I mentioned a digital camera in a previous post; the ancient Canon Digital ELPH S100 I had been using for years (no, really: years) was retired to ebay when I moved to Japan. So I found a Digital IXY 10 at a local electronics shop (Best でんき, if you must know ) and splurged.
It’s been a very long time since I had a new digital camera (or any “new” electronics, really), and I’m very happy with this one. Luckily my hiragana was strong enough to decipher the Japanese settings menu, and I managed to switch it over to English in the first minute or so (I’ll switch it back when my kanji includes the characters for “Automatic focus and red eye reduction” ).
But I have to admit that I really like it. 7.1 megapixels, 3x zoom. I get nice, sharp pictures out of it, and there are onboard slide show and movie options too. I notice that I get something like 200+ photos on a 512Mb SD card at the highest resolution and lowest compression, and that’s far more than I ever expect to take without dumping the card.
The viewpanel is 2.5 inches (I think, I’m eyeballing it there), and the picture there is likewise sharp and clear. I also like the radial dial for navigating the menus. The S100′s old left-right controls were counterintuitive for things like the panel zoom or moving through pictures.
So in all, I’m a fan. The only downside? I believe it’s a Japan-only model. So don’t go asking your local Target employee for the Canon Digital IXY 10.