Canon IXUS 105 IS review

The update to the IXUS 95 sits firmly in the midrange

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  • Beautiful design
  • Great stills quality
  • Well made


  • Slow continuous mode
  • No HD video
  • Pricey

The humble Ixus 95 has been propping up Canon's stylish range of lifestyle cameras for around a year, so it's surprising to see it being be put out to pasture.

But technology's march is relentless, so the 95 shuffles off into retirement and the Ixus 105 bursts onto the scene.

The problem is that in the past year there have been few major improvements in the world of compact cameras - sensors have remained the same size, and the Ixus 105 is powered by Canon's DIGIC 4 processor, just like the outgoing Ixus 95.

Still, if you're in the market for a new digital camera Canon is always going to feature prominently on the shortlist.

While it might be a shame to see production of the Ixus 95 (which now costs only around £130) coming to an end, there's nothing to suggest Canon can't turn out point-and-shoot cameras that put the rest of the market to shame.

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But there's stiff competition: the £200 mark is a busy place for compact cameras, with competitors such as the Panasonic Lumix FS30 offering terrific performance and even more megapixels. How does the Ixus 105 fare?

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