Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD870 IS / Digital IXUS 860 IS / IXY 910 IS
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Value for money 7
Picture quality 8
Build quality 9
11 May 2008
Conclusion: The SD870 IS follows in the footsteps of some highly regarded cameras so it's understandable that Canon has chosen not to tinker too much with a successful formula. The camera's image quality is generally very good, especially considering its use of a genuinely wideangle lens.
Pros: Good image quality (at lower ISO settings), Accurate metering in the majority of situations, Very useful lens range with surprisingly good edge-to-edge performance, Useful and adaptable Auto ISO-shift function, Handy macro performance at wide end of lens, Large, bright, clear screen, Looks and fe...
Cons: AiAF/Face detection a little haphazard, Occasional tendency to ignore (and overexpose) bright regions, Touch wheel slightly awkward, Image quality suffers above ISO 400 due to noise and noise reduction issues, Easily scratched and scuffed, Manual control limited, Average battery life
Conclusion: Canon IXUS 860 IS digital camera The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS digital camera can lean on the success of its ancestors and that's what it does of course. The Canon IXUS 860 IS camera is faithful to the concept that brought Canon a lot of success over the past few years.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH ($399) is an ultra-compact
camera with a wide-angle lens, huge 3-inch LCD display, and all the bells and
whistles that you'd expect on a point-and-shoot camera in 2007.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Wide-angle lens, Compact, stylish metal body, Optical image stabilization, Huge 3-inch LCD display; easy to see outdoors and in low light, Snappy performance, AF-assist lamp, great low light focusing, Effective redeye removal tool (and you'll nee...
Cons: Corner softness, some vignetting, Noise and noise reduction artifacting above ISO 400, Redeye a big problem (though the tool in playback mode gets rid of it), Current zoom setting not shown on LCD, LCD can be difficult to see when wearing polarized sunglasses (try before you buy!), Small and awkw...
Canon Digital Ixus 860IS / PowerShot SD870 IS Digital Elph
1 November 2007
Summary: From the first moment you pick up the Canon Digital Ixus 860IS / PowerShot SD870 IS, it’s clear you’re dealing with a quality product. It feels well built and comfortable to hold, starts very quickly, offers decent wide angle coverage and boasts a huge screen which looks great in use.
Pros: 28mm wide angle and optical stabilisation., Large and great quality screen., Very good build quality and design., Quick and easy access to settings.
Cons: Higher RRP than rivals., Little or no manual control., Slow continuous shooting., No Live Histogram; coarse zoom steps.
Summary: With a combination of impressive features, big screen and wide angle lens all serving up excellent photographs, the Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS shows that there's far more to digital photography than megapixels
Pros: Fast performance and excellent image quality; optical image stabilisation; face detection.
Cons: No manual exposure controls; slightly heavy.
Summary: I became almost uncontrollably depressed watching Maria Sharapova’s early exit from the US Open, but one thing relieved my anguish: they continued to run her Canon PowerShot commercial throughout the rest of the tournament. Why did this assuage my sorrow?
Pros: 3 inch LCD Screen, Easy access to important functions, Battery life, Ease of shooting, reviewing, deleting retaking, Various Auto settings for numerous shooting conditions
Cons: Power button easy to press instead of shutter, No optical viewfinder (if you really like them), Battery/media compartment door mechanism not impressive
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: Since this is a fairly new camera, the SD870 IS is selling for just slightly less than $399 USD list, while the SD850 IS costs under $350 USD. For this reviewer, the 28mm lens makes it worth the difference; the larger LCD screen is just icing on a yummy cake.