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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS / Digital IXUS 950 IS / IXY Digital 810 IS

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Overall 7
6.7

Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS

best4reviews.com
31 July 2008
  • Summary: Despite its limitations – the problems with shadows, AF, the noise issues and that new lens – this is an accomplished but flawed step on the IXUS' evolutionary ladder. The camera may not have evolved wings or a way to make a cup of tea in the morning, but it offers well-built picture taking without the pitfalls of having too many pixels crammed on a tiny sensor but does look a tad pricey.
  • Pros: Image stabilisation, build, image quality
  • Cons: No manual control in “manual” mode, noise above ISO 800, lens’ wide end not wide enough, clunky mode dial, shadows fill-in, detail smoothing in some scene modes, plus AiAF not accurate enough.
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

CNET
10 May 2008
  • Summary: The Canon PowerShot SD 850 IS has just about everything you'd want in a point-and-shoot.
  • Pros: Great performance and image quality; solid image stabilization; face detection.
  • Cons: No manual exposure controls; on/off button a bit awkward; noisy images at ISO 1,600.
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Overall 8
7.9
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 7
7.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
7.5
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 9
9.0

Expert Review

DP Review
8 May 2008
  • Conclusion: The SD850 IS is a typical example of what Canon does so well; a beautifully constructed, well designed and capable compact camera that doesn't break any new ground but does what it does with the refinement that comes from years of fine tuning and a refusal to cut every corner in order to hit the lowest possible price. Most importantly it is a pocket camera that turns out great results with minimal effort on the user's part.
  • Pros: Good resolution, excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, Useful zoom range (although no 28mm wide angle), Very clean results at lower ISO settings, Fast and accurate focus (although slightly slower in low light), Very responsive, Excellent user interface and menus - very intuitive, Efficient image stabilization, Excellent build quality and attractive design, Useful Auto-ISO-Shift mode, Punchy results out of camera, Good flash exposure and flash recycling, Large, bright scre...
  • Cons: Battery life when using LCD not brilliant, Slightly underpowered built-in flash, No 'A' or 'S' modes, generally little manual control, Auto White Balance performance under artificial light not brilliant, The usual problems of noise and noise reduction effects at anything over ISO 200, Some highlight clipping (occasionally combined with slight overexposure), Some purple fringing, Viewfinder extremely tiny, always use the LCD when possible, Slower continuous shooting th...
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Overall 9
8.7
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
9.5

Canon IXUS 950 review

What Digital Camera
20 January 2008
  • Excerpt: The 8-megapixel Canon IXUS 950 IS features a 4x zoom, image stabilisation and 18 shooting modes.
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Canon SD850 IS Price Drop

Sprenzy
13 December 2007
  • Excerpt: Here’s a quick update. Back in August, I researched compact digital cameras and concluded that the Canon SD850 IS was the best camera for my needs. My key camera requirements were image stabilization and an ultra-compact form factor.
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Canon Ixus SD850 IS 8Mp compact camera

Techworld
22 November 2007
  • Summary: While the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS may not have the large LCD of the SD870 IS or the sky-high megapixel count of the SD950 IS, it is still a fine all-around point-and-shoot for most shutterbugs, and is a better value than its two siblings.
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Expert Review

Dc Resource
4 September 2007
  • Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS ($399) is an ultra-compact camera featuring an 8 Megapixel CCD, 4X optical zoom lens, image stabilization, and a beautiful 2.5" LCD display. Contrary to popular belief, the SD850 does NOT replace the SD800 -- rather, it replaces the SD700, which was introduced back in February of 2006.
  • Pros: Very good photo quality, low noise through ISO 400 (in good light), Compact, well built metal body, Optical image stabilization, Gorgeous 2.5" LCD display, Has an optical viewfinder (a rarity in this class), Snappy performance, AF-assist lamp, great low light focusing, Handy Auto ISO Boost feature is a good substitute for an always-on high sensitivity mode, Well-implemented face detection feature, Effective redeye removal tool (and you'll need it), Very good movie mod...
  • Cons: Corner softness, Redeye a big problem (though the tool in playback mode gets rid of most of it), Current zoom setting not shown on LCD, Controls on back of camera a little small, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, More manual controls would be nice
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Overall 9
8.5

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Review

Digitaltrends
30 August 2007
  • Conclusion: If someone was to ask me which digital camera they should buy for everyday snap shooting, I wouldn’t hesitate—the SD850 IS is the pick. It’s compact, light, easy-to-use, has optical image stabilization and—most of all—takes very good photographs. You can pick one up for around $350 USD and this should drift down slightly when the SD870 IS arrives for $399 USD in September. This new one has a 3.8x optical lens starting at 28mm and a 3-inch LCD (no viewfinder).
  • Pros: Excellent portraits; all-around good photos
  • Cons: Few manual options; slow cycling with flash
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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Pro Review

Photography Review
1 August 2007
  • Pros: Pocket-sized, Excellent image quality, Canon’s IS optical image stabilization, Great auto exposure metering, Optical viewfinder, ISO 1600 sensitivity, Pocket-sized, Excellent image quality, Canon’s IS optical image stabilization, Great auto exposure metering, Optical viewfinder, ISO 1600 sensitivity
  • Cons: Offers less control than some comparable competitors’ cameras, Lens not wide enough, No action scene mode, On / Off button a little hard to push, Weak flash, Poor redeye-reduction, Offers less control than some comparable competitors’ cameras, Lens not wide enough, No action scene mode, On / Off button a little hard to push, Weak flash, Poor redeye-reduction
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Canon Powershot SD850 IS

Steve's Digicams
7 July 2007
  • Excerpt: Physical Views The SD850 compared to a standard CD disc. Continue on to Features & Controls PowerShot SD850 IS Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 8.0 million Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 8.3 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.
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