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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, if you can live with some red-eye problems, 7 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Canon Ixus V3 Digital Camera [3MP 2xOptical] (Camera)
I purchased this camera with a fairly clear set of needs:
Small, light, fast (from off to photo), takes sensible quality photos.
The IXUS V3 meets all of these needs with no problems. I have been very impressed at the additional depth of features, but being a newcomer to digital photography, I don't really have the experience to comment on how professional it can really be. For me, I can see the Canon offering features as I need them, and learn more.
One major thing to get out of the way, and I believe this applies to all compact cameras. I have experienced some red-eye in 95% of all my indoor night photos (haven't tried night outdoors, but I expect the same). Almost all of these have been correctable via the supplied software (which is also pretty good), but one or two are really extreme and need real attention to remove the glare. If you can live with this (remember you can review on the LCD and spot some red-eye but not all), then there are no other showstoppers. On the plus side, daytime shots, and well lit rooms have not been a problem yet. Eyes have come out looking very clear and sharp.
The control over the camera seems very good (from my limited experience). I have managed to get close macro shots working quite easily (but you need a really steady hand, or a tripod). The effects are fun, but not very useful to me at the moment. There are lots of other features that I have yet to find need for, but I know they are waiting for me...
The 9 spot evaluative light meter works very well. I have been happy with the results from the fully automatic mode for many pictures. Only in funny lighting conditions or odd subject placement did I need to think about manual mode. You also have a spot mode to help control the evaluation of lighting when shooting.
The LCD screen is sharp, and vivid. Zooming in to 10X on this after shooting is also a really useful feature. You can then re-take shots on the spot, discarding the poorer ones. I have managed to view this screen in all lighting, without glare.
Canon supply some pretty good software with this little camera. I have to complement their ZoomBrowser software. You browse your hard drive, a la Windows Explorer, and this builds up thumbnails of images for you. The difference from Explorer is that this creates thumbnails in the nested folders so you can preview the images in a folder before opening it. You also get to see the first frame for your movie clips, which Windows 2000's explorer didn't do (don't know about XP). The image editing is OK, but a little pale next to serious packages like PhotoShop. I guess it's good for a bundled bit of software. Video editing seems to be quite basic. Lets you do transitions between clips, text, clipping (start or finish) and that's about all. There is some other software, but that's the main packages.
The battery lasts quite a long time, the TV hookup is a nice feature too.
The movies are gimicky if you are looking for camcorder type capture, top quality is 15fps at 640X480. It's fun if you have the space for them, 30 seconds at top quality taking around 20-25Mb. I enjoy this feature as I don't want to lug a camera around, but like the sound and motion for certain scenarios.
Overall, this camera is excellent at what it does. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering it.
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