The Canon IXUS 80IS compact digital camera delivers equally, both in terms of style and in performance.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon IXUS 80 IS

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:90%


  • Speedy performance, optical viewfinder, low shutter lag.


  • Minor issues with image noise and barreling.


Canon IXUS 80 IS Review


Price as reviewed:


Style and Substance

Canon’s Digital IXUS range is renowned for combining quality image results with stylish camera design. The IXUS 80IS remains loyal to this idiom by packing an 8MP sensor, a 3x optical zoom and a 2.5in LCD screen into a stylish, rounded aluminum casing that’s available in four subtly metallic colours – Classic Silver, Candy Pink, Chocolate, and Caramel.

Aesthetically, the IXUS 80IS looks and feels solid – its pure aluminium body sees to that – and the viewfinder will please some of the more diehard photography fans too.

Face Detection

It’s not just the exterior that impresses either, and the IXUS 80IS boasts some impressive features too. For example, Canon has enhanced its Face Detection technology with Face Detection White Balance – a function that prioritises the colour temperature of the detected face over the background colours, setting the optimum white balance for natural skin tones.

Image Quality

The layout of the controls is easy to follow, aiding functionality along with its easily navigable menu. Image quality is very good, with sharpness maintained in difficult shooting conditions and colours beautifully rendered.


A benchmark in stylish compacts that impresses in every area of its specification.


Dimensions:86.8 x 54.8 x 22mm
Memory Card:SDHC/MMC/SD +32MB card included
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Metering System:Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
ISO Range:80-1600
White Balance:TTL, Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Flash Modes:Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Exposure Modes:Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene (Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach,Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater)
Shutter Speeds:1/60 - 1/1500 sec
File Formats:JPEG, AVI Movie
Sensor:8mp 1/2.5” CCD