Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD850 IS / Digital IXUS 950 IS / IXY Digital 810 IS
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Value for money 8
Picture quality 8
Build quality 9
19 June 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...
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 stab...
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 highli...
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 ...
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...
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.
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.
Summary: Sleek and silver, Canon's PowerShot SD850 IS exemplifies its Digital Elph line: solidly built, beautifully designed and sweet to use. One of three Digital Elphs we've seen, this model has a simpler set of features compared with its siblings.
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...
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 featur...
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
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.
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...
Conclusion: I am happy to recommend the Canon IXUS 950 IS. It is one of the best point and shoot digital cameras you are likely to find. It looks good, takes a good photo and has a few extra features than you find on most smaller, compact digital cameras.
Pros: Sharpness of photo - build quality and design - viewfinder - red eye correction tool