Canon Digital IXUS 870IS / PowerShot SD 880IS ELPH
1 November 2008
Summary: The Canon Digital IXUS 870IS / PowerShot SD 880IS ELPH is a very classy compact which builds upon the success of its predecessor. The individual improvements may be relatively minor when viewed alone, but as a whole add up to a well-featured compact which performs confidently and delivers good-looking results under a variety of conditions.
Pros: 28mm coverage and stabilisation., Quality 3in screen and user interface., Good face detection and focus check., H.264-encoded movies, but still VGA.
Cons: Little or no manual control., Modest continuous shooting of 1.4fps., No live histogram., No HD movie mode.
Summary: The Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS / PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH is probably the best-designed IXUS to date, both in the aesthetic and the functional sense. While our recent encounter with the
Canon PowerShot E1 IS
has convinced us that it's hard to be stylish on the cheap, there's no denying that the object of this present review is a major knock-out in the style department, even at a 40-50% price premium over the cheaper model.
Excerpt: Once again, Canon has upped the ante on point-and-shoot cameras. Not only is the Canon SD880 IS Digital Elph stylish, durable, and exceptionally easy to use, it also takes great pictures and provides 28mm of wide-angle bliss. (The SD880's focal range is 28mm to 112mm; the lower the first number is, the wider the angle of view that the camera can capture.