Canon IXUS 100 IS

canon ixus 100 isRelease a compact camera into the £200 to £250 price bracket and it needs to be something special to succeed. That price range is littered with competing models from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Casio, Ricoh Olympus and Fujifilm. There are other players but the likes of Leica, Pentax and Sigma choose to play in the higher price ranges only.

So what does the new Canon IXUS 100 IS need to have to cut the mustard against the category leaders here? Well enough megapixels for a start. The fact that compact cameras now all have enough capability in the resolution department to satisfy everyone's needs seems irrelevant; the resolution feature figure is still a big marketing concern and without a value that matches the best in class a camera may not even get off the ground. It's now an odd situation that increasing the resolution any higher can actually be to a camera's detriment but the consumer still doesn't see it that way - maybe one day. Above and beyond that it needs to be small, look nice, get good reviews in terms of being able to churn out high quality images and also be able to tick all the feature boxes. It should also be easy to use but often the new owner won't realise how a camera fares in that department until they get it home and by then its often too late.

With the Canon IXUS 100 IS you can be fairly sure that Canon have produced a very capable contender.

What is good about this camera?

Styling It looks great, comes in a range of colours, is amazingly thin for such a well-equiped model and is very light.

Image Quality the 12.2 megapixel sensor is quite capable of producing amazing images - of course it needs a capable photographer to release the shutter but so do all cameras.

Screen a state of the art 2.5in PureColor screen is easy to see and there is also an optical viewfinder to use as an option - many compacts don't have one

Features 3x optical zoom, image stabilisation, motion and face detection, i-Contrast, scene detection and, get this, full HD movie capture of 1280x720 at 30 fps ( given you have a fast enough memory card to take all the data at the rate the camera spews it out)

You will easily find cheaper models that offer more megapixels and bigger zooming options but photograpy is not just about what a camera might be able to produce, it's about what it can produce in the hands of the typical user and a superzoom lens in front of the small sensors these cameras use is almost next to useless.

How much? Well list price is £250 but we found street prices like these:

  • Amazon - £209
  • Park Cameras - £269
  • Warehouse Express - £229
  • John Lewis - £234
  • Jessops - £234

A review of the main features

  • Canon IXUS 100 IS - compact digital camera
  • 12.1 million pixel sensor
  • sensitivity ISO 80 - 1600
  • 33 - 100mm equivalent lens
  • 2.5 inch 230,000 pixel LCD monitor
  • built-in flash
  • iContrast / Scene detection
  • motion + face detection
  • Memory Card - SD / SDHC
  • battery - Li-ion
  • Full HD movie capture 1028x720 30 fps
  • Weight 115g with battery
Canon IXUS 100 IS

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