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Digital Ixus 100 IS and 95 IS

Digital Ixus 100 IS and 95 IS

Canon has added four new models to its premium ultra-compact Digital Ixus range. Rather confusingly, the new 12.1-megapixel Ixus 100 IS replaces the old Ixus 85 IS, while the 10-megapixel Ixus 95 IS replaces the Ixus 80 IS.

Features common to both new models include a 3x zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II, i-Contrast mode, Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology, Digic 4 image processing, motion detection, face detection with blink detection, FaceSelf-Timer and auto red-eye correction. Both cameras have optical viewfinders.

The Ixus 100 IS is Canon's slimmest camera ever, its steel body measuring just 18.4mm thick. It is available in silver, black, gold or red, and looks pretty damn classy in all of them. As well as the features listed above, the Ixus 100 IS also has HD movie recording (720p) with HDMI output.

The Digital IXUS 100 IS is available from Mid March 2009 priced at £299, while the Digital IXUS 95 IS is available from Mid February 2009 priced at £249.

 

Ohmz

February 20, 2009, 2:13 am

"...cameras, an new SX-series camera,..."





Typo, typo!

grouse

February 20, 2009, 3:15 am

The sx200 looks great. At last something to take on the all conquering tz series on. The ixus 100 looks amazing 2 but crikey do the prices need to come down a bit. I know the yen is weak but my word they are expensive. especially when u consider the outgoing tz4 can be picked up for &#163150.

piesforyou

February 20, 2009, 4:25 am

whoa, major bummer for dropping the fully manual mode from the A series. That was one of THE reasons to get an A series. Now those models have so much more competition from other brands producing very similar 'advanced' compacts but without manual mode.

Carl Abudephane

February 20, 2009, 5:47 am

Yep, gotta agree. The Ixus 100 IS really does look sublime, but still, those prices surely won't last long. Way, way too high.

Frankf9d

February 20, 2009, 6:14 am

Well, some grounds for optimism, one of them had a viewfinder.

Steve

February 20, 2009, 3:21 pm

SX200 looks the business! Can't wait for a review on that model :)

TechVegan

February 20, 2009, 9:34 pm

@grouse & Steve: It sure does. The SX200 might be my next compact - depending on Panasonic's TZ7, which spec-wise looks to be putting on one hell of a fight!

ralph0ab

February 22, 2009, 3:58 pm

I wouldn't be so optimistic about the SX200. Yes, its features look good, but it is a 12 Mp camera, and it only has a 1/2.3" sensor... A 1/2.3" sensor has proven to produce too noisy images even for 10Mp cameras. Yes, it has digic 4, but reducing the sensor size and increasing megapixels is just the wrong way to go. Canon could have improved ISO/noise performance by including Digic 4 to a 1/1.7" sensor, but increasing the pixel density of the sensor is just nonsense.


Too bad that Canon decided to go the wrong way by doing this. They should have learned from the Lumix LX3: bigger sensor without increasing megapixles equals better image quality (ISO and dynamic range).

TechVegan

February 23, 2009, 4:17 pm

@ralph: Unfortunately increasing megapixels at the cost of image quality is the dominant trend in the digital compact market. Hopefully this will be reversed soon, but as long as the majority of consumers still mistakenly believe more megapixels = better performance, it's unlikely.

Steve

February 23, 2009, 6:36 pm

No sign of the megapixel race ending though. It's even worse when it comes to mobile phones. I've yet to see an exceptional 2 or 3.2 megapixel camera phone, nevermind a 5, 8 or 12 one!





My ancient 6 year old 2 megapixel Canon PowerShot A40 takes much better photos than any mobile phone. What does that tell you about the "state of the art" mobile camera phones?

ralph0ab

February 26, 2009, 2:51 pm

@Ardjuna: True, that is the dominant trend in the compact camera market, but with all respects; this won't change if customers like us get so excited about cameras that have lots of good specs but fail in what a camera is supposed to do: take good pictures. Many consumers are not aware of the sensor size/megapixles issue, but they will never be aware if people who do know about it welcome new Canon (or other brand) releases with so much excitement, like if these new cameras were so amazing. With these new Powershots, Canon not only hasn't reduced (or even maintained!) the pixel density of the sensors, but they have increased it. This is just not the way we want our compact cameras to be, at least if we intend to shoot photos at anything that isn't under perfect light conditions because this sensors produce intolerable image noise at hight ISO. I would not have posted my first comment on this site if on these new Powershots Canon had maintained the already ridiculous pixel density of their previous compact cameras, but seeing how they took a step backwards in this aspect made me lose all my faith in this company.





Why would manufacturers change their sensor/megapixels approach if most costumers are happy with what they are getting from them? Congratulations to Sigma (for their DP1), Panasonic (for their LX3), and Olympus (yet to be released Micro Four Thirds compact) for offering a few small cameras that are able to produce great pictures at low light/higher ISO. It will also be interesting to see how Fuji's new sensor performs on the F200EXR.

Steve

April 9, 2009, 3:40 pm

Any chance of a SX 200 review? :)

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