Canon IXUS 185 Review

CANON IXUS 185 OVERVIEW

The Canon PowerShot IXUS 185 is a point and shoot camera, which in general means it is more portable than DSLRs, but takes lower quality pictures. In Addition to that point and shoot cameras do not have interchangeable lens so you’re stuck with what’s built-in.

Canon IXUS 185 and IXUS 190 are the slimmest cameras in the Canon IXUS range. Each new model comes with a 20-megapixel CCD imager, a 10x zoom lens with Intelligent Image Stabilisation, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The camera’s  Easy Auto feature automatically selects the best camera settings for you, and locks buttons to help you avoid pressing anything by mistake. For added ease, Auto Zoom intelligently selects the best framing for stills and movies, all dependent on the number of people in shot. Both cameras are capable of recording HD movies in 720p resolution.

Within point and shoot cameras, the PowerShot IXUS 185 is classified as a basic compact camera, which are designed to give users decent image quality (above that of a smartphone) with optical zooming capabilities at a reasonable price point. They’re one of the most portable options on the market as well, with the exception of ultra compact models.

Canon IXUS 185 supports aperture range from f3.2 to f9, ISO sensitivity of 100 to 800 ( making it easier to take shots in low light conditions) and a  2.7 inch wide LCD touch monitor with approximately 230k-dot resolution.

It supports built in flash, auto focus, continuous shooting at .8 shots/sec and Digital Image Stabilization. It supports a Date stamp feature, so one can now recall memories at a glance, by looking at the date and time printed on each photo. There is also an Easy Auto feature, which disables FUNC.SET, MENU and INFO buttons to make it simple for users and they don’t get lost in menu pages.

SENSOR


The PowerShot IXUS 185 has a 1/2.3″ sensor, which is a small form sensor that measures about 1/2.3″. This allows the camera to be portable, but won’t be able to compete in image quality against cameras with larger sensors. For context, full frame sensors are about 36 x 24 mm providing a much larger area for image capturing.

To help you capture every friend, family or scene in the best light, the IXUS’s new Easy Auto feature automatically selects the best camera settings for you, and locks buttons to help you avoid pressing anything by mistake.

For added ease, Auto Zoom intelligently selects the best framing for stills and movies, all dependent on the number of people in shot.

With each press of the shutter, Canon’s Intelligent IS helps to ensure images are crisp, with minimal blur.

Eight modes constantly adapt to the scene that’s being captured, from on a tripod to panning whilst shooting a child running, while Dynamic IS supports during movie shooting.

For really long distant scenes, the PowerShot SX430 IS’s impressive 45x optical zoom puts you at the heart of the action, while the 90x ZoomPlus takes you even closer.

The difference in the image captured between a full frame sensor and a smaller one like this, is referred to as the crop factor. Lower crop factors (closer to 1) are better since more of the image is being received by the sensor.

ISO


The ISO of a camera indicates its sensor’s sensitivity to light. High ISOs allow photographers to take low light pictures without having to set long exposures. The downside to using high ISOs is that it produces noise or graininess in the image.

The Canon IXUS 185’s min ISO of 100 is standard for digital cameras, with most having either 80 or 100. The PowerShot IXUS 185 has a max ISO of 1600, which is on the low end for point and shoot cameras.

Canon IXUS’s Intelligent ISO helps to ensure images are crisp, with minimal blur. Eight modes constantly adapt to the scene that’s being captured, from on a tripod to panning whilst shooting a child running, while Dynamic IS supports during movie shooting.

SHUTTER SPEED

The Canon  IXUS 185 1/2000 sec shutter speed is about average for digital cameras, and fast enough for sports shots. The long exposure shutter usually isn’t a major decision factor, with most point and shoot models allowing 4-8 seconds capture, and DSLRs up to 30 seconds.

EXPOSURE

The majority of cameras allow users to adjust the exposure in 1/3 Exposure Value increments. The Canon IXUS 185 allows users to set exposure compensation of +/- 2 EXPOSURE VALUE in 1/3 stop increments. , with a +/- 1 EV being equivalent to +/- 1.

KEY FEATURES OF ‘IXUS’ 185 AND ‘POWERSHOT’

IXUS KEY FEATURES:-

Easy, slim IXUS you can keep in your pocket. Brilliant results for all your best memories. Point and shoot for beautifully easy results. Have fun with easy creative modes. Superb HD movies with one touch of a button.

POWERSHOT KEY FEATURES:-

Big zoom you’ll want for every occasion. Superb results for your proudest moments. Seamless connections for easy sharing.Effortless point and shoot creativity. Superb HD movies at the touch of a button.

Canon IXUS 185 Specifications in Short

Imaging Processor DIGIC 4+
Image Sensor
Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 20.0 megapixels (aspect ratio: 4:3)
Sensor Size 1/2.3 type
Lens
Focal Length 8x zoom: 5 (W) – 40.0 (T) mm
35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) – 224 (T) mm
Focusing Range 1 cm (0.4 in.) – infinity (W), 1.3 m (4.3 ft.) – infinity (T)
Macro: 1 – 50cm (W) (0.4in. – 1.6ft. (W))
Image Stabilizer (IS) System Digital
LCD Monitor
Type 2.7-inch type
Effective Pixels Approx. 230,000 dots
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Focus
Control System Autofocus: Continuous, Servo AF
AF Frame Face AiAF, Tracking AF, Center
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index) AUTO, ISO 100 – ISO 800
1-stop increments
Shutter Speed 1 – 1/2000sec.
15 – 1sec. (in Long Shutter mode)
Aperture
Type Circular diaphragm
f/number f/3.2 – f/9.0 (W), f/6.9 – f/20.0 (T)
Flash
Modes Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Range 50cm – 3.0m (W), 1.3 – 1.5m (T) (1.6 – 9.8ft. (W), 4.3 – 4.9ft. (T))
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes

AUTO, P, Digital IS, Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter

Shooting movies is possible with the movie button

Continuous shooting (AUTO, P Mode) Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (In AUTO, P mode)
Approx. 2.2 shots/sec (In Low Light mode)
Recording Specifications
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images: (4:3) 4:3
Large: 5152 x 3864
M1: 3648 x 2736
M2: 2048 x 1536
M: 2560 x 1920
S: 640 x 480
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (Selection of Wide: 5152 x 2896 possible)
Movies: 1280 x 720 / 640 x 480
Power Supply Battery Pack NB-11L
Number of Shots (CIPA compliant) Approx. 210 images
Number of Shots (Eco Mode) Approx. 285 images
Movie Recoding Time (Actual Usage Time) Approx. 55min.
Dimensions (CIPA compliant) 95.2 x 54.3 x 22.1mm (3.75 x 2.14 x 0.87in.)
Weight (CIPA compliant) Approx. 126g (4.44oz.) (including battery & memory card)
Approx. 111g (3.92oz.) (camera body only)
Other Features AUTO button

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