Canon Digital IXUS 65 review

Review Date : Mon, 4 Sep 2006

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Canon Digital IXUS 65

A stylish 6 megapixel camera with 3 inch screen and 16 shooting modes including widescreen format....

Pros: Sexy design, big LCD, nice handling
Cons: Iffy low-light AF focusing and slightly warm flash

Canon has withdrawn most of its sport sponsorship and is moving into the fashion arena; its advertising now looks like a perfume advert, and the IXUS range is at the forefont of its style-orientated strategy.

Features
This 6MP model offers little in the way of radical features: it’s got a 3x zoom, program-based modes and little to worry the beginner. Among the scene modes is a Kids and Pets mode, so the camera is clearly intended for family use, as well as for the fashion junkie.

Design
This is a gorgeous piece of electronic jewellery, with a milled criss-cross motif around the lens, and a ‘Samurai’ swoop motif on the top plate. The backplate boasts a 3in screen – Canon’s biggest yet – which is reasonably sharp.

Performance
There’s little to criticise the IXUS for – it’s responsive and, for general snapshots, performs as well as the best of them.

Image Quality
Don’t expect miracles – this isn’t an SLR with RAW features; but it is a solid point-and-shooter, with warm colours and good sharpness, if held steadily. However, there is a danger of camera shake, especially in low light.

Value For Money
IXUS cameras don’t come cheap, but then they’re a desirable fashion brand, with quality design and materials. This is a camera for the label junkie – which isn’t a bad thing, it just costs more.

Verdict

The young and the restless will love this camera; it's stylish and fun and draws attention at parties.


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Price as reviewed

£230.00

Scores

Scores
Design 19/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 17/20
Value 16/20
Features 17/20
Overall Score 86%