Improving the Ixus
by Eolake StobblehouseThese two pictures are taken with my new Canon Ixus 60 (PowerShot SD600 in the U.S.). I had no idea Canon had continued to improve the Ixus. This one is great. Compact, nice mechanical feel and looks, good usability (for instance in show mode, the zoom lever zooms in on the picture!). And high picture quality. It is beautiful and small, even smaller than my beloved Fuji F10, and has the same image quality. Pin-sharp lens, low grain, six megapixels. It is probably the best carry-everywhere camera I know of.
Actually: only five years ago, a revolutionary camera was the Canon D30. For the first time, three megapixels became available for a somewhat affordable price: $3,000! Six years ago that would have cost you something like three times as much. Today I can buy a pocket camera with twice the resolution for $300! It staggers the mind.
I just tested the low-light capability: another positive surprise. ISO 200 is the same quality as 100, 400 is very good, and even 800 is usable, which is highly unusual on such a compact camera. On my much larger Nikon 8400, even ISO 200 is very grainy. Big cudos to Canon for this development. (This was the raison d'etre of the Fuji F10, but it seems they are getting competition now.)
Posted by: EOLAKE STOBBLEHOUSE