Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom Camera review | Adjustments
Despite the small size of the IXUS i Zoom, the camera still accommodates a large amount of extra setting possibilities. Of course the emphasis lays on making capturing pictures as easy as possible. Canon passes with flying colours. A fully automatic mode is used; in addition it has a range of pre-set scene modes. Besides that a manual mode is available which allows for some exposure compensation settings. Even a so-called histogram is available for the user to keep control over the exposure. Although you can't directly influence aperture and shutter speeds you can choose for slow shutter speeds at which the camera chooses a shutter speed up to a maximum of 15 seconds. To correct noise as much as possible, the camera automatically activates noise correction with shutter speeds of more than 1.3 seconds. Furthermore it's possible to select white balance, exposure compensation, ISO, My Colours, various programmes and some digital effects in order to manually influence the end result.
Canon Digital IXUS i - My Colour mode
The My Colour mode is available for photo as well as video mode. In fact, enhanced assortments of filter effects are available to copy specific characteristics. For example, it's possible to put emphasis on one of the three main colours (blue, green or red) or part of a picture can be rendered in colour and the other part of the picture can be set to black and white. It means that being creative with My Colour will edit the photo inside the camera. This is becoming a trend lately. Camera manufacturers are using more and more intelligent software in cameras to lessen the use of a computer as much as possible. I hope manufacturers won't go over the top or we will have to spend more time on learning how the software works than how the camera itself works.
Digital IXUS i camera - Shooting modes
The auto mode and the selectable shooting modes offer a lot of convenience. We find familiar scene modes here, like portrait and landscape. These two scenes are each others opposites concerning aperture. Portrait lays emphasis on a blurred background in order to get the portrait on the foreground sharply captured. The choice for landscape will ensure a sharp fore- and background to get the wide landscape sharply captured. In practice this comes in very handy. The other scenes each offer specific characteristics to make an image successful. With the earlier mentioned My Colour mode the user has all the tools within reach for tackling almost any situation.
Canon IXUS i - Panorama mode Stitch-Assist
Very convenient is the panorama mode, called Stitch-Assist. If you want to capture a landscape in a creative way you should get going with this function. It's possible to make 26 images sequentially at which every time an image is taken, it's partly visible during capturing the next one, making them overlap. Ingenious software enables stitching all the images together to obtain a large size panorama image. The easiest way of achieving this is keeping the camera as the central point and turning it around its own body 360 degrees. You might have to practice before it works but then it's definitely worth it.
Canon IXUS i Zoom - Record moving images
Besides capturing photos, the Canon IXUS i Zoom is capable of recording moving images. You can choose from three Movie settings at which the VGA resolution (640x480) offers the maximum quality. The speed (amount of images per second) of recording the images is really disappointing. Only 10 images per second which is a strong contrast to the current standard speed of 30 images per second. Only the middle resolution (320x240) features a somewhat faster speed of 20 fps. The IXUS i Zoom can record approximately 1GB of video clips sequentially.
Digital IXUS i Zoom - Evaluative light metering
In addition to applying various effects, as a user you can influence the end result even more. The Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom standard offers so-called Evaluative light metering at which the image that you want to capture is divided in areas, taking into account the brightness and the contrast and the average metering is being measured on all areas. In practice this turned out to be the best metering method in general. The camera also features spot metering, at which focus emphasizes on a small part in the centre of the image. This metering certainly is a solution for achieving a better end result in situations with rich contrast. The third option is the so-called centre weighted metering, at which the centre of the image receives a larger surface which is given priority at light metering.
Digital IXUS i Zoom - Point-and-shoot camera
Despite the label of point-and-shoot, the Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom has a lot to offer. Especially the enhanced scene modes and additional digital effects leave more room for creative photography in stead of just pushing the button. The various functions and settings are easily accessible and are easy to use. Now and then you'll want to glance at the manual to make sure you know which scene or which digital effect does what for the image and this way you will effortlessly get to know the camera in a short period of time.