Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD940 IS / Digital IXUS 120 IS / IXY 220 IS
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Canon PowerShot SD940 IS
Digital Photography Interface
19 April 2010
Conclusion: Like the tiny and pretty designs of Canon’s Digital ELPH/IXUS cameras but also desire a 28 mm wide-angle lens? The PowerShot SD940 IS Digital ELPH aka Digital IXUS 120 is Canon’s latest ultra-compact which lets you have your cake and eat it too. In more ways than one, the SD940 Digital ELPH is a lot like the SD780 I reviewed earlier this year – tiny, well-constructed, has 12 megapixels of resolution, a 720p HD movie mode and all – but pairs all that with a slightly...
Pros: Very good image quality till ISO 800; ISO 3200 salvageable for tiny 4 x 6 prints, Above average camera performance (Except continuous shooting), New ‘hints and tips’ feature should prove useful for beginners, Smart Auto and a decent selection of scene modes, 720p HD movie mode with sound; HDMI output for your movies, Fancy convenience features: face & blink detection, face self-timer, effective red-eye removal tool
Cons: Lacks manual controls and a live histogram, Visible, above average color fringing, Only black model has textured finish, other three colors are more smooth/slippery, Sluggish continuous shooting rate, Tiny mode switch; so-so memory card/battery door quality
Excerpt: There’s nothing like the feel of a large, bulky digital SLR sitting on a tripod as you take the perfect photograph, a snapshot of a perfect moment. The only problem with this scenario is the size. You’re not going to slip a professional camera into your pocket, and by default, you’re going to miss a lot of great shots; those that happen spontaneously. That’s where a compact point and shoot digital camera comes into its own.
Summary: The Canon IXUS 120 IS is a lovely little camera. It's well made, looks great, is easy to use, performs well in all lighting conditions, and it even takes a decent picture. The only real problem is its extremely high price. If it was £100 cheaper it would almost be a bargain.
Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS / PowerShot SD940 IS ELPH
1 January 2010
Summary: The Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS / PowerShot SD940 IS Digital ELPH is a 12.1 Megapixel compact with a stabilised 4x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7in LCD screen. Just 20mm thin, it's Canon's slimmest IXUS / ELPH to date with a wide-angle lens.
Like most recent Canon compacts, the IXUS 120 IS / SD940 IS has automatic scene recognition to improve exposure metering of difficult subjects and face detection for improved focussing, exposure and white balance of shots including...
Pros: Slim and stylish design., 720p HD video and HDMI port., Excellent image quality., Redesigned menu with hints.
Cons: No optical zoom when filming video., Slow continuous shooting., Poor battery life., Playback category data not written to file.
Excerpt: When I first set eyes on the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS (also known as the IXUS 120 IS), one of Canon's newest Powershot ELPH cameras, I asked myself, "Haven't I seen this before?" In fact, it looks almost identical to the PowerShot SD780 IS , released this past February and reviewed by this website in March. The similarity isn't a bad thing, considering that the SD780 IS was awarded an "Editor's Choice.
Pros: Small size, Excellent build quality, Quick performer, Very good images at low ISO, High quality HD movies
Cons: Soft at higher ISO, Controls small and sometimes hard to use, Battery life is only fair, Some chromatic aberration
Conclusion: Whether that's enough of a reason to go out and buy one depends entirely on just how much that matters to you. If it's worth paying a bit more money for, then this is the compact camera for you.
Excerpt: The Canon IXUS 120 IS is one of the smaller pocket digital cameras. You should have no problem slipping it into most pockets. It has 12 megapixels and a wide angle, 4x optical zoom lens. Canon has included image stabilisation and also High Definition movies with the IXUS 120 IS. Aside from these features the functions and controls are inline with most point and shoot cameras. Build quality feels good and the camera sports a simple yet stylish design.
Pros: Picture quality, style, build quality, HD movies, turn on time