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488 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 488 reviews of Canon IXUS II. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other 35mm Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the reliability and usability. The design and size also get good feedback, but many are critical about the price.

size, design, usability, reliability


On average, users rate this product 81/100 and experts rate this product 65/100.

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Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Canon USA Powershot SD100 Digital Camera Camera


With small, stainless-steel bodies and beautifully finished construction, Canon's Digital Elphs are often described as elegant cameras--attractive to digital photographers with sophisticated tastes. The SD100 fits that description nicely, but with a...

This camera includes a couple of new features for Canon: It's the first Canon to use SD card media, commonly found now in many point-and-shoot cameras, PDAs, and MP3 audio players; and it supports the new PictBridge standard, which reportedly will...

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital Elph


Updated 3.2-megapixel Digital Elph is smaller and easier to use.

Rugged and compact, this would make a very nice second camera, for those times when you'd rather carry a small, light snapshot model.

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital Camera (Canon-8395A001)


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Dec, 2003

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Canon Powershot SD100


The PowerShot SD100 is the world's smallest and lightest digital ELPH camera. The new PowerShot SD100, with its ultra-compact size and new white-platinum finish crafted in stainless steel, represents the ultimate in portability, durability and elegance. N

For anyone that wants or needs a very portable and extremely durable camera it's hard to beat one of Canon's Digital ELPHs. Canon was the first to make these small but fully functional digicams and is still making the best ones. On vacation the SD100

Jul, 2003

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

Canon PowerShot SD100 (Digital IXUS II) Review


The PowerShot SD100 (Digital IXUS II) is Canon's latest ultra-compact digital camera, from a body design and lens point of view it is loosely based around the PowerShot S230 (Digital IXUS v³) which was announced at Photokina last year. Although there...

Good resolution, about as much as we could expect from an ultra-compact three megapixel Good reliable metering Low image noise at ISO 50 and 100 (ISO sensitivity higher than indicated) Good color response, better overall balance than most, especially...

Limited zoom (only two times optical zoom) Lens softness at maximum aperture, can lead to 'blooming' of light sources Some chromatic aberrations visible Color shift of overexposed reds No image parameter adjustment No manual focus Very 'average' macro...

Here's my rating of the Canon PowerShot SD100: (3 megapixel ultra-compact)

May, 2003

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH


The SD100 is 3.2 Megapixel camera with a 2X optical zoom lens. It's not the smallest camera anymore, but it's still very portable. How does it fare in our tests? Find out now

Very good photo quality in most situations ; Small, elegant metal body ; Super fast performance ; Impressive movie, playback modes ; Has an AF illuminator lamp ; Above average battery life for a small camera ; Optional underwater case

Too much purple fringing ; Flimsy plastic door over battery/memory card compartment ; Would like more shutter speed + aperture controls ; Body scratches and show fingerprints easily ; Wish it had a 3X zoom lens

While still a very nice camera, the Canon PowerShot SD100 isn't as much of a standout as earlier models. It's not because Canon has slipped, either -- the competition has just gotten better. The SD100's two trademark features are its size/design, and...

Oct, 2003

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Canon Ixus II


Smaller and more compact than the Ixus v3, size isn't the only difference to the latest compact from Canon.

Smaller than Ixus v3, 16Mb SD card in box

Image quality not consistent

While the Ixus II is compact, light and well styled, the image quality just doesn't match. We were expecting an equal to the v3 but unfortunately were sorely disappointed. Transferring to the smaller memory format may offer the chance to have a smaller...

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : Calvin Siew (

Canon Digital IXUS IIs


This point-and-shoot delivers all the good points of its forerunner but sadly doesn't improve much over it.

Ultracompact and stylish ; Solid image quality ; Speedy performance

Occasional purple fringing ; Limited manual options ; Only 2x optical zoom ; Image review is slow when writing to card ; Offers little over its predecessor

Oct, 2004

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Canon Powershot SD 1000


I have loved this camera from the very beginning. It has never treated me wrong. The amazing quality this camera gives, very easy to use and slim pocket capability provides the ability to bring it everywhere I go. Unlike other bulky cameras. ...

User- friendly, image quality, video, battery life, LCD screen


Aug, 2009

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Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH


PowerShot SD100 (Digital IXUS II) is a Canon in 2003 to market several of the mini-class digital camera, with its behalf Products PowerShot S230 (Digital IXUS v3) as compared to the design of its body made a significant improvement. The cameras use SD...

Body compact, strong metal texture, high - pixel and quick boot to ensure a good feeling to take pho

Support the type of slightly less

May, 2009

Product Specifications

Ultra chic and ultra sleek, the all-metal bodied Digital IXUS II has an irresistibly silky feel. Canon's smallest 2x retractable zoom lens, 3.2 megapixels, and video clip and sound recording functions have been packed into the slimmest and lightest Digital IXUS body ever. Canon has miniaturized nearly every element of the Digital IXUS II to make this Canon's smallest Digital Camera ever. These include the 'one dime lens', first time use of a tiny SD memory card, the smallest flash ever to be used in a Canon digital camera, reduced battery size and the unique DIGIC processor. Despite its compact size, the Digital IXUS II's 3.2 megapixels will ensure its popularity amongst users looking to achieve high quality prints up to A4 size. The Digital IXUS II heralds the introduction of Canon's smallest retractable 2x optical zoom lens. Nicknamed by Canon engineers the 'one dime lens' for its ability to hide under an American dime coin, the f/2.8 - 3.9 lens measures a mere 17.9mm in length (when retracted). As pixel counts go up and lens sizes come down, lens quality becomes the crucial element to image quality. Canon's expertise in advanced lens material and glass-molding technologies allows aspherical lenses to be incorporated in the zoom, delivering a sharpness of image not possible from conventional lenses. A 3.2x digital zoom is combined with the 2x lens to achieve a powerful maximum 6.4x combined zoom. The new Digital IXUS II comes packed full with features. Video clips of up to three minutes can be recorded, replayed with full sound and cropped to the right length with full in-camera editing and previewing. Still pictures can be annotated with 60-second voice memos. Quick and accurate focusing is assured by detecting the subject from a wide area of the frame using 9-point Artificial Intelligence Auto-Focusing (AiAF), while accurate automatic exposure is secured through three choices of metering mode; evaluative, center-weighted or spot. A newly designed, 24% smaller Li-Ion battery delivers more pictures per charge than a Digital IXUS v, yet makes the Digital IXUS II smaller and lighter. A camera can only benefit from having more pixels if its processor is capable of properly interpreting vast amounts of data in a fraction of a second. This is where Canon's DIGIC (DIGital Imaging Core) processor comes into play. Optimally designed for Canon's digital cameras, DIGIC now equips the Digital IXUS II and is purpose built to deliver accurate images of the highest possible quality. The complex algorithms necessary to properly calculate functions such as white balance and color rendition are executed by DIGIC with such high speed there is no trade-off in camera responsiveness. By keeping all key functions on a single chip, size and power consumption are also reduced. The overall result is more shots at a higher rate with stunning quality. Even before the shutter release is fully pressed, the Digital IXUS II analyzes the scene to help get the perfect shot. Canon's unique iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology works like the photographer's assistant, pulling together available information such as focal length, luminescence and camera settings. This data is matched against what the camera already 'knows' about typical images and settings in order to estimate focusing position, AWB and exposure. The camera is then pre-set, so by the time the scene is fully metered only fine adjustments are necessary. This gives the Digital IXUS II faster, more precise auto-focusing and the best possible exposure and white balance in every shooting situation.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Slow shutter / Stitch assist/Landscape / Macro / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB/8MB


Model:II/SD100 Digital ELPH/SD100 Digital ELPH Coach Edition Gift Set
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.9
Max Focal Length:10.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:2
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical