Canon Powershot SD1000 Review

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Canon Powershot SD1000

Review posted 4/6/2007


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Both the PowerShot SD750 and the SD1000 Digital ELPH cameras build on Canon's original and iconic box and circle design, while maintaining their own individual ELPH identity. The PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH offers consumers the choice of either original silver or dual-tone matte black and silver design case. The PowerShot SD1000 features a more modern look, with cleanly rendered lines and squared-off edges. Adding to the camera's crisp presentation, the dual-tone model is edged in the matte-black accent, with matte black finish on the barrel of the camera's 3x (35-105mm equivalent) optical zoom lens and the ELPH trademark "circle" that rings the lens.

The "brain" of these new Digital ELPH cameras is DIGIC III, the newest iteration of Canon's ultra-efficient (and proprietary) image processor. The DIGIC III Image Processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels including faster start up, autofocus and shutter response times, improved image quality and more efficient power consumption; resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

With Canon's new Face Detection AF/AE/FE technology, the camera can detect, lock on and track multiple human faces in a scene simply by pressing the shutter button halfway. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object (based on Canon's Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure, and flash to ensure the best possible results. Working in concert with Face Detection, the "Red-eye Correction" feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. In addition, images can be corrected manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. Canon's new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture taking moments, helping users to ensure in-focus smiles, and assist in the elimination of overexposed faces.

Thanks to the DIGIC III Image Processor's more aggressive noise reduction algorithm, both the PowerShot SD750 and the SD1000 Digital ELPH cameras are able to shoot at ISO equivalent speed ratings from 80 to as high as 1600. This increased sensitivity range allows the cameras to utilize faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing the effects of camera shake and subject movement during hand held or low-light photography. In addition, both models offer users the option of Canon's new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can accurately increase the ISO up to 800, in order to help offset camera shake due to low-light or unsteady shooting conditions.

Both cameras include Canon's new PureColor LCD, which is constructed with a new multi-level coating that reduces glare, suitable for brightly lit environments. In addition, the new PureColor LCD offers a layer of protection to that extra large three-inch LCD screen on the SD750 Digital ELPH cameras and 2.5-inch LCD screen on the SD1000 Digital ELPH cameras. The multi-level coating also resists scratches, smudges and fingerprints.

Like all PowerShot digital cameras, these newest additions to the SD-series work seamlessly with Canon's petite compact photo printers to deliver stunning high quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer--such as the SELPHY CP730 or PIXMA mini260 models. Press the bright blue Print/Share button, and within moments1, a brilliant, borderless 4x6-inch print begins to emerge. It is that simple. Canon's compact photo printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.

As one of Microsoft's Premier Launch Partners, Canon is proud to announce that all PowerShot cameras announced in 2007 are Certified for Windows Vista according to Microsoft standards, without any extra downloads or upgrades. Additionally, all current models are fully compatible with other operating systems including Windows XP and Mac OS X (Versions 10.2 - 10.4).


Powershot SD1000 Features:

  • 7.1 Megapixel CCD sensor for up to 3072x2304 pixel images
  • 3x optical 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) zoom
  • Large 2.5" color LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for HDTV display
  • Ultra-compact and durable stainless steel body (3.38 x 2.11 x 0.76 in.)
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system with focus-assist lamp
  • Canon's new Face Detection AF/AE/FE technology
  • Program AE automatic and Manual exposure modes
  • Continuous 1.7fps shooting until memory is full
  • Movie mode w/sound 30/15fps 640x480/320x240
  • Fast Frame Rate Movie recording, 320x240 at 60fps
  • Time Lapse Movie mode, 640x480 1 or 2 seconds interval
  • Evaluative metering on focus point or Spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Photo Effects: Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/1500 second
  • Auto noise reduction with 1.3 sec or longer shutter speeds
  • Selectable ISO settings from 80 to 1600
  • Voice memo (up to 60 secs) can be attached to images
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compliant
  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity for PC and Mac
  • SD/SDHC and MMC card storage, 32MB SD card supplied


The PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH camera is available now for an estimated selling price of US$299.99, and ships with: a rechargeable battery pack, a 32MB SD memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a wrist strap, and Canon's software suite.

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Canon Powershot SD1000 Digital ELPH

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The SD1000 compared to a standard CD disc.





Canon Powershot SD1000 Digital ELPH

The Powershot SD1000 and the Olympus FE-240.





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PowerShot SD1000 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 7.4 million)
Lens 3x optical zoom, 5.8-17.4mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 35-105mm)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens)
Normal: 1.0 ft./30cm-infinity
Macro: 1.2 in.- 1.6 ft./3-50cm (WIDE), 1 - 1.6 ft./30-50cm (TELE)
Digital Macro: 1.2 in. - 3.9 in./3-10cm (WIDE)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15-1/1500 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (fixed to center)
Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity/Recommended Exposure Index)
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range Normal: 1.6-11 ft./50cm - 3.5m (W), 1.6-6.6 ft./50cm - 2.0m (T)
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Shooting Modes Auto, Camera M, Portrait, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets), Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects My Colors:
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.7 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Recording Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF (V1.1) compliant
Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels (Still Images) 640 x 480 (Small),
1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3),
2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2),
2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1),
3,072 x 2,304 (Large),
3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen)
Number of Recording Pixels (Movies) 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 4GB,
320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps),
160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps), 640 x 480 (2 hrs. at 0.5 fps/1 fps. Playback at 15 fps)
Playback Modes Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Sound Recorder, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
Erase Modes Still Image: single image, by date, by category, by folder, all images Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B) PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Other: Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source Battery Pack NB-4L (Lithium-ion Rechargeable battery)
210 shots LCD on / 240 min. playback time (CIPA)
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10
Operating Temperature 0-40°C (32-104°F)
Operating Humidity 10-90 %
Dimensions 3.38 x 2.11 x 0.76 in. / 85.9 x 53.5 x 19.4mm
Weight Approx. 125 g (4.41 oz.) (camera body only)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)




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