In most cases, the Canon Digital IXUS 65's performance feels quick. After taking about 1.4 seconds from power-on to first shot, the camera takes a respectable 1.9 seconds between shots, which increases marginally with flash. Its modest 0.6-second shutter lag holds for both bright scenes and dim ones. Its burst shooting zips along at 2.1fps with no buffer constraint on the number of shots.
The IXUS 65's photos were pleasing, especially in the low-ISO ranges. At ISO 80, shots look crisp and clear with very little fringing and solid colour reproduction. Images predictably become noisy at ISO 400 and ISO 800, but it isn't so apparent as to render the photo unusable.
The Canon Digital IXUS 65 is an extremely solid ultracompact, with performance and photo quality that more than make up for its few design flaws. It's a surprisingly good shooter, and its feature set makes it quite flexible for a camera of its size. That said, it's basically a more expensive version of the IXUS 60 with a larger screen and no optical viewfinder. If you're willing to give up the big LCD, the IXUS 60 would be a more economical choice.
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Edited by Lori Grunin
Additional editing by Kate Macefield