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Canon IXUS 100 IS review
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Canon IXUS 100 IS / PowerShot SD780 IS verdict
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The IXUS 100 IS / PowerShot SD780 IS is yet another classy compact from Canon. The design is the first thing everyone notices, with its slim build and rounded corners attracting admiring glances wherever we took it. But it’s not just about looks, as the IXUS 100 IS / SD780 IS also debuts a number of technologies – at least as far as Canon’s own compact range is concerned. As such, the camera becomes one of Canon’s first compacts to offer HD movie recording, an HDMI port and Scene Detection in Auto mode.
The newly-enhanced Auto mode works well, recognising not just the difference between people, landscapes and close-ups, but also the lighting conditions, adjusting the exposure and flash accordingly.

The 720p HD movies are recorded at a relatively high bit-rate of around 24Mbit/s and are certainly a step-up from standard VGA modes, but we found the image processing somewhat restrained with softer, more muted-looking footage compared to many rivals. But to be fair, in direct comparisons, the actual recorded detail was similar to other compacts with 720p modes.




On the whole, still image quality was pretty good, with its 12 Megapixels recording a decent amount of detail in areas where the optics perform well. Noise levels were similar to most compacts with similar sensors, which means a faint smattering of speckles if you’re really looking at the lowest sensitivities, and more visible textures at the ISO increases. As usual, the best results are below 200 ISO.

If the highlight of the camera is its tiny and perfectly-formed shell, then the biggest downside is arguably the lens within. The 3x optical range is unremarkable and lacking any kind of true wide-angle coverage. You can’t optically zoom once you’ve started filming a video, and in our results we found the lens also suffered from softness in the corners, especially at wider focal lengths.

Beyond this, the high bit rate used in the movie mode may appeal to enthusiasts reading specs, but in reality it’ll eat through your memory pretty quickly and we didn’t notice significantly fewer compression artefacts than rivals at rates of 17Mbit/s. That’s not to say we don’t want the 24Mbit/s mode, but an option to turn it down a notch for longer recording times would have been nice. It’s also a little odd to find the movie mode delivering relatively restrained (indeed almost soft) processing when the camera’s still images come-out looking so punchy.

It should also be noted that while HD movies, HD output and scene detection are all new to Canon’s compacts, all three have been offered by rivals like Panasonic for some time – albeit with the HD output being in analogue Component.


Good points
Very slim and stylish compact.
HD movies at 720p and HDMI port.
Good Auto with Scene Detection.
Great screen with optional viewfinder.

Bad points
Average 3x zoom range and no 28mm.
Soft corners at wider focal lengths.
No optical zoom during movies.
Pointlessly slow 0.8fps ‘burst’ rate.



Scores



Build quality: 18 / 20




Image quality: 15 / 20
Handling: 16 / 20
Specification: 17 / 20
Value: 16 / 20

Overall: 82%
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it looks cool.............you have a good knowledge about it sai Smile
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