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    Hi guys, just a quick one as I know a few of you on here like your photography.
    My better half is getting me a camera for Xmas and I found one I like (Canon Ixus I7)
    However it only has 2.4x optical zoom and most others for this price have 3x. Is 2.4 ok or should I go for something else?
    Has anyone got an Ixus I7? and do they like it?
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    I would think 2.4 X would be OK for your average snaps, I've never had a bad Canon camera (and I've had loooads, at least 4 digital & 3 film in the house at the minute & countless traded on e-bay), Ixus are usually the smallest of the canon range so no exuse to leave it behind

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    Cheers Cameraman, you sound like just the man to have answered my query!
    I only really want a fairly decent "point and shoot" and I saw the small size as a real benefit.
    Thats Xmas sorted for me then!
    Cheers for the super quick reply.
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    I've made good quality A3 prints from Canon compacts (from 4mega-pixels upwards), see no reason why the Ixus shouldn't be any different.

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    Depends what sort of shots you plan on taking mate. If you are a fan of taking some reasonably long distance shots a 3x optical zoom is a better friend. Basically the optical zoom is what gives you close up on objects that are far away. Obviously the bigger the optical zoom ability the better. As a approximate example, a 3x optical zoom 'could' be the equivalent of 100-200mm zoom range that is found on SLR & DSLR (or mini DSLR) camera's that are able to interchange lenses.

    I have a Fuji Finepix 5600 which is known as a mini DSLR which has 10x optical zoom which equates to approx 300mm zoom ability......I think.

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    Here is the spec. Looks like 35mm equivalent is 38 to 90mm.

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    Cheers for the replys guys, think this little one will fit my needs perfectly. Just gotta wait another 6 weeks now till I can play with it!

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    hope she is looking in the right place to purchase it for you!

    try this for a guide (usually for SLR stuff but will point you in the right direction!)

    http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/cat9.html

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