Canon Powershot SD1000 Reviews

Canon Powershot SD1000 ELPH:

This highly anticipated camera is well worth the money. It takes the best pictures in its class. The design is simple and easy to navigate. The buttons may be small for some fingers, but I found it quite useable.

Options such as accenting a certain color makes it standout while toning out other colors in the picture is great. The color swap features is nice too, although not perfect.

Video quality is excellent. Hardly notice it was taken with an instant camera. You can set frames per second to reduce size of recording as well.

The full range of settings to mix & match is nice inside such a small box. It's shorter and thinner than a marlboro cigarette box.

Other cool features:
- vertical/horizontal orientation sensor adjust pictures on the fly.
- Audio recorder.
- Audio recording tag to photos.
- Red-eye correction on playback
- Gridlines assist
- Slideshow playback

Awesome price.

Source: CNet

Canon Powershot SD1000:

What kind of point-and-shoot camera has what it takes to stand out from the pack? Generally, it's one that exhibits both excellent quality and nimble performance. But that's not the whole story. Other features, such as a useful and beautiful design plus functions that are enjoyable to use, can really make the difference. In the case of Canon's new 7.1-megapixel PowerShot SD1000, you get most, if not all, of these essentials.

Judging from the specs alone, this camera won't overwhelm you. It's a 7.1-megapixel device that features a 3X optical zoom with a 5.8mm-to-17.4mm range (which is equivalent to a 35mm lens with a 35mm-to-105mm zoom) and corresponding maximum f-stops of f/2.8 to f/4.9. The SD1000 also sports the usual 2.5-inch LCD, which is more or less the standard size for cameras being produced today. There's no image stabilization on this camera, although with a 3X optical zoom lens there's not a lot of reason for it.

The camera's design, however, is exquisite. A nod to earlier PowerShots, the SD1000's look first appeared on the original Canon Elph, an APS (Advanced Photo System) film point-and-shooter, which was based on a striking design motif developed by the legendary Canon designer Yasushi Shiotani. This motif was called the "box and circle" design, which, as you can see, consists of a black circle within the rectangular silver "box."

What's great about the design is its minimalist approach. It almost subliminally accentuates the fact that any photographic device—from the simplest pinhole to the most sophisticated D-SLR—is essentially a box with a circular hole cut into it. It's truly form highlighting elemental function.

Still, this camera is more than just an objet d'art. It performs brilliantly. On my test shots and under a variety of lighting situations, the SD1000 captured my images the way I prefer them. Now that's a good thing since, like most cameras in Canon's SD series, you don't have full manual modes on this camera.

I was particularly impressed with one shooting experience, at a press conference where keynote speakers appeared onstage in low light. I wanted to capture the atmosphere in the room, so using the flash was an issue, yet I didn't want blurred images. I was very pleased with the quality of images the camera produced, operating under these restrictions. Perhaps it was the SD1000's face-detection feature that helped it expose and focus my shots correctly. As I've found with most of the recent batch of Canon PowerShot cameras, the built-in face-detection feature really does quite a good job.

My lab test pictures also displayed excellent results. There was very little noise in flash or daylight shots. I noticed just the right amount of saturation as well as very accurate color matching, with no color casts. There was very little fringing, either, and the SD1000 rendered my simulated outdoor picture of trees set against a bright blue sky well. Dynamic range was quite good, resulting in deep, dark blacks and almost pure whites. In addition, my flash shot exhibited high quality with no blown-out highlights at all. If that's not enough good news, the SD1000 turned in an average resolution of 1,750 lines, which is exceptionally sharp for a 7.1MP camera.

Demonstrating equal prowess in terms of performance, the camera's 2.5-second boot-up time was nice and swift. My recorded 2.5-second recycle time was just as speedy. Most of all, I liked having no detectable shutter lag and hardly any barrel or pincushion distortion. This guy has an excellent little lens.

Of course, there were a few areas where the PowerShot SD1000 could use some improvement. For example, I was hoping for a few more high ISO modes, and I think there's too much noise in indoor low-light shots. Video capabilities were solid at VGA quality and at 30 fps, but it would be nice to have the option of creating smaller file sizes, say with MPEG-4 encoding. Still, sound was quite good, clear and relatively free of hiss.

At a list price of $299.99, this shooter is a tad pricey, too. Even so, whether I needed indoor images (with or without flash), outdoor landscape pictures, or cityscape shots, I could count on the SD1000 to hit the mark, almost always dead-on.

Source: PCMag

Trying to make a decision between Canon A series, S series and SD Series:

I have owned several Canon A series, Canon SD series, the Canon S series and also the S2/S3 IS. So here's the skinny as an amateur user.

If you don't want to read the long review, here's the summary. Buy the SD1000 if you are looking for the tiniest camera that you can take everywhere. It takes good shots indoors given its tiny size and fabulous shots outdoors.

If smallness is not your top priority then you should consider some other Canon cameras which may work better for you (including others from the SD Series).

A series - The A series is best for you if you're looking for a low cost camera that gives you a wide range of features, many manual controls and great image quality. Although, the size is bigger than SD series making it a jacket-pocket camera, the advantage is in the styling. It gives you a convenient grip on the side which helps hold the camera steady and results in less "blurry" pictures. The mode selector dial on top helps you zip through selections. The convenience of AA batteries which are available in every corner of the world, no missing out on pictures as your battery was discharged, might be a selling point for those who travel a lot.
{Update 11/10/07: Canon launched many new A series cameras in August 2007 with Image Stabilization and improved zoom. The 7.1 MP A570 IS with 4X zoom is cheaper than this SD1000. You may want to consider it seriously if you don't care so much about the slightly large the size and increased weight.}

The S3 to S5 IS series cameras have a great image sensor, the wonderful image stabilization, a great zoom, and super macro function that can produce never before pictures. The flip out screen helps take shots from angles you've never considered before. The videos mode of the S series is also better with stereo sound and a sharp picture. The cameras in this series are also just a little more expensive and pretty bulky. If taking great pictures is all you care about and do not mind carrying a big camera, the S series will be a great choice. It's the first step towards a real professional camera.

And finally (drumroll) - the SD series. Small. Cute.

The SD 1000 slips into your shirt front pocket without making it sag. If you're wondering about the style, the square "retro" design is boxy but I like it better as it is very compact. It also does not slip out from my fingers as easily as the curved edge ones.

Since the cameras in SD series are so small some features like different shooting modes are accessible only through the menu which makes changing between them more cumbersome. Sometimes I've just preferred to stay on Auto rather than missing the shot while I navigated to the right mode. SD series cameras also have less manual or user defined controls like flash power reduction which I miss. The flash incidentally, can get very strong in lower light or indoor situations and often bleaches out color from people's faces. If you turn off the flash then you have to use a tripod or have the camera on a flat surface to prevent shaky pictures. I also find that the smallness and lightness of SD series makes my hand shake more than when I'm holding the A series camera with the side grip. I get more fuzzy pics with the SD series than my A series (comparing the models without Image Stabilization) and it's annoying to see the camera-shake warning each time on the screen I am trying to take a shot. I also get a little more red eye with this series probably because the flash is so close to the lens. On the SD 1000 however, there is a red eye correction feature so you can remove red eye right on the camera. The other improvement over the previous SD series is the automatic face detection which helps reduce the flash glare on faces so pictures come out better.

Having used many Canons, although I prefer some other models for their pictures, guess which camera travels with me most often. My SD1000. Just because it's small and fits into my tiny party purse or jeans pocket. Canon recently launched some SD series cameras with Image Stabilization like SD850 IS which is slightly more expensive and a bit bigger and heavier than the SD1000. I'd probably never take it along with me on daily basis and would miss some great photo ops…Many of my friends bought the SD1000 camera after seeing the size of my camera vs. its range of features (and the reasonable price!)

And what about some other Canon features? (If you're a regular Canon user skip reading this section, as you already know all this good stuff.):
- It has an intelligent focusing system with DIGIC III (up from DIGIC II earlier) auto red eye correction and face detection (see above).

- Goes up to ISO 1600 which improves it's low light performance. Although beware of camera shake if you turn off flash in low light. In my opinion, Canon has always out-performed all other consumer cameras in outdoor pics. For indoor low-light pics you'll have to turn on the flash or end up with grainy images. However, compared to other brands in the same class the SD1000 still takes pretty sharp pictures.

- SD card slot - cheap to buy 2GB cards.

-Photo-stitch - For stitching together panoramic views. I have shot countless seascapes, 'bridge'scapes, and landscapes from all my Canons using this function and stitching together 6-10 shots in one. It's easy.

-Macro mode - Great for close ups of babies or product shots

- The SCN mode (special scenes)- Fireworks, Beach, Snow, kids and pets, Underwater, Foliage, Aquarium and Indoor is great. Now even amateurs can use Canon experience to get the best shot quickly before they miss the photo opportunity while trying to set manual controls.

-"My colors" option - Allows you to choose a color you want to highlight in a picture or even darken and lighten skin tones. Color Accent allows you to capture only a particular color in a shot while the rest of the picture is black and white. I did a black and white Christmas group portrait with only the Santa hats, ornaments and poinsettias in red color. Or with Color Swap you can swap out one color with the other, like change your car or (or hair color!)- red to blue. The possibilities are endless, even my kid loves to use the color accent feature as it's really easy.

-Special effects (B/W, Sepia, Vivid, Nuetral etc.) I've used sepia a lot when taking portraits giving them an 'old world' feel. Vivid has been helpful in special situations like a red kite against a blue sky to bring out the colors. You can do all this in Photoshop later but how many of us actually get the time to do this, once a pic is taken it's over with for me!

-You can also take videos in 3 different resolutions with this camera and edit them right on the camera.

-You can create a slide show of all the images you took on the camera itself with fancy transition effects of your choice, it adds to the fun when you hook it up to a TV to view your pics.

-The zoom button shows one or many images at a time in the replay mode and you can zoom into each individual image to see parts of it closely. You can also add sound bites to your shots to remember a location.

- While replaying, the images auto-rotate to landscape or portrait mode to align with how you're holding the camera. It's a nice feature. The screen has been made more durable than it was earlier with an anti-reflective coating.

All in all, if you want a small and sexy yet very feature rich camera go for the SD1000, you'll find yourself using it more often than your previous cameras.

Source: Amazon


Canon all the way! I've had an s230, sd300, sd400, sd630. I really did not like the feel of the SD630 very much after living with it for a while. I also didn't like the button placements..was not comfortable with it. It DID take great pics and video. BUT, I moved to the SD1000 (black), have had it one week and love it!

Of all the Canon point-and-shoot digitals, this is my favorite. It is tiny and so pocketable. A pleasure to use. The switches and buttons are where they should be and feel good. The screen is 2.5 so people who want 3.0 need to go to the SD750 which is basically the SD630's replacement with the Digic III processor. Same form factor.

If you liked the SD200, SD300, SD400, SD450 or SD600, you will love this!

My only reservation is how great ARE the pics from this little camera. I'm sure they are excellent but the jury is out on how good they are compared to earlier Canons. I like vivid pics so I may have to set the camera to vivid.

Source: Amazon

Good Portable Camera For Point and Shoot:

Well built, light weight and portable, easy to find menu, zoom works in video mode.

Noticeable chromatic aberration, higher than expected noise, image quality is not as good.

The Bottom Line
This camera is great to carry in your shirt pocket. Nice looking, easy to use, and reasonably fast. Still, if you want excellent quality pictures go for a bigger model.

Full Review
I have been an enthusiast of digital cameras since they appeared in the market. I personally owned several Canon cameras including the A50, A40, A60, A520, and now the SD1000. I still have the A50, and the A520, but wanted something portable to actually carry in my shirt's pocket.

I have taken very cute pictures of my young daughter that I would not have taken with the other cameras since I would not have had them with me ready to use because of their size.

The camera is well designed and the quality of its materials seems to be good. After a few minutes of playing with the camera I understood how to use most features.
I like the easiness of getting to any setting I want by just with a few clicks. The picture viewer is very nice, reasonable size and quite sharp images. A friend of mine has the equivalent in Sony, and the resolution of her viewer is much lower.

In video mode the zoom still works. This is the first camera I have that does it. After this I doubt I will use my video camera much. This camera makes better video and has good flexibility in terms of choosing its resolution and frame rate.

Another thing I like is the recharge speed of the flash. It's the shortest time of all the cameras I have had. The burst mode is also nice.

On the negative side, Its not hard to find some chromatic
aberration, specially in low light pictures. Probably because of its small lens. The noise on the picture is also a bit higher than the A520.

The manual mode somehow does not have the capacity to select low ISO with faster speed. In auto mode I have taken pictures without flash in ISO80 and shutter at 1/60, but when I go to manual and set ISO80 the speed goes to 1/5 or so for the exact same picture.

In general I'm happy with the camera for its main purpose which is portability, but for image quality I prefer the A520 family of cameras. They are about the same price.


Source: Epinions

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