Canon IXUS 105 IS review

The update to the IXUS 95 sits firmly in the midrange

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Typically, cameras with a "normal" ISO range atone for the missing feature atone by including an HD video mode, so it's disappointing to note that the Ixus 105 remains resolutely SD.

It's video mode is fine as far as it goes - 640 x 480 at 30fps is ok for grabbing a few minutes of footage in a pub - but there's no way of getting anything like cinematic results without a decent widescreen mode.

For that, you'll need to buy the Ixus 100, which is around £30 cheaper than the Ixus 105 and has a smaller LCD screen and shorter lens, but offers 720p movie recording.

No optical viewfinder

The influence of the outgoing Ixus 95 IS and current Ixus 100 are obvious on the 105. They're nearly exactly the same size (the 105 is 2mm wider than the 95, according to the specifications), but otherwise the gorgeous design - tapered, curved edges and a luxurious-feeling metal finish - has been wisely left alone.

The 105 doesn't have an optical viewfinder - a good decision given the almost useless size of the Ixus 95's - which frees up a little space.

The 105's display has grown by 0.2in, although the 230,000 pixel resolution remains. Otherwise the controls are neatly laid out and well-sized despite the 105's diminutive dimensions. Our only complaint is that the buttons at the top feel a little plasticky.

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