The IXUS 870 IS is a high class compact digital camera. In terms of design, build quality and picture quality there are not many better smaller digital cameras available. when on medium zoom the sharpness is above average with the brickwork on the building showing up well. Focusing levels are also retained as you move out towards the edges. The colours are vivid and help to create an impressive scene. This bodes well for other landscape shots. Sun glare does give the IXUS 870 IS a problem and some detail is lost from the boats where there are caught by the sun. On max. zoom This is a much better effort. Even though this camera only offers 4x zoom there is still plenty of detail to be seen in the trees and bushes. The roof tiles also stand out well showing that the lens is more at home when zoomed in.I am impressed by the way this camera is able to determine the amount of flash light to use. With some digital compacts the power of the flash can over power the picture. With portraits that can lead to areas of the face where the light is clearly visible as in bounces back into the lens. There are no such problems for the IXUS 870 IS.Although this shot is not in perfect focus it is about as good as I can get indoors without flash, in late autumn. It goes to show the amount of light required for a compact digital camera to take a noise free, sharply focused shot.I like the colours this camera produces. The scenic shots are vivid, while the outdoor portrait shot shows that more subtle colours can be used when required. If taking close up shots is something you plan to do on a regular basis then you will not go far wrong with Canon digital cameras. In my opinion they outperform all other brands in this area. The IXUS 870 IS is able to produce a sharp close up shot with plenty of detail.There is no memory built into the camera. Instead Canon provides a 32mb card. I was able to take 14 shots before the card was full. The IXUS 870 IS is also compatible with SD and SDHC cards.Lithium ion (NB-5L). Both a battery and charger are included in the box. Canon estimates you should be able to take around 310 shots in between charges.And style, this camera looks good. It has one rounded end and I like the reflective area around the lens. It is available in silver and gold.
Overall I have no complaints about the picture quality from the IXUS 870 IS. This is one of the better smaller compacts.If you believe you get what you pay for and you don't mind spending a bit more on a digital camera then the IXUS 870 IS is a good option. It does most things very well and has very few weaknesses.