|Canon Digital IXUS 50 - Energy saving mode
A setting that should be mentioned too, is the energy saving mode. In record mode the camera is standard set to deactivate three minutes after a camera function has been used. In play mode it will take approximately five minutes and when connected to a printer it will also take five minutes. By the way, all these standard settings can be adjusted to the user's own desire. Generally the standard settings are fine and maximum output is obtained from a full battery.
Canon IXUS 50 - Mode
The back of the camera contains a small button which lets you switch between play, record and movie mode. It is not possible to view an image directly in record mode without switching over to play mode. I'd like to find a quick button here actually. Enlarging digitally etc. is a very simple operation in play mode by using the zoom button on top of the camera. Activating the camera also happens through the top button. In no- time the camera is ready to take the first image. The response time of the release button is faster than average; in fact it is incredibly fast. The Canon IXUS 50 reacts extremely fast with a swift shutter lag needed for focussing. The exceptionally fast response of this camera is impressive.
Canon IXUS 50 - Optical viewfinder and LCD
The tiny optical viewfinder is found on the back of the camera. This viewfinder is so little; it's not pleasant to work with. Also the image range is too small with a rendition of approximately 83% in wide angle. There is no dioptre setting available. The large sized LCD monitor however is certainly excellent, and pleasant to work with. Rendition is almost 100%. All in all we may come to the conclusion that the optical viewfinder needs improvements or may be removed all together to make room for an even larger size LCD monitor in the next generation?!
Canon Digital IXUS 50 - Close-up mode
A powerful feature of the Canon IXUS 50 digital camera is the close-up mode. Activating close-up mode via the multi control dial a new world comes alive, the world of macro photography. The theory is interesting; to put it into practise is somewhat more difficult. The IXUS 50 can capture a subject as close as 3cm. The area the subject is situated in is as small as the size of a stamp. The resolution of the close-up image is perfect, rich in detail. The clearness of the edges on the image runs from moderate to bright with the highest sharpness in the centre of the image. The built-in flash remains to be awkward. Let alone that it flashes too strongly which in practise results in an over exposed upper part of the image and an under exposed down part of the image.
|Who really wants to get the highest quality from a close-up image will have to standard disable the flash and use an external flash unit. But this might be overdoing it for most of you, nor is the Canon Digital IXUS 50 the proper camera for it. All in all, a fine close-up result, especially for a super compact digital camera like the IXUS 50.
Canon IXUS 50 - Metering
Three different types of metering can be set: evaluative metering, centre weighted metering and spot metering. First I must admit, the exposure is hardly ever incorrect, here and there the minimal reach of the internal flash causes an under exposed image indoors, but in fact the actual metering did the right job. Evaluative metering is the standard exposure for the average subject. The image is divided in a number of areas at which complex factors like position of the subject, brightness, direct light, backlighting etc, are being collected and metered to find the correct exposure fully automatically. In practise, 95% of the images will be successful with this setting. If you want a more precise exposure at which the centre of a composition gets the emphasis or even more precise, the centre containing a few mm of the composition, you can select the centre weighted metering or the spot metering. It is possible that a slight compensation is necessary, especially on high contrast images. Selecting exposure compensation mode will adjust it. Colour rendition is fantastic, with beautiful nature-true colours full of contrast. The automatic white balance is outstanding. In fact, almost all images show a superb colour rendition and an excellent white balance. When making a portrait, skin tones are strikingly astonishing and contrast rich images like a bunch of flowers show excellent results.
Canon Digital IXUS 50 - Settings
The settings of the Canon Digital IXUS 50 are mainly based on using the camera in automatic mode. Besides manually selecting ISO sensitivity, white balance and slow shutter speeds, the preset scenes and the perfect automatic program decide the quality. One who purchases such a camera is not likely to state high demands on the settings of the camera and if the final images of the Canon IXUS 50 are examined one will be surprised by the quality and the ease of making these high quality images. This Digital IXUS 50 proves that Canon never stopped developing the IXUS generation, especially developments on the field of image processing and handling. The built-in DIGIC II processor holds the main part here!