PETALING JAYA: Sometimes it can be a real pain to carry a big DSLR around.
Sure, a DSLR is a very powerful tool in the right hands but sometimes you just want something you can put in your pocket without feeling like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.
The Canon Ixus 120 IS, the first prize in our Tech Your Pic contest certainly fits the bill for a small, pocketable camera, and has the features that should satisfy most casual and pro shooters.
The Ixus 20 IS has a 12.1-megapixel sensor with Canon’s proprietary Digic 4 chip handling the image processing to ensure your pictures have the best image quality with low-noise even at higher ISO settings.
The 28-112mm equivalent zoom lens with optical image stabilisation built-in means that you can go from a crowd and scenery encompassing wideangle to a nice medium telephoto perfect for head-and-shoulders portraits.
There’s also a large 2.7in LCD screen on the back as well as all the usual autofocus modes like Face Detect so you can keep your subjects in focus even when they are moving around in the frame.
The Ixus 120 IS also shoots 720p HD movies at 30fps which means you get good quality movies even from a digicam as compact as this one.
The second prize in the Tech Your Pic contest isn’t a slouch either — the camera has the same 12.1-megapixel sensor, zoom lens and ISO range as the Ixus 120 IS, but only lacks a HD video recording feature and optical image stabilisation.
It nevertheless records pretty respectable videos at 640 x 480-pixels and also benefits from the latest Digic 4 image processing.
There are other prizes to win on the Tech Your Pic contest, including a Canon Selphy CP780 compact photo printer and 10 consolation prizes consisting of Canon Pixma iP27770 photo printers each.
The contest is jointly organised by In.Tech, The Star Online and Canon Marketing (Malaysia).
You can submit multiple entries and the closing date for the contest is Oct 3. For more information, and the complete set of rules and regulations, go to sites.thestar.com.my/techniversary/techyourpic.
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