Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD1100 / Digital IXUS 80 IS / IXY 20 IS
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Value for money 8
Picture quality 8
Build quality 8
2 February 2009
Conclusion: The SD1100 is a 'typical' IXUS/SD in many respects. It is compact, well built and sports a reasonably attractive design. It offers good output quality in most situations - straight out of the cam - only requiring minimal user intervention. It is also typical in so far as you won't find any groundbreaking innovations on the spec sheet. As usual Canon has chosen the safe route by sticking to what they know best.
Pros: Very compact body, Decent edge-to-edge sharpness, Clean results at low ISO settings with bright, print-friendly color 'straight out of the box', Accurate and reasonably quick focus (although slightly slower in low light), Good responsiveness and overall speed, Excellent user interface and menus - very intuitive, Efficient image stabilization, Very good build quality and attractive design, AF point zoom useful for macro work and portraits, Good flash recycling times, B...
Cons: Battery life when using LCD not brilliant, Slightly underpowered built-in flash, Little manual control, Poor Auto White Balance performance under artificial light, Pretty noisy at any sensitivity above ISO 200 (decent detail retention though), Some highlight clipping, Some noise reduction detail blurring even at base ISO, Viewfinder so tiny as to be virtually pointless, Lens a little soft at the long end, Wide end of the lens is not exactly wide, Shutter speeds slower...
Excerpt: The PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH ($249) is the long-awaited follow-up
to Canon's PowerShot SD1000, which was one of the most popular ultra-compact
cameras of the last few years.
Pros: Very good photo quality (in good light), Stylish, ultra-compact metal body; comes in five colors, Optical image stabilization, Snappy performance, Sharp 2.5" LCD has good outdoor and low light visibility, Optical viewfinder (a rarity these days), Redeye not a problem thanks to auto redeye removal tool, Well-implemented face detection feature (with subject tracking), VGA movie mode with sound, Support for underwater case, USB 2.0 High Speed support
Cons: Noisy images in low light; some NR artifacting at low ISOs in good light, Corner blurriness and purple fringing an issue, Zoom setting not shown on LCD, Flash a little slow to charge, More manual controls would be nice, Flimsy door over memory card/battery compartment; can't swap memory cards while using a tripod
Summary: Like the many Canon Digital ELPH's before it, the SD1100 is an attractive pocket camera that's easy to use and feels great in your hand. Though its image quality was only slightly above average, the SD1100 consistently produced appealing images on our tests, making this a dependable and stylish choice for under $250.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH is offered in five fashionable colors, allowing users to express their creativity and uniqueness. This feature-rich, pocket-sized, 8.0 megapixel, optically image stabilized digital camera is firmly rooted in the traditions of photo excellence and imaging innovation that Canon is known for.
Excerpt: The folks at Canon have lots of experience building ultracompact, feature-rich digital cameras, and their SD series Digital Elph digicams have consistently been among the most successful competitors in the photography marketplace. That success stems, in large part, from the fact that Canon SD digital cameras reliably deliver truly impressive ease of use, "class champ" performance, and very good image quality – all shoehorned into stylish metal alloy bodies that are small...
Pros: Good image quality, Image stabilization, Robust build quality
Cons: Chromatic aberration, Zoom not as sharp as the SD1000's, Battery life could be better