Canon IXUS 860 IS digital camera
The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS digital camera can lean on the success of its ancestors and that's what it does of course. The Canon IXUS 860 IS camera is faithful to the concept that brought Canon a lot of success over the past few years. A safe way maybe for Canon and why not? Why change a successful concept that proved to be great? The image quality is excellent and there are no complaints about the equipment. This guarantees success… or?
Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS - Wide angle
Well, I do have some issues where Canon dropped a stitch. For example the zoom range starting with 3.8 with a wide angle of 28mm is very nice. But wide angle delivers some distortion and although not significant; it is present and could do with some improvement. More important I find the effect of the noise reduction on details in a picture when ISO 400 or higher is used. The fact that the Canon IXUS 860 IS camera already suffers from noise at 400 ISO is an issue that Canon should keep in mind when developing an eventual successor.
Canon IXUS 860IS - Easy & Stylish camera
Other than these issues I am very positive about this camera. The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS digital camera is meant for the photographer looking for a combination of ease and stylish design without requiring manual settings so much. The camera has a beautiful design and the housing is of very high quality and the zoom range of 28-105mm very effective in daily use. Add the large sized monitor to all this and you will find it a neat camera to look at and most certainly to use too.
Canon 860 IS - Built-in optical image stabilizer
The user friendliness of the camera is more than ok. You won't need the user's guide and that is how it should always be. A camera like the Canon IXUS 860 IS is meant for easy operation and the last thing you want is going through a user's guide for hours before being able to take a picture. The ease of the built-in image stabilizer is great. It offers effortless shooting and delivers a lot more successful pictures. In my opinion the face detection function is not yet a surplus value but I am sure we haven't seen the full possibilities of this function yet. Demonstrations at the Photokina 2006 showed a lot more possibilities on the field of search functions, archiving, image management and entertainment than just recognizing, focussing and correctly exposing of portraits. I am sure we haven't heard the last of it!
Canon IXUS 860IS digital camera - Review conclusion
The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS camera is worth its money. The small shortcomings are visible through technical tests but in practice I believe they will be hardly found in the picture. Canon have added another beautiful IXUS model to the assortment and stay in the race of keeping an impressive market share. If you are looking for a stylish developed camera, user friendly and equipped with innovative and effective image solutions you might find the Canon 860 IS camera the right one. And if you want a camera that needs more manual efforts you should look for the PowerShot G9 or a different brand.
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Canon IXUS 860 IS - SD memory card
The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS standard comes with 32MB memory. A nice gesture, but in practice it is useless. Canon would do better to integrate that kind of free memory in the camera and preferably add a few MBs. You will be able to get by with a standard SD memory card in your daily use of the camera. The cards are available in various speeds and capacities. Personally I would choose an SDHC card with a minimum of 4GB storage capacity. That way you don't have to worry about how many pictures you take on a holiday or a day out which lets you effortlessly take as many pictures as you like. The largest file coming from the camera is a mere 4MB. I would advise you to purchase a card with a minimum storage capacity of 1GB and preferably 2GB.
Considering 1GB storage capacity
JPEG - Large - 3624x2448 pixels - Super fine - 3436kB - 278 pictures
JPEG - Large - 3624x2448 pixels - Fine - 2060kB - 462 pictures
JPEG - Large - 3624x2448 pixels - Normal - 980kB - 958 pictures
JPEG - Normal 1 - 2592x1944 pixels - Super fine - 2503kB - 380 pictures
JPEG - Normal 1 - 2592x1944 pixels - Fine - 1395kB - 678 pictures
JPEG - Normal 1 - 2592x1944 pixels - Normal - 695kB - 1342 pictures
JPEG - Normal 2 - 2048x1536 pixels - Super fine - 1602kB - 590 pictures
JPEG - Normal 2 - 2048x1536 pixels - Fine - 893kB - 1058 pictures
JPEG - Normal 2 - 2048x1536 pixels - Normal - 445kB - 2082 pictures
JPEG - Normal 3 - 1600x1200 pixels - Super fine - 1002kB - 942 pictures
JPEG - Normal 3 - 1600x1200 pixels - Fine - 558kB - 1678 pictures
JPEG - Normal 3 - 1600x1200 pixels - Normal - 278kB - 3180 pictures
JPEG - Small - 640x480 pixels - Super fine - 249kB - 3554 pictures
JPEG - Small - 640x480 pixels - Fine - 150kB - 5494 pictures
JPEG - Small - 640x480 pixels - Normal - 84kB - 8634 pictures
JPEG - Post card - 1600x1200 pixels - Fine - 558kB - 1678 pictures
JPEG - Wide image - 3264x1832 - Super fine - 2601kB - 366 pictures
JPEG - Wide image - 3264x1832 pixels - Fine - 1540kB - 614 pictures
JPEG - Wide image - 3264x1832 pixels - Normal - 736kB - 1284 pictures
Video - 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 1963kB/sec - 7min 54 sec
Video - 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - LP - 1003kB/sec - 15 min
Video - 320 x 240 pixels - 30fps - 703kB/sec - 20 min 58 sec
Video - 160 x 120 pixels - 15fps - 131kB/sec - 100 min 42 sec