CAR­RY­ING FOR­WARD

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The 125 HS is the lat­est of­fer­ing in Canon’s pop­u­lar Ixus range. We were not ex­pect­ing any­thing new and there was noth­ing spec­tac­u­lar in the de­vice. But that does not in any way sug­gest that the new Ixus 125 HS is not up to the mark.

In fact, the high stan­dards al­ready set by the Ixus has been main­tained, with slight im­prove­ments like a 16.1-mega pixel CMOS sen­sor and a 5x op­ti­cal zoom that can go up to 20x with dig­i­tal. The best fea­ture for us was the im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion which re­ally makes for a sharp im­age even at full zoom.

The low-light ca­pa­bil­i­ties are not so im­pres­sive, but the ad­di­tion of a hand­held night scene op­tion re­ally made up for this. As any­one who has used a nightscene mode knows, the picture of­ten have ha­los when shot with­out a tri­pod. But the new mode uses the im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion to its best and re­duces this dis­tor­tion. There are plenty of other modes to play around with and the toy cam­era, poster and su­per vivid modes re­ally caught our at­ten­tion. The high-speed burst and su­per slow mo­tion movie op­tion can be very use­ful for cap­tur­ing ac­tion scenes.

The 125 HS can shoot HD video too, but there is no sep­a­rate movie mode but­ton. You ini­ti­ate video mode by press­ing the record but­ton. But like some of the other cam­eras out there now, you can­not click stills while shoot­ing movies. One of the draw­backs of not hav­ing a movie mode is that you have to go to Pro­gram to se­lect movie qual­ity. But the re­sults are quite good, es­pe­cially in Full HD (1920x1080). In our books the Ixus 125 HS is a tad over­priced at 16,995, but at least it comes with a 4GB card and a pouch.

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BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Good, handy op­tion if you are look­ing for a mid level dig­i­tal cam­era.

GG

CANON IXUS 125 HS Price:

` 16,995

Specs:

16.1 MP, DIGIC 5 pro­ces­sor; 3-inch LCD; ISO 3200; 1920 x 1080 (24fps) video.

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