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Canon IXUS 155 Digital Camera

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Ease of Use

There's a distinct possibility that Canon knew what they were doing when they made the recent range of IXUS cameras look the same. It takes an extra problem out of the equation when looking to buy a camera because if you're toying with upgrading for the extra features, at least you can't be put off because you don't like the look of it.

While the shape may be the same of the IXUS models below it, the 155 has a couple of tricks up it's sleeve. For example, it houses a 10x optical zoom inside the slimline casing. That's an upgrade from the 8x of the IXUS 150 – the next model down from the 155. That zoom also starts at a wider angle, but still goes out further at the top end. Other upgrades include a higher resolution CCD. At 20 megapixels, you have an additional 4 million photosites on the sensor from the 150.

IXUS have always been known for giving the end user that little bit more and it shows on the 155 even though you have to look a little closer. For example, you get a metal tripod bush which will last a lot longer than the plastic ones found on equivalent priced Powershot cameras. There's also a very small zoom switch placed on top of the camera. These can be large and chunky and using a smaller one is a sign of investment.

The back of the Canon IXUS 155 has a standard layout of four operational buttons surrounding the main navigation pad. To constrict the dimensions slightly, the buttons have been arranged in a staggered formation. Arguably, one of the buttons could be redundant as it accesses a Help menu which could be put in the Main menu. Although, the camera is extremely simple to use and possibly wouldn't be used anyway. Still, if you're a beginner or struggle with technology, then the Help button (signified by a question mark) will explain the functions of the mode you're in without using jargon.

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Front Rear

You may notice the absence of the macro and exposure compensation buttons on the back of the camera. These have been moved into the Function menu so that the Eco mode and Auto/Live toggle buttons can be used instead.

Canon have always made their menus easy to use. There are two main menu systems. The most frequently used one will arguably be the Function menu. It's accessed via the centre button on the navigation pad. It brings up various options on the left of the screen which will change dependent on the mode that you're in. For the most expansive, it's best to tap the camera out of Auto mode by pressing up on the navigation pad before going into the menu which will take you into Live mode. Then in the Function menu, select Program from the list of modes under the ISO selector. Other functions you can access in this menu include the aforementioned ISO, white-balance, resolution and continuous shooting options.

For more features of the Canon IXUS 155 that change indepth functions, you need to access the Main menu which is via the Menu button towards the bottom of the camera. There are two tabs that make up the Main menu. The left tab is dedicated to camera functions, such as focusing, image stabilising, Blink detection, i-Contrast and Red-eye correction. The tab on the right is for setting up the base components of the camera. For example, you can change the Volume of different functions, adjust the date & time, format the card, change the video system for use in America or Britain or change the language. There's plenty more and it would be exhaustive to list them all.

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Front Top

The menu systems use a grey background colour code with black fading and white lettering. The highlighter is orange which contrasts nicely with the grey and makes it both appealing and easy to see.

Starting the Canon IXUS 155 from the off position, then focusing and taking a picture can be done in 1.3sec on the IXUS 155. That's slightly faster than the new average of 1.5 – 1.8sec. The camera took eight photographs in a ten second period which is a bit of a plodding speed. We've seen much faster, but then it is continuous and not a burst mode. Essentially, if you want to capture fast moving objects, don't bother, because this isn't a camera built for speed.

You can access the pictures you've already taken by pressing the blue arrow button on the back of the camera. This can be done whether the camera is on or off and where you'd normally have to hold the button down for a few seconds when powered down, the IXUS 155 just needs a tap.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

The most recently taken photo will be displayed on the screen with no information and if you desire that, then you can press the Disp button (down on the navigation pad) to add some basic shoot info. Press it again and you get a comprehensive screen of information with the image as a thumbnail and a histogram.

One thing that goes against Canon compacts when compared to some other equivalent cameras from different manufacturers is the use of an external battery charger. Small cameras like this are great for taking away on holidays or travelling – thanks to their wide array of features. The external charger does come with a figure eight lead to plug into the mains. The battery is also included and a small wrist strap. The IXUS 155 doesn't have any internal memory but there's no memory card included in the box either.

In the top section, there's a wrapped up pack containing a Getting Started Guide, a European Warranty information leaflet and some promotional paraphernalia. Noticeably missing is the full User Guide which is normally on a CD with some kind of basic editing and tagging software. These are both available now to download from the Canon website instead. It makes it better on the environment and cuts costs which should be reflected in the price of the Canon IXUS 155.






Type 1/2.3 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 20.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 4+ with iSAPS technology


Focal Length 4.3 – 43.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 240 mm)
Zoom Optical 10x
ZoomPlus 20x
Digital Approx. 4x
Combined Approx. 40x¹
Maximum f/number f/3.0 – f/6.9
Construction 9 elements in 7 groups
(1 double-sided aspherical lens)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), approx. 2.5-stop¹. Intelligent IS plus Enhanced Dynamic IS


Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous (Auto mode only), Servo AF/AE, Tracking AF¹
AF Lock Yes
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 1 cm (W) from front of lens in macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600


Speed 1 – 1/2000 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/2000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom


Type sRGB


Monitor 6.8 cm (2.7") LCD (TFT), Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50cm – 4.0 m (W) / 1.0 – 2.0 m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2


Modes Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), P, Portrait, Live View Control, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (5.0 MP), Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter
Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), P, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²


Image Size 4:3 - (L) 5152 x 3864, (M1) 3648 x 2736, (M2) 2048 x 1536, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 5152 x 2896
Resize in playback (M2, S)
Compression Fine
Movies (HD) 1280 x 720, 25 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD) 5fps, 2.5fps, 1.25 fps
Miniature Effect (L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Movie Length (HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
(L) up to 4 GB or 1 hour²


Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural) ]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes


Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
Histogram Yes
Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Malaysian, Hindi, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Hebrew


Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)




PC & Macintosh Windows 8, 8.1 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9


Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Other Camera Window


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11LH (battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 230 shots
Eco Mode: Approx. 310 shots
Approx. 300min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC90


Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-1370
Soft Case DCC-1320
Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC90
Other Canon AV Cable AVC-DC400


Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 95.3 x 56.8 x 23.7 mm
Weight Approx. 142 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
Image Stabilisation ¹ Values at maximum optical focal length. Cameras whose focal length exceeds 350mm (35mm equivalent) are measured at 350mm.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.

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