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Canon IXUS 860 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1677 reviews of Canon IXUS 860 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the lens and portability are on the whole positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the shutter and price. Views about the color and screen are mixed.

image quality, usability, design, portability, lens

low-light, viewfinder, exposure, price, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 860 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon IXUS 860 IS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Canon IXUS 860 IS from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Views about the usability and lens are overall positive. The design and glare also get good feedback.

image quality, glare, design, lens, usability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon IXUS 860 IS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1397 user reviews of Canon IXUS 860 IS from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019


Expert review by : Cliff Smith (

Canon IXUS 860 IS


Is this the perfect pocket compact?

The Canon IXUS 860 IS is an expensive camera for an 8MP pocket compact, but it justifies it with stylish design, exceptional build quality, class-leading performance and outstanding picture quality. Its wide zoom range provides greater versatility than...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Canon IXUS 860IS digital camera


On the face of it, the 860IS looks a mere million-pixel tweak over its 850IS forbear but it has had a few kit changes over that camera and that look significant improvements. As always, I'm not sure simply adding extra pixels helps image quality as the...

Great build, image quality as lower ISOs, responsive, easy to use, good metering and colour, nice lens focal range

Reduced detail due to noise reduction processing, Intrusive noise at higher ISOs, white balance issues in mixed lighting, screen marks easily

The IXUS 860IS is typically well made and very nice to use as well as being very easy to use, noise issues are not helped at higher ISOs by the increase in resolution but over it is an accomplished if pricey snapper.

Dec, 2007

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Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS Camera Review


The 8.0 Megapixel CCD sensor of the Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS captures every scene in crisp detail and high resolution, delivering lab quality photo prints. A generous 3″ PureColour LCD with a scratch-resistant, anti-glare coating and improved colour...

Canon Digital IXUS range of digital cameras comprises of 5 models – Digital IXUS 960 IS, Digital IXUS 860 IS, Digital IXUS 950 IS, Digital IXUS 75 and Digital IXUS [...]

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (

Canon IXUS 860 IS review


The 8.3-megapixel Canon IXUS 850 IS benefits from a 3in LCD PureColour screen, but loses the viewfinder of the 850 IS.

Jun, 2008


Expert review by : paul_smart (

Canon Ixus 860IS


This is the latest in the excellent Ixus digital camera range, in August 2006 the Ixus 700 won the rarely awarded 5x5 award. Does this latest offering live up to this rarely awarded accolade.

Like all of the Ixus range it is small at 9x6x2cm the last figure the width doubles when the 3.8 to 1 optical zoom lens is fully extended. This is very solidly constructed unit so it weights 120grams. The base has the optional tripod screw, and cover...

Mar, 2008

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Canon IXUS 860 IS


I like the Canon IXUS 860 IS. This is a stylish digital camera with a good build quality. There is a large, clear 3 inch LCD screen on the back of the camera. Picture quality is very good in most situations and I am happy to recommend this camera.

Sharpness of photo - build quality and design - red eye correction tool - clear LCD screen

Sun glare

"The Canon IXUS 860 IS is a high class, point and shoot camera. It has a stylish, metal body. Picture quality is up there with the best compact cameras. With a large LCD screen and image stabilisation too, I am happy to recommend this camera."

Oct, 2007

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Canon IXUS 860 IS


The IXUS name is a like a brand these days. People will buy the camera because it says IXUS on it. But do you get what you pay for?

Good build quality; Image stabiliser; Quick start up time

Fringing is visible at high contrast areas

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Matt Chapman (

First look: Canon Digital Ixus 860IS digital camera | Absolute Gadget


Canon wheeled out a whole bunch of new products today and we got a taster test of quite a few of them. First up was the Canon Digital Ixus 860IS. Despite packing in a 28mm zoom lens, this is a beautiful little model.

Even the model being displayed in Canon's official waterproof case was a doddle to get to grips with. The raised buttons on the plastic chassis (good for up to 130ft) are well thought out for easy underwater use and they all come with logos or text...

Aug, 2007


Expert review by : October 2007 (

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS


The SD870 IS (known in Europe as the IXUS 860 IS and in Japan as the IXY Digital 910IS), announced in August, is a replacement for the SD 800 IS (IXUS 850 IS), one of last year's most popular ultra compacts. It retains the SD800's optically stabilized...

Good image quality (at lower ISO settings), Accurate metering in the majority of situations, Very useful lens range with surprisingly good edge-to-edge performance, Useful and adaptable Auto ISO-shift function, Handy macro performance at wide end of...

AiAF/Face detection a little haphazard, Occasional tendency to ignore (and overexpose) bright regions, Touch wheel slightly awkward, Image quality suffers above ISO 400 due to noise and noise reduction issues, Easily scratched and scuffed, Manual...

The SD870 IS follows in the footsteps of some highly regarded cameras so it's understandable that Canon has chosen not to tinker too much with a successful formula.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS review


Each fall a barrage of new cameras hits the market, anticipating the year-end holidays. This year's batch of Canons includes the PowerShot SD870 IS. From its model number, you might think that it's a follow-up to the SD850 IS , but with its...

Impressive performance and image quality; optical image stabilization; face detection.

No manual exposure controls; no optical viewfinder.

While the Canon PowerShot SD870 IS doesn't have an optical viewfinder or manual exposure controls, it captures beautiful images with its wide, 3.8x optical zoom lens and ranks among the top compact cameras we've seen.

Aug, 2007

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