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Canon IXUS 155 Digital Camera Review

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Digital Camera Review by: Michelle Grimer 

 

In short, this small compact is petite and fun to use. The camera is light as a feather, comparable to a smart phone, but packs a punch to produce great images. The Canon IXUS is an entry level compact targeting point and shoot beginners. The IXUS 155 offers effortless control, features a 20 megapixel capture, a 10x optical zoom and has a live view control. It encourages beginners to enjoy their photography, provides an easy platform to capture quality imagery and does this behind 5 paint job options; black, blue, silver, pink and red.


Appearance and Functionality


With slick minimalist looks and a lightweight body, the Canon IXUS 155 is a great camera to take on holidays or a night out. It is small enough to slip into a handbag, shirt pocket or purse yet powerful enough to capture large high resolution images for its price range. Designed for beginners or simply the lazy person looking to take great images with little effort, the fast start up mode ensures you don't miss an important moment. Available in 5 colours, it offers a lovely 24mm wide angle lens not often found on cameras in this price bracket along with a 10x zoom pushing out to a 240mm.
 

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The Canon IXUS 155's menu is extremely easy to use. With simple, streamlined navigation all of the camera's functionality can be located via two main menu options. The in-built flash located on the front of the camera is simple to operate and has a few handy override options. The camera doesn't have any internal memory, so at the time of purchase make sure you include a quality memory card such as the 16GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I to cope with the 20mp capture!
 
The Smart Auto function takes away the technical side of photography allowing the user to concetrate on the one key aspect of photography that so many fall short on; composition. Smart Auto is a function available in both Stills and Video capture so with this enabed, the photographer needs only to focus on their subject and let the camera do the rest.
 
A handy function not commonly found in buget cameras is 'Eco mode'. When enabled, the camera automatically darkens the LCD monitor when camera is not in use, increasing the camera's capture capability from 230 shots to 310 shots from a single battery charge. This would likely appeal to many a traveler.

Image Quality / Lens Quality


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The Canon IXUS 155 produced sharp test images at 100 ISO with plenty of detail thanks to a 20mp capture coupled with Canon's 1/2.3 type CCD, DIGIC 4+ with iSAPS technology. The test images also showed the Canon IXUS 155 was capable of producing punchy primary colours and skin tone tests that delivered very satisfying results. At 200 ISO the the test images continued to produce great quality, but as expected grain beomes evident at 400 ISO which is where we advise you limit your ISO setting. After this 800 ISO images becomes very grainy revealing the boundary for the price bracket and should be only used if you're really struggling for light. This is nothing new for cameras priced under $200 and we're not deterred by this result at all.
 
The large image files captured provide the user a further opportunity to enhance them should they wish to go down the path of retouching, or just want to enjoying them on high resolution screens or monitors such as those manufactured by EIZO.
 

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LCD / View Finder


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The Canon IXUS 155's rear is dominated by a 2.7-inch LCD (TFT) monitor containing a 230,000 dot resolution. It delivers a pretty clean, crisp view of what the lens can see and is about to capture and replays stills and videos very well. Colours look great along with the menu and navigation appearing sharp, with the Quick-bright LCD screen being adjustable to one of five levels of brightness. A handy option should the battery life be nearing a recharge and the photographer demands a few more images be capture before power running out!
 

Video


The IXUS 155 captures video in HD (720p) movie mode via a dedicated movie button on the rear panel. So if you're in the middle of taking a picture and need to instantly switch to movie mode, this can be done at a push of a single button.
 
Movie capture test results produced smooth continuous recordings up to 4GB or 30 minutes in HD mode.  A handy mode experimented with is Canon's 'Intelligent IS' mode as it counteracts handheld camera shake to assist in delivering a clearer and more detailed set of moving images, in all conditions, by auto-adjusting to suit what is being captured.
 
 
 

Conclusion


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The Canon IXUS 155 is a brilliant little compact digital camera found in a segment where fun meets functionality. It's image capture is great and makes composing a breeze. Loaded with a wide 24mm and 240mm zoom lens it provides excellent focal length versatility for  this price-point, allowing the user to capture beautiful landscapes, up-close portraits and more. With the Canon IXUS 155 beginners are given the opportunity to produce high quality 20mp imagery or to simply enjoy HD movie capture at the tip of their fingers.
 
The Canon IXUS 155's appealing design successfully introduces a little fun which will appeal to a wide audience regardless of age. The compact, lightweight design will easily slip into a pocket or bag, enabling the user to take the camera almsot anywhere without being noticed. So if you’re in the maket for a cheap, intelligent compact camera priced at just $165 the Canon IXUS 155 is well worth your consideration.
 

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Ratings

 
 
Appearance rating 4 stars
Functionality rating 4.5 stars
Image quality
4 stars
Video quality
3.5 stars
Lens quality
4 stars
LCD screen 3.5 stars
Value for money 4 stars
Street Price $169 (AUD
SPACER.GIF  
Effective Pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor Type
1/2.3 type CCD, Primary Colour Filter
Image Sizes 5 Sizes / 1 Aspect
Lens 4.3 – 43.0mm (35mm equiv. 24 – 240 mm) Optical 10x Zoom. 9 elements in 7 groups (1 double-sided asph. lens)
Lens Mount
-
Resolution Settings - Stills 4:3 – (L) 5152 x 3864, (M1) 3648 x 2736, (M2) 2048 x 1536, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 5152 x 2896
Resolution Settings - Video (HD) 1280 x 720, 25 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps. Miniature Effect (HD) 5 fps, 2.5 fps, 1.25 fpsMiniature Effect (L) 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps. (HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (L) up to 4 GB or 1 hour
Face Detection Yes
Manual Focus No
Auto Focus Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Shutter Speeds (Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/3000 sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
* up to 1/4000 sec. at small aperture, up to 1/1000 sec. at full aperture
Shutter Priority Yes
ISO AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
LCD Monitor 1 – 1/2000 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/2000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)
Viewfinder -
Flash Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Exposure Compensation
Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Range 50 cm – 4.0 m (W) / 1.0 – 2.0 m (T)
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
Hot Shoe No
White Balance Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Self Timer 10 sec. / 2 sec / Custom
Stills Format/s
JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Video Format/s MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural) ]
Video Recording Time/s 29m 59s
Storage Type - External SD, SDHC, SDXC
Storage Type - Internal
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Connectivity Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector
(Mini-B compatible)
Power Source AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC90
Battery Options Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11LH
Battery Life Approx. 230 shots
Eco Mode: Approx. 310 shots
Approx. 300min. playback
Dimensions 95.3 (W) x 56.8 (H) x 23.7 (D) mm
Weight Approx. 142 g (including battery and memory card)
















 


 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
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