by R. K. Bloom

Ultrakompakt Canon Digital IXUS 50 – fastest wagon

Ultrakompakt Canon Digital IXUS 50 – fastest wagon

Digital Camera Digital IXUS 50 was introduced by Canon with respect to

recently – in February 2005, and quickly appeared in the Russian retail.

In the U.S., this model appears under the name PowerShot SD400 DIGITAL ELPH, in Japan – as the IXY DIGITAL 55. Updating the popular line of Canon IXUS ultrakompaktov remained

unnoticed by amateur photographers in the forums immediately sparked controversy about the benefits of

and cons of new, good, along with 5-megapixel IXUS 50 model was introduced

in this series, 7-megapixel camera IXUS 700 (successor IXUS 500. name for the camera

some other markets – PowerShot SD500).

It would seem, at first glance, compared to its predecessor, the 4-megapixel

apparatus IXUS 40, IXUS 50 new camera acquired unless a megapixel

matrix has become a little lighter and more compact, plus the speakers eye for the lost

lace on the right side. Other parameters, including a 2-inch LCD

screen, 3x optical zoom and a processor DIGIC II, formerly used in digital

SLR Canon, have been “run” on the model IXUS 40.

However, another wave of “religious disputes” in conferences

went to a new level, and this is due primarily to the fact that with increasing

amounts to 5 million pixels dimensions of the matrix remains the same – 1/2, 5-inch

or 7,18 x 5,32 mm, while the older 7-megapixel model IXUS 700 diagonal

is 1/1, 8 inches, as in the more prestigious Canon PowerShot G6. Properly

speaking, the nature of new wars more boiled down to whether you can “trust”

1/2, 5-inch 5-megapixel CCD sensor models IXUS 50, or all the same when choosing ultrakompakta

should opt for models from other manufacturers – may not be

so small and light, but equipped with a 1/1, 8-inch sensor. And if not,

add a one hundred-plus conventional units so coveted in the IXUS 700.

What is significant, as always in these disputes have gone to the back such interesting

features Canon Digital IXUS 50 as a function of recording video in VGA format

at 30 frames per second, time-limited only by the capacity of flash card

various machine settings, including the ability to edit the color of My

Colour, provided by the new DIGIC II processor, quick launch camera, improved

sensitivity, play shades, accelerated autofocus and other

useful innovations. Instead, every second “optimistic” found

appropriate to criticize a “small” diagonal matrix and the supposedly imminent

consequent high level of noise. Learn more about easy payday loans.

Just want to say that this material is not intended to debunking

Whose whatever beliefs and prejudices, as well as the embellishment of the actual

camera features Canon IXUS 50. At the same time, I was amusing to watch the attempts

Compare features ultra-automatic cameras with very different

categories. Not that such a 5-megapixel 1/2 inch, 5-matrix is

a great variety of compact and ultra compact cameras from Sony, Nikon, Panasonic

or Pentax, yet, in my opinion, the big question that has a greater negative

impact on the final image quality – a small matrix, not the most successful algorithms

image processing or deadly irreversible compression format is JPEG. Together with

it is also doubtful whether the superiority of 7 million pixels on a 1/1, 8-inch matrix

over 5 million pixel 1/2, 5-inch matrix, made by one process technology

the same size and pitch points. By the way, lasted until 5/7-megapikselnaya

Battle of the company Konica Minolta and arrived in time at all with my DiMAGE ultrakompaktom

X1, equipped with a 1/1, 8-inch 8-megapixel matrix. So whats the point in this debate to set

it is too early anyway.

In the end, each customer will still have to choose the combination of parameters

themselves: either the comfort of the small size machine, or a larger version

with [probably] less noisy sensor and manual settings. As part of this material

it seems to me more interesting to show the diversity of the camera settings

IXUS 50 and its capabilities, let alone communicate with the purchase of this device or not,

you decide.

The design of the apparatus

In terms of size and weight of the camera Canon Digital IXUS 50 is uniquely

to a class of ultra-automatic digital cameras with sliding lens.

Of course, the camera series Sony Cybershot T1/T11/T3/T33/T7/T70 etc., Nikon S1/S2,

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X, possessing similar to the Canon Digital IXUS 50 dimensions,

but equipped with nevydvigayuschimsya lens, can someone please more, but

Again, this is a matter of taste and inclinations.

Complete Camera Canon Digital IXUS 50 is pretty standard for the entire series

IXUS: a box is the actual device, the lithium-ion battery NB-4L,

charger, memory card Secure Digital funny by todays

16 MB of capacity, the strap to be worn on the arm, interface cable, USB, cable

AV, CD with drivers and software, as well as a set of instructions in the


I do not need to dwell on the tiny size and weight of the apparatus,

everything is clear without any words. Perhaps, these parameters are often

decisive reasons for selecting the device Canon Digital IXUS 50 from the line of similar

opportunities for vehicles. The small size allows me to wear this camera

in the side pocket of his vest, and just do not remember her presence day and night -

until then, until there is a desire or need of something to photograph. Unpleasant

side of the coin is that the matte “pearl” nickel

surface camera body with a constant carrying in your pocket fast enough, “Richt”

in some places to “gloss” stood out under the cover of stainless steel

(SUS316). Therefore, though it makes more sense to buy for the beginning of this

cheholchik small apparatus in which the camera and put it in his pocket.

In the hand of the camera

lies like a glove. If you prefer, you can get the hand to perform all management operations

and shooting with one hand.

The optical camera system, consisting of six elements in five groups, includes

has two so-called UA Lens (ultra-high refractive index glass molded

aspherical lens), that is, the aspherical lens with high refractive index,

it possible to significantly reduce spherical aberrations, as well as the thickness of

apparatus in general and the dimensions of the lens in particular. Focal Length

5.8 – 17.4 mm, or 35 – 105 mm, 35 mm equivalent. Off

state of the optical system retracts flush with the camera, lens shutters closing.

Traditionally, for a series of new IXUS is easy to operate, most of the controls

camera placed in such a way as to achieve regimes learn how to manage on an intuitive level in the shortest time. The front panel of the camera is laconic: eye of the optical

viewfinder, AF illuminator, flash and retractable lens. Jack

for an external flash in this device is not provided. Apparently, according to tradition marking

camera made in the “portrait” mode. Miniature hole on the left

from the lens – Built-in microphone.

The upper plane of the camera is also equipped with a minimal set of controls:

power button with indicator work, the shutter button and lever

zoom. Its as straightforward and simple.

The left lateral plane carries a flap, under which are located

Connectors USB and AV, as well as the eyelet for the strap. Throwing back the protective

cover …

… You can access the interface connectors. I can not say that I

very much liked the hinged lid hlipkovataya, but calms the fact

that in the closed position, it sits in the groove tightly enough, and you want to make

some effort to discard it.

Canon is possible to love a lot, but one of the essential features of the camera

production of the company – the mandatory presence of a threaded socket for tripod

even in the tiny chamber. Alas, not all companies have such a

rules, but in vain, for a very ultrakompakty need extra stability

support, especially when shooting in low light conditions. Here, on the bottom – the traditional slot under the battery and memory card.

Flip cover the lower compartment is also the first impression of unreliability

and fragility. However, with their functions, it handles beautifully, in a closed

not able to play and not loose, but that tonkovata and plaintively strumming open

state – so it is, I suppose, the same costs of lightweight state

with which it was possible to reduce the weight of the camera just as productive to the 130


As you can see, the location of the battery and memory card is typical, the battery

  1. retained the traditional slide-lever, flash card with a fixed
  2. characteristic of the SD slot click.

Battery NB-4L is quite typical for the production of ultra-compact cameras

of Canon, in a bundle for it is an external battery charger,

but the power supply if you want the camera have to buy separately.

Finally, the most interesting – the back of the camera, where the focus is almost

all elements of the control chamber. At the top of the rear side

peephole camera is the optical viewfinder and two LEDs that indicate

camera ready to shoot, write mode data to the card or transfer to a PC,

Flash readiness, and many other advanced modes, depending on the

camera settings.

Great informative LCD display unit is really quite convenient for

shooting and viewing the footage, it can be completely guided not

resorting to the optical viewfinder. Let me remind you, the screen has 15 degrees of adjustment

brightness, which ensures comfortable use it in almost any environment

ambient light. A new feature QuickBright increases at a certain time to a maximum brightness of the screen and improves contrast and glare, or when shooting outdoors. In low-light composite frame construction is simplified by the function Night Display (“Night mode”), which improves kontastnost and monitor brightness without affecting the exposure frame.

On the left side of the screen is located at the top of the mode switch: view

footage, photography or video photography. Under the switch is located

traditional for all Canon digital cameras menu button that provides access

all the basic camera settings, and about which well talk a little bit more


5-way joystick is also traditional for the compact camera Canon. Depending on

the mode of using the four buttons you can set the timer, metering mode,

Macro, continuous shooting, flash (photography), delete the file and navigation (browsing).

In the center there is a button FUNC / SET, provides access to current facilities

the shooting or viewing. Just above the joystick is a decorative grille

dynamics, below are two additional buttons: switch the operating mode

display and printing.