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Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
It's starting to become rather monotonously, but weekly we receive a new sample for testing and it seems that nowadays the Secure Digital memory card is around to stay forever. The famous CompactFlash memory cards seem to exist only with advanced (hybrid) cameras and digital reflex cameras. The Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom supports the Secure Digital (SD) memory card and we're not surprised! Memory manufacturers like SanDisk, founder of the current flash memory carriers, have invested a lot in speed and storage capacity. For 2006 we can expect an increase of speed again. At present many different SD cards are sold, varying from a standard low speed storage capacity card to high-speed speed and a capacity of 2GB. The current fastest SD memory cards reach a speed of approximately 20MB per second. The Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom settles for a large capacity in stead of the standard delivered SD memory.
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SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
The small SD memory card has to be inserted in the battery compartment. The card only fits one way and it clicks when it's inserted which means it's stuck. I used the Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom with a different card. This new card type is delivered by SanDisk and is available as the SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card. It has a remarkable feature; the card can be bent in the middle after which a USB interface is freed. This enables inserting the Ultra II Plus SD card directly from the camera in a free USB port without needing a cable or card reader.

Considering 512MB storage capacity:
Resolution: 2592x1944 pixels - Super Fine - 190 images - 2,5MB
Resolution: 2592x1944 pixels - Fine - 339 images - 1,4MB
Resolution: 2592x1944 pixels - Normal - 671 images - 695kB
Resolution: 2048x1536 pixels - Super Fine - 295 images - 1,6MB
Resolution: 2048x1536 pixels - Fine - 529 images - 893kB
Resolution: 2048x1536 pixels - Normal - 1041 images - 445kB
Resolution: 1600x1200 pixels - Super Fine - 471 images - 1,0MB
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 - 2747 images - 84kB

Video Resolution: 640x480 pixels - 10fps - 12 min 1 sec. - 660kB/sec.
Video Resolution: 320x240 pixels - 20fps - 17 min 21 sec. - 440kB/sec.
Video Resolution: 160x120 pixels - 15fps - 55 min 57 sec. - 120kB/sec.
Canon Digital IXUS i - Resolution settings
The Canon IXUS i Zoom offers four different resolution settings, from 2592x1944 to 640x480 and three different compression settings. Especially the latter one is disappointing with competing brands offering just one or two compression settings. If you want to get the best result it's advisable to use the full resolution of 5 Megapixels and the FINE compression. Such a quality does take up around 2,5MB of storage capacity though. It means that you'll need around 256MB to be able to store the equivalent of three 35mm films of 36 images.

Digital IXUS i Zoom - Canon NB-4L Lithium Ion battery
The bottom of the camera that takes the SD card, also offers room to the Lithium Ion battery. The Canon NB-4L has a capacity of 3.7V/760mAh and is charged through the standard delivered Camera Station. It takes around 90 minutes to fully recharge a completely empty battery. If you find it a bugger to recharge the battery through the Station, you can also do it through the optional battery charger. In theory it's possible to make some 160 images with a fully loaded battery. In practice we couldn't get any further than 140 images, which is still a reasonable amount. Even so I'd like to advise you to purchase an extra battery to prevent you from being without energy just when attending a big party or during that special moment on your holidays. Because running out of energy makes you want to throw the camera away as far as possible, no matter how beautiful the camera is!

Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom Camera Station
Nevertheless; the Camera Station that comes with the Digital IXUS i Zoom is very functional. Placing this Station on an obvious spot in your room, for example next to the computer or television, captured images can be printed, transferred or viewed effortlessly through the USB or video cable. All you have to do is place the camera in the Station. The battery starts recharging and transferring the data to a connected computer or notebook can also start immediately. Data transfer is ultra speedy thanks to the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection. One disadvantage of this system is the fact that you're almost forced to take the Station with you when going on holiday etc. However; it is very user friendly.
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