Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS / IXY 50S
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Canon IXUS 1000 HS / PowerShot SD4500 IS
1 March 2011
Summary: Starting with the lens, the IXUS 1000 HS / SD4500 IS offers a 36-360mm equivalent range. Annoyingly this lacks the 28mm or even wider coverage of rival super-zooms, not to mention their often longer total reach, but that's part of the compromise of having a slimmer body. The upside is respectable optical quality with few artefacts to worry about beyond a small amount of fringing when zoomed-out and the usual reduced contrast of a long range when zoomed-in.
Pros: Slimmer and a little lighter than most compact super-zooms., Sensible resolution means better than average low-light quality., 1080p video, slow motion at QVGA and miniature effect at 720p., Handheld Night Scene mode greatly reduces noise at high ISOs.
Cons: 10x range falls short of some rivals and lacks true wide angle., Relatively poor battery life has you recharging frequently., Best quality 4:3 mode looks small on wide display., Highly compelling rivals from the likes of Panasonic and Sony.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SD4500 is a small, solid camera that does some important things very well, but falls down in several areas. When it comes to image quality and video quality, the SD4500 is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras available, even in low light. It is also a reasonably quick camera and has a high quality lens.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Very good video, High quality stereo sound
Cons: Short battery life, Ergonomic issues, Narrow wide angle
Excerpt: Canon’s newest ELPH packs a 10x optical zoom into a compact 10-megapixel camera that also shoots full HD video. At first you’d think this is a winning combination. Let’s see if those initial impressions are on the money… “She’s like a rainbow” is a line from a classic Stones’ tune, but if you’re searching for panoply of colors with the SD4500 IS, forget it. The camera is only available in brown, and this is truly a love-it-or-leave-it situation.
Pros: 10x optical image stabilized lens, 3-inch widescreen LCD, very good optical image stabilizer, low noise in dim light
Cons: Body color is problematic, very short battery life, screen should be better
Conclusion: A lot of people find some extra zoom power comes in handy so it is good to see this level of zoom in a small compact camera. The Canon IXUS 1000 HS is a good choice if the features are a good match for your own personal requirements. Having said that I must admit I felt the camera to be a touch expensive for what it offers compared to others on the market.
Pros: Zoom in smaller sized body - general features - style
Summary: As most will know Canon produce two ranges of small cameras the PowerShot and the Ixus . Having reviewed some tiny Ixus this seems quite large. The main difference is that PowerShot use ‘AA’ batteries and the Ixus a solid battery.
Summary: The first Ixus with a 10x optical zoom lens and Full HD video (1080p) recording.The Ixus 1000 HS follows hard on the heels of the Ixus 300 HS, which was announced in May. The 10-megapixel sensor appears to be the same in both models but the 1000 HS boasts a 10x optical zoom lens (36-360mm in 35mm format) and is the first Ixus camera to support Full HD video (1080p) recording. The new model will be offered in pink and silver. . .
Pros: You're looking for a pocketable digicam with a long zoom lens and wide screen monitor., You'd like a digicam that can record Full HD widescreen high-definition video clips with stereo soundtracks., You want effective image stabilisation. Don't buy this camera if :, You want P, A, S and M shooting modes plus the ability to capture raw files., You require an optical viewfinder.