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A couple of APS Cameras / Canon Ixus II and Konica Revio

Ixus Z50

Canon IXUS Z50

IXUS Z50 is smaller and lighter than most contemporary pocket-sized cameras, the elegant IXUS Z50 takes up the minimum amount of space. The features include a 2 x zoom lens that produces results with high contrast and sharp image quality as well as Canon's active center point focusing system. Reliable autofocus and flash systems are essential to successful photography and the IXUS Z50 has both systems built in for superb results shot after shot. (©Canon)


  • Canon 26-52mm f/4.2-6.7 lens
  • New viewfinder with outstanding visibility
  • 3 custom functions
  • PQI, Date/Time and captions
  • 5 flash modes

Canon Ixus


The original IXUS Advanced Photo System (APS) camera became a design classic when it was introduced in 1996. An unique 'box and circle' design by Yasushi Shiotani, the IXUS ushered in a fundamental shift between function and form. A stainless steel covered fully automatic APS (Advanced Photo System) camera . APS format has several advantages compared to 35mm film. The disadvantage is a rather small negative size. Excellent 23 - 46mm / F: 4,2 - 5,6 Canon Zoom lens (including 2 aspherical lens elements) is still able to produce sharp and contrasty 4" X 11" prints so the small negative size is a disadvantage only if you try to make prints bigger than A4. "APS" = Ain' t Perfect Sharpness.. is mostly a joke. On Aug. 28 1997, Canon Inc. produced its 100 millionth camera, a Canon IXY. (IXUS Is sold as IXY in Japan)

  • Exposure: automatic through center-weighted metering
  • Shutter speed: 2 - 1/800 sec. (down to 1/900 in tele position of lens)
  • Weight: 170 g without the CR-2 battery
  • Size: 87×57×24.5 mm

    More features

  • Loading a film: Just open the film chamber an drop in the 24mm APS Cassette . Almost everything is automated after that.
  • Picture size: You may choose between three picture formats and change a format between the shots: (C) for 4" X 6" Classic Prints, (H) for 4" X7" HDTV/Group prints, and (P) for 4" X 10" or 4" X 11" Panoramic prints.
  • Exposure: In most APS cameras it is is automatic but sometimes with a compensation possibility.
  • Flash: Considering Ixus and Revio: Auto Flash, Fill in Flash and a Flash of Mode
  • Titles: You may set the titles on the photo. A variety of sentences in several languages.
  • APS Cassette / film: APS film has a magnetic coating that records data from the camera. An exposure indicators on the cassette tells you if you film is (1) unexposed, (2) partially exposed, (3 fully exposed, or (4) processed. The film cassette protects your negatives. In fact, with the cassette, you'll never need to touch the film itself.
  • Smaller camera : An APS cassette allows to make a camera smaller and lightweight.

APS - Advanced Photo System

It is released in 1996 by Kodak and some other major manufacturers, including Agfa,Canon, Fuji, Minolta and Nikon. Although it has many technological advancements, such as the ability to record shooting data to film using a magnetic recording layer on the film surface, a possibility to change negative formats, change a film in the middle of the roll etc it will probably be the last film format ever invented. The cartridges are slightly smaller than in 35mm film, thus permitting the creation of cute little cameras. The simple drop-in film loading APS cartridges are fully sealed and the film is supposed to stay in the cartridge so, that users never will handle the negatives.




Konica Revio

Konica Revio is also a fully automatic APS auto-focus camera. The lens is Konica Zoom 24-48mm / f : 4 - 7.6 (5 elements/5 groups) The shutter is electronic programmed 2 - 1/500sec. Multi infrared non-scan active type auto-focus system, electric self timer etc.

Basically these two cameras are identical considering to features.Both cameras need one 3V Lithium battery (CR2)

  • Size and weight: 95x57x26,5mm / 144g

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