Canon Digital Ixus V
Review Canon continues to build on the success of its ultra-compact Digital Ixus camera with the introduction of the Ixus V. This version sports a lower price tag, but its key selling points remain the same: its tiny size (at 190g it is easily the most portable camera we've seen) and gorgeous styling. It retains the brushed metal bodywork synonymous with the Ixus range, and this gives it a sturdy feel despite its proportions.
Since the focus of the Digital Ixus V is style, you do have to compromise on substance, and it doesn't offer the best value for money. That said, there are a few extras offered by the Ixus V, including the ability to capture up to 30 seconds of full-motion video and a generous software bundle. This enables you to manipulate and print images and edit your movies.
The 2.1Mp (megapixel) CCD (charge-coupled device) is the same as that of the previous Ixus, and there are just three basic resolution settings. Shots at top quality are clear, if a little washed out, but you can only store seven such images on the supplied 8MB CompactFlash card. Dropping the resolution allows room for more shots, but quality suffers.
The V is simple to set up and the three shooting modes are easy to use. There is even a fully automated option for complete beginners. Stitch mode enables panoramic shots, and there's a limited Manual mode for more experienced photographers. Zoom options are limited to 2x optical or 2.5x digital, which aren't that generous.
The Ixus V is not the cheapest or the highest-specified camera on the market, but if you are after the ultimate in style and portability, this camera is at the top. ®
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Megapixel rating: 2.1Mp
Optical zoom: 2x
Battery type/charger: lithium-ion/Y
Build quality: 9
All details correct at time of publication.
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