Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS Review

Review Date: August 15th 2006
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Features
Page 2
Ease of Use
Page 3
Image Quality
Page 4
Sample Images
Page 5
Design
Page 6
Specifications
Page 7
Conclusion

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR
Type 1/2.5" CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 6.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
IMAGE PROCESSOR
Type DIGIC II with iSAPS technology
LENS
Focal Length 5.8 - 23.2 mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 – 140mm)
Zoom Optical 4x, digital approx. 4.0x , combined approx. 16x
Maximum f/number f/2.8 – f/5.5
Construction 7 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical elements, including 1 UA element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)
FOCUSING
Type TTL
AF System / Points 9-point AiAF, 1-point AF (Fixed centre)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 2cm
EXPOSURE CONTROL
Metering Modes Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent AUTO, High ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800
SHUTTER
Speed 15 – 1/1,600 sec
(Shutter speeds of 1 sec. and more, available in Long Shutter Mode only. Shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. and more operate with noise reduction).
WHITE BALANCE
Type TTL
Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
VIEWFINDER
Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
LCD MONITOR
Monitor 2.5" P-Si TFT, approx. 173,000 pixels
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of fifteen levels
FLASH
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50cm - 3.5m (W) / 2.0m (T) (at ISO AUTO equivalent)
External Flash Canon's High Power Flash HF-DC1
SHOOTING
Modes Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Color Accent, Color Swap)
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.1 fps (until memory card becomes full)
RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION
Image Size (L)2816 x 2112, (M1)2272 x 1704, (M2)1600 x 1200, (S)640 x 480, (W)2816 x 1584, (Postcard Date Imprint) 1600 x 1200
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30/15fps (M)320 x 240, 60/30/15fps (S)160 x 120, 15fps
Movie Length Up to 1GB (640x480, 320x240, 30/15fps)
Up to 3 mins (160x120)
Up to 1 min (320x240, 60fps)
FILE TYPES
Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)]
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)
DIRECT PRINT
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP printers only)
PictBridge Yes
OTHER FEATURES
My Camera Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
Sound Memo Up to 60 sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic
INTERFACE
Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
MEMORY CARD
Type Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), 16MB Memory Card supplied
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
PC Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1-2
Macintosh OS X v10.2 - 10.4
SOFTWARE
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Image Manipulation ArcSoft PhotoStudio
POWER SOURCE
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 240 shots
Approx. 360 min. playback
AC Power Supply Optional, AC adapter kit ACK-DC10
ACCESSORIES
Case Soft Leather Case DCC-70, Digital IXUS Metal (Neck) Strap
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC5, Waterproof Case Weights WW-DC1
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Operating Environment 0 - 40 C, 10 - 90% humidity
Dimensions 90.4 x 56.5 x 26.4mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight (body only) Approx. 165g
   
Zoom Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
Continuous Shooting Large/Fine with LCD monitor off
Depending on memory card speed / capacity
Movie Length Depending on memory card speed / capacity
Battery Life Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
 
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

Page 1
Introduction / Features
Page 2
Ease of Use
Page 3
Image Quality
Page 4
Sample Images
Page 5
Design
Page 6
Specifications
Page 7
Conclusion

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