Canon Ixus 860 camera

  Clapton is God 20:48 27 Mar 08

I'm just about to buy my first digital compact camera (yes, I know, where have I been all these years?!).

I've just about decided on the Canon Ixus 860 - nice size/weight, good features, good reviews.

Do any Forum members have any good (or bad) comments about it before I spend my hard-earned?

  Kemistri 22:26 27 Mar 08

Yes, I do.

I'm in the process of looking for a birthday present for my Dad and the 860 is one of those that was on my shortlist. I have tested it a couple of times and I honestly cannot rate it. The IQ is mostly good - quite low noise until 800 ISO; the usual excellent Canon colour rendering, which is very natural and not over-saturated; very good detail (better in fact than most Panasonics with their Leica-lite lenses).

Now the poor bits. An awful menu system in comparison to Panasonic et al, which is very unintuitive and has no relation to the excellent Canon SLR menus; a flimsy battery cover, in which I don't have much faith (it will get used a lot for charging the battery and downloading images); it clips highlights a little too much and can under-expose in high contrast; and some reviews have noted that the finish is too easily scratched, though I can't comment about that, of course, having not attempted to prove it!

It's not the cheapest of its kind either. Hope that helps.

  Clapton is God 14:41 31 Mar 08

Thanks for your input. Still not made my mind up - but I'll get there eventually!

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  Clapton is God 16:08 31 Mar 08

Excellent! Just what I need ;-))

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