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Aug 28, 2005 07:50 PM 3903 Views
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One of the greatest advantages of Digital Camera is its convenience. No more films to load and unload, no more waiting for the roll to complete, no more processing and development time. You Point, Click and Review instantly. But a camera that is so small that it slips easily into your trouser pocket is a step ahead in the convenience factor.

One such Digital camera is the Canon IXUS 50 (SD400). It is a statement of superior digital technology and a masterpiece of convenience. If you are not a professional photographer but need a camera that helps you pursue your photo hobbies then look no further.

Canon IXUS 50 is a digital camera that meets the demands of the ardent customer. I recently purchased this camera after a lot of research and study of different cameras and their models. I was greatly helped by sites such as '''', '''', '''' etc. What was I looking for and how did I choose? After a lot of Internet hours I finally narrowed down my choice to either Canon or Nikon. Finally the choice fell on Canon. How did I do it? Read on below ...

I needed a camera that could meet the following:

  1. A camera small enough to fit into my pocket. A camera that would always be available to click at the same time providing freedom for my hands when not required. Canon definitely had the advantage in this area over Nikon. Nikon cameras used pencil cells which made the cameras thicker in size.

  2. A camera that provided decent quality pictures. I realised that if you are going to view the images on your computer or television screen most of the time then a 3 MP camera will serve the purpose. However a higher resolution camera becomes useful if you propose to take prints. The higher the resolution the large the print size can be. A 5 MP camera would provide excellent quality print of standard size pictures. I finally settled for 5 MP camera. Most of the problems in picture quality faced by these compact cameras are red-eye, purple fringing and corner softness. In the reviews I found the Canon IXUS 50 performance was rated better on these problems compared to Nikon.

  3. Another aspect that was important to me was the quality of the LCD display. A large size display and a better quality in different lighting situation was a must. On this front the Canon camera scored as it had a display of 2.0'' and produced brighter display even in night situations.

  4. A camera that provided some element of manual control. Most of the compact cameras are point and shoot type with very little manual options. The Canon model had the ability to perform white balance metering, exposure control, adjust ISO rating and a few others.

  5. A camera that had good features which I could use. On this front I felt Nikon did have an advantage. Further each brand had its own distinct features. But as Canon had greater advantage on Points 1 to 4 I settled for the Canon features. My color settings, AiAf focus system, a wider shutter speed and Macro range were some of the impressive features.

  6. Canon also had the edge over connectivity. A faster USB 2.0 provided quicker transfer to a PC.

After all the study I chose the Canon IXUS 50. Looking back I believe I made the right choice. The camera is excellent and worth the cost.

As a layman it may be difficult to notice the difference in quality of picture produced by different brands of the camera. Bu in areas that make the difference Canon IXUS 50 stands out. A camera with a better LCD, easy controls and of course all these qualities in a camera that is So Small ...

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