Canon have clearly taken two very different camera lines into their assortment. The PowerShot cameras are models that emphasize versatility, functionality, and an attractive price-tag, whilst the IXUS cameras boast a striking design combined with the latest innovations, to offer the consumer a truly stylish way of photographing. In addition to this, Canon play an important part in the DSLR segment, offering both entry-level cameras and professional top models. The IXUS concept is designed for the modern photographer that wants to capture his photos in a stylish way, without needing all too many manual setting options. The Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti is without question a typical IXUS camera. Although a simple, effortless operation is the most important thing, they leave no doubts about the fact that there is much more to a camera than looks alone. Innovative technique is repeatedly used to increase the level of ease and user-friendliness.
Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti - 3x optical zoom
It doesn't take much time to get used to the operation of the Canon IXUS 900 Ti. The camera features a low entry-level, which means there is no immediate need for a user manual; at least not until you run into the occasional setting that makes you wonder just what its function or use is. When pressing the on/off switch, the camera reacts instantly; it takes approximately one second before the Canon 900 Ti is ready to use. Within this time, the 3x optical zoom lens fully extends, and in combination with the digital zoom, this forms a total zoom range of 12x (37-444 mm with a 35mm camera). A pity, however, that Canon have decided not to use the 4x optical zoom of the IXUS 800 IS. The zoom can be set with considerable accuracy; you will be able to zoom in from wide-angle (37mm) to tele (111mm) in six small steps.
Canon IXUS 900Ti - FUNC/SET button & M mode
The more experienced Canon compact camera users will easily familiarize themselves with the new Canon IXUS 900 Ti. Many features and aspects of the camera's operation have been taken from its predecessors - and why shouldn't they be? After all, it isn't always necessary to change or adjust a feature that has already more than proven its worth. This certainly applies to the FUNC/SET button, which can be found in the centre of the multi-controller. This quick button proves both fast and very handy to work with. It activates a second quick menu, which appears on the screen. As the menu consists of a vertical bar on the left side, and a horizontal bar on the bottom side, the monitor allows you to keep your eye on the subject you wish to capture. The M mode, not to be confused with the Manual mode often found on advanced cameras that offer settings such as aperture and shutter speed priority, provides access to exposure compensation, white balance, My Colors (digital effects), light metering, image compression and resolution. In fact, the M mode offers a sort of automatic mode with extensive setting options.
Canon IXUS 900 Ti compact camera - Mode dial
The mode dial found on the IXUS 800 IS has not been taken into the design of the Canon 900 Ti; in fact, the mode dial has been moved entirely to the camera's back side. When turning the dial, the settings are announced by clearly audible clicks. The mode dial holds the main programmes such as play back, recording, M recording, scenes and video recording. The multi-controller provides direct access to, among other things, landscape, macro, series of images, self-timer, flash settings and ISO. The combination of the multi-controller and the FUNC/SET button ensures the camera is fast and easy to operate. It does take a little patience to find out which button holds which function, but once you have worked with it in practice, all will be as clear as daylight.
Canon Digital 900 Ti - 16:9 Wide-screen format
A feature that is becoming increasingly popular is the 16:9 wide-screen format. Both Panasonic and Epson recently declared to strongly support this format, and this is quite logical indeed. The wide-screen monitors and LCD screens in the living room or on the work floor are steadily gaining market share, whilst DVD, and soon Blu-Ray, in wide-screen has permanently established itself, all of which forms an instant starting point for the playback or recording of 16:9 format images.
The Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti uses a resolution of 3648 x 2048 pixels for the wide-angle images. Besides the rendition, you of course also have the option to print the images as 16:9. The camera supports PictBridge, and the fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface allows you to print directly from the camera via a PictBridge or Direct Print supporting printer. Things were never easier!
Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti - ISO settings
Besides a high resolution of no less than 10 Megapixels, which is -we should point out- an enormous overkill for this type of compact camera, the Canon IXUS 900 Ti offers an extensive range of ISO settings. The multi-controller provides direct access to the ISO mode. The ISO range is displayed vertically from 80 up to and including 1600 ISO. Furthermore, you have the option to select ISO 3200 via the scene mode, which decreases the resolution to 1600 x 1200 pixels. The so-called ISO HI prefers a higher ISO value as opposed to the AUTO ISO setting. This is done to keep the shutter speeds as short as possible, and prevent blur caused by jitter. The built-in flash features various settings in addition to the automatic mode; such as red eye reduction, fill-in flashes, or flash with slow shutter speeds. Moreover, it is also possible to lock the flash exposure; a feature we also saw on the 800 IS camera. The so-called FEL (Flash Exposure Lock) enables you to lock the flash setting regardless of the composition of the subject. Simply direct the camera at the subject, press the shutter release button half-way down whilst also pressing the ISO button, and the flash exposure will be locked. The monitor will then indicate FEL.
Canon IXUS 900Ti - Playback mode
The playback mode of the Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti digital camera proves to be particularly handy. The stored images, either photos or video, are often saved onto the small memory card in large quantities. To search a specific image, you can of course browse swiftly by going through them one at a time, or if preferred 9 at time, on the monitor. There's more however, Canon have added an extra option; you are now able to review your images every other ten at a time, or even in steps of one hundred at a time. In addition to this, there are several different ways to dig through a large file of images. In practice, all of these options are very easy and swift to work with.
Canon IXUS 900 Ti - Straight-forward operation
The operation of the Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti is both simple and straight-forward. Upon the first encounter with the camera, it immediately becomes clear that even a novice photographer without any basic knowledge of photography will be able to capture his or her first shot without any trouble whatsoever. Naturally, there may always be the occasional hitch that requires the user manual, but a large part of the options is easily accessible and will be understood instantly. The camera features a comprehensible menu, and the amount of buttons has been kept to a minimum, which helps to keep the Canon IXUS 900 Ti very clear indeed. All of these are features that undoubtedly appeal and connect to a large group of potential consumers.