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Canon Digital IXUS

The Digital IXUS (IXY Digital in Japan and PowerShot Digital ELPH in US and Canada) is a series of digital cameras released by Canon. The Digital IXUS series, based on the design of Canon's IXUS/IXY/ELPH line of APS cameras, is a line of ultracompact cameras.

History

Digital IXUS names are used unless otherwise stated. IXY Digital and PowerShot Digital ELPH names can be found in the table below

Canon's PowerShot A and S line of the time were being made as small as contemporary technology allowed , and demonstrated the demand for a small digital camera of good quality. Canon used its experience with small film cameras, particularly the APS IXUS, to mass-produce good digital cameras smaller than anyone else had managed up to the time (the first Digital IXUS was the smallest 2MP then available ) and reused the popular IXUS/IXY/ELPH brand name with the tag line "The DIGITAL IXUS blends Canon's award-winning IXUS design with PowerShot digital technology."

The first Digital IXUS, released in June 2000 fitted the technology of the PowerShot S10 into a body similar to the IXUS II . Between 2003 and 2004, starting with the Digital IXUS II, Canon moved from the use of CF cards to SD cards to create thinner cameras.

The latest model in the Digital IXUS series is the 970IS, released in March 2008.

Models

The same camera models are released in Europe, the US and Japan under different names. The cameras themselves are identical apart from the front fascia, according to the parts lists. The Canon model number on the bottom is consistent between marketing names.

All models use lithium ion batteries of Canon proprietary design, though third-party equivalents are readily available.

All models use RGBG Bayer filter (except the original Digital IXUS, which uses a CYGM filter ) CCD sensors made by Sony. Images are recorded as JPEGs. Raw image files are not accessible without the use of third party firmware.

Sxxx series (CF card)
Digital IXUS
PowerShot Digital ELPH
IXY Digital
Canon model
Release
date
Sensor Lens (35mm equiv), zoom, aperture Card Battery Size (mm), weight (inc batt) Photo Notes
Digital IXUS(1)
S100
IXY Digital
PC1001
June 2000 2MP (1600×1200), 1/2.7" 35-70 mm (2×) CF NB-1L 87 × 57 × 26.9, 210g Only Ixus with a CYGM CCD (all others are RGBG)
300
S300
300
PC1008
December 2000 35-105mm (3×), f/2.7-4.7 94.8 × 62.5 × 29.9, 275g Video
v
S110
200
PC1012
April 2001 35-70 mm (2×) 87 × 57 × 26.9, 225g Video
v2
S200
200a
PC1022
13 March 2002 S110 with improved interface
330
S330
300a
PC1026
35-105 mm (3×) 94.8 × 62.5 × 31.5, 274g 300 with more software features
v3
S230
320
PC1037
16 August 2002 3MP, 1/2.7" 35-70 mm (2×) 87 × 57 × 26.7 best MOVIE: 640 x 480, 15 fps, inc audio (14 sec, 30 sec max)
400
S400
400
PC1038
28 February 2003 4MP (2272×1704), 1/1.8" 36-108mm (3×), f/2.8-4.9 87.0 × 57.0 × 27.8, 222g, f/2.8-4.9 [best MOVIE: 320 x 240, 15 fps, inc audio up to 3 mins]
430
S410
450
PC1086
9 February 2004 87.0 × 57.0 × 27.8, 215g 400 with added features and faster software. USB 1.1.
500
S500
500
PC1084
5MP (2592×1944), 1/1.8"
430 with 5MP sensor USB 1.1. IXY Digital 500 White Limited: 10,000 units in Japan, June 2004

SDxxx series (SD card)
Digital IXUS
PowerShot Digital ELPH
IXY Digital
Canon model
Release
date
Sensor Lens (35mm equiv), zoom, aperture Card Battery Size (mm), weight (inc batt) Photo Notes
II
SD100
30
PC1035
2 May 2003 3MP (2048×1536), 1/2.7" 35-70 mm (2×) SD, MMC NB-3L 85.0 × 56.0 × 23.9, 185g First to use SD card
IIs
SD110
30a
PC1085
9 February 2004 II with added features and faster software
30
SD200
40
PC1102
21 September 2004 35-105 mm (3×) NB-4L 85.8 × 53.4 × 21.1 First with DIGIC II OS
40
SD300
50
PC1101
4MP (2272×1704) 86 × 53 × 20.7, 147g
50
SD400
55
PC1150
17 February 2005 5MP (2592×1944), 1/2.5" 86 × 53 × 20.7, 130g
700
SD500
600
PC1114
7.1MP (3072×2304), 1/1.8" 37-111 mm (3×) NB-3L 89.5 × 57.0 × 26.5, 192g USB 2.0
55
SD450
60
PC1158
August 2005 5MP (2592×1944), 1/2.5" 35-105 mm (3×) NB-4L 86 × 53.5 × 21.6, 157g Ixus 50 with larger LCD and software updates
750
SD550
700
PC1169
7.1MP (3072×2304), 1/1.8" 37-111 mm (3×) NB-3L 89.5 × 57.0 × 26.5, 192g SD500 with larger LCD and software updates
Wireless
SD430 Wireless
Wireless
PC1190
October 2005 5MP (2592×1944), 1/2.5" 35-105 mm (3×), f/2.8-4.9 NB-4L 99 × 54.4 × 21.7, 130g (-batt) 11b Wi-Fi upload
Ixus 60
SD600
70
PC1193
March 2006 6MP (2816×2112), 1/2.5" 86.0 × 53.5 × 21.7, 170g ISO 800
65
SD630
80
PC1147
April 2006 90.3 × 56.8 × 20.2, 175g IXUS 60 with larger LCD (3 inch) and no viewfinder (for the first time in series)
800 IS
SD700 IS
800 IS
PC1176
35-140 mm (4×), f/2.8-5.5 NB-5L 90.4 × 56.5 × 26.4, 192g Image Stabilisation, ISO 800
850 IS
SD800 IS
900 IS
PC1209
September 2006 7.1MP (3072×2304), 1/2.5" 28-105mm (3.8×), f/2.8-5.8 SD, SDHC, MMC NB-5L 89.5 × 58 × 25.1, 150g (-batt) ISO 1600, face detection, DIGIC III OS
900 Ti
SD900
1000
PC1206
10MP (3648×2736), 1/1.8" 37-111mm (3×), f/2.8-4.9 91.2 × 59.6 × 28.2, 165g ISO 1600, ISO 3200 at 2MP, 1024×768 video, titanium case, face detection, DIGIC III OS
70
SD1000
10
PC1228
February 2007 7.1MP (3072×2304), 1/2.5" 35-105mm (3×), f/2.8-4.9 NB-4L 85.9 × 53.5 × 19.4 mm, 125g (-batt)
2.5" LCD, ISO 1600, red eye correction, face detection, DIGIC III OS, first IXUS/IXY/ELPH to feature black or silver casings (black version tribute to the original IXUS/IXY/ELPH APS camera introduced in 1996)
75
SD750
90
PC1227
91.6 × 56.8 × 19.6 mm, 130g (-batt) 3" LCD, no viewfinder, ISO 1600, red eye correction, face detection, DIGIC III OS
950 IS
SD850 IS
810 IS
PC1235
May 2007 8.0MP (3264×2448), 1/2.5" 35-140mm (4×), f/2.8-4.9 NB-5L 90 × 57 × 26 mm, 165g (-batt)
860 IS
SD870 IS
910 IS
PC1249
August 2007 28-105mm (3.8×), f/2.8-5.8 SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 92.6 × 58.8 × 25.9 mm, 155g (-batt)
960 IS
SD950 IS
2000 IS
PC1248
12.1MP (4000×3000), 1/1.7" 36-133mm (3.7×), f/2.8-5.8 95.9 × 59.9 × 27.6 mm, 165g (-batt)
80 IS
SD1100 IS
20 IS
PC1271
January 2008 8.0MP (3264×2448), 1/2.5" 38-114mm (3×), f/2.8-4.9 NB-4L 86.8 × 54.8 × 22.0 mm, 125g (-batt) Five colors: Swing Silver, Pink Melody, Bohemian Brown, Golden Tone, and Rhythm & Blue ; first entry-level IXUS/IXY/ELPH with image stabilization as standard equipment
85 IS
SD770 IS
25 IS
PC1262
March 2008 10.0MP (3648×2736), 1/2.3" 35-105mm (3×), f/2.8-4.9 NB-6L 86.0 × 54.0 × 20.4 mm, 130g (-batt) IXUS 85 has a 2.5" LCD and a viewfinder, while the IXUS 90 has a 3" LCD and no viewfinder
90 IS
SD790 IS
95 IS
PC1261
NB-5L 91.6 × 56.8 × 20.9 mm, 155g (-batt)
970 IS
SD890 IS
820 IS
PC1266
37-185mm (5×), f/3.2-f5.7 SD, SDHC, MMC 95.4 × 57.2 × 27.4 mm, 155g (-batt) First IXUS/IXY/ELPH with 5x zoom
980 IS
SD990 IS
3000 IS
-
September 2008 14.7MP (4416×3312), 1/1.7" 36-133mm (3.7×), f/2.8-5.8 SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ NB-5L 98 × 62 × 28 mm, 160g (-batt) DiGIC 4, first IXUS/IXY/ELPH with manual controls
870 IS
SD880 IS
920 IS
-
10.0MP (3648×2736), 1/2.3" 28-112mm (4×), f/2.8-5.8 94 × 57 × 24 mm, 155g (-batt) DiGIC 4

i/SDxx/L series
Digital IXUS
PowerShot Digital ELPH
IXY Digital
Canon model
Release
date
Sensor Lens (35mm equiv), zoom, aperture Card Battery Size (mm), weight (inc batt) Photo Notes
i
SD10
L
PC1060
12 September 2003 4MP (2272×1704), 1/2.5" 39 mm, f/2.8 SD, MMC NB-3L 90.3 × 47.0 × 18.5, 100g (-batt) Several body colors
i5
SD20
L2
PC1108
September 2004 5MP, 1/2.5" 90 × 47 × 19
i Zoom
SD30
L3
PC1144
September 2005 38-90 mm (2.4×), f/3.2-5.4 NB-4L 96 × 45 × 24
i7 Zoom
SD40
L4
PC1205
September 2006 7.1MP (3072×2304), 1/2.5" SD, SDHC, MMC 96.1 × 45.1 × 23.9, 105g (-batt) ISO 1600, titanium case, face detection, first to use DIGIC III OS, Denim Blue, Steel Grey, Sepia, Pink

  1. The PC1001 was marketed as "Digital IXUS," "IXY Digital" and "PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH."

Accessories

  • Ixus: AW-PS200 all-weather enclosure
  • Ixus 330: WP-DC500 waterproof enclosure
  • Ixus 400/430/500: WP-DC800 waterproof enclosure
  • Ixus i: AW-DC10 all-weather enclosure
  • Ixus 50: AW-DC30 all-weather enclosure
  • SD700 IS: WP-DC5 waterproof enclosure
  • External Flash: High-Power Flash HF-DC1

Known problems

Canon considers the following problems design faults and will often repair devices with these particular faults free after the warranty period. You must however ascertain whether a particular service centre will perform a repair for you.

  • There is a bug in the firmware that can cause the IXUS 400 (and possibly other cameras with the same firmware) to display the message 'Memory card error' after the camera has been in use for some time. Contrary to the message there may not necessarily be anything wrong with the memory card. There are descriptions of the fix available which pretty much amounts to taking the internal and external battery out at the same time in order to reset the camera.
  • A number of camera models across several manufacturers used a Sony CCD that was prone to failure. Canon put out a general recall in late 2005 on affected models and serial numbers. Models from the Ixus range are the v3, II and IIs.

Like all compacts with a zoom lens, the Ixus range are susceptible to lens errors if the lens is unable to zoom in or out. On Canon cameras, this manifests as the E18 error.

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Sample galleries

References

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