I went back to looking at compacts, considered the reviews, looked at the opposition and decided to go for a Canon again - Digital Ixus 55 this time.
And it's a cracker. Much thiner than the already diminutive Ixus V, but still big enough to be usable; loads of features; a superb, massive viewing screen; no particular delay when you press the button; excellent pictures and excellent available light shots when you go manual and chose the 400 ASA setting. Best of all, it fits in a (shirt) pocket and you don't even notice it until needed. As a bonus, the video it takes is also excellent. Canon really have done an outstanding job on this camera.
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