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Old Nov 13, 2004, 8:31 AM   #11
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Ya know, for MY purposes, those pics are just fine. I think the SD-300 is for me.

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Old Nov 15, 2004, 1:18 PM   #12
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Hi folks, i have a Ixus500 and Ixus40 sat at home as soon as i heard about the Ixus40 i bought one everything about the camera is perfect except the pic quality its quite noisy in low light or a cloudy day.

I have taken some pics set 1 Ixus500 set 2 Ixus40 please let me know what you think.

Set1
http://www.aqsi45.dsl.pipex.com/ixus11.JPG
http://www.aqsi45.dsl.pipex.com/ixus14.JPG
Set2
http://www.aqsi45.dsl.pipex.com/ixus21.JPG
http://www.aqsi45.dsl.pipex.com/ixus24.JPG
Thanks for that, I'm currently agonising over whether to buy an Ixus 500 or Ixus 40 and your comments and examples are very helpful.

To me (a complete amateur!) the outdoor shots look different, but I wouldn't say either one looks better than the other - they're both very good.For the indoor shots, though, the 40 is noticably more blurry and noisy. I notice that the Ixus 40 has an "indoor" scene mode - does this make a difference?

For the most part, I'd only be making normal sized prints but may very occasionally want up to A4 sized enlargements. Doyou get good quality prints (from a lab) from the Ixus 40? I'd be happy as long as they are at least as good as prints from an APS filmcamera (which is what I currently have).
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 6:24 PM   #13
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Hi,

Some SD200/Ixus 30 samples here:

http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0016.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0019.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0046.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0047.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0051.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0058.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0059.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0063.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0067.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0077.jpg

Overall a great little camera, the only slight drawback is the fringing that is noticeable on some images, particularly something shaded against a bright sky. I can't say I have noticed any softness in the corners of the images I have taken though.

Will be taking a load more and if the fringing gets annoying I'll sell it and get a Sony, on the other hand I may learn to live with it in the end.

If image quality is of the utmost importance, maybe a Sony P100/P150 or a Powershot S410/S500/Ixus 410/500 would be better. But for pocketability, great image quality (excepting the above) and great quality video it's hard to beat.

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Old Nov 16, 2004, 7:06 AM   #14
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Hey Steve, guys,

one question regarding ixus 40 (SD300). I know that it supports SD cards. Does it support by any chance MMC cards and if it supports 1gb cards?

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Old Nov 16, 2004, 11:01 AM   #15
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Thanks for thepictures. Theyare awesome, especially for a 3MP. Love the one with the paint peeling on the window frame. . Boy if anyone wants a definition of purple fringing look at the lefttree linein pic #63 and pic #67. That really disheartened my enthusiasm for the SD200. I wonder how bad it is in other ultra compact cameras?



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Old Nov 16, 2004, 11:03 AM   #16
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I have a SD200. It does support a MMC card but you don't want to use one. The MMC standard is slower than SD (especially High Speed SD) and it will show when you try to take a video or do rapid fire photos.
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Old Nov 17, 2004, 8:26 AM   #17
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Hi,

Retook one of the above in overcast conditions to see if that would make a difference:

Sunny:

http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0067.jpg


Overcast:

http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0081.jpg


Also took a couple of other pics for comparison:

http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0082.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0083.jpg

I would have much rather had a 2x lens and/or thicker camera than compromise on the quality of the images it takes.

I'd love to see a side by side comparison of the Sony P100/P150 and Canon SD200/SD300/Ixus30/Ixus40 in a range of conditions. If the daylight colour rendition of the Sony is about as good as the Canon, then that would make it a better camera IMHO, at least for me.

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Old Nov 17, 2004, 4:35 PM   #18
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Greatpics. Nicely done on the Gold gate pic. I might upgrade my camera decision. I have a mother in law who told me to go out and buy something nice. I'll use that money and add it on to what I was gonna spend and get a nicer camera. What ismost important to meis nice picture in the smallest camera I can afford. My choice are now s410 or 500, Sony W1, P100. I went to Fry's to see if my decision on size was on track. Besides the Sony T1 and the Canon SD200/300 which are super small, the others were okay, just a little bit bigger. Decisions, decisions.....



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Old Nov 18, 2004, 5:54 PM   #19
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Hi,

Just an update...

Read up on fringing :? and found a Photoshop plugin 'Pfree' that can correct it.

Heres a couple of samples:

Before:

http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0055.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/IMG_0067.jpg

After:

http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/..._defringed.jpg
http://www.smileypete.dsl.pipex.com/..._defringed.jpg

So it looks as though good results can be obtained in all conditions if you don't mind doing some post processing. :G

The homepage of the PFree plugin is here:

http://www.sd3.info/pf828/PFree/PFree0-1.html

The settings I used were 2,2,12,0,0,175, 235,1,121,256.

So given that the problem can be dealt with this makes it the right camera for me

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Old Nov 18, 2004, 6:02 PM   #20
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Your shots look good smileypete were they take in Auto mode ? They seem better than the ones i took, have you got some indoor shots that you have taken.

Ive just sold my Ixus40 on Ebay for a small profit but im debating weather to get another as ive found it in the UK for £209 delivered and i dont want a bulky camera anymore as it just gets left at home.
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