Film Cameras

IX 240 Lens-Shutter Camera




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Marketed May 1996
Original Price 48,000 yen (w/case and remote control)

Canon’s first IX 240 camera and the world’s smallest autofocus zoom compact camera at the time.

Drop-in film loading is really simple. The film (24mm width) is kept inside the cartridge even after development.

The camera incorporates a highly integrated design for compactness. The 24-48mm zoom lens uses hybrid focusing with active and passive autofocusing. The small, built-in flash pops up and retracts automatically. The exterior is made of stainless steel alloy SUS for a luxury touch. Upon its introduction, the IXY became a runaway hit product.

Type Fully automatic IX 240 Lens-Shutter autofocus camera with zoom lens
Picture Size 16.7×30.2 mm (C, H, and P formats also selectable with IX data)
AF System Active/passive hybrid autofocus system using IRED and CCD sensor. 0.45 m – infinity. Prefocus enabled.
Lens 24-48mm f/4.5-6.2 (6 elements in 6 groups). Zoom button provided. Markings provided for 24mm, 36mm, and 48mm.
Shutter Electromagnetic programmed shutter and aperture. In auto mode and flash-on mode: EV 9.5 (f/4.5 at 1/35 sec.) – EV 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.) at 24mm, and EV 11.5 (f/6.2 at 1/70 sec.) – EV 19 (f/32 at 1/500 sec.) at 48mm. In slow-speed sync and flash-off mode: EV 3.5 (f/4.5 at 2 sec.) – EV 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.) at 24mm, and EV 4.5 (f/6.2 at 2 sec.) – EV 19 (f/32 at 1/500 sec.) at 48mm. Built-in electronic self-timer. Remote-control shutter release enabled.
Viewfinder Direct zoom viewfinder. 0.31x – 0.62x magnification and 82% coverage (90% coverage on the print). Within the image area are the AF frame, close-up frame, image area frame, C-format mask, and P-format mask. Green LED lights for in-focus indicator and OK-to-Shoot, blinks for close-up warning, and stays off during flash recharging. Orange LED lights for flash ready, blinks for camera-shake warning, and stays off during flash recharging.
EE SPC for full-auto program EE with 3-zone evaluative metering. AE locks when AF is achieved. Metering range of EV 3.5 – 19. Film speed range: ISO 25 – 10000 set automatically in 1/3-stop increments. ISO 25 – 3200 is displayed. Higher ISO speeds show a blank on the LCD. Automatic exposure compensation of EV +1.5 for backlit subjects. No manual exposure compensation. No incorrect exposure warnings.
Built-in Flash Retractable built-in flash. Guide No. 8.2 (at ISO 100 in meters). Fires automatically in low-light and backlit conditions. Slow-speed sync enabled. Red-eye reduction lamp provided.

* Flash pops up when camera is turned on. Fill-flash enabled.

Autodate Feature Year, month, day; day, hour, minute; and captions in 6 languages.
Power Source One 3 V CR2 lithium battery (battery check provided)
Film Loading &
Drop-in auto loading. Automatic film advance with built-in motor. Single-frame advance only.
Film Rewind Fully automatic with built-in motor.
Frame Counter Mini remote control unit with infrared beam provided for remote shutter release (up to 5 m).
Frame Counter Two-digit display with 7-segment LCD.
IX Data Date function, captions in 6 languages, PQI (3 types)
Dimensions &
90 x 60 x 27 mm, 190 g (with battery)