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Canon Digital IXUS 50 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Canon Digital IXUS 50 uses the small very popular Secure Digital memory card. During the past few years, manufacturers, one after the other, adopted this small card. Memory storage manufacturers like SanDisk invested enormously in speed as well as storage capacity resulting in a current maximum storage capacity of 2GB and an extremely fast reed and write speed up to 20MB per second. The Canon Digital IXUS 50 is equipped with a Secure Digital memory card, as mentioned before. The camera is standard delivered with a 16MB memory card which is a nice gesture but totally useless. These types of cards usually end up staying in the box and as far as I'm concerned it can't even be considered as an extra card in case you run out of space on your memory card. I suggest that you invest in a larger storage capacity of 256MB minimum straight away, or even better 512MB or higher.
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Canon IXUS 50 - Secure Digital memory
The Secure Digital memory card has to be inserted in the battery compartment. If you have a closer look at the Secure Digital memory card and you wonder what the small slide on the card is for; it serves as write protection. If you push the slide down, no data can be stored on the card and your existing data, like your photos and video clips are secured. Moving the slide up, the security is disabled and stored data can be deleted etc. Besides using the Secure Digital memory card it is also possible to use the camera in combination with the Multimedia card. But you have to watch out with this latter card. Although the format makes you think it contains the same features as the Secure Digital, Canon specifically reminds you that the Secure Digital has their preference and the MulitMedia card is not entirely supported.

Considering a 512MB storage capacity:
Resolution 2592x1944 pixels, Super fine, 190 images, 2503kB
Resolution 2592x1944 pixels, Fine, 339 images, 1395kB
Resolution 2592x1944 pixels, Normal, 671 images, 695kB
Resolution 2048x1536 pixels, Super fine, 295 images, 1602kB
Resolution 2048x1536 pixels, Fine, 529 images, 893kB
Resolution 2048x1536 pixels, Normal, 1041 images, 445kB
Resolution 1600x1200 pixels, Super fine, 471 images, 1002kB
Resolution 1600x1200 pixels, Fine, 839 images, 558kB
Resolution 1600x1200 pixels, Normal, 1590 images, 278kB
Resolution 640x480 pixels, Super fine, 1777 images, 249kB
Resolution 640x480 pixels, Fine, 2747 images, 150kB
Resolution 640x480 pixels, Normal, 4317 images, 84kB

Resolution 640x480 pixels, 30 fps, 4 min. 9sec. 1980kB/sec
Resolution 640x480 pixels, 15 fps, 8 min. 14 sec. 990kB/sec
Resolution 320x240 pixels, 30 fps, 11 min. 42 sec. 660kB/sec
Resolution 320x240 pixels, 15 fps, 22 min. 53 sec. 330kB/sec
Resolution 320x240 pixels, 60 fps, 5 min. 59 sec. 1320kB/sec
Resolution 160x120 pixels, 15 fps, 55 min. 57 sec. 120kB/sec
Canon Digital IXUS 50 - SanDisk
The Canon IXUS 50, equipped with a standard SanDisk Secure Digital memory card, is able to capture 9 images (resolution of 2592x1944 Super fine) in sequence with an ultra fast speed, approximately 2 images per second. After 9 images the camera switches over to a somewhat slower speed but keeps capturing images continuously until the memory card is full. Choosing a different compression the camera is capable of photographing a lot longer with a speed of 2 images per second. When I swap the card for the super fast SanDisk Extreme III Secure Digital memory card the Canon IXUS 50 is capable of continuous shooting with 2 images per second until the memory card is full. When recording a video clip a difference appears in terms of percentage, but the difference between one second of storing a 30 second video clip and the two seconds to store the same video clip with a standard memory card can be ignored. If you want the highest speed possible or the ease of the combination of a Canon IXUS 50 and a Secure Digital memory card and making high resolution photos, it will be to your advantage if you look for a fast memory card.

Canon Digital IXUS 50 - Battery
Opening the bottom of the camera shows the ultra flat battery. The Canon NB-4L battery is recharged through the standard delivered battery charger. The battery has to be slid onto the charger, and a small orange light will blink during charging. If the battery is fully charged the colour will change to green. It takes approximately 90 minutes to recharge an empty battery. The small battery has a capacity of 3.7V 760mAh. It won't come as a surprise to you to conclude that such a small battery is not capable of providing energy for hours and hours. It is possible of taking pictures for 1,5 hours, which are about 150 images with the LCD monitor activated. If you turn the monitor off, you can save a lot of energy, and the amount of images increases to approximately 400 images! However; if you want to enjoy your camera without disturbances you should purchase a second battery. Nothing is more annoying than to be on a well-deserved holiday or to join a good party and to discover that the nice piece of equipment in your hand ran out of energy. In particular in situations where you don't have the possibility to recharge the battery, a second battery will come in really handy.
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