Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Just like the majority of the digital camera market, the Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS camera uses the small Secure Digital memory card. By now, this small card should pretty much be regarded as a world standard, and is therefore available in a variety of speeds and storage capacities. Standard, the Canon IXUS 800 IS is equipped with a 16MB memory card, and it goes without saying that this is far from sufficient to work with in practice. If Canon would decide to equip the camera with a minimum of 32MB internal memory, one could perhaps see the advantage of a possible capacity reserve, but this type of separate card is likely to end up in the box. To paint a picture for you: a 16MB Secure Digital memory card fits 4 photos in the highest quality, or 6 seconds of video.
SanDisk Ultra II Plus Secure Digital card
Considering the fact that the user generally isn't keen on losing out on resolution, and prefers to stick to the best compression, I would recommend purchasing a 256MB or a 512MB Secure Digital memory card with the camera. During our tests, I decided to equip the Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS with a SanDisk Ultra II Plus Secure Digital card. This small card deviates considerably from the standard memory cards. The SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD card features, for instance, a USB interface, which allows the card to be inserted into a free USB port directly from the camera. This enables you to use the card as a universal medium with a large exchangeability. Although you can equip the Canon IXUS 800 IS with a standard speed card, the camera certainly does benefit from a slightly faster memory card. This simply forms a better combination, as it takes a faster card considerably less effort to keep up with the camera where image processing is concerned.
Considering 512MB of storage capacity:
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels, Super Fine, 176 pictures, 2720kB
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels, Fine, 292 pictures, 1620kB
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels, Normal, 603 pictures, 780kB
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels, Super Fine, 235 pictures, 2026kB
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels, Fine, 392 pictures, 1210kB
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels, Normal, 794 pictures, 585kB
Resolution 2272 x 1704 pixels, Super Fine, 237 pictures, 2002kB
Resolution 2272 x 1704 pixels, Fine, 425 pictures, 1116kB
Resolution 2272 x 1704 pixels, Normal, 839 pictures, 556kB
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels, Super Fine, 471 pictures, 1002kB
Resolution 1600 x1200 pixels, Fine, 839 pictures, 558kB
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels, Normal, 1590 pictures, 278kB
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels, Super Fine, 1777 pictures, 249kB
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels, Fine, 2747 pictures, 150kB
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels, Normal, 4317 pictures, 84kB
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps, 4 min. 9sec. 1920kB/sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels, 15 fps, 8 min. 14 sec. 960kB/sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps, 11 min. 42 sec. 660kB/sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels, 15 fps, 22 min. 53 sec. 330kB/sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels, 60 fps, 5 min. 59 sec. 1320kB/sec
Video resolution 160 x 120 pixels, 15 fps, 55 min. 57 sec. 120kB/sec
Canon IXUS 800 IS - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
Since the introduction of the fast USB 2.0 interface (Hi-Speed), I still frequently encounter cameras equipped with the USB 1.1 version. Fortunately, the Canon IXUS 800 IS features the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface, which enables very swift transferring of the files from the camera to a computer or notebook. Those who use the Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS in combination with a Secure Digital Plus card as described, may of course also opt to read the files directly from the card, by inserting it into a free USB port. You should expect approximately 5,000Bytes/sec, which is an outstanding performance; in practice a 512MB card is thus transferred within several minutes.
Digital IXUS 800 IS camera - Canon NB-5L Li-Ion battery
The Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS compact camera gets its power from a light weight and small Lithium Ion battery. The Canon NB-5L Li-Ion battery comes with a capacity of 3.7V 1120mAh, which -according to Canon- should guarantee approximately 240 images when working with a fully charged battery (room temperature, wide-angle and tele lens alternated every 30 seconds, flash used every other two images, and deactivating the camera after every ten images. The camera remains deactivated for a reasonable amount of time. After this, the camera is re-activated and the test procedure repeated). The fact that the Canon IXUS 800 IS is equipped with an optical viewfinder may prove to be an important trump card for those moments where the user does not have the option to re-charge the battery. Deactivation of the LCD multiplies the amount of images you are able to take by a factor of 3. The power economical features of the camera ensure you are not likely to have to purchase a pricey second battery.