Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti
- Sharp pictures, Great colour, Attractive and sturdy design
- Very visible fringing, Noise issues, Slow burst mode
While the IXUS 900 Ti is a fairly good compact camera, it suffers from some fringing and noise issues that mean it isn't quite on par with some of Canon's other units.
Price$ 799.00 (AUD)
The 10 megapixel Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti offers all the usual features we've come to expect, and has a solid and quite attractive design. However, visible fringing and excessive image noise counter good sharpness and colour performance to make this a reasonable but not noteworthy compact camera.
The most disappointing aspect of the 900 Ti was the visible fringing we encountered in our shots. This was most evident towards the edges of our pictures, but was also seen a little closer to the centre. It was best highlighted by areas of high contrast, such as the black and white squares on our test charts. Given what we'd seen in our shots, it came as no surprise that the camera achieved mediocre results in Imatest's chromatic aberration test. It's score of .117% is decent, but not outstanding for a high end, 10 megapixel compact model.
These issues are unfortunate, as the camera performed extremely well in our sharpness test, where Imatest gave it a score of 1607. This is an excellent result, and satisfied our expectations of such a powerful sensor. As you can see in our test shots, in areas where fringing isn't an issue, edges are exceptionally crisp and sharp, with great clarity and definition even in areas of extreme detail.
The 900 Ti's colour performance was also very good, where it scored 6.41 in Imatest. As is most often the case, red was the chief problem colour, showing some very noticeable oversaturation, however the other primary colours were very well rendered. The greyscale spectrum was similarly impressive. The overall colour balance, while not the best we've seen, was very good and will more than satisfy the majority of users.
Unfortunately this camera couldn't continue the strong performance. In our noise test, it achieved a rather high score of .85% at ISO100, which is well above what we normally see from models in this category. In our pictures it was visible, but not as obtrusive as it could have been. The noise took on a fine, white form and made the shots a little grainy, rather than being blotchy and colourful. At slightly higher ISO settings, the noise didn't increase too much, however when moving from ISO 800 to the highest setting of ISO 1600, there was a massive drop in the quality of the image. The noise suddenly became extremely prominent, creating a large colourful haze over the whole picture that made it basically unusable at this level.
The 900 Ti's feature set is fairly standard for an upper tier compact camera. It sports a basic 3x optical zoom, with ISO settings to 1600 (although 3200 can be reached using a special scene mode) and both preset and custom white balance modes. The burst mode was a little short for our liking; it captures shots at three frames per second, but the buffer was full after just four shots, and going over this limit lead to dramatic slow down. We'd much prefer it operated at 2.5 or two frames per second but lasted a little longer. The video mode somewhat made up for this however, as it shoots at an extremely high resolution of 1024x768 pixels. We haven't seen a point and shoot camera that shoots such high quality footage before, with most capping out at 640x480, so for those who enjoy taking the occasional video, this is a big plus. Rounding out the feature set are the 12 scene modes, a number of colour options and three metering modes (evaluative, spot and centre). Overall the feature set is quite reasonable, and is fairly typical for a Canon compact.
The 900 Ti metal and chrome casing with black highlights looks exceptionally good and above all feels rock solid. This camera combines the best elements of style and construction, to create a brilliant looking device that can also take a few bumps. The controls follow the traditional IXUS layout, with a vertical function wheel, a menu key and a five way navigation pad. They are all well positioned and easy to access, and most of the interface is intuitive, meaning even new users should have no issues operating the camera.
The 900Ti is reasonably speedy as well. With a .07 second shutter lag, 1.9 seconds between shots, and a 1.5 second startup time it is one of the faster units we've looked at recently. The only thing we noticed in this regard was that the autofocus was a little slower than normal, but it wasn't a huge issue.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Huawei Mate 9
Acer Swift 7
Google Daydream VR headset
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPCrystal Reports DeveloperSA
- CCNetwork Engineer (cisco)NSW
- FTSenior Business Project ManagerNSW
- CCMDM Consultant/DesignerVIC
- TPPerformance Test Analyst - Perth BasedQLD
- CCCommercial Contract AdministratorACT
- FTMicrosoft ProgrammerSA
- FTLife/400 Resource - PermanentNSW
- FTDevOps/Senior Sys Admin - eCommerce - Permanent - Sydney Northern BeachesNSW
- FTNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- FTFull stack Developer - Senior (Java or C# and AngularJS) x 3QLD
- CCData Migration Consultant - LeadNSW
- TPEnvironment Specialist(DevOps)QLD
- CCSolution DesignerVIC
- CCDevops Consultant - 12 month contractVIC
- CCSenior Technical SpecialistNSW
- TPBusiness Analyst AO7QLD
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)ACT
- FTPerformance TesterACT
- CCSolution Architect - VMwareVIC
- FTFront-End DevOps Developer/Consultant - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- FTStorage Solution ArchitectVIC
- TPHRIS Business AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Business AnalystSA