Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS Review

4.0
May 11, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 3Mb.

Something that looks this good on the outside must have an Achilles heel, right, and would that be the images delivered themselves? While the IXUS 100 IS' lens doesn't appear to be the sharpest ever, close-ups working slightly better than landscapes, it's certainly not one that's letting the side down. The familiar bug-bear of purple fringing is present between areas of high contrast, though it's certainly no worse than competing models and only noticeable if you're actually looking closely for it. This being a Canon camera, primary colours are well to the fore in each shot – especially if selecting the 'Vivid' colour setting – and though highlight detail tends to suffer in bright conditions this again is nothing you wouldn't expect to see from images from a point-and-shoot model not much larger than a credit card. In terms of low light sensitivity, results are clear of noise practically up to and including IS0 800. With the jump to ISO 1600, detail is noticeably softening, but results are once again usable at a push. Generally speaking, we preferred the look and feel of the images from this cheaper more accessible camera than the IXUS 110 IS we were testing it alongside. Bargain!

Noise

There are 6 ISO settings available on the Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

Sharpening

Here are two 100% Crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes via the My Colors menu option.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS handled chromatic aberrations quite well during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 3cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS are Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, and Flash Off, with Red-eye Correction and Red-Eye Lamp settings available via the Flash Settings main menu option. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (33mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (33mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (100mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (100mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye Correction settings caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Correction

Red-eye Correction (100% Crop)

Night

The Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS's maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds in the Long Shutter mode, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1/8th second at ISO 800. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 5 second setting the actual exposure takes 10 seconds.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

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hd video, compact, 720p, 12 megapixel, beginner, canon, 3x zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, ixus

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