Digital Compact Cameras


Digital Camera

MarketedOctober 2003

The Canon IXY DIGITAL L is the result of meticulous attention to design, materials and function. It takes the IXY DIGITAL concept - camera that is a pleasure to hold -one step further to achieve a new sense of style with a refined elegance that distinguishes it from its predecessors. The body of Canon's IXY DIGITAL L employs front and rear panels made from a newly developed aluminum-magnesium alloy, which realizes exceeding durability while enabling a lustrous surface finish. Binding the front and rear panels is a single U-shaped piece of stainless steel which, forming three sides of the camera, contributes to striking aesthetics while also providing outstanding structural support. To appeal to fashion-conscious users, the IXY DIGITAL L comes in four color variations* - platinum silver, piano black, pearl white, and silky bronze -each taking on a unique character with surface finishes ideally suited to the color and properties of the coating material.

Matching sophisticated design and quality with outstanding imaging performance, the IXY DIGITAL L incorporates a high-resolution 1/2.5" 4.0-megapixel CCD sensor and a newly developed high-resolution 6.4 mm (equivalent to 39 mm in 35 mm format) f/2.8 single-focal-length auto-focus lens. Photographic performance is enhanced by such features as: a Super Macro Shooting Mode, which enables auto-focus macro shooting from a distance of 3 cm and a photo-image area of up to 24 mm x 18 mm; a Quick Shooting Function, achieving an almost lag-free shutter response to ensure that photo opportunities are not lost; and a 5-point AiAF focus system with selectable single-point center focus.

Other handy features offered by the IXY DIGITAL L include: Watch Mode, which displays the time in the camera's LCD monitor; Silent Mode, eliminating all sounds other than alert tones; and Display Off Mode, which automatically switches off the LCD monitor after a certain period of time for reduced power consumption.

* Color names in America: Silver, Piano Black, Iridescent White, Bronze Color namesin Europe: Platinum Silver, Piano Black, Pearl White, Classic Bronze

Camera effective pixels Approx. 4 million
(1/2.5" CCD, Total number of pixels: approx. 4.2 million)
Lens 6.4 mm (35 mm film equivalent: 39 mm) f/2.8
Digital Zoom Approx. 5.7x
LCD monitor 1.5" TFT color LCD, approx. 78,000 dots(Picture coverage 100%)
Autofocus System Focusing fame: 5-point AiAF/1-point center AF
Focusing Range
(from the front of the lens)
Normal AF 10 cm (3.9 in.) - infinity
Macro AF 3-10 cm (1.2 - 3.9 in.)
Shutter Speed 15-1/1500 sec.
1.3second or slower shutter speeds are available with long shutter shooting only.
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 second or slower operate with noise reduction.
Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted averaging or Spot
Exposure Control System Program AE
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity Auto/ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalents
White Balance TTL auto / preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H)
Flash Auto, Red-eye Reduction On/ Off, Slow-sync
Flash Range 30 cm- 2.0 m (1.0- 6.6 ft.)
(when sensitivity is set to AUTO)
Shooting Modes Auto, Manual, Slow Shutter, Quick Shot, Stitch Assist, Movie
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.6 images/ sec.
(Large/Fine mode)
Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2 sec. or approx. 10 sec. delay
Recording Media SD memory card
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format
Still Images Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movies AVI (Image data : Motion JPEG
Audio data : WAVE [monaural])
Compression Superfine/ fine/ normal
Number of Recording Pixels (32MB)
Still Images: large : 2272 x 1704 pixels
medium 1 : 1600 x 1200 pixels
medium 2 : 1024 x 768 pixels
small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies : 320 x 240 pixels (Approx. 85 sec.)
160 x 120 pixels (Approx. 209 sec.)
Approx. 15 frames / sec.
Replay Modes Single, Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnification (approx. 2.0x to 10x), Slide Show or Movie
Interface USB(mini-B), Audio / Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, Monaural audio)
Power Source Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: NB-3L)
Operating Temperatures 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
Dimensions (w x h x d) 90.3 x 47.0 x 18.5 mm (3.6 x 1.9 x 0.7 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 100 g (3.5 oz.) (camera body only)