A little thicker and a little heavier than some other ultra-compact cameras, despite its mainly plastic construction the 7.1Mp Canon IXUS 75 has superb build-quality and fits nicely in your pocket.
On the top of the Canon IXUS 75, the mode selector has three positions, movie, still and scene. A modest but useful selection of eleven scene modes is provided which covers the most common shooting scenarios without requiring you to browse through a whole catalogue of options before taking your picture.
The Canon IXUS 75 is fast and easy to use, with a menu system that's overlaid along two edges of the screen, allowing you to make quick adjustments while keeping the subject in view. However, some of the control buttons are a little fiddly and recessed so they can be difficult to press.
Canon's nine-point face detection system is a wonder to behold. It's amazingly quick and very accurate. Unlike many other cameras, the Canon IXUS 75 often locates the faces before you do, making family portraits very quick and easy.
In Auto mode, many of the Canon IXUS 75 functions are disabled. To enable them you have to switch to ‘manual' which isn't manual in the traditional sense of allowing control over exposure settings. It simply allows you to change functions such as ISO, metering and white balance.
The Canon IXUS 75 lacks the kind of descriptive information and photographic tips we've seen on competing products, meaning beginners may have to make more frequent reference to the user guide while getting to know the Canon IXUS 75. Also missing is a battery-level indicator, you get a warning when the power is about to run out but nothing that allows you to pace yourself through the day.
The Canon IXUS 75 takes very good pictures at lower ISO settings, and although noise does tend to creep in at higher ones this is preferable for those who like to apply noise-reduction themselves rather than having it forced upon them.