Canon IXUS 105 IS review

The update to the IXUS 95 sits firmly in the midrange

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The question of megapixels is increasingly tricky - the Panasonic FS30 offers two more than the 105's 12.1MP.

The Ixus 105 turns out 4,000 x 3,000 images at its best quality setting, which is plenty for most print sizes, as well as giving it a theoretical advantage at higher ISOs, as the less-crowded sensor generates less noise.

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In truth, the two cameras are surprisingly similar towards the top of their ISO ranges.

Like the Ixus 95, the 105 has a maximum ISO of 1600, and although this setting sees some heavy-handed noise reduction softening the image somewhat we were still pleasantly surprised to note that pictures were usable as long as you resist the urge to crop into them.

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Indeed, image quality at ISO 1600 is so good it's a little surprising to see the 105 avoiding tacking on an ISO 3200 option.

Image quality was otherwise everything we expect from Canon.

Zoomed in, the 4x optical zoom lens loses a little sharpness in the corners, but our shots were otherwise well-defined.

The lens is a fast f/2.8 when zoomed out (it's a 28mm-112mm lens in 35mm terms), and even wide open is good and sharp, with our test pics showing the bare minimum of chromatic aberrations.

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Of course, setting the lens to wide open is rather hit and miss - the Ixus 105 doesn't offer much in the way of manual controls.

You can choose your own ISO, white balance and metering modes, but there's no way of setting shutter speed or aperture before you shoot.

And while the 9-point autofocus acquitted itself well during our tests, you can't choose a zone yourself.

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Start-up time in particular is very good, with the 105 going from off to ready to shoot in just 1.22 seconds.

However, there's not a huge amount of headroom available for those who want to shoot moving targets. Shot-to-shot time was lacklustre at a shade over 3.5 seconds, and while Canon claims the Ixus 105 can shoot at 0.9fps in continuous mode, our tests against a stopwatch put it at 0.38fps.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)140 g
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height55.8 mm
Width90.5 mm
Depth21.2 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model105
Product NameIXUS 105 Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4220B008
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The IXUS 105 brings a great combination of ease of use, high image quality and IXUS design that stands out from the crowd. Capture stunning detail with 12.1 MP, 28mm wide-angle and Smart Auto. The IXUS 105 combines pure IXUS style with fun, effortless operation.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 105 Compact Camera
  • NB-6L Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year