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Canon IXUS 800 IS / PowerShot SD700 IS / IXY 800 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 285 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and battery are overall positive. The screen and design are also appreciated, but comments are divided on the sensor. Many are critical about the zoom and storage.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 800 IS / PowerShot SD700 IS / IXY 800 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Digital IXUS 800IS


With some immense competition in the ultra-compact segment, it's a little tough for a brand to make a lasting impression. The last camera I received in Canon's IXUS series was not really the kind of camera I would normally recommend, and I honestly...

The Canon IXUS is an excellent point-and-shoot camera with great looks, features that make it appealing to just about every kind of casual user, and performance that rarely gives you a bad shot. Its small, its fun and rarely disappoints, and that’s...

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Canon PowerShot SD700 IS (Digital IXUS 800 IS / IXY Digital 800 IS)


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the DigitalPhotography Glossary before diving into this article (it may helpyou understand some of the terms used).

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...

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...

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...

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Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS Review


The Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS is a 6 megapixel digital camera with a 2.5 inch LCD screen and optical viewfinder. For the first time ever on a Canon compact, the IXUS 800 features image...


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Canon IXUS 800 IS


Canon releases the Digital IXUS that advanced photographers have been waiting for, the 6.0 Megapixel Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS. Redefining the boundaries of compact camera design, the new flagship of the Digital IXUS range fits a 4x optical zoom lens...

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Amazon review summary for Canon IXUS 800 IS / PowerShot SD700 IS / IXY 800 IS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Canon IXUS 800 IS / PowerShot SD700 IS / IXY 800 IS from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: POWERSHOT SD700 IS DG ELPH 6MPIX 4X OP ZOOM

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Canon IXUS 800 IS Digital Camera


It has been almost two years since my husband and I purchased our very first digital camera. We chose the Canon IXUS 800 IS for a lot of reasons. First, though for the size it is heavy but it's good for taking photographs. In a way it has stability....

All in all, the digital camera was worth the buy and we never leave home without it. Even at home we snap away mostly on our baby girl.

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CanonPower shot Digital IXUS 800 IS Camera


If you are looking for a digital camera IXUS 800 IS from canon is worth the shot. I have been using it for past one year and it has never given me any trouble. It comes with 16 MB memory card and a battery charger with a battery pack is provided. If...

Overall an excellent product, Gosh I have never stopped clicking since I got it and I have a whole series of shots of my daughter who is also now one year old and you can imagine that canon and me have been inseprable since she has come in to my life.

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Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS


The IXUS 800 IS managed to impress us, much like the other Canon cameras we've looked at recently. Canon's performance in this space is one of the mos...

Great colours, Low noise level, Speedy operation, Nice design

Chromatic aberration higher than normal, Control layout could be better, Noise at high ISOs

Whilst it has some minor flaws, the IXUS 800 is a very attractive choice in the compact camera space, offering lightning fast operation with great colour balance and a nice design.

Editor's Choice!

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Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS review


The Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS has practically everything you could want in a compact camera, though you might think the price tag a bit steep

Great performance and pictures ; Effective image stabilisation ; Attractive, comfortable design

No aperture-priority or shutter-priority modes ; Awkward optical viewfinder and power button

The Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS is a very strong, compact digital camera that produces great pictures. Its price is a bit high compared to that of its little siblings, the IXUS 60 and IXUS 65, but its great image stabilisation and subsequent blur-free...

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Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS


Canon includes image stabilisation and a 4x optical zoom lens on the compact, 6-megapixel IXUS 800IS.

Excellent image quality ; Solid yet streamlined design ; Easy, straightforward operation

Slightly bigger and heavier than competing models ; Awkwardly placed power button ; No aperture-priority or shutter-priority modes

The IXUS 800 IS will be available from April. Other 6-megapixel options from Canon include the AU$629 IXUS 65 and the AU$579 IXUS 60.

Product Specifications

The delightfully compact Digital IXUS 800 IS combines IXUS style with advanced photographic features. Experience sharper flash-free shooting with ISO 800 and a 4x optical Image Stabilizer zoom lens. A 6.0 Megapixel CCD sensor captures every scene with enough fine detail for large photo quality prints. A compact 4x optical zoom lens features Canon's optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology to counteract camera shake - particularly noticeable at slower shutter speeds, full zoom and in low light conditions. ISO 800 and High ISO Auto settings combine with optical IS to allow flash-free shooting indoors or in low light conditions. They also enable shooting at higher shutter speeds, further reducing image blur from camera shake and subject movement. An elegant finish in metallic silver and ebony black completes an exceptionally compact body. Canon's DIGIC II processor ensures fast, responsive camera performance and superb image processing. iSAPS technology analyzes each scene to optimize key camera settings even before a shot is taken. The 2.5" LCD screen features a wide viewing angle for easy group viewing with friends. Quick-bright gives instant screen brightness in outdoor conditions. Night Display mode improves visibility after dark for easy night shooting. Choose from a range of 16 shooting modes to get that perfect shot. Special Scene modes such as Beach and Underwater help with tricky lighting conditions. My Colors allows special in-camera color effects to be applied both before and after shooting. Shoot stills in Widescreen 16: 9 mode for playback on widescreen TV or printing on wide size paper with a SELPHY CP printer. Shoot extra long 30fps VGA movies with full audio, or record QVGA movies at 60fps and analyze in sharp slow motion. Connect to any PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible photo printer and push the Print/Share button for instant photolab quality prints.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-5L

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Digital macro / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:800 IS/SD700 IS Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.5
Max Focal Length:23.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color Accent / Color Swap / My Colors / Neutral / Positive / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical