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Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Hardly any compact camera uses the Secure Digital memory card to store files except for the Sony models. Besides SD cards cameras nowadays usually also support the new platform of SDHC cards. SDHC stands for Secure Digital High Capacity and enables storing 4GB with an SD format card. In 2008 we are expecting the storage capacity to grow to 32GB which will also be the maximum for a while. The 8 Megapixels of the camera do not require such a large capacity but it is good to see that there is no limit as far as storage capacity on memory cards is concerned.
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Canon IXUS 860 IS - SD memory card
The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS standard comes with 32MB memory. A nice gesture, but in practice it is useless. Canon would do better to integrate that kind of free memory in the camera and preferably add a few MBs. You will be able to get by with a standard SD memory card in your daily use of the camera. The cards are available in various speeds and capacities. Personally I would choose an SDHC card with a minimum of 4GB storage capacity. That way you don't have to worry about how many pictures you take on a holiday or a day out which lets you effortlessly take as many pictures as you like. The largest file coming from the camera is a mere 4MB. I would advise you to purchase a card with a minimum storage capacity of 1GB and preferably 2GB.

Considering 1GB storage capacity
JPEG - Large - 3624x2448 pixels - Super fine - 3436kB - 278 pictures
JPEG - Large - 3624x2448 pixels - Fine - 2060kB - 462 pictures
JPEG - Large - 3624x2448 pixels - Normal - 980kB - 958 pictures
JPEG - Normal 1 - 2592x1944 pixels - Super fine - 2503kB - 380 pictures
JPEG - Normal 1 - 2592x1944 pixels - Fine - 1395kB - 678 pictures
JPEG - Normal 1 - 2592x1944 pixels - Normal - 695kB - 1342 pictures
JPEG - Normal 2 - 2048x1536 pixels - Super fine - 1602kB - 590 pictures
JPEG - Normal 2 - 2048x1536 pixels - Fine - 893kB - 1058 pictures
JPEG - Normal 2 - 2048x1536 pixels - Normal - 445kB - 2082 pictures
JPEG - Normal 3 - 1600x1200 pixels - Super fine - 1002kB - 942 pictures
JPEG - Normal 3 - 1600x1200 pixels - Fine - 558kB - 1678 pictures
JPEG - Normal 3 - 1600x1200 pixels - Normal - 278kB - 3180 pictures
JPEG - Small - 640x480 pixels - Super fine - 249kB - 3554 pictures
JPEG - Small - 640x480 pixels - Fine - 150kB - 5494 pictures
JPEG - Small - 640x480 pixels - Normal - 84kB - 8634 pictures
JPEG - Post card - 1600x1200 pixels - Fine - 558kB - 1678 pictures
JPEG - Wide image - 3264x1832 - Super fine - 2601kB - 366 pictures
JPEG - Wide image - 3264x1832 pixels - Fine - 1540kB - 614 pictures
JPEG - Wide image - 3264x1832 pixels - Normal - 736kB - 1284 pictures

Video - 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 1963kB/sec - 7min 54 sec
Video - 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - LP - 1003kB/sec - 15 min
Video - 320 x 240 pixels - 30fps - 703kB/sec - 20 min 58 sec
Video - 160 x 120 pixels - 15fps - 131kB/sec - 100 min 42 sec
Canon IXUS 860 IS - SanDisk Ultra II SD card
The Canon 860 IS digital compact camera is capable of shooting sequentially with a speed of 1.4 frames per second. Not too fast for a digital camera, but the Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS does not belong to the action photography class of cameras. It is not necessary to invest in a super fast memory card such as the Extreme III version of SanDisk. An Ultra II SD card will do fine and will result in continuous shooting until the card is nearly full. Personally I would want to be on the safe side and purchase a memory card with an average speed to avoid the chance of less smooth data processing when using a standard card.

Canon IXUS 860IS - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
The advantage of a faster memory card is rapid data transfer providing the computer and the device reading the card are equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. If these are not available maybe you should go for a card reader. This handy device has to be connected to the USB port and is capable of reading a memory card and writing to it. The computer will consider the device as an external hard drive. An additional advantage is that it uses less energy.

Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS - NB-5L Lithium Ion battery
The Canon IXUS 860 IS camera uses an NB-5L Lithium Ion battery with a capacity of 3.7V 1120mAh. A fully loaded battery will generate approximately 240 pictures (room temperature, wide angle and tele lens swapped every 30 seconds, flash used every two images and camera turned off after every 10 images. The camera is then deactivated for quite a while and activated again and next the test procedure is repeated.) For those who like to shoot until a 2GB Secure Digital card is full, will need a second battery, but for the average user the energy saving features will do greatly.
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