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Canon IXUS 105 IS review: Canon IXUS 105 IS

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The Good Compact form factor. Good image quality. Ideal for point-and-shoot users.

The Bad Reasonably slow. Not many features. A little expensive at RRP for what is offered.

The Bottom Line The Canon IXUS 105 IS can't do too much wrong if all you want to do is point and shoot.

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The IXUS 105 IS shares many stylistic similarities with previous cameras in Canon's ultra-compact range. It's most similar to the IXUS 95 IS from last year, housed in a more boxy casing than its sleek stablemates the 130 IS and 300 HS.

Measuring 55.8x90.5x21.2mm and weighing 117g, it's light enough to throw around in a handbag or pocket, but chunky enough to make sure it doesn't fall prey to slippery fingers. It comes in silver, pink, green and brown, enough variety to satisfy even the pickiest photographer. Controls are easy enough for a first-time photographer to use, with a standard arrangement of power and shutter buttons up top, and a mode switch at the back that can flip the camera into automatic, program or movie mode.

Canon IXUS 105 IS

The Canon IXUS 105 IS has a simple arrangement of shooting controls and buttons on the back. (Credit: Canon)


Being the lowest rung on the IXUS ladder means that this camera misses out on a few features that crop up on more expensive models, but fortunately nothing too important for users looking for a typical point-and-shoot. Inside is a 12.1-megapixel sensor and the camera has a 4x optical zoom with a 28mm wide-angle lens, adequate enough for most needs. One pleasing thing to see on this camera is the wide optics; f/2.8, which means in theory that the lens can let more light in, ideal for lower-light photography and achieving a blurred-background look in macro and portrait photography.

There is no HD video, but then again it's debatable whether people in the market for this sort of compact camera really needs that capability. Let's compare this camera to the Nikon Coolpix S3000, one of its closest competitors on specifications:

Canon IXUS 105 IS Nikon Coolpix S3000
12 megapixels 12 megapixels
2.7-inch LCD 2.7-inch LCD
28mm wide-angle lens 27mm wide-angle lens
No HD video recording No HD video recording
Optical image stabilisation Electronic image stabilisation
RRP AU$329 RRP AU$199

Canon IXUS 105 IS vs. Nikon Coolpix S3000

A comparison of images taken with the Canon 105 IS and Nikon S3000, both taken at 4x optical zoom. The images above are excerpts from a 100 per cent crop of each image. (Credit: Alexandra Savvides/CNET Australia)

In automatic mode, users give most control over to the camera, with just a few shooting selections available: choosing the image size, flash control and self timer. In program mode, a little more control is opened up. Scene modes become available, including portrait, night snapshot, kids and pets, indoor and face self-timer. Users can also choose full program mode, which will allow ISO adjustments, colour controls, metering options, continuous shooting and image size. The IXUS 105 IS gives six different image sizes, from the full 12-megapixel resolution, three medium resolutions (8, 5 and 2 megapixels), a small size (VGA resolution) and widescreen shooting in the 16:9 aspect ratio.

Canon's low light mode (renamed from High ISO in previous versions of the camera) takes reduced resolution shots at 2 megapixels from the ISO range 400-6400.

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