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Created 3 May 2009 ... Updated 12 May 2009

Canon IXUS

Canon IXUS In order to take advantage of the small size of the new APS film cassettes, Canon built the IXUS (or Elph as it was called outside Europe). The camera is indeed very small and in order to first sell the camera to the early adopters, it was made of stainless steel in Titan colour. This gives a high quality look and feel to this very beautiful piece of equipment.

About 10 years later, the camera is as beautiful as ever. Because of the hardness of steel, you usually find them in like-new condition. However there is a major flaw. The Flash seems to be held closed with a litle magnet which looses strength over the years. The result is a half-open or fully open flash, even when the camera is switched off. A real shame as otherwise they are so pretty...

This IXUS was the first of a series. The series continues with the cheaper, aluminium IXUS 2 and continous even today with a range of digital Ixus cameras. In the mean time, many cheaper, plastic versions have also been sold, including the cheapest M-1 and the very decorative Ixus Concept Arancia and Concept Summer.

A nice little brown bag came with the camera too and aparently it was sold with a aser remote control, however I have never seen one and I did own at least 4 IXUS cameras.

Manufacturor  :  Canon Inc.
Model  :  IXUS (or Elph outside Europe, IXY for Japan)
Type  :  APS camera
Produced  :  1996
K.D. Müller Reference  : 
Film  :  APS Film, Type 240
Picture size  :  C, H and P, 24 mm wide
Made in  : 
Quantity Made  : 
Original List Price  : 
Material  :  Stainless Steel outside with plastic lens assembly
Lens  :  Canon Zoom Lens 24 - 48 mm 1:4.5 - 6.2 (6 elements in 6 groups)
Zoom through the electronic buttons
Filter size  :  none
Focusing  :  autofocus
Focus range  :  0,5 meter - infinity
Viewfinder  :  simple view finder which changes with the pictures size selector
Shutter  :  Electromagnetic programmed shutter and aperture.
    In auto mode and flash-on mode:
  • at 24 mm : EV 9.5 (f/4.5 at 1/35 sec.) - EV 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.)
  • at 48 mm : EV 11.5 (f/6.2 at 1/70 sec.) - EV 19 (f/32 at 1/500 sec.)
    In slow-speed sync and flash-off mode:
  • at 24 mm : EV 3.5 (f/4.5 at 2 sec.) - EV 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.)
  • at 48 mm : EV 4.5 (f/6.2 at 2 sec.) - EV 19 (f/32 at 1/500 sec.)
Built-in remote-control shutter release
Aperture  :  f:4.5 - 6.2
Self timer  :  yes
Exposure  :  fully auomatic
Exposure meter  :  automatic
Battery  :  CR2 (3 Volt)
Flash  :  built in. Guide Number 8.2 (meters) at ISO 100
Flash Contact  :  none
Film Advance  :  automatic loading, winding and respooling
Other  :  Date back: Year, month, day, hour, minute and captions in 6 languages.
Dimensions  :  90 x 60 x 25 (l x w x h)
Weight  :  Approx 200 gramms including battery
Body serial number  :  9565887
Collection status  :  to be sold

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