Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD700 IS / Digital IXUS 800 IS / IXY Digital 800 IS
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Value for money 9
Ease of use 9
Picture quality 9
13 August 2007
Conclusion: Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS - Stunning camera design Although we could unleash an avalanche of praise onto this camera, the picture should be more than clear by now: the Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS features a truly stunning design. It has been beautifully finished, and the housing instantly gives off an air of sheer quality. The attractive black frame surrounding the LCD monitor is a small, yet striking detail, and really does make this camera stand out from the competition.
Excerpt: The Canon SD700 IS is a little bit larger than other Canon SD (Ixus) models. It is equipped with build-in flash and optical viewfinder (only 79% accuracy) at that top of the back; the buttons are located on the right side of the LCD. Like the other models from this series, it does not have shutter and aperture priority modes (but 16 other shooting modes).
Conclusion: Whereas virtually ever other Ixus/ELPH camera I've reviewed over the last few years has failed, in some way, to produce image quality that quite lived up to the promise of such attractive and luxurious external design and construction, the SD 700 IS really does, for the most part, deliver the goods.
Pros: Good resolution, excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, 4x zoom range, Very clean results at lower ISO settings, perfectly usable up to ISO 400, Reliable exposure system, Very fast and accurate focus, Very responsive, Excellent user interface, easy to use, Image stabilization, Superb build quality, Decent macro mode, Punchy results out of camera, Excellent flash performance, Large, bright screen & optical viewfinder, High quality movie mode, External ISO control
Cons: AiAF focus a bit unpredictable - turn it off, Battery life when using LCD not fantastic, Very little manual control, ISO 800 noisy (low noise reduction means there is detail, however), Finish very susceptible to marks and scratches, Still no exposure information for shutter speeds over 1/60 sec, Very slight corner softness and just visible vignetting at wide angle, Quite pricey
Excerpt: The current flagship of the Canon SD line is the Canon Powershot SD700 IS . It's their smallest camera to include the Canon Image Stabilization system -- a welcome addition to those people looking for better image quality and versatility in their sub-compact cameras. Read on for our full review.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS is Canon's
first Digital ELPH equipped with image stabilization,
which helps reduce camera shake and blurred images. Following the "Perpetual Curve" design
first seen in the SD500, the Canon SD700 is beautifully
and solidly built with an essentially silver body
and chrome accents around the F2.8-5.5 lens, plus
a practical black surface surrounding the extra
large 2.5-in. LCD monitor.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH ($499) isn't just another ultra-compact camera: it also features a 4X zoom lens (versus the 3X models usually found on such cameras) and an optical image stabilization system (which will give you sharper photos). Neither of these features were on the PowerShot SD550 which the SD700 replaces. Other changes include improved battery life, a higher resolution LCD, and (unfortunately) a weaker flash.
Pros: Very good photo quality, low noise through ISO 200 (but see issues below), Optical image stabilization, More zoom power than your typical ultra-compact (4X vs 3X), Compact, super stylish metal body, Large, sharp 2.5" LCD display; good low light visibility, Has an optical viewfinder (a rarity in this class), Very good performance, AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Very good movie and continuous shooting modes (though see issue below), Fun (but gimmicky) My Color...
Cons: Some corner softness and vignetting; redeye is a big problem, Current zoom setting not shown on LCD; no live histogram either, Flash is less powerful than on SD550, Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit, More manual controls would be nice, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, Included 16MB memory card is too small
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH features 6 megapixels, 4 x zoom, a large 2.5 inch LCD, ISO 800 high sensitivity, a stylish tri-color body and is the first ever Digital ELPH to feature an Optical Image Stabilizer. The SD700 has a more telephoto than average 4x zoom lens with optical image stabilization.
Pros: 4x zoom lens with optical image stabilization, 50% increase in battery life over SD550; overall so-so battery life, Very good LCD visibility, Unlimited, fast continuous shooting, Fast performance, Great 2 cm macro mode, Nice VGA movie recording at 30 FPS, Good image quality with low noise till ISO 400
Cons: LCD resolution lower than competition, Weaker flash versus the SD550; average flash power, No manual controls, "Cheap" buttons, No live histogram; very limited exposure information, Autofocus could be faster; AF is lagging behind competition, Worse image quality than the SD550, Movies limited to 1 GB (around 8 or 9 minutes at the highest settings), no movie focus or optical zoom
Excerpt: Physical Views The SD700 compared to a standard CD disc. The Powershot S3 IS and the ultra-compact SD700 IS. Continue on to Features & Controls PowerShot SD700 IS Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 6.0 million Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx.6.2 million) Lens 5.8 (W)-23.2 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 (W)-140 (T) mm) f/2.8 (W)-f/5.5 (T) Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx.