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Good: Picture & video quality, battery life, macro and lots more
Bad: Not much
Comment: I am one of the most cautious buyers I know, so before deciding to buy this camera I had scoured the net for all reviews and suggestions. Out of all the cameras I read about, the Ixus 800 IS came up trumps. The Canon Web site is also great, with sample images and camera comparisons.
I can honestly say this camera did not disappoint. The picture quality is unbelievable. I have a small gallery of some shots I took in Scotland if you want to see. http://picasaweb.google.com/wamweri/PublicScotlandPics
Brilliant camera, I don't see myself getting another camera in many years to come.
Good: Quality of camera and results
Bad: Power button
Comment: I wanted an 'up to date' camera to capture my new granddaughter's rapidly changing images. I wanted a utility camera for stills and occasional movies on a tour of Italy. I wanted my old hands to stop shaking as I took photos.
The IXUS 800 IS didn't stop my hands shaking but you would never know by the photos that it hadn't. It well satisfied all my requirements.
Good: Small, easy to operate once you get used to it, great quality images even at 4x zoom
Bad: It comes with a 16MB memory card which is way too small
Comment: I'm no camera expert but I did want a camera I could rely on to take good quality pictures whether it be of landscapes, parties or sports events and so far this camera has hit the right note. The display screen is huge in comparison to my previous camera's and the image quality is top notch (daylight and low light tested). A lot of my old photos suffered from red-eye, but using the reduction setting the IXUS 800 didn't show any.
People have commented on the controls being small and not easy to use, well that is true to start with, but after a while it actually becomes second nature and the benefit of a larger display screen makes it worthwhile. The on-screen prompts are also very helpful and I would strongly recommend this to the everyday user.
The 16MB memory is a bit of a joke but luckily most Internet stores offer a 1GB card and case as part of a bundle for the camera, which is a must to optimise the camera's features.
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