The IXUS 750 also has a very capable movie mode. It can shoot video clips in 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second with audio, which is good but not unusual, but it also has the ability to shoot 240 x 320 size clips at 60 frames a second, which can then be played back at 30fps giving a slow motion effect. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this particular feature before on any other camera.
With this in mind I was expecting some fun features in playback mode, but surprisingly all that I found was a basic list of options, including image rotation, viewing images as a slideshow, adding a sound memo, erasing or protecting an image, and tagging an image for printing. The IXUS 750 is PictBridge compatible, so it can be connected directly to any suitable printer without the need for a PC.
As I mentioned previously, Canon’s IXUS cameras have a good reputation for picture quality. The IXUS 750 does nothing to tarnish this glowing record. With a 7.1 megapixel sensor, a very high quality lens and Canon’s outstanding DIGIC II processing engine it produces superb results, with tons of rich sharp detail, superb colour rendition and perfect exposure in virtually all conditions.
Although best suited for flash-lit indoor social photography, the IXUS 750 is also quite capable of turning in fantastic outdoor snapshots. The excellent Canon 3x optical zoom, 7.7-23.1mm (37 - 111mm equiv.) F2.8-4.9 lens produces barely a trace of corner blurring, although it does show some barrel distortion at the widest setting. Noise control is very good at lower ISO setting, although things do get a bit loud at 400 ISO.
Of course all this sleek design and technical cleverness comes at a price, and the IXUS 750 will set you back a not inconsiderable £319. Compare this to the similarly specified Nikon CoolPix 7900 at £229 or the 8MP Olympus Mju 800 at £269, and it suddenly begins to look very expensive. However if you put a high value on style then maybe it’s worth it.
There’s no doubt that the Canon Digital IXUS 750 is a great little camera. It is compact, superbly well made and simply oozes style. It also takes a damn fine picture. However the inflated price compared to other equally impressive models from other manufacturers makes it an expensive luxury.