EN­TRY-LEVEL WI-FI

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

The stylish and af­ford­able Ixus range of cam­eras has started com­ing with Wi-Fi as an added fea­ture. The Canon Ixus 135 we tested is slim and com­pact enough to slip in­side your shirt pocket. Still it has got an 8x op­ti­cal zoom that keeps it­self hid­den away. There is an­other 24x of dig­i­tal zoom, but this is just a whole lot of noise. Given its size there are not many shoot­ing modes avail­able and you have to limit your­self to Auto and Pro­gram, good enough for en­try level users. You can use the func­tion but­ton to chose many scene modes and tweaks.

In low light, the LCD shows a lot of noise. But this is a false alarm as the ac­tual re­sults are not all that bad. De­spite the 16MP sen­sor, this is an en­try level cam­era and don’t ex­pect it to do things it is not made for. For in­stance, there is no Ful­lHD video here, only 720p. The cut­ting edge fea­ture in the cam­era is un­doubt­edly the WiFi. But it won’t be long be­fore Wi-Fi be­comes a stan­dard fea­ture in cam­eras. The Ixus 135 has Wi-Fi but it does not think the way you are think­ing. The cam­era can be­come a con­nected de­vice and show up on your net­work and other de­vice, so that you can ac­cess the files. But it can’t be used to share the pic­tures di­rectly from the cam­era. We could ac­cess the cam­era from a lap­top, but the process seems a bit too com­pli­cated for the aver­age user.

This cam­era makes sense for those buy­ing their first dig­i­tal cam­era. Its pic­tures are bet­ter than smart­phones, but this cam­era must be see­ing the phones get­ting closer all the time, try­ing to snap at its rear.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT: En­try-level all the way, but with Wi-Fi

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