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Canon IXUS 860 IS / PowerShot SD870 IS / IXY 910

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2339 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and image quality. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the features and shutter. There are some mixed opinions about the contrast and optics.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 860 IS / PowerShot SD870 IS / IXY 910 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS


Plenty of point-and-shoot cameras promise to pack terrific image quality into a compact and easy-to-use device. The 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD870an update of the SD850 and SD800 in the Digital Elph seriesdelivers spectacularly on both claims and...

Big, 3-inch LCD. Wide-angle lens. Touch wheel control.

No optical viewfinder. High ISO settings result in noisy images.

No optical viewfinder. High ISO settings result in noisy images.

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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Digital Elph Compact Digital Camera


Though not made as sturdily as other Elphs, the SD870 IS has a big LCD and an extra-wide zoom lens, and takes great pictures.

Extra-wide zoom lens ; Big LCD (3 inches)

Not as well constructed as other Elphs ; Animated on-screen button is distracting

It's pricey, but the extra-wide-angle lens, the big LCD, and the well-thought-out exposure control system make this an attractive compact camera

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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS


Wide is the operative word for the $350 Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Digital Elph--not for the camera's overall size, but for its alluringly large 3-inch LCD and for its wide-angle zoom, which starts at 28mm (35mm equivalent), a focal length to warm the...

Extra-wide zoom lens ; Big LCD (3 inches)

Not as well constructed as other Elphs ; Animated on-screen button is distracting

Though not made as sturdily as other Elphs, the SD870 IS has a big LCD, an extra-wide zoom lens, and takes great pictures.



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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS


The SD870 IS (known in Europe as the IXUS 860 IS and in Japan as the IXY Digital 910IS), announced in August, is a replacement for the SD 800 IS (IXUS 850 IS), one of last year's most popular ultra compacts. It retains the SD800's optically stabilized...

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...

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...

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.

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PowerShot SD870 IS


The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS made its debut just a few months after its predecessor was released. It has 8 megapixels and optical image stabilization, like the SD850. However, it has a larger 3-inch LCD screen and shorter but wider 3.8x zoom lens. It...

Excellent colors ; Great movies ; Excellent White Balance accuracy ; 3-inch LCD with wide view ; Trendy look ; 28mm wide lens ; Quick face detection

High noise above ISO 80 ; Poor dynamic range above ISO 80 ; Lots of over-sharpening ; 1.3 fps Burst mode ; Weak flash ; Expensive

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Canon Powershot SD870 IS


The extended zoom range of the camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon's lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest...

The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low-light...


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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS


Canon recently unveiled a raft of new cameras ranging from the pretty ordinary to the totally over-the-top, a 21.1-megapixel D-SLR. The EOS-1Ds Mark III, due in November, costs nearly eight grand and is clearly targeted to pros and hedge fund...

8MP; 3-inch LCD; wider-angle shooting

Not many manual options

As I said with the SD850 IS, I will heartily recommend this camera to anyone looking for a solid aim-and-forget digicam.

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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS (Silver)


Each fall a barrage of new cameras hits the market, anticipating the year-end holidays. This year's batch of Canons includes the PowerShot SD870 IS. From its model number, you might think that it's a follow-up to the SD850 IS , but with its...

Impressive performance and image quality; optical image stabilization; face detection.

No manual exposure controls; no optical viewfinder.

While the Canon PowerShot SD870 IS doesn't have an optical viewfinder or manual exposure controls, it captures beautiful images with its wide, 3.8x optical zoom lens and ranks among the top compact cameras we've seen.

Highly Recommended!

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CanonDigital IXUS 860 IS Review


Promoted as "the photographer's IXUS" by Canon, the new Digital IXUS 860 IS is one of the more intriguing models in Canon's Autumn lineup of compact digital cameras. The new Canon ...

The Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS is the best IXUS model that we've reviewed. Period. It's an excellent point and shoot camera with a wealth of features that make it easy to take great photographs. ...

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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Canon SD870 IS Digital ELPH features a compact, stylish case with rounded horizontal edges, and a retracting lens to make it pocket-friendly. With an an 8-megapixel 1/2.5" imager and 3.8x optical zoom lens, the Canon SD870 covers a range of...

Optical Image Stabilization ; 28mm equivalent wide angle lens ; Decent digital zoom that holds detail better than most ; Auto ISO shifting ; Large and lovely three-inch LCD ; Face-detection, up to nine forward-looking faces ; Photo categorization ;...

No optical viewfinder ; High chromatic aberration at 28mm ; Above average barrel distortion at wide angle ; Heavy coma distortion in extreme corners ; Fine details lost at ISO 800 ; Slightly warm skin tones ; Clunky slideshow transition options ; Below...

The Canon ELPH SD870 has a rather wide ISO sensitivity range, from 80 to 1,600, for better performance in dim lighting. Canon also manufactures a line of photo printers, and prides themselves on the level of integration between their cameras and...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH is a digital camera that will really get your creative juices flowing. It starts with a high resolution 8.0 Megapixel CCD, a 4x Optical Zoom with Canon's exclusive UA Lens and an Optical Image Stabilizer for steady zooming. There's also a DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection and Red-eye correction, an ISO 1600 setting for sharper images in low light, 5 Movie Modes and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating for easy viewing. Count on the PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH for images that will make you say "wow" every time you shoot! Equipped with a high resolution 8.0 Megapixel CCD, this Digital ELPH is just what you need to capture life's greatest inspirations as you've always wanted them. You'll get every exquisite detail in dazzling, eye-popping color. And you can print big. Plus, the SD850 IS Digital ELPH is equipped with a 4x Optical Zoom that features Canon's exclusive UA lens with ultra-high refractive index glass to enhance your pictures while significantly reducing total lens size. Just imagine the possibilities!

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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 / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS)
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:SD870 IS Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.8
Max Focal Length:17.3mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:3.8
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:8Megapixel

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Color Accent / Color Swap
Still Image Format:JPEG/JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera