Digital Compact Cameras


Digital Camera

MarketedOctober 2005

The Canon IXY DIGITAL L3 (pronounced "el three") succeeds the popular IXY DIGITAL L2 released in November 2004. Employing the Curvature Design method to achieve a sleek and graceful body shape that fits comfortably in the hands and offering a choice of four new high-fashion color variations complemented with shiny metallic accenting, the IXY L3 expresses a sophisticated unique styling not seen in other digital cameras.

Canon's IXY DIGITAL L3 improves on its predecessor with the incorporation of a retractable 2.4x optical zoom lens (35 mm film equivalent: 38-90 mm), featuring a UA lens element, which represents the smallest zoom lens among Canon digital cameras.

Additionally, the L3 model ships with a Camera Station that lets users easily charge their camera. It also enables video output, image transfer to a PC, and direct printing with a PictBridge-compatible printer. Playback on a television is quick and convenient using the included wireless remote control. Moreover, the camera features increased operability with a Vertical Shutter Release function. In the same manner as one-handed image capture is possible on camera-equipped mobile phones, the FUNC./SET button on the back of the camera serves as the shutter-release when the camera is vertically oriented.

[ Type of Camera
Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 2.4x Optical/4x Digital/10x Combined Zoom
[ Image Capture Device
Type 5.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5" charge coupled device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 5.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 Megapixels
[ Lens
Focal Length 6.3-14.9mm f/3.2-5.4 zoom lens
(equivalent to 38-90mm in 35mm format)
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range
Normal AF 30cm (1.0 ft.)-infinity
Macro AF WIDE:30-50cm (1-1.6 ft.)
TELE:10-50cm (3.9 in.-1.6 ft.)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
[ Viewfinders
LCD Monitor 1.8" TFT color LCD.
Approx. 118,000 dots
LCD Coverage 100%
[ Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/3.2 (W) - f/5.4 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec. is only available in select modes
[ Exposure Control
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot*
* Metering frame with Spot Mode is fixed to center or linked to AF frame.
Exposure Control System Program AE
Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
[ White Balance
White Balance Control Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
[ Flash
Built-in Flash Operation Modes: Auto, On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction On/Off, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
Normal WIDE:30cm - 2.0m (1.0-6.6 ft.)
TELE:30cm - 1.3m (1.0-4.3 ft.)
Macro W/T:30-50cm (1.0-1.6 ft.)
(When ISO is set to Auto)
Recycling Time Approx. 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation Not available
[ Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes Auto; Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets), Macro, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2 sec./10 sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control Available for playback and printing via Camera Station CS-DC1
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.3 fps
[ Image Storage
Storage Media SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format)
Image Compression
Still Images Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movies AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Images Large: 2592 x 1944 pixels
Medium1: 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium2: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Movies 640 x 480/320 x 240 (10 fps/20 fps) available up to 1GB, 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)
Number of Recordable Images
File Size MMC-16M SDC-128M SDC-512MSH
Small/N 84KB 138 1,118 4,317
Small/F 150KB 88 711 2,747
Small/SF 249KB 56 460 1,777
Medium2/N 278KB 50 411 1,590
Medium2/F 558KB 26 217 839
Medium2/SF 1,002KB 14 121 471
Medium1/N 445KB 33 269 1,041
Medium1/F 893KB 16 136 529
Medium1/SF 1,602KB 9 76 295
Large/N 695KB 21 173 671
Large/F 1,395KB 10 87 339
Large/SF 2,503KB 5 49 190
Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Time of Recordable Movies
File Size MMC-16M SDC-128M SDC-512MSH
Movie/Low 120 KB/sec. 107 sec. 869 sec. 3,357 sec.
440 KB/sec. 33 sec. 269 sec. 1,041 sec.
Movie/High 660 KB/sec. 23 sec. 190 sec. 736 sec.
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
[ Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File
Still Image Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Auto Rotate, Rotation, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show
Movie Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
[ Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes Still Image: Single image, All images
Movie: Part of movie, All of movie
[ Interfaces
Computer Interface (via Camera Station CS-DC1) USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Monaural
Other Memory card slot. Direct connection to Canon CP, SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers via Camera Station's USB cable.
[ Power Supply
Power Source 1. Battery Pack NB-4L
2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20
3. Camera Station CS-DC1
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 160 shots (NB-4L)*
* CIPA Standard compliant.
Playback Time Approx. 240 min. (NB-4L)
[ Physical Specifications
Operating Temperatures 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
Dimensions (W x H x D) 96.1 x 45.1 x 23.9 mm (3.78 x 1.78 x 0.94 in.)
Weight Approx. 105g (3.7 oz.) (camera body only)