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Canon have taken the popular Digital IXUS and added a "v" for video. The Digital IXUS v (known as the S110 Digital Elph in the US and IXY Digital 200 in Japan) builds on the original Digital IXUS platform by firsty adding the ability to take short movie clips of either 160 x 120, 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 resolution. And secondly support for direct printing (to Canon compatible printers). The only visual difference between last years Digital IXUS and the Digital IXUS v is the small gold coloured microphone on the front case.

Canon Digital IXUS v compared to Digital IXUS 300

  Digital IXUS v
(S110 Digital ELPH)
Digital IXUS 300
(S300 Digital ELPH)
Lens 2 x optical zoom, 35 - 70 mm equiv.
(F2.8 - F4.0)
3 x optical zoom, 35 - 105 mm equiv.
(F2.7 - F4.7)
Focus range Normal: 57 cm - Infinity
Macro: 10 cm - 57 cm
Normal: 76 cm - Infinity
Macro: 16 cm - 76 cm
Resolutions 1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
JPEG modes Super-Fine
Design Microphone on front of case, otherwise same as Digital IXUS (S100 Digital Elph) New designed case, new shutter release button, improved exposure dial, new power button, new zoom controller
Volume 133 cm3 179 cm3
Weight (inc. batt) 225 g (7.9 oz) 275 g (9.7 oz)
Digital Zoom Smooth up to 4x Smooth up to 2.5x
Colour filter GRGB GRGB
Movie 160 x 120, 320 x 240, 640 x 480
(with audio)
160 x 120, 320 x 240, 640 x 480
(with audio)
Direct Print Yes Yes

Those are the specification / design differences, lets get on to examine the camera in a little more detail and see what other improvements have been made...