Canon IXUS 860 IS Review

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Canon IXUS 860 IS Ease of Use 7
Features 8
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality9
Colours 9
Photo Quality 8
Style 9
Lowlight 8
Macro 9
Value for Money 8
8 Megapixels
3.8x Zoom
3 inch LCD Screen
92.6 x 58.8 x 25.9mm


The Canon IXUS 860 IS is an attractive 8 megapixel camera. It has a 3.8x wide angle lens. Wide angle lenses are able to add extra width to a photo. This makes them a good choice if you like taking landscape type photos, groups of people, architectural shots or interiors. The IXUS 860 IS has a stylish, metal body.

Main Features

LCD Screen:

3 inches
92.6 x 58.8 x 25.9mm

HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Memory Cards:

Lithium ion

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

There are four factors I look for in this test. The first is sharpness, next is colour, followed by lighting and then sun glare. The IXUS 860 IS handles the first three well, but there is evidence of sun glare causing a loss of detail in some areas of the photo.

Canon cameras produce some of the sharpest photos you will find from a digital camera and the IXUS 860 IS upholds that reputation with a photo much sharper than standard. Colours are a fair reflection of how the scene looked on the day and the photo is bright.

Where the sun falls on the boats and also on the white woodwork under the roof of the building there is a loss of detail.

This can be a tricky photo for cameras as there is often a loss of focus when the lens is zoomed right out. This camera does a good job and overall I am happy with the levels of sharpness. The job is even tougher for a wide angle lens and there is a fall off in focusing levels towards the very edges of the photo.

In this photo the IXUS 860 IS does well. The photo is a fair bit sharper overall than I am used to seeing.


What I like most about this photo is the colours the camera manages to draw out. I think these give the photo a pleasing warm feel. With face detection focusing on the camera has no problem with focusing. I have used the white balance cloudy setting for this photo.

As you can see when light is not perfect it can be hard for even the better cameras to focus sharply without flash. The photo has a pinky tinge to it as well.

With the flash on the focusing problems are overcome. Again I like the colours in the photo and it is pleasing to see the flash has been controlled well and hasn't washed the colour away.

Macro, Colours and Noise

This macro shot is someway above average. For any close up photo focusing is all important and this camera is right on the money.

As I have mentioned in a number of tests above, I like the colours the IXUS 860 IS produces. In each case they are a fair reflection of how the scene looked when the photo was taken.

Pushing the ISO setting up to 400 always has an effect on the photo. It introduces noise into the shot and leads to a decrease in overall quality. The IXUS 860 IS copes very well at this level. Pushed up to the maximum setting and the photo quality really suffers. Noise levels are very obvious at this setting.


Overall I have few complaints about my test shots. Canon digital cameras perform well in most situations and this is a good quality set of test photos.

See sample images link arrow


Almost a typical digital camera, but Canon somehow manage to give it a bit of extra style.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Fast

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash

0.28 seconds
7.27 seconds
1.03 seconds
15.2 seconds

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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Par There are easier to use cameras around, but you should soon get used to the IXUS 860 IS.

Points I Like

Sharpness of photo - build quality and design - red eye correction tool - clear LCD screen

Where it Could Improve

Sun glare


Yes I would happily own the Canon IXUS 860 IS. It is a good all round camera. Build quality is very good. Picture quality is up there with the better compact digital cameras too.

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Review Date

October 2007

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