Canon Ixus

The 2.1 megapixel Digital Ixus has an on/off button, a shutter button incorporated into a zoom control switch, and a series of five buttons below a bright 1.5in LCD screen. The zoom control and shutter release buttons are well sized and comfortably positioned for a camera with such a small form factor, although the five control buttons below the LCD screen could present a problem for people with big fingers.

The Ixus is set to automatic exposure mode by default, while manual mode allows you to set white balance, image size (up to 1600x1200) and quality. Files are saved as JPEGs with no TIFF option; however, SuperFine provides more than adequate quality for a camera of this type. Black and white or StitchAssist (panorama) modes are also available.

The record/play switch, positioned at the back of the camera just below the shutter button, gives instant control over operation. You can also quickly delete images in both playback and record mode with a couple of button selections.

Image quality is impressive, with accurate colour saturation. However, images in low light seem to be a little underexposed. The Lithium-Ion battery performs well, and is good for 70 exposures with occasional LCD use. Unfortunately, the kit doesn't include an AC adapter, and non-USB computers will need a card reader to download images as the Digital Ixus supports USB transfers only.

Bundled software includes Photo Stitch and Adobe's PhotoDeluxe 3.0 (Windows and Mac) together with TWAIN drivers and Canon's own ZoomBrowser EX 2.2 application. If you are used to mounting your camera on the desktop as a pseudo drive, you may find the Canon solution a little restrictive.

If you don't need three-megapixel resolution and don't have the hands of a blacksmith, the Digital Ixus should be near the top of your list.

Canon Ixus

Price: $1399

Distributor: Canon

Phone: (02) 9805 2000


Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Denis Gallagher

PC World
Show Comments


James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >


Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?