Canon IXUS 200 IS Review

First of all, I’m very happy I bought this camera. Choosing the right one between hundred types of pocket cameras is painful. I spent 125674938 hours browsing the internet, reading reviews, painstakingly observing pictures in FLICKR, calling camera stores. It’s only for a simple point&shoot camera, but I don’t wanna regret my buy.

In the beginning, I demand manual control, and wide angle. That’s because my only preference used to be the LX3, and I didn’t feel I wanted to give up the manual control; like shutter priority, aperture priority, and manual focus; and my choices were Lumix DMC-FX550, Canon Powershot SX200 IS, Canon IXUS SD990 IS (doesn’t have manual control and wide angle, but reviews were good) and Lumix DMC-TZ7 (doesn’t have manual control either, but long zoom, which LX3 doesn't have, is tempting and it also uses Leica lens). But Lumix TZ7 was quickly out from the list cos it’s overbudget. IXUS SD990 IS was what’s removed after cos its widest focal length is only 34mm. Both FX550 and SX200 receive complaints from many websites for poor quality images. So confusing, but I realized with the budget of mine, I couldn’t get all features I wanted, so I decided to compromise with a full auto camera.

Then I bumped into KenRockwell’s website, which reviewed about the Canon IXUS 200 IS here. And this camera wins my heart very quickly. Searching down back thru camera review pages like Photographyblog, Letsgodigital, photo360mag, I was sure this is it!!! This is what I want! I was afraid that this camera was still unavailable in Indonesia, but then relieved cos it’s already released in Jakarta last September. As I told you before, I finally bought this camera from Oktagon at IDR 3.380K.

You can google Canon IXUS 200 IS complete specs by yourself. IMO this camera fits my hand comfortably. It may be a problem for bigger palms though, but for me it doesn’t matter. The 3” LCD is awesome and bright. I sometimes feel that some pictures look better in the LCD than in my computer. They look in good exposure while being previewed in the camera, but after you transfer to the computer, they look under-exposed haha.. Sadly, I haven’t been able to figure out how to trick this problem yet. Fyi, the screen is a touch-screen. You can modify your camera setting, playback pictures, delete pictures etc just by tapping/double-tapping/dragging your fingers on the screen. It also has gesture sensor that can detect camera horizontal/ vertical position, adjust the images position as you change the cam position, or flipping thru images just by waving your hand up and down. I don’t usually use these features. I find that using the wheel is far more convenient. The touch screen is useful to interchange between shooting modes and move the focus frames. I can just tap the screen on place I want to focus and let other areas in the frame be slightly out of focus! Awesome, haha…

Okay.. Nuf said and let’s take a look on some original pictures, all taken indoor…

Program AE 1/30 f2.8 ISO 80 AWB

Digital Macro 1/6 f2.8 ISO 80 AWB

Program AE 1/5 f2.8 ISO 80 AWB

Program AE 1/5 f2.8 ISO 200 AWB

Program AE 1/25 f2.8 ISO 100 AWB

The only weird thing is that when AUTO mode is chosen, it sets the camera on ISO 800 wtf hahaha... xD Haven't tried it for outdoor scene though, but I believe it works as what you expect from a Canon haha.. will update later when I find an outdoor occasion :)


new toy arrived

I can't join this year graduation.. the academic officer didn't approve it so gotta wait until early next year, waiting for the other friends to complete their clinic requirements.. I'm sad, yes.. but that's OK.. I didn't put any expectations before so I'm not that disappointed.. after living in FKG for 5 years, I'm all numb now hahaha...

But there's a delight!



A package from OKTAGON arrived yesterday safely!!!!! Very much faster than expected before!!! Let's unbox it!

*heart beats faster now*

My brand new toy, Canon IXUS 200 IS!


Not an LX3??? You're always talking about LX3 why ended up buying an IXUS then?? Hahaha.. That's because alot things happened that made it clear that I wasn't destined with LX3.. as much as I wanted to buy it, it was out of stock; only the displayed one was available. When I decided to buy the display item, my car's AC compressor was broken and had to be replaced, estimated cost: same as LX3's price!!! So no way, I swear to myself I will not spend the same amount on a camera!! Haha..

left column: USB cable, AV cable, and charger cable
mid column: charger, battery, IXUS 200 IS
right column: warranty card, installation CD-ROM, manual book
There are also Quick User's Guide and the sales note inside the box.

It's complete and arrived in perfect condition. Oktagon's service is awesome man! I order the camera on Tue, made the payment on Tue night, confirmed the payment on Wed morning, and the camera arrived on Thursday morning! Super fast shipping considering that they estimated the shipping would take 3-4 days! The sales officers are nice and friendly too.. they explain things clearly and answer my questions patiently.. Definitely recommend their service! Click here if you're interested.

If you wonder why I bought it from Oktagon and not from local stores in Surabaya, that's because no local stores in Surabaya carry this product! I have called almost all famous camera stores here and all of them don't have this item.. Guess cos it's quite a new release?
Of course, it's not a DSLR camera, so don't even try to expect it works like one. Will post proper review on this camera later, cos I'm so lazy to type 'em down now haha..

SIX DAYS TO COME, btw...... and I really can't wait!!


my best friend's wedding

A bit late post, here are some pictures from Sen's wedding captured by Apri. None of us brought digicam, lucky his cam phone was quite descent..

the bried and the groom

Look at Sen's face still look as young, but sure he's a lot more mature than me.. I'm feeling forever childish inside =.=

Me and the craziest girlmate in my life

Anne wanted me to lower my body to compensate her height, but the photo turned out really weird haha..

Being shorty ain't bad la, girl.. :P
Thanks to Feli for capturing us!
I had goosebumps while watching their holy matrimony's video, and started imagine myself in the white dress, praying for strength so that I wouldn't back off and became Ms. Maggie Carpenter haha.. Maybe that's what they call the magic of love, otherwise how come one is willing to commit for a lifetime??

Meanwhile, my left back is in pain now, due to wrong sleeping position I guess.. Shit.



I had Oral Med profession exam today and it went good! Ha! Let's bid goodbye to them and now I can get rid of the hideous handouts; clean till nothing's left mwahahaha.. so happy leh. I feel so free now!!
Holiday.. holiday... I'm so ready for holiday :)

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