Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD800 IS / IXUS 850 IS / IXY 900 IS
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Canon PowerShot SD800 IS or IXUS 850 IS Digital Camera Review
24 January 2008
Excerpt: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS (in Europe called IXUS 850 IS ) is an ELPH line design, slim, stylish curved, with large controls but overall well fitting in hand and pocket. Optical Image Stabilizer Technology and DIGIC III Processor with Face Detection AF/AE are the most attractive features of this...
Conclusion: The SD 700 IS was perhaps my favorite point and shoot camera of last year, ticking all the right boxes (small, stylish, reliable, good output, easy to use) and showing that, for all the grumbling about Canon's dominance of this market, when they get things right they really get things right.
Pros: Good resolution, good color, Useful and fairly rare 28-105mm zoom range, Clean, detailed results at lower ISO settings, Reliable exposure system, Fast and accurate focus, Very responsive, Excellent user interface, easy to use, Face detection AF/AE (it works most of the time but is a bit of a nove...
Cons: AiAF focus a bit unpredictable - turn it off, Very little manual control, ISO 200 and 400 suffer from the effect of noise reduction and loss of low contrast detail, ISO 800 and 1600 of limited use, Finish very susceptible to marks and scratches, Still no exposure information for shutter speeds ov...
Excerpt: This 7.1-megapixel camera has all the standard extras, like face recognition and autofocus, plus exceptional image stabilization. Dig deep into the exhaustive menus and two manuals and things only get better. Want to replace one color in your shots with another? You got it.
Pros: Shots look great: Color is reasonably on target and images are crisp even with significant shake. Wide-angle 3.8x zoom lens captures a big picture. A real hacker’s cam, with dozens of surprise features and settings. Spare battery included. Shutter lag (under half a second, with flash) was the bes...
Cons: Zoom controls difficult to reach. Comparably weak flash. Some odd screen modes that will go largely unused: How often will you need an aquarium setting?
Excerpt: Those of you familiar with Canon’s Digital IXUS 700 will be ready for the new and improved 850. Similar to it’s sister camera, it comes with an ISO 1600 option, DIGIC III processor (complete with face detection focus mode).
Finally...A point And Shoot I Can Live With! The Canon Powershot SD800-IS Reviewed
Digital Home Thoughts
22 January 2007
Summary: After shooting with my Rebel XT exclusively for almost a year, I decided that having a point and shoot again would be a good idea as I was trashing my Rebel by carrying it around everyday. After a few recommendations (not the least of which was Jason's) I grabbed a Canon Powershot SD-800IS.
Pros: Small pocketable size;, Excellent color reproduction;, Optical image stabilization;, Video can be shot at 640 x 480;
Cons: Average low-light performance;, Images are noisy at ISOs higher than 400;, Autofocus is a bit slow at times;, Zooming in video is digital instead of optical;, No manual control of aperture or shutter;, A bit chunky compared to other compact cameras
Conclusion: The very compact Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH packs a lot into that casing with 7 megapixels, a wide-angle image stabilized zoom lens and many other nice features. The large 2.5 inch LCD on the back is high in resolution and has good visibility as well.
Pros: Wide-angle, image stabilized lens, Above average battery life, Face detection AF that works, Large high-resolution LCD with good visibility, Unlimited continuous shooting at full resolution, Great close-up mode, Fast performance, Impressive movie mode, Good image quality with low noise till ISO 400
Cons: No manual controls, Redeye, Edge sharpness and color fringing issues, No live histogram; very limited exposure information, No movie focus or optical zoom
Summary: This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely...
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH ($399) is an upgrade to the popular SD700 IS, which was only seven months old when it was replaced. While the SD900 is the flagship of the ELPH lineup, the SD800 is arguably more interesting than that camera, which is basically a 10 Megapixel version of the...
Pros: Very good photo quality, low noise through ISO 400 (but see issues below), Wide-angle lens, Optical image stabilization, Compact, super stylish metal body, Large, sharp 2.5" LCD display; easy to see in low light, Has an optical viewfinder (a rarity in this class), Snappy performance, Face detecti...
Cons: Some corner softness and purple fringing, Redeye a big problem, Current zoom setting not shown on LCD; lens needs more "steps" as well, More manual controls would be nice, No live histogram in record mode, Date/time printing only at 1600 x 1200 resolution, Flimsy door over memory card / battery c...
Summary: The IXUS 850 IS is a very speedy camera that sports a stylish design and offers good colour representation. Image quality problems including chromatic aberation and noise at higher ISO levels do however impact on it's performance.
Pros: Nice colour in shots, great design, fast
Cons: High chromatic aberration, some sharpness issues, noisy at high ISOs