|Canon IXUS 60 - Scène modes & Exposure
Although the Canon Digital IXUS 60 focuses mainly on auto shooting, the user does have the option to set the shutter speed according to his own preference. This does however require a little extra setting in the menu. The pre-programmed scene modes offer help in situations with a difficult exposure, which gives you just that little extra accuracy where the exposure is concerned. The same goes for the use of the exposure compensation. A correction of +07 EV for certain subjects (indoor images) gives you slightly nicer results than the standard exposure.
Canon Digital IXUS 60 camera - Images
The sharpness of the images is excellent. When looking at the images more closely, we sometimes see the effect of the camera's noise reduction increase a little; when working with very small details in particular it sometimes seems as if these are swallowed up by the whole and are a little less accurately registered. The Canon Digital IXUS 60 features a high ISO value of 800 ISO. As far as noise is concerned, the 80 - 400 ISO images are virtually stable. At 400 ISO the amount of noise does become a little more noticeable, but this does not change the fact that it is still a decent achievement. The 800 ISO value does not disappoint and really does hold a surplus value. It is particularly beneficial to those images in which the effect is lost by the flash light; they can now be taken. In addition, working with slow shutter speeds is another available option. Granted, it may not be an exceptionally powerful solution, such as an optical image stabiliser, but it is at least a start. The end result is far from disappointing; noise is certainly present, but the images, if correctly exposed, can be printed properly.
Canon IXUS 60 digital camera - Macro function
The optical zoom lens of the Canon IXUS 60 features a standard range. It would benefit from a little extra wide-angle. In the 35mm mode, the camera is a little less sharp towards the edges, and the details become somewhat soft. Upon zooming in, however, the results instantly improve. The camera's macro function; from 3cm at 35mm, functions well and offers a high level of detail. To achieve even more macro results, the Canon Digital IXUS 60 features a Digital Macro function, which enables you to digitally magnify the subject up to 4x. The results, however, are not up to par. This is caused in particular by the blur in the corners, which becomes extremely obvious. We therefore wouldn't recommend it.
Canon Digital IXUS 60 - UA lens
The optical quality of the lens is good. The Canon IXUS 60 is equipped with a UA lens, which has been moulded from glass, and has a higher refractive index than the standard aspherical lenses. The compactness greatly benefits from this. The UA lens aims at significantly reducing the aberration. In practice, we continue to see chromatic aberration, although it isn't excessive. There are always typical subjects and situations where one would expect aberration, and this is no different with the Canon IXUS 60; it occurs primarily in the wide-angle range; with tele it is virtually non-existent.
Canon IXUS 60 camera - DIGIC II processor
Despite its small, compact size, there is a considerable amount of power inside the camera, to which the DIGIC II processor greatly contributes. You are able to shoot with a speed of 2 images per second, although continuing to do so until the Secure Digital card is full will require a fast card that is able to keep up. This goes for both series of photos and video images. If you work with a standard card, you will experience a hiccup in capturing your images, or it will even stop for a considerable amount of time, until the images are stored.
|Canon Digital IXUS 60 - Focussing
Focussing with the Canon Digital IXUS 60 goes accurately. The 9-point auto focus offers a large amount of certainty when focussing. In practice, it is therefore virtually impossible to miss the subject. Small subjects in a large composition form the only exception. In these cases, the camera occasionally misses its target. By changing the focus in spot auto focus, you prevent a possible mistake, and enable the Canon IXUS 60 to focus accurately on the small subject. The camera's exposure is nicely balanced. The standard metering mode, which is evaluative metering, is able to handle itself well with the broadest array of subjects, and even backlighting is dealt with reasonably well. The subjects that need a little extra emphasis on the centre of the composition, can be taken with the centre weighted metering setting. Then we come to the next metering method. It is handy for the professional photographer, but is there really an amateur that will opt to use spot metering? It allows you to measure a very small part in the centre of the composition accurately, and direct the exposure solely at this part. In practice, it turns out that 95% of the images can be captured with the standard evaluative metering without any problems at all. For the occasional exception, the user can resort to the other available settings.
Canon IXUS 60 - Automatic white balance
The Canon Digital 60 features an automatic white balance. It leans towards a slightly warm tone, but this is certainly not unusual. The camera is reasonably able to neutralise various light sources to daylight, but when dealing with an overload of fluorescent light, it is wiser to filter this by changing the automatic white balance to the incandescent or fluorescent light setting. The manual white balance achieves the best results; causing the camera to perform remarkably neutral.
Canon Digital IXUS 60 - Colour reproduction
The colour reproduction of the Canon Digital IXUS 60 is good, and even reasonably feisty when working with certain subjects that contain a large amount of red and blue. The colour saturation may seem a little exaggerated at times, yet turns out well when the image is printed. Granted, it may be a tad over the top for the puritans, but the target group of the Canon IXUS 60 will undoubtedly be pleased. The intense colour, combined with a decent sharpness, ensures that the photo will turn out better, and to the liking of most of us. Despite the saturated colours, skin tone comes across well.
Canon IXUS 60 digital camera - My Color mode
The Canon Digital IXUS 60 also features the My Colors mode. These settings allow you to unleash your creativity and experiment with it to your heart's content. There are eleven different digital effects, with which you can instantly edit your images. From sepia to black-and-white, from lively blue to neutral, there are many ways to edit them. Besides the My Colors mode, the user also has the choice to alter colours specifically. There is, for instance, the option to select and keep a certain colour whilst the others are converted to black-and-white, or change a specific colour into another.