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Canon IXUS 860 IS - Test shots - Exposure evaluation

By Cliff Smith



  • Recommended by TR
Canon IXUS 860 IS


Our Score:


A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


The 28mm-equivalent wide angle end of the zoom range is much wider than most other compacts, and is great for panoramic landscape shots.


The telephoto end of the 3.8x zoom is equivalent to 105mm, which is about the same as most 3x zoom cameras.


Colour reproduction and low-light exposure at spot on.


Flash range and coverage are excellent even at wide angle, and the face detection system copes well with social situations.


Need I remind anyone that it's less than 30 days until Xmas?


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 8


February 11, 2009, 8:47 pm

Bought this camera in January 2008. Always looked after it in the case and never dropped it. Had the lens fail on this camera 3 times and had it repaired 3 times. Could not get a replacement. Thought I was on a good wicket when I bought this camera, but obviously not.

David Bate

October 29, 2009, 11:51 pm

Bought mine 1 year ago.It has developed serious focussing problems in all lighting conditions and I have returned it to my UK supplier under their 2-year warranty. It has been sent on to Canon for repair but I don't have much confidence that the repair will be permanent as I have read of other owners with the same problem. Have advised the supplier that if it fails again after repair I will be seeking a full refund or replacement with the later updated 870 is model. Will report back!


October 9, 2010, 11:20 am

Bought in September 2008, and it has been faultless - a great little camera for travel. Good lens, tough body, small size, fast switch on. The capacity to do some basic manipulation of images (Vivid, Sepia etc) in-camera is fun.

David Bate

October 23, 2010, 2:05 am

Reporting back a year after the focus problems with my 860is and have to say that this gem of a compact has behaved perfectly ever since the repair. I have 2 other more versatile, but bulky, long-zoom cameras but this one lives permanently in my car ready for that once-only chance shot!

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