The Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital ELPH is an ultra compact camera no bigger than the size of a pack of cigarette. In Europe and Asia it is known as Canon IXUS 70. Designed as a point and shoot camera, it contains some features suitable for some tuff tasks in its price range. Let´s find out how this little guy performs.
As I went through the available settings, I noticed the lack of Shutter Speed and Aperture priority selection which comes in handy for certain conditions in photography. Another feature presents in the SD8XX series Canon that is unavailable here is the stability control.
The following sample shots are taken in Auto Mode and Manual Mode as noted (whenever a mini-tripod and regular tripod are used they will be noted also). I put in a 4GB SD card from Geeks Computer Parts instead of the 32MB card that came with the camera.
Digital Macro Shots
First three taken indoor in natural lighting; last two outdoor. Other than Macro setting, camera is in Auto mode.
From left to right- Silver Dollar head/tail, outdated stamps, little Daisy and last is what every housewife in the Mid-west trying to kill "weed flower" measuring 10mm in width.
In order to fit our website these photos were taken free hand at 3072x2304 pixels reduced to 1600x1200. The last photo is cropped from 3072x2304.
Condition - with and without flash comparison.
Photos above were taken at approximately 8:45pm in Northern Illinois in the middle of July (from my back yard): 1st photo using spot meter without flash (A tripod should have been used, the small SD1000 is difficult to hold steadily at long exposure time); 2nd spot meter/auto flash aiming at the thermometer; 3rd Macro/spot meter/auto flash.
Outdoor structure in rainy day
Face detection can be found in many mid-range digital camera; here a wax dummy's face is detected.
Stitching tool came with works easily; 4 photos merged
Depends on how the photos were taken, here is one that is not so good
No Tommy Gun rate of 12 shots per second, but you will get about 1 shot per second.
Video with a touch of zooming
Bear in mind this is no digital video camera. It is not bad, I've seen better ones from Casio and Nikon of similar class/price range. There is a strip of vertical line depending on the angle of the sunlight appears on a few frames.
Video with lots of Zooming
Avoid using zoom in video; you are not going to like the result much. Image stabilization would have come in handy.
Battery life test
Battery life test consists of two segments, considering certain conditions as such evening wedding party where all photos are likely be taken with flash on or day light beach party where no flash is used. In addition, the size or resolution selected affects writing speed and battery consume. For this test, the camera is set at 1600x1200. Of course, using the view finder without LCD will prolong battery life. Battery life is also reduced by the length of time the users review the photos taken; taking time with LCD screen sittings and image construction before snapping. As a result, this test is merely for reference.
Full Strength flash of 100, remaining no flash for 200. If the battery is still kicking, back to full strength flash.
That's equivalent to about 11 and 22 rolls of 36-shot-film.
Canon spec sheet indicates a modest 211 shots which factors in the time users spent on photo playback and other battery draining activities, smart move to reduce unnecessary complaints. I did notice the popularity of the NB-4L battery and purchased a non-Canon brand spare for less than $10.