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The Canon IXUS 70 camera also incorporates a clever Red-Eye Correction feature in Playback mode. The Canon Digital IXUS 70 offers superb response time...

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Review of "Canon Digital IXUS 70"

published 02/04/2007 | dbirse
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Pro Loads Of features, Small, very good price
Cons Haven't found any yet
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"Canon Digital IXUS 70"

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Canon are very well know for there cameras and always produce very good products. This is no exception and comes with lots of features. It is a 7.1 megapixel digital camera which means the pictures that it takes are very, very good quality. Personally I think that 5 megapixels is enough for taking photos but if you are planning on doing a lot of editing and zooming in on certain parts of photos then maybe 6 or 7 megapixels is more what you are after. This fits into the second category there so if you are looking to take photos to edit and want a well know name for a camera then this could be a good option for you. It has a new technology for taking photos of people and can detect and face on the screen and set itself up so you will get the best possible picture, I will go into more detail for this later on. It also has a red eye reduction feature in play-back mode.

DESIGN

Starting with the look of the camera it has a very simple design; it is really just a box shape. The whole cameras dimensions are 86 x 53 x 18 mm; this makes it a very compact camera which can fit into your pocket or your hand very easily. As far as I can make out it comes in two different designs either just silver (the one that I have) or with a black ring around the lens which reaches out onto the main body of the camera. The second of these is definitely not as good looking but I am not too sure if this is the same model or a different model altogether. One thing that pleased me when I bought this was that it had an optical view finder that a lot of cameras don't come with anymore and this is pretty useful when taking photos outside and it is too bright to use the screen. It is a fairly simple design, on the back the buttons are all offset to the right with the 64mm LCD (liquid crystal display) screen on the left side. This means that it was designed for right handed people so if you are a left handed person this might not be the best camera for you. I am not sure how many, if there are any, left handed cameras are around though. On the right hand side is a slider to change between the three modes (pictures, movies and play back). There are also the buttons for navigating on the screen, changing the flash setting, changing the picture settings and so on. It has a built in flash which is pretty powerful but thanks to the new technology built in the flash doesn't overpower the photo making everything way too bright.

FEATURES

This camera is packed full of features. It has all the basic ones that come with most cameras like red eye reduction on the flash which is pretty rubbish actually to the new fancy technology to set itself up for taking photos of people. It has 14 preset shooting programs that are Snow, Beach, Indoor, Foliage, Aquarium, Fireworks, Colour swap, Underwater, Kids & pets, Colour accent, Digital macro, Portrait mode, Stitch assist and Night snapshot. These all are very good for what they say they will do and they are not all just specialised for that single setting, they also work for other situations as well, I don't regularly take photos of snow for instance but this setting is good for photos with the dominating colour of white, like my bedroom wall.

It also has 11 special effects that are Sepia, Vivid, Neutral, Vivid Red, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Black & White, Custom Effect, Positive Film, Darker Skin Tone and Lighter Skin Tone. These are all pretty fun and I spend quite a lot of time playing about with them. My favourite is the vivid blue special effect, I use this special effect a lot for just taking photos of myself because it makes me seem blue and this is quite funky. I also use photo editing software quite a lot for playing about with photos which is always fun. A good piece of Photo Editing software is essential to anyone who takes a lot of pictures but one like Photoshop can set you back a good few hundred pounds but you do get a lot of features.

It has a 3x optical zoom so you can zoom into things. You can also take the photos off the camera and as they are such good quality you could just crop then and zoom in like that, you would loose some image quality but it is not noticeable.

One of the main, or the main, selling point for this is the Face Detect feature. This is the feature I mentioned earlier meaning that it sets itself up to take the best possible photo of a person. When taking a photo you just hold the shutter button half down and it will detect a person and set itself up. After this it will actually continue to track the person as they move so it doesn't mean you have to stand or sit still until the photo is taken. This feature is extremely useful for me because I take a lot of photos of myself when I am bored so it stops the flash from overpowering the photo and making me seem really, really pale. This feature along makes it worth the £170 or so that I spent on this camera.

Another one of the main features is the red eye reduction within the play back mode. This makes it possible to remove the red eye that has been caused by the flash. I have to admit though I would rather use a program on my computer to do this because I have more control over it then but this feature on the camera does work pretty well which adds on to the worth of this product. It can be annoying at times though when you don't get the right outcome but most of the time it does work pretty well.

Probably the biggest change from its predecessor is the new processor that is provided in it. This is the Digic III processor which is faster than the one in the older model of this camera. This processor enables longer battery life, faster start-up, faster shutter speeds and faster auto focus. This also gives it the extra power to be able to use the new features that come with this camera. I don't have the older version so I cannot compare it so all I can tell you is what I have read about it and that it works and I haven't had the camera stop working yet.

PERFORMANCE

This section is more what you would read if you read a review in a magazine but I thought I would add it in anyway because some of you might be interested in it. As I just mentioned this has a better processor than its predecessor which means it has faster shutter speeds than older models, I don't know how much faster it is but I can quote times that it takes to take pictures that I have found which researching this product on the internet.
From start-up to the first picture taken it takes just under 1 second which is pretty fast or a digital camera. For photos taken straight after this it takes about 1 ½ seconds.

IMAGES

The main reason for getting a digital camera is of course for taking photos. As I have already said this is a 7.1 Megapixel camera which means it takes very high quality pictures if it has all the right equipment like a good lens etc. This camera does have all of that so it takes very good pictures. All of the pictures taken are in Jpeg format so pretty much any program would be able to use them. The pictures that I have taken with it are all very good quality and the camera lives up to what I expected to get for my money. The images are all very accurate with the colours and are all in focus so all in all the images are very good.

MOVIES

This camera also does movie capture but it was not designed to do this as it was designed to be a good camera for taking pictures. I have used it on occasions to see how good the video capture is and it is pretty good for a digital camera. It also has a microphone so it will capture audio as well.

CONCLUSION

This camera is very good and packed full of features. It has very good image quality and has new technology making it a bit ahead of its competitors. I love this camera and it was well worth buying it for me. I hope I have answered any questions you may have had about this camera and I hope this has helped you make a decision if you may be interested in this camera or not. If you have any questions about it feel free to ask me as well. Thanks for reading.

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  • yassarikhan786 published 06/03/2008
    brill review, seems like a very good camera
  • Helenofellon published 29/07/2007
    Excellent review thanks I am seriously thinking about buying this camera Helen xx
  • thingus published 19/07/2007
    Plenty of information to help the average person make a decision - well done.
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Product Information : Canon Digital IXUS 70

Manufacturer's product description

The Canon IXUS 70 camera also incorporates a clever Red-Eye Correction feature in Playback mode. The Canon Digital IXUS 70 offers superb response times and high-quality image rendering through Canon's DIGIC III image processor. DIGIC III also powers Face Detection and Noise Reduction Technology, making it easier for users to capture sharp, well-exposed images in clubs, restaurants and other social situations.

Product Details

Product type: Digital camera, Digital camera - compact, Digital camera - point and shoot

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 7.4

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SDHC Memory Card; SD Memory Card

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

LCD Display Size: 2.5

Autofocus: With autofocus

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Manufacturer: Canon

Product Description: Canon Digital IXUS 70 - digital camera, Canon PowerShot ELPH SD1000 - digital camera, Canon Digital IXUS 70 - digital camera - with SELPHY CP720, Canon Digital IXUS 70 - digital camera - with SELPHY CP520, Canon Digital IXUS 70 - digital camera - with SELPHY CP740, Canon Digital IXUS 70 - Collection - digital camera

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Display: LCD display - 2.5", LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - colour

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

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.6 cm x 1.9 cm x 5.4 cm

Weight: 125 g

Colour: Black, Silver

Sensor Resolution: 7.1 Megapixel

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 2 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Image Processor: DIGIC III

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP720 Compact Photo Printer, Canon SELPHY CP520 Compact Photo Printer, Canon SELPHY CP740 Compact Photo Printer

Supported Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode

Lens Aperture: F/2.8-4.9

Min Focus Range: 30 cm

Focal Length: 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Red Eye Reduction: Built-in

Microphone: Microphone - built-in

General

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital camera - point and shoot

MPN: 1863B001AA, PowerShot SD1000, 1863B013AA, IXUS 70, 1864B005, 1863B005AA, 1863B010AA, 1863B024AA, 1864B005AA, 1864B015AA, 1863B008, 1864B007, 1863B007, 1863B016AA, 1863B006, 1864B011AA

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Digital Video Format: AVI

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 7,100,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 7,400,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 7.1 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Black, Silver

Image Processor: DIGIC III

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP720 Compact Photo Printer, Canon SELPHY CP520 Compact Photo Printer, Canon SELPHY CP740 Compact Photo Printer

Width: 8.6 cm

Depth: 1.9 cm

Height: 5.4 cm

Weight: 125 g

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 3.5 m, 0.5 m - 3.5 m

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

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Features: AF illuminator

Red Eye Reduction: Built-in

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

Exposure & White Balance

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

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

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

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid, Custom Effect, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Green, vivid blue, Vivid Red, Positive Film

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, stitch assist, fireworks, Underwater, indoor, foliage, beach, kids & pets, digital macro, night snapshot, snow, Colour Swap, Colour Accent, aquarium

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto

Lens System

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 6 elements

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

Macro Focus Range: 3-50cm

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

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

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

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Focal Length: 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones): 9

Min Focus Range: 30 cm

Lens Aperture: F/2.8-4.9

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.7 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, in-camera red-eye removal, blur warning, auto ISO shift

Self Timer: Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom

Display

Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 2.5" LCD display, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - colour

Display Form Factor: Built-in

Display Format: 230,000 pixels

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Type: Microphone - built-in

Connections

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

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Expansion Slot(s): 1 x SD Memory Card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later, MS Windows Vista

Miscellaneous

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

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

Cables Included: A/V cable ¦ USB cable

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 2 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Canon NB-4L

Supported Battery: Canon NB-4L

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

Memory / Storage

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 12 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 20 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 42 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 9 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 15 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 32 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 11 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 20 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 41 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 18 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 32 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 64 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 29 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 52 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 99 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 111 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 171 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 270 - with 32MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 14 sec - with 32MB card ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps - 20sec - with 32MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps - 38 sec - with 32MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 67 sec - with 32MB card ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 189 sec - with 32MB card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Included Memory Card: 32 MB, 32 MB SD

Supported Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 125 g

Height: 5.4 cm

Depth: 1.9 cm

Width: 8.6 cm

Main Features

Resolution: 7.1 Megapixel

Colour Support: Colour

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 7,400,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 7,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

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

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

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

Digital Video Format: AVI

Still Image Format: JPEG

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.7 frames per second

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 60 fps ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps

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