Canon IXUS 105 IS review

The update to the IXUS 95 sits firmly in the midrange

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No argument: the Ixus 105 is a great camera. It's capable of taking excellent pictures, but its price at release - £190 - strikes us as a little high. For only around a tenner more you can have the Canon IXUS 120, which is nearly identically-specified but offers 720p video into the bargain.

We liked:

The 105's image performance is everything we've come to expect from Canon's mid-range shooters. Even at ISO 1600 it produces excellent results we'd be happy to print at reasonable sizes.

Noise reduction can be a little aggressive but things could be worse. We're also fans of the tidy design, good looks, and reassuring-feeling build quality.

We disliked:

At the moment the price is too high - the 105 is very close to lots of other great cameras, some from Canon itself, and most offer the 105's missing 720p video mode.

Otherwise, the 105 doesn't have a terribly long list of stand-out features. It's nicely made and takes good pictures, but it's not amazingly fast. The lens isn't amazingly long and there's very little for photographers who want to learn while they take pictures thanks to the omission of a manual feature.

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