Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH (Silver)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: PowerShot SD1000
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CNET editors' review
price range: $373.51
- Reviewed by: Phil Ryan
- Reviewed on: 03/13/2007
The good: Excellent image quality; solid build quality; speedy performance; optical viewfinder; face detection.
The bad: No manual exposure controls.
The bottom line: Small size, excellent image quality, and a solid, though not extensive, feature set make the SD1000 a great choice for a compact camera.
Great compact, reliable camera; great photos
by boseli on August 6, 2008
Pros: Size, high quality photos, reliable, ease of use
Cons: Distance photos with zoom are somewhat grainy
Summary: Great camera that takes excellent photos; can turn off flash and still take good quality indoor photos. I prefer Canon cameras over other brands I have tried. The best thing ...
Summary: Great camera that takes excellent photos; can turn off flash and still take good quality indoor photos. I prefer Canon cameras over other brands I have tried. The best thing about this camera is the size! It is very compact yet takes great photos. It is a great all-around digital camera. The only issue I have is when I use zoom to try and take long distance shots; they are grainy. Otherwise, the photos are very high quality and I have been very happy with this camera. I gave one to my son who also loves it. I can carry it easily in a pocket (in a neoprene case). Super camera for the money.
not for taking speeds
by youreon on August 5, 2008
Pros: lots of shooting mode, slim perfect for pockets
Cons: no image stablization, high iso gives image noise
Summary: This is my 1st camera. It seems alright. There is no image stabelization so if you want to take fast pics that do not blur, u need to change into ...
Summary: This is my 1st camera. It seems alright. There is no image stabelization so if you want to take fast pics that do not blur, u need to change into higher iso. However higher iso gives images noise, which makes the image doesn't look very smooth. Battery is decent. Not that bad if you don't use it every single hour.
Good...if you only want to take pictures in the day...
by luckyu886 on August 1, 2008
Pros: Good pictures when it's sunny
Cons: Bad inside or night photos
Summary: When you turn off the flash and it's dark outside it automatically slows the shutter speed and you can't adjust it. You can make the shutter longer, but ...
Summary: When you turn off the flash and it's dark outside it automatically slows the shutter speed and you can't adjust it. You can make the shutter longer, but not faster. So pictures at night turn out blurry. And even pictures taken inside have fuzzy edges. I really hate this camera because of that and I'm buying a different one. If you want sharp pictures in low lighting, this is not the camera for you. But when you're taking pictures outside when it's really sunny it's fine.
Good not great
by freeware frederico on July 13, 2008
Pros: A good point & shoot camera for the price. Accurate color.
Cons: Blurry images
Summary: I'm a novice photographer who bought the SD1000 hoping it would be an upgrade to my 3 meg Sony DSC. It turns out the 3 meg camera takes crisper ...
Summary: I'm a novice photographer who bought the SD1000 hoping it would be an upgrade to my 3 meg Sony DSC. It turns out the 3 meg camera takes crisper photos than the Canon, even when it's on a tripod.
To its credit, the Canon has very accurate color reproduction. Certain colors (like lavender) are very difficult to photograph unless you happen to have good lighting. The Canon captured the color perfectly.
Awesome quality. Great price.
by avingupta11 on July 11, 2008
Pros: Excellent quality and really quick use.
Cons: needs a larger screen to meet with today's standards
Summary: If you are looking for the cheapest camera for the best quality and technology, this is the one to choose. The camera retails for $200 but I got an awesome ...
Summary: If you are looking for the cheapest camera for the best quality and technology, this is the one to choose. The camera retails for $200 but I got an awesome deal for $150. The size is small and stylish, so it is very portable. The screen looks small even though it is 2 inches, but it is not that big of a set back. Do not get it for video quality because the video quality is ok, and not like that of a camcorder. It can be used for close up small videos, but not for recording concerts or anything with a lot of movement. The quality is clear, and when using the camera you don't need the handbook because it is easy to use. I've taken pictures of everything and the quality is comparative to that of an SLR, but an SLR is still better if you want to enlarge your pictures a lot. With looks, quality, and extremely simple use make it the best.
Camera malfunctioned, Canon would not honor warranty
by SDJacobson on July 10, 2008
Pros: I don't know, camera didn't work long enough
Cons: Canon would not stand behind their product
Summary: I purchased this camera and hardly used it, keeping in the closet for most of 3 months. When I took it out one day the lens cover was stuck in ...
Summary: I purchased this camera and hardly used it, keeping in the closet for most of 3 months. When I took it out one day the lens cover was stuck in place. I examined the camera carefully for signs of damage (none noted) before packing carefully and sending it to Canon for warranty repair. Canon responded by claiming I damaged the camera and would not honor warranty. I strongly believe I was not treated in good faith by Canon. I will no longer purchase Canon products in the future.
Top notch for pocket or purse
by puterpop on July 10, 2008
Pros: Excellent photos, easy operation, battery lasts
Cons: No manual controls
Summary: I have a Nikon SLR Digital and I prefer this for 9 out of 10 situations. It is compact, very functional, easy to use, easy to recharge the battery which ...
Summary: I have a Nikon SLR Digital and I prefer this for 9 out of 10 situations. It is compact, very functional, easy to use, easy to recharge the battery which last long, and the prints are in most cases every bit as good as my Nikon. This camera excels in daylight and close flash situations. The autofocus is very good. With the price drop, it's a great choice for under $200. My 11 year old was able to operate it right away, and my loves it. It was a great replacement for her Kodak, which shut down suddenly and ate up batteries. Fits in pocket or purse so you can always have it available. My Nikon is big and bulky by comparison.
I won't buy another Canon
by denovo77 on June 30, 2008
Pros: Small size, light weight, large view screen
Cons: Overall quality
Summary: When I bought this camera, I searched all over the web for reviews and everybody seemed to love the SD1000. Unfortunately, most reviews are written about a brand new product, ...
Summary: When I bought this camera, I searched all over the web for reviews and everybody seemed to love the SD1000. Unfortunately, most reviews are written about a brand new product, and most things work great when they're new.
I've had my camera for 13 months, and the image quality has been mostly good, though not great. Certainly good enough for e'mail and web use. The flash was a bit weak, but the face detection and auto focus seemed to work well. The video quality was actually pretty amazing, the compact size made it easy to carry this camera everywhere, and the large view screen was fantastic.
It WAS a good camera, until the warranty ended a month ago, at which point it seemed to simply self destruct as if an internal timer finally went off. My flash stopped working, and within a week the camera was totally dead. When I try to turn it on, the light by the on/off switch lights briefly, and I hear the camera click, but nothing else happens.
I've searched online for help and found numerous sites regarding lense errors, poor customer service, and generally low build quality. I guess I'm lucky I got a year out of it, which works out to about $17 a month. I expected better though, especially given the rave reviews. If you view this as a very nice disposable camera, you'll love it. If you want a quality piece, look elsewhere. I certainly will not buy another Canon.
Best camera for the price
by AuzRox on June 13, 2008
Pros: Quick, easy to use, user friendly, excellent picture quality, modifiable
Cons: can be a little slow when taking a lot of picutres in a row
Summary: This is a great little camera for the money. Definitely one of the best that I've owned. Not only is it fast, sleek and easy to tote around, the ...
Summary: This is a great little camera for the money. Definitely one of the best that I've owned. Not only is it fast, sleek and easy to tote around, the functionality is unsurpassed. If you really get into the picture modification features of the camera, there are so many options. Just to name one of the many, they have a snow option for when there's a lot of glare during winter/skiing pictures. You're also able to adjust light balance and a number of other things just by scrolling through the function options (when set on manual).
Even if you don't get into all the fancy stuff, it's a great basic use camera. The micro-view (the little flower on the D-pad) takes great up-close pictures. (generally used for flowers, etc) and the opposite for the larger views (mountains, etc).
I would suggest this camera to anyone who wants to make a versatile investment in a well-rounded camera.
by userfbe on June 2, 2008
Pros: Stunning outdoor/sunlight, Excellent video
Cons: Unacceptable indoors/night
Summary: My 4 year old S400 takes better photos.
Summary: My 4 year old S400 takes better photos.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: PowerShot SD1000
- Description: Canon looked to the very first ELPH for inspiration when designing the PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH, and came up with a quintessential iteration of the icon: slim, clean-lined and fully flat. Inside, the SD1000 Digital ELPH looks only to the future: 7.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom and advanced DIGIC III ensure top-quality images, while focus is fast and sharp and red-eye is automatically corrected. The large and more colorful LCD screen now has a tough, anti-reflective coating that makes it as durable as it is beautiful.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Resolution 7.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 7,400,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 7,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
- Optical Zoom 3 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Processor DIGIC III
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Digital Video Format AVI
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 400,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Scene,
Kids & pets,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Fluorescent,
Fluorescent light (daylight),
- Max Shutter Speed 1/1500 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type Canon,
3 x x Zoom lens - 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm - F/2.8-4.9
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 105 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 11.8 in
- Macro Focus Range 1 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Slow synchro,
Flash ON mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Effective Flash Range 1.6 ft - 11.5 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 1.7 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features DPOF support,
Auto power save,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Real-image zoom
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Resolution 230,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB
- Software Drivers & Utilities
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
- Included Accessories Wrist strap,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery Canon NB-4L
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card
- Included Memory Card SD Memory Card
- Image Storage JPEG 3072 x 2304,
JPEG 2592 x 1944,
JPEG 2048 x 1536,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 3072 x 1728
- Video Capture AVI - 640 x 480,
AVI - 640 x 480,
AVI - 320 x 240,
AVI - 320 x 240,
AVI - 320 x 240,
AVI - 160 x 120
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 3.4 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 2.1 in
- Weight 4.4 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 90%
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
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- CNET Labs Flash shot to shot time 2.4
- CNET Labs Shot to shot time typical 1.5
- CNET Labs Shutter lag bright 0.5
- CNET Labs Shutter lag dim 0.9
- CNET Labs Typical burst speed 1.7
- CNET Labs Wake up time 1.0