Compared to the Canon PowerShot A20

In this test we're comparing the Digital IXUS v to it's 2 megapixel PowerShot brother the A20. Both shots taken in the cameras native JPEG (best quality) mode. White balance was set to Auto on both cameras, exposure compensation of +0.3 EV, all other settings were set to factory default or auto.

Some crops below are of an 120 x 90 area of the image magnified 200%, some are straight 240 x 180 crops. Lighting - 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white overhead reflector (about as close as you can get to "indoor daylight").

Canon Digital IXUS v
Canon PowerShot A20

It's fair to say that for such a tiny lens system the IXUS v does extremely well. It's not quite as sharp as the A20 but it's really not that much different. Colour balance is identical to the A20 and very good, colours are well saturated and clear (blues may be a little dull).