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Canon IXUS 55

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Canon IXUS 55 Review

Announced in August 2005, the SD450 (which goes by the name of Digital IXUS 55 in Europe and Australia) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000 (and a lot farther back than that in the film camera world). Essentially a fairly minor upgrade to the popular SD400 (Ixus 50), the SD450 incorporates two UA (Ultra-high Refractive Index Glass Molded (GMo) Aspherical lens) elements which has allowed Canon to produced its smallest cameras yet to feature a 3x zoom. New features include a larger 'wide viewing angle' 2.5-inch monitor, a direct access ISO button, a nifty orientation sensor that rotates the display of images as you turn the camera round in playback mode and some fancy playback effects. It may be smaller than a credit card, but Canon has still managed to cram a fairly comprehensive range of features into the SD450;

5.0 megapixel CCD
2.5-inch color TFT monitor
35-105mm (equiv.) F2.8 - 4.9, 3x optical zoom
640 x 480 movies at 30fps
Print/Share button
Fast Frame Rate movies (320x240 pixels @ 60fps)
'My Colors' feature
Seven special scene modes
Custom white balance
Spot, center-weighted and evaluative metering
DIGIC II processor & iSAPS
9-point AiAF

Positive Points

Very good resolution
Incredibly slim, compact design
Beautifully built and all-metal construction
Excellent color and white balance in most situations
Manual (custom) white balance
Good exposure and generally very reliable focus (using single-point AF)
Good flash performance at short distances
Fast and responsive
Big, bright screen with wide viewing angle
Excellent movie mode
Nice handling and easy to use interface
New ISO button
Playback orientation sensor
AF illuminator
Excellent macro mode

Negative Points

Fairly strong purple fringing
Some dynamic range issues (common to cameras using this sensor)
Some edge and corner softness at wide angle/max aperture
Battery life when using LCD
No exposure information in record mode except when camera shake is an issue
No exposure information in playback mode
Very little manual control

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