Well I couldn't wait any longer to get the Ixus 700 as I really wanted\nto be able to take VGA video (640 x 480 at 30fps) with an ultra compact\ncamera as well as having awesome photos. So, I bought the Ixus 700. So\nfar I have been very impressed with it. The video is quite good and the\n60fps at 320 resolution is very smooth, although the white balance (when\nit adjusts when moving from light to dark) seems to kick in in\nnoticeable steps.\n\nI also have the Ixus 400 which is a great camera, although the size\ndifference between the 400 and the 700 is quite a bit even though their\ndimensions are nearly identical. The 700 is a lot smaller and fits into\nyour pocket a lot better as it curves in towards the edges. The 700\nmakes the 400 look like a bit of a brick as the 400 is very rectangular\nwhich is unlike the curves on the 700.\n\nWhen watching the videos (mjpg or mjpeg codec) on your computer it\nconsumes quite a lot of cpu! So much so, that sometimes my computer\n(Athlon xp 1800) doesn't seem to play it back smoothly (my friend's\nlaptop played it back quite choppy - it is a about 2 years old though).\nHowever, quicktime seemed to play back the videos a lot better.\nApparently the video format is quicktime 3.5 and so maybe that is why\nquicktime handles it a lot smoother. If you have an old computer you\nmight have trouble playing back the videos.\n\nIt also takes great photos (imagine that since it is a digital camera\nand not a video camera :), although the AiAF does seem to get confused a\nbit more than the 400. I've found if I leave the AiAF off on manual then\nI can just switch to manual shooting if I have any focusing problems.\n\nThe power up time is very quick and you can probably take a photo in\naround a second (it is pretty hard to time it from power up to photo\ntaken) although the focus may not be as good. I haven't tested this\nfeature much as I don't really have a need for it, but the lens does\nseem to come out quite quick.\n\nThe macro works just as good as the 400 and maybe better. I still\nhaven't sussed out the digital zoom macro fully yet, but it does take\nnice close up pics.\n\nIt has a feature that lets you jump to movies or jump 10 or 100 photos\nat once. It allows you to check the time when switching it on by holding\nthe set button down with the power button. You can mute the camera\nquickly so you don't scare animals if you are taking photos of them.\n\nSome of the new features that I like about it are:\n\n* the hold option which makes the last photo stay on the screen\nuntil you half (or fully) depress the shutter button, this also allows\nyou to zoom in on the photo in case you want to check how in focus it is\nor in case everyone wants to look at the photo that was just taken. It\nuse to annoy me, on the 400, how you had to continually switch the dial\nback to play back the photo.\n\n* the custom self-timer option. This allows you to set how long\nbefore the first photo fires and then how many photos it takes after\nthat. Once it starts taking the photos, you can't control how long it\npauses for in between photos. If the flash doesn't fire then it is quite\nfast, maybe a second, if the flash fires each time I guess it depends on\nhow quickly the flash charges, ie how flat your battery is, but on a new\nbattery it was about 2 seconds or so\n\n* the burst shot feature is pretty cool, just hold your finger on\nthe shutter button and it will continue to take 2 photos per second for\nages. I stopped after 10 or so\n\n* the microphone is on the front near the lens and so you seem to get\na LOT less wind noise if you are videoing while moving quite fast, say\n30 to 60km/h\n\n\n\nSome things I noticed or don't like are:\n\n* there isn't much room on the back to put your thumb when holding\nit, especially as it has a 5cm lcd screen. I guess you are going to get\nthis with ultra compacts. If you have big clumsy fingers then this isn't\nthe camera for you :)\n\n* the stitch button is no longer on the little dial that you turn (it\nis on the 400) so you have to get to it from a menu, but this isn't that\nbad I guess when you don't take many stitch assist photos.\n\n* to plug in the connectors you have to take off a little hard\nplastic cover which seems like it might break, the 400 had a rubber\ncover which seemed more flexible and less prone to break\n\n* it still doesn't take raw images, I would have thought that it\nwould be simple to add the option for raw images but obviously not\n\n* you can actually see tip of the lens when you look through the view\nfinder, although it is barely visible. Once you zoom, even if for a\nfraction, it disappears from the view finder.\n\n* the speaker volume, when playing back movies, isn't as loud as the 400\n\n\nI ended up buying the cheapest 1Gb SD card (from umart.com.au -\nextremely cheap at $AUS 115) and so far it seems fast enough to store\nvideo, although the longest video I have taken so far is just over 2\nminutes. I think that I'll have to get another 1Gb card as I filled it\nup the other night taking about 9 minutes of video and about 10 photos.\n\nIn conclusion, I'm very happy with the camera, especially as it only\ncost me AUS$ 670 which was 0 cheaper than my Ixus 400. I guess I can\nalso sell my old camera and that will make it even more affordable. I'd\nrecommend this camera for anyone who wants VGA quality video as well as\nawesome photos. If I didn't mind staying with 320 resolution videos (at\nonly 15fps), I would have kept the 400 as I'm very happy with the photo\nquality of it as well. The one thing that I haven't done is the drop\ntest. Maybe if I lend it to two of my friends, they can both drop it as\nthey did with my 400, although the 400 was dented, it still works perfectly.