Canon was the first manufacturer to combine designer chic and photographic versatility for compact digital cameras with its Ixus range. Many have followed suit, but Canon continues to develop the series to keep the Ixus name at the forefront of compact digital photography. We've had a look at the Digital Ixus V2 - the latest model to join the line-up.
Canon has stuck with the compact chassis and stylish brushed steel finish on the V2, and weight has been kept down to 180g. The metal casing gives the Ixus a sturdy feel, so it shouldn't get bashed up too easily. However, in a world where the megapixel-per-dollar ratio is ever on the increase, we were surprised to see the basic specifications remain the same.
The Canon only has a 2Mp CCD, 2X optical zoom and an 8MB Type I CompactFlash card, so you can't upgrade to a more capacious Microdrive. Maximum resolution is 1600x1200 but the images look better than those taken by the previous Ixus, thanks to some upgrades to cope with different photographic conditions.
Canon has added a wider range of ISO-equivalent speed settings, so the Ixus V2 performs better in low light. It also features improved image capturing optics and spot metering to fine-tune the exposure settings. It even has AiAF (artificial intelligence auto focus) so that the subject is always in focus wherever it is in the frame. These additions don't add to the overall picture quality, but they do help set up shots more accurately. There's also fully automated shooting for novice users.
We liked the quick operation provided by the Ixus V2. Being small and powered by a lithium ion battery means it heats up quickly, but we didn't have any problems with this while we were testing.
In brief:Canon Digital Ixus V2
Unfortunately, there is a premium on style, so in terms of specifications and features the Canon Digital Ixus V2 is not the best value for money.
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