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Canon IXUS 125 HS Camera Review

 

Canon launched two cameras which is Canon IXUS 125 HS alongside the Canon IXUS 500 HS but £80 cheaper, the 125 HS (High Sensitivity) pocket snapshot is no mere doppelganger.

 

The camera is almost near credit card sized width and height, plus the fashion-conscious exterior synonymous with the IXUS range, the headline specification is markedly different

 

The Canon IXUS 125 HS is priced as an entry-level model in the company's new lineup, and it will cost you about £229 in the UK and $360 in the US compare with less flashy Nikon Coolpix L26, which also offers 16.1 MP and a 5x zoom, for just £99.

The Design


The Canon has given the IXUS 125 HS a range-topping 16.1 megapixels back-illuminated CMOS sensor and 5x image stabilised optical zoom, while the 500’s has 12x zoom and modest 10.1 megapixels. with regard to features, the 125 HS matches the current requirements for entry-level point and shoots. The deisgn of the IXUS 125 looks premium, the camera is less boxy has clean lines and soft rounded edge, comes with silver, Pink, Blue and green colour options. The metal housing is solid and is ok for everyday usage.

The Camera has a brand new Digic 5 processing chip and Canon clamed that the Digic 5 promises six times faster image processing and a 75 per cent reduction in image noise. Hence the camera should deliver detailed images, with well-controlled image noise and good dynamic range.

Although the camera is small and compact, the contains a useful 5x optical zoom range equivalent to 24-120mm. This should give it the capacity to shoot decent group shot close-ups and extend to capture most distant subjects in detail.

The 125 measuring at 93.2 x 57 x 20mm and weigh at 135g, which is resonable size and can easy fit in perfect into the pocket of you jean or clutch bag. Other features includes a backlit sensor, here a 1/2.3-inch CMOS chip, which helps Canon make its high sensitivity claims, as there is no restriction of the light path and latest-generation Digic 5 processor to help performance zip along.The camera stopped with a large 3-inch screen mean there's no space for a thumb grip, so shooting one-handed is a risky affair if not wearing the wrist strap.

The 125 lens starts out at a wide-angle 24mm in 35mm film terms, running up to 120mm at the telephoto end. Canon claims offers up to a 3.5 stop advantage in lower light to prevent blur resulting from camera shake it features an optical image stabiliser.

Video


The 125 is capable of Full HD video recording at 24fps with optical zoom enabled. Futhermore it has a choice of 1920x1080 pixels clips at 24 fps or the option to drop down to 1280 x 720 and film at a smoother frame rate of 30fps. You can also get slow-motion and miniature effect options for more creative still, but audio capture is mono only.

Viewing these recordings straight from the camera on an HD-ready television is possible through the inclusion of a mini HDMI connection at the side of the camera, slap bang next to a joint port for USB/AV connectivity and they are protected with rubber flap.

Battery and Storage


The 125 comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, you can get up to 170 shots from a full charge. The battery slides into the base of the camera next to a vacant slot for removable media card, in the absence of any integral memory.

The cames uses SD card rather than MicroSD card which is fantastic choice as SD is still the more widely used format across digitalcameras of all shapes and sizes.

How to use it


You will need to press of the on/off button on the top plate and this Canon powers up in just over a second, the folded optics of the optical zoom lens extending from flush to the body to maximum wideangle setting and the rear LCD simultaneously blinking into life. Keeping things really simple, and the exterior relatively uncluttered, there’s no shooting mode dial or wheel, merely a switch for flicking between full auto – here the intelligent scene and subject recognising "smart auto" - plus the more tweakable program auto.

The separate playback button sits near the base of the backplate. The zoom is operated via the familiar lever surrounding the shutter release button with a forward facing lip that digs into the pad of the finger to provide sufficient purchase.

Stills and video are composed via the 3-inch LCD back screen presented in 4:3 aspect ratio, which, unusually for an unprepossessing pocket snapshot, offers a better than standard resolution of 460k dots. When recording video the display is cropped top and bottom to mirror how the clip will look when replayed on a widescreen flat panel TV.

The camera offers continuous auto focus in full auto mode. There is ubiquitous AF tracking on this camera, should the subject then decide to be on the move through your frame. One of the feature is Face detection, close ups can be achieved down to 3cm from your subject, while burst shooting offers up to 5.8 shots per second at a reduced four megapixels resolution; otherwise it’s 2fps at full res.

 

The Performance


 

While the 125 adjusts focus and exposure with a half squeeze of the shutter release button, AF point/s highlighted in green with a beep of confirmation there is briefest of pause, then, following a full press, a wait of around three seconds for a Super Fine JPEG to be committed to memory.

Zooming between focal lengths is a smooth and accurate process, making it easy to achieve precise focal length adjustment.With the 16.1 MP CMOS sensor this provides a high level of detail that is sharpest in the centre of frame, although the lens still often maintains decent corner clarity.

Although there is slightly barrel distortion at the wide-angle setting but the camera is a pretty capable one and the distortion i only apparent on close scrutiny whne shooting architecture or geometric shapes.

For low light work, and in spite of a high pixel count on a relatively compact sensor, selecting anything up to and including the maximum ISO3200 delivers a very usable, if slightly softened, result. Stick to ISO800 and below however if you require the sharpest, aberration free results

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