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The Canon Ixus III aka Elph Z3 is a small upper mid-range to advanced zoom camera built for APS film*(see below). So it is no 35mm camera, the APS main format is 30.2x16.7mm, a bit bigger than half format. APS has been released in 1996 and was discontinued in 2011.

* The APS (advanced photo system) film is 24 mm wide and has three image formats: H for "High Definition" (30.2 16.7 mm), C for "Classic" (25.1 16.7 mm) and P for "Panoramic" (30.2 9.5 mm). The "C" and "P" formats are made by cropping the full image which is always taken on the film. So the formats are just a code recorded on the film. The "ix" in the camera name stands for "information exchange", date and camera settings could be written on a magnetic area on the film. MRC stands for "mid roll change". The APS system was a very advanced photo system indeed, but digital cameras made it obsolete.

This camera was a late APS release. I chose to show this model because it's quite small, much smaller than half format cameras, and it's a complete differnet design from the Ixus II.
Its main features are:

23.5-54mm F4.8-7.6 Canon lens, including 2 aspherical elements, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus 0,45m (~30cm in broad daylight)
Electronic shutter, 2-1/666 (max. F14.1 at 23.5mm, max. F28.1 at 54mm)
Size 98x50x33.4,  Weight 150 gr. without battery
25-10000 ISO, automatic coding, self-timer, automatic film advance and spooling, time/date/settings/greetings recording possibility

Camera closed.

Camera front open.
Flash guide number ~17 (m/ISO 100).

The lens only moves out a little to wide angle position. The camera switches on by sliding it open.

Lens moved out to tele position.

Camera top.
Shutter release, self timer.

From top: Viewer and 2 indication lamps, format switch. Small LCD screen in the middle, indicates flash mode, date, full battery, film presence, film number. To the left: flash mode selector and mode selector. To the right: wide/tele switch. Screen light button. Right edge: battery compartment. Takes a CR2 battery.

Camera bottom view.
Film compartment opening button and mid roll rewind button. You can change film at mid roll, it will be later advanced to the first unused photo automatically. Tripod socket. Film compartment door; motorized, only opens when film is rewound.

This camera is very easy to use, slide it on and it's ready. Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well, you drop the film into the compartment and that's it. It has quite some custom manual settings if needed. Auto flash at start, which is the case with most ultra compacts, can be switched off.

It's a very good point and shoot camera with a moderate wide angle to a moderate tele lens, good picture quality, high quality finish in a very small and light pocketable body.