Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD400 / Digital IXUS 50 / IXY Digital 55
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Mugabi - Uganda, LetsGoDigital
22 November 2011
Excerpt: I previously owned a Canon IXUS II, a 3.2 Mega pixel camera which I used to take over 3000 quality pictures. I upgraded to the IXUS 50 after reading a review. I have to say that I'm disappointed. This Canon IXUS camera is incapable of taking good indoor or evening pictures.
Excerpt: I have and use this camera however, the features do not always be usable. Also. The video always comes on when I turn the camera on automatically. I guess it is just difficult to use. The pictures are wonderful.
Summary: We've had our Ixus 55 for about 18 months now. It went wrong after about 6 months - admittedly our fault for taking it to the beach, but it's not like we dropped it in the sand or anything. We got an "E18" fault (the camera stops working and just displays the code E18 on the LCD screen) and we sent it off for repair. They found sand in the lens and we paid about £100 to get it fixed (not covered by the terms of the warranty).
Summary: I bought this camera on review recommendation, it is a lovely small size and the pictures are excellent quality. However before you go and buy this (or any other Canon digital camera) put "Canon E18" into Google and see what comes up. The zoom lens is extremely sensitive to being touched while moving in or out, sand gets in to the mechanism, and even switching off with the lens out on a low battery can bring on the dreaded E18 error, which costs upwards of a £100 to fix.
Summary: The problem with this camera is that it is it so small you tend to take it anywhere, put it in your pocket and forget about it. The next thing is that you have got sand in the mechanism and £120 and one month later you get a fix. Then the viewing screen breaks (to which I have found it is susceptible). So it's a good camera but not robust and I'd buy something else first.
Summary: This camera is compact and lightweight. It takes good photo's in daylight. However a word of warning: It is absolutely useless when the flash is in use. Even though the camera can be set to prevent red-eye, it just does not work. The result of taking a picture of someone with blue or green eyes is a photo of a demon with red eyes. Some other low cost brands have the same problem, but considering the price and market position of Canon I am disappointed.
Summary: Great camera but do not use this camera outside. I bought my Ixus at the end of July and it broke down by the end of September. I sent it off to the recommended Canon repairer who estimated that it would cost £90 to remove the sand that was preventing the lens from opening. I had been careful, always used a case, but I live by the coast so there is sand about (or may be wind blown dust, that would also do it).
Excerpt: "Initial thoughts are that this is a fab little camera. Very compact and easy to use. Not much manual control over exposure settings, but generally these are not needed as it effortlessly produces great quality photos with vivid colours and sharp focus. The movie mode is also excellent with great quality sound and the option to record high resolution clips for up to 30 seconds. There is only one drawback, but unfortunately it is a major one. ...
Pros: Great picture quality, vivid colours, compact size