Canon Ixus 140
The Canon Ixus 140 compact digital camera measures 9.5x5.5x2cm when closed; the last can increase by 3cm when fully zoomed. It weighs only 132grams.
Being an older user my brain says all cameras should be black; however the dark red of this unit almost looks right.
For the novice there is a multi language Getting Started Guide with the first ten pages in English, for more detailed help there is a .PDF manual on the CD-ROM which also has some rather good software.
Looking at the right side A/V out and Digital live behind a rubber bung and you also find the wrist strap anchor point just below it. The left side is clear, the base has a tripod screw and a flip open door behind which is the solid battery and any SD card you use.
The front has the 8x zoom lens and the 1/2x.4cm bar flash this is never less than 3cm above and to the left of the lens. The top could not be much cleaner with only the on/off button and the shutter release button that has the telephoto /wide angle control around it.
The back which is dominated by the 6x4.5cm TFT, to the right of this four buttons and the ubiquitous five position joystick, all are clearly marked the one slightly different is the Auto/Camera button which is an up/down slider.
I have noticed on a couple of units recently that the rather good Auto mode has one limitation on flash firing where ‘Always Fire Flash’ is not an option and this is so here when in Auto mode but the option returns in Camera mode.
There are four image shapes, 16:9, 4:3, 3:2 and 1:1. Each shape is capable of being L, M1, M2 or S. As far as the standard 4:3 this means a maximum of 16MP (L), and a minimum of VGA (S), you will need M1 mode to get a decent A4 printed image as M2 will be a little less than really required but plenty for sizes smaller than A4.
If you have not seen an IXUS for a while it now has Wi-FI ability. If you use it in conjunction with a modern mobile phone you also have GPS tagging ability.
I counted 32 scene modes when out of pure ‘Auto’ this to me seems rather a lot and would require a loty of judgement from the user to select the right mode.
Face detection and Image Stabilization are now standard features on almost all recent cameras.
The Pict Bridge feature allows printing from the camera using Wi-Fi or USB.
As always review periods are tight and one feature I did not get to test is the ECO mode that will get you more shots per battery recharge.
As with all recent cameras you can capture video but not full HD (1920x1080) but HD 1280x720 or VGA 640x480.
The Ixus 140 is available in Red, Black, Silver or Pink.
It is available from the first link below for £120.19 in black.
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