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The Canon Ixus II aka Elph 2 is a small upper mid-range to advanced zoom camera built for APS film*(see below). So it is no 35mm camera, the APS main format is 30.2x16.7mm, a bit bigger than half format. APS has been released in 1996 and was discontinued in 2011. The camera was released in 1999. I chose to show this model because it's quite small, much smaller than half format cameras, and its design has been continued as a digital camera.
Its main features are:

23-46mm F4.2-5.6 Canon lens, including 2 aspherical elements, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus 0,45m
Electronic shutter, 2-1/800 (1/900 at 46mm)
Size 87x57x24.5,  Weight 170 gr. without battery
25-10000 ISO, automatic coding, self-timer, automatic film advance and spooling, time/date/settings/greetings recording possibility


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Camera closed and manual.

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Camera front open.
The lens only moves out a little to wide angle position. On top: wide/tele switch around the shutter release, self timer. Flash guide number ~10 (m/ISO 100).

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Lens moved out to tele position.

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Back and bottom view. From top: Viewer and
2 indication lamps, format switch and on/off button. Small LCD screen in the middle, indicates flash mode, date, full battery, film presence, film number. Bottom edge: far left: battery compartment. Takes a CR2 battery. 4 mode switches: flash, printing, greetings and time. 3 more setting switches, accessible with a pointed tool. Bottom right: Film compartment door with tripod socket, only opens when film is rewound.

* The APS (advanced photo system) film is 24 mm wide and has three image formats: H for "High Definition" (30.2 16.7 mm), C for "Classic" (25.1 16.7 mm) and P for "Panoramic" (30.2 9.5 mm). The "C" and "P" formats are made by cropping the full image which is always taken on the film. So the formats are just a code recorded on the film. The "ix" in the camera name stands for "information exchange", date and camera settings could be written on a magnetic area on the film. MRC stands for "mid roll change". The APS system was a very advanced photo system indeed, but digital cameras made it obsolete.

This camera is very easy to use, switch it on and it's ready. Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well, you drop the film into the compartment and that's it. It has quite some custom manual settings if needed. Auto flash at start, which is the case with most ultra compacts, can be permanently switched off (!).

It's a very good point and shoot camera with a wide angle to normal lens, good picture quality, high quality finish in a very small and light pocketable body.

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