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Canon Ixus V3 Digital Camera [3MP 2xOptical]

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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: 862 g
  • Item model number: V3
  • ASIN: B00006RGGF
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,456 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk 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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By A Customer on 9 Nov. 2002
Until now I had been waiting for a couple of years for a digital camera to come out with the complete package. As a graphic designer my criteria for the camera was that it had to be quick and easy to use, take good quality images and was compact and small enough to take everywhere with me. I considered the Konica KD-400 and Kyocera Finecam S3/S4 for a while but they didn’t feel as solid as the Ixus series. I needed enough confidence in a camera to take good quality images for presentations and as reference source, the V3’s 3.2 mega pixels certainly provides this coupled along with the filming feature.
I have found it very simple to use, you can just use it as a point and click camera or use the other features in manual mode such as shutter speed and ISO settings to created something a bit more dramatic. While in playback mode you can view all the settings you have used for that particular shot, so if you want to reproduce it, you know exactly what to do. So whether you are a novice or an experienced hand, the V3 certainly has enough features to keep you happy. The automatic rotation feature in playback mode has been very useful too. This allows you to view all of your images the right way up no matter which way round you have taken them.
I would advise buying a 128 mb card or at least a 64mb card with the camera, as the 16 mb card that it comes with fills up in no time especially if you are thinking of taking it away with you. A 128 mb card in 640x480 mode will hold up to 1357 images, 2048x1536 will hold up to 274, not bad for a week away. I haven’t used it constantly yet, but no doubt if you are away for a while, it is a good idea to get a spare battery – just in case!
2 years later I’ve finally bought one, but I had to feel confident enough to part with my hard-earned cash. I think the Canon Ixus V3 certainly does this.
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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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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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