The 7.1-megapixel Canon IXUS 70 compact digital camera gets treated to a retro design.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon IXUS 70

Overall score:86%
Image Quality:85%


  • Beautiful design, fast AF and image review, colour swap.


  • Images softness in edge of frame.


Canon IXUS 70 Review


Price as reviewed:


Canon’s design-driven IXUS compact range has a new eye-catching addition in the IXUS 70, but is its breathtaking design worthy of a price normally paid for a better specified compact? Image quality is consistent over a range of subjects indoors and out and noise is generally low throughout the images taken.

The new IXUS lacks the headline grabbing spec of other compacts in its price bracket; both its 7.1MP sensor and 35-105mm equivalent 3x optical zoom are below many of its rivals. The maximum ISO 1600 is adequate, and control is offered beyond mere ‘point-and-shoot’ capabilities in ‘Long Shutter mode’, yet full control over aperture and shutter speed is absent.

The camera is beautifully designed, with a retro-rectangular all metal body reminiscent of classic IXUS designs and a clear 2.5in LCD and small viewfinder present on the back. Build quality is, on the whole, fantastic; you can feel excellence oozing from every screw.

In use, the IXUS 70’s handling echoes the quality of its build. Its nine-point AiAF system focuses briskly, contributing to an impressive overall operational speed. The ‘Colour-Swap’ feature is also worthy of note, allowing colour highlighting normally only accessible through Photoshop

Image Quality
The white balance and metering systems in the Canon Digital IXUS 70 produce warm and well-exposed shots. There is a slightly worrying tendency for image quality to fall off towards the edges of the frame however, with images softening and demonstrating noteworthy fringing, although this would only be an issue on prints that are above A4 in size. Noise is also noticeable at sensitivities above ISO 400, yet generally leaves detail intact.


The Canon IXUS 70 may seem pricey for its specification, but the design and build quality are excellent and worth every penny.


Dimensions:Refer to manufacturers website
Weight:Refer to manufacturers website
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Flash Modes:Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Memory Card:Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Card or MultiMediaCard (MMC), 32MB memory card supplied
ISO Range:AUTO, High ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Metering System:Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
File Formats:JPEG
Shutter Speeds:15 – 1/1,500 sec
Exposure Modes:Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene (Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater)
LCD:2.5” P-Si TFT, approx. 230,000 pixels
Lens:5.8 – 17.4 mm (35mm equivalent: 35 – 105mm) Optical 3x Digital approx 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx 1.5x or 1.9x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined approx 12x