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Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS review: Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS

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The Good Superb styling and finish; pocket-sized dimensions and rounded corners; good picture quality; easy to use; responsive.

The Bad No optical zoom in movie mode; unadventurous 3x zoom lens.

The Bottom Line Go into any camera store and you won't be able to move for pocket-friendly super-slim cameras, practically all of which are cheaper than the Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS. But the 100 IS has class in abundance. This camera's styling, finish, controls and results are just right

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There have been so many different Digital IXUS 'strands' in the past that it can be difficult to work out where each model fits in. The Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS, available for around £260, doesn't make it any clearer.

While the 100 IS doesn't appear to push any technological boundaries either, it's oozing with that characteristic IXUS chic.

Canon says the 100 IS replaces the Digital IXUS 85 IS. Don't get confused by the new Digital IXUS 95 IS, because that runs alongside the 100 IS and replaces the Digital IXUS 80 IS. And neither's anything to do with the Digital IXUS 990 IS, which is a different camera again.

Never mind any confusion, though -- the 100 IS is a gem. Canon says it's the slimmest IXUS ever, at just 18mm thick, and the rounded corners and fuss-free exterior make it supremely pocketable. The first thing you're likely to do when you pick it up is marvel at the sleek, stainless steel body. Unless you drop it first, that is -- the 100 IS is so sleek that you might want to hook up the wrist strap before you use it.

There's some barrel distortion here, but the definition is excellent and the colour rendition is spot on. This is as good as you can expect from any 12-megapixel compact (click image to enlarge)

The 100 IS is extremely easy to use, too. It helps if you've used a Canon compact before, because everything will be exactly where you expect. But, if you haven't, you'll work it out very quickly without needing to plod through the manual.

The best thing about this camera -- apart from the super-sexy styling -- is that everything just works. The autofocus is fast, the exposure system makes few mistakes, the iContrast feature keeps shadows and highlights under control, and the colours are great.

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