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Canon IXUS 860 IS

Ralf Jurrien
IFA Report
Monday 20th, August 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Canon introduces the latest evolution of the IXUS range of digital cameras for style-conscious digital photographers: the Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS. Equipped with a 28mm (35mm equivalent) 3.8x wide-angle zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer, the 8.0 Megapixel Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS is the successor to the hugely popular Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS. The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS digital camera offers a range of enhancements over its acclaimed predecessor. These include a 3.0” PureColor LCD and improved Face Detection Technology. The Canon IXUS 860 IS high ISO capabilities work in tandem with an optical Image Stabilizer lens to significantly reduce the risk of image blur.

Canon IXUS 860 IS

Canon IXUS 860 IS Digital Camera
“A winning combination of style, compactness and wide-angle capabilities made the Digital IXUS 850 IS one of our most popular models of the last two years,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “With extensive improvements introduced in this upgrade, we are confident that the Digital IXUS 860 IS will follow on from its predecessor as the designer compact of choice for photographers everywhere.”

Canon IXUS 860 IS - Optical Image Stabilizer
Helping the photographer capture more from group shots, landmarks and landscapes, the 3.8x wide-angle lens of the Canon IXUS 860 IS has a focal length of 28-105mm (35mm equivalent). The lens system incorporates Canon’s lens-shift type optical Image Stabilizer (IS) - first developed in EF lenses for Canon’s market leading EOS system of professional D-SLR cameras and lenses - to counteract camera shake. The lens also incorporates Canon’s aspherical lens technology (UA) for maximum sharpness and clarity.

Canon 860 IS - ISO features
The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS features a range of ISO features that work in combination with optical IS to virtually eliminate the risk of image blur. A second line of defence against camera shake is Auto ISO Shift, which can be selected by the user to boost the ISO setting just enough to reduce blur. Two further ISO features - manually selected high ISO settings up to ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto - combat the blur caused by typical subject movement, as well as camera shake when poor light would normally require a longer exposure.

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Canon IXUS 860 IS Features
• 3.8x (28mm) wide-angle lens with optical Image Stabilizer
• 8.0 Megapixels
• High ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
• Canon DIGIC 3 with Noise Reduction technology
• Face Detection AF/AE/FE
• Improved Red-Eye Correction in playback
• 3.0” PureColor LCD
• Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom for extra telephoto reach
• 17 shooting modes and My Colors photo effects
• Extensive movie options including VGA 30fps
• Long Play and Time Lapse movie modes

Canon IXUS 860IS Photographic capabilities with luxurious style
The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS combines enhanced photographic capabilities with luxurious style. The classically curved Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS has a two-tone body that contrasts simple silver lines with bold black elements. The inward curve of the top surface allows a comfortable grip and easy access to the new square button controls. A newly developed 3.0” PureColor LCD screen provides a crisp 230,000 pixel display, with enhanced colour reproduction and a new coating for protection against knocks and scrapes. Offering an increased viewing angle, the PureColor LCD enables easy group viewing and retains visibility when taking shots from unusual angles.

Canon IXUS 860 IS

Canon Face Detection Technology with DIGIC 3
The Canon DIGIC III image processor powers Face Detection AF/AE/FE for significantly better results when photographing people. Using data from the iSAPS image database and advanced face detection algorithms, Face Detection AF/AE/FE detects up to 9 faces in the frame and optimises focus, exposure and flash settings to achieve in focus, well-exposed faces. Face Detection Technology is also key to the accuracy of Canon’s improved Red-Eye Correction in playback, which automatically identifies and corrects red-eye in captured images. Unlike other red-eye removal systems which can sometimes alter non-facial areas of the picture, Canon’s system uses Face Detection Technology to ensure that only red-eye is corrected. Users also have the option of manually adding or removing Red-Eye Correction frames.

Canon IXUS 860 IS - Creative photography
Adaptable to almost any situation, the camera’s 17 shooting modes include a manual mode for selection of exposure settings such as White Balance and ISO. Along with a dedicated ISO button, the camera’s customisable Shortcut button can be configured for one-touch access to settings such white balance and exposure compensation. The Digital IXUS 860 IS also offers a range of movie options with sound at VGA (30 fps) and QVGA (30 fps). The new VGA LP (Long Play) mode allows users to record movies at half the file size but with the same resolution and frame rate, using less memory and enabling quicker downloads. The new Canon IXUS camera also features Time Lapse Movie mode, for capturing changing scenes - such as drifting clouds, a blooming flower or a bustling city street - for accelerated playback. The mode takes 1 frame of footage per 1 or 2 seconds for up to 2 hours, and replays them as a smooth VGA movie at 15 fps.

Canon IXUS 860 IS Camera
The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS introduces a range of enhancements designed to improve the user experience. A new three level battery indicator gives users improved awareness of how long they can shoot. For greater flexibility, two different auto focus frame sizes can now be selected: ‘normal’ and ‘small.’ The small size AF frame makes it possible to identify particularly small details as the focal point of the image - particularly useful for close-up shots. The convenient Image Resize function gives users the option to save a smaller version of the file, ready for uploading to a personal blog, auction site or online photo gallery.

Canon IXUS 860 IS Accessories
• Waterproof Case (40m) (WP-DC17)
• High Power Flash (HF-DC1)
• Soft Leather Case (DCC-70)
• AC Adapter Kit (ACK-DC30)
• Digital IXUS Metal and Leather Straps

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