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Canon Digital IXUS 40

Sleek and formidable; a masterpiece of high-tech miniaturization. The tiny 4.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 40 is a seductive blend of extraordinary power, ...

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Review of "Canon Digital IXUS 40"

published 10/05/2005 | chapuk
Member since : 10/05/2005
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Pro Excellent lense quality with a small, sexy design
Cons no viewfinder
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Ixus 40, canon's best model yet?"

I have been using and selling canon cameras now for more than 6 years, and I have to say this is my favourite ixus model to date. One of the smallest cameras in its class, it can turn heads with its looks and its results.

Much improved on the older version, this model has 4 mega pixels, which is more than enough for A4 printing and smaller. A large LCD screen on this camera makes it much easier to compose and review your shots. This model comes with an average 3X optical zoom, but to be honest you will not find a bigger zoom in such a small design. All the basic features which you would expect from in this price range but in the smallest, sexiest design I have seen yet.

This camera could not be easier to use either, from basic point and shoot, to selecting pre-program modes such as landscape, portrait and macro (close-up). The video mode on this model (which also has sound) is very good quality and can be viewed comfortably on a large screen TV. The zoon control being situated on the shutter button also makes this much easier to operate and more comfortable to hold.

The results from this camera are exactly what you would expect from canon, excellent. With vibrant colour definition and crystal clear focusing you would have difficulty not being impressed with the prints.

The only problem I have found with this model is its lack of a viewfinder, which is becoming more and more common with new models from every manufacturer. For most people this will not be a problem. however it is very hard to see the LCD screen if standing in direct sunlight, but to keep a camera this small, there has to be compromises.

Quite possibly, canon's best digital camera to date.

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  • craig_h_411 published 10/07/2005
    I have this camera myself and would agree stongly with all of the points chapuk brought up in this review. He obviously knows he's cameras!
  • johnsto published 21/05/2005
    Actually this camera DOES have a viewfinder. It's not huge, but the camera is tiny.
  • Dizzy_Lizzy published 10/05/2005
    Welcome to Ciao. I'd like to own one of these. ~Liz
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Product Information : Canon Digital IXUS 40

Manufacturer's product description

Sleek and formidable; a masterpiece of high-tech miniaturization. The tiny 4.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 40 is a seductive blend of extraordinary power, flawless styling and super high-speed processing. The 4.0 Megapixel sensor on the Digital IXUS 40 is ideal for prints up to A3 size. One secret behind the super sleek and slim body is a new UA (ultra-high refractive index aspherical) 3x optical zoom lens, which delivers outstanding, uncompromising image fidelity in an incredibly compact size. The large, high-definition 2.0" LCD screen allows immediate review of images and playback of very long high quality 30 fps VGA movie clips with sound (recording of up to 1GB movie files possible). You can even shoot up to 60 sec of fast QVGA action at 60 fps for slow motion review. Canon's DIGIC II processor links all key camera functions and includes a dedicated movie processor, driving fast auto-focus, outstanding camera performance and quick start-up times. Highly complex image processing algorithms necessary to deliver superb image quality are handled fast and efficiently to keep you ready for the next shot and to allow for rapid, smooth continuous shooting. iSAPS instantly analyses the scene and makes adjustments even before the shutter release is pressed. It optimizes exposure, white balance and auto-focus settings in every shooting situation for consistently brilliant results. Six scene modes help you create great results with confidence in tricky shooting conditions, while a fully automatic 9-point AiAF system gets even off center subjects sharply in focus. Connect the camera to any PictBridge compatible photo printer, push the Print/Share button and within seconds, you'll be holding a full color print - it's that simple. When connected to a Canon SELPHY CP series printer, you can even print handy ID photo prints.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon Digital IXUS 40 - digital camera, Canon Digital IXUS 40 - digital camera - with SELPHY CP500, Canon PowerShot ELPH SD300 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 17.4 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Display: LCD display - 2"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 760 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.6 cm x 2.1 cm x 5.3 cm

Weight: 0.1 kg

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP500 Compact Photo Printer


MPN: 9695A004, 9695A008, 9695A005, 9695A018, 9695A020, 9695A006, 9695A007, 9694A004, DIGITAL IXUS 40

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 4,200,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 4,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP500 Compact Photo Printer

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, stitch assist, Underwater, indoor, kids & pets, digital macro, night snapshot

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 17.4 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 - 105mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Macro Focus Range: 3-50cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 6 elements

Features: UA lens, Built-in lens shield, UA lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.5 m - 3.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.4 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock


Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom


Type: 2" LCD display

Resolution: 118,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Canon ImageBrowser

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 - 10.3

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Included Accessories: Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable

Body Material: Stainless steel


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 760 mAh ( included )

Battery Type: Canon NB-4L

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Included Memory Card: 16 MB SD

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 6 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 12 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 24 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 13 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 24 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 46 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 23 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 42 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 74 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 52 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 80 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 127 - with 16MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 320 x 240 - 60 fps - 60 sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 6sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps - 14 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 60 fps - 10 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 40 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 98 sec - with 16MB card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.6 cm

Depth: 2.1 cm

Height: 5.3 cm

Weight: 0.1 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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