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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1097 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and image quality are overall positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated. The glare and manual image adjustments get negative reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS (Blue)


The Canon PowerShot A1000 IS is not an exciting pocket camera by any means. But if you want the convenience of AA batteries, an optical viewfinder, optical image stabilization, and a low price, this camera has them and takes good photos, too.

Viewfinder; simple operation; inexpensive.

Limited shooting controls; mixed performance.

The entry-level Canon PowerShot A1000 IS is low-cost without being lousy.

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Canon Powershot A1000 IS


Staking out the upper-middle tier of the PowerShot A-series, the new camera offers users the option of 16 shooting modes. The A1000 IS camera also features Canon's advanced Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.). O.I.S. significantly reduces the effects...

The "brain" in every new Canon digital camera from the PowerShot A-series to the EOS Pro models is the exclusive DIGIC III imaging processor. This proprietary chip is responsible for the cameras' higher performance levels including faster start up,...

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Canon Powershot A1000 IS


At $199 (list), the PowerShot A1000 IS is the least-expensive 10-megapixel camera Canon has released this year. Despite its low price, it's a great pick for those who prefer to shoot using auto settings exclusively. In Easy Mode, the camera delivers...

Great image quality for the price. Handy "Easy Mode" prevents you from accidentally changing settings. Fast recycle/boot-up times with little shutter lag

Bulky. Viewfinder clips part of your images. High amounts of noise even at low ISO settings

Canon's PowerShot A1000 IS excels at the basicsdead-simple "Easy Mode" shooting, sharp images, and speedy performanceall at a very palatable price.



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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS Review


The Canon PowerShot A1000 IS digital camera is a new addition to the popular PowerShot range, which has traditionally offered a compelling combination of features and affordable price. The A1000 IS is around 25% smaller than its predecessor, the...

The A1000 IS also suffers from less than stellar image quality in low-light due to obvious noise appearing at ISO 400 and faster, a low-resolution LCD screen, annoyingly slow flash recycle times, and a slow continuous shooting speed. Which leaves us ...

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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The Canon A1000IS has a very similar design and body shape to that of the Canon E1 we cover elsewhere, but the A1000IS has a bit more elegant, two-toned look, evidently designed to appeal to a more mainstream demographic. (The Canon E1 is really aimed...

With a 10-megapixel sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens covering a focal length range from 35 to 140 mm equivalents (a moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto) and a 2.5 inch LCD screen on the back, the A1000IS is solidly in the mainstream of consumer...

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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS Review


In round two of our PowerShot A model reviews, we bring you our full write-up on Canon's latest budget shooter, the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS.

Compact ; Good lens ; Optical viewfinder ; The A-series handgrip returns

No manual exposure capability ; Battery life could be better ; Auto white balance about par for the course

ISO 80/ISO 100 images are indistinguishable - both show bright colors, slightly hard edged native contrast, and very low noise levels. ISO 200 images were also very good, but with a little less pop. At the ISO 400 setting noise levels are noticeably...

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Canon Powershot A1000 IS Review at


If you are not worried whether or not your camera will slip into a pocket then the Canon Powershot A1000 IS provides good value for money. It takes a decent shot in most situations and offers a few extra features over and above more basic digital cameras.

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Canon PowerShot A1000IS


Canon re-imagines its PowerShot range with the launch of an extra-compact digital camera. Replacing the PowerShot A580, the 10 Megapixel PowerShot A1000 IS delivers outstanding PowerShot imaging in pocket-sized form, with designs around 25% smaller...

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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS


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"Good inexpensive camera with great pictures"


Simple, You want great top notch quality pictures and never have to work for it, this is the camera you want. Infact, many times the pictures taken with the Canon A1000IS are actually superior to that of my 35mm High Tech top professional all the bells...

Absolutely can't go wrong with this Canon PowerShot A1000IS, Superb pictures with great quality, I use this same unit in all of my detailed investigations and never once had a picture questioned by higher authority. (Simply and A1-awesome camera).

Cnet does not know how to properly rate many items they list-(misleading) As for the camera...Battery life -Yelp she is a little hard on the two AA cells.

Product Specifications

The sleek design of the PowerShot A1000 IS is as refreshing as a breath of fresh air. Better still, its high-end features make everything simple: there's the 10.0-megapixel resolution and powerful 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilizer for sharpness along the full zoom range. A DIGIC III Image Processor with Canon face detection automatically lets every face stand out. Easy mode and easy playback make this camera a marvel of simplicity.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

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:Aquarium / Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / High sensitivity / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:A1000 IS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.6
Max Focal Length:24.8mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens


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

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

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
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:Black & White / Custom Effect / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical