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Canon Powershot SD 4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS / IXY 50S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 282 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the low light performance and image quality. The performance and portability are also appreciated, but many are negative about the features and viewfinder.

responsiveness, portability, performance, image quality, low-light

battery, shutter, energy, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Powershot SD 4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS / IXY 50S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

 

The 10X-optical-zoom Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS ($350 as of November 15, 2010) is one of five high-zoom compact cameras in Canon's point-and-shoot lineup, and its pocketable size, ease of use, and fun creative effects give it a lot of mainstream appeal....

Compact for a high-zoom camera ; Great modes for high-speed shooting ; Extremely easy to use ; Creative modes that mimic tilt-shift, isolate colors ; Good macro performance

Disappointing image quality ; Maximum aperture is f/3.4 ; No manual controls for shutter and aperture ; Lens skimps on the wide-angle end (36mm) ; Overpowering built-in flash ; Poor battery life ; Slow start-up-to-first-shot time

Despite some fun and useful features, the high-zoom PowerShot SD4500 IS has disappointing image quality, poor battery life, and a lack of manual controls.

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Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

 

The PowerShot SD4500 IS is Canon's second go-round with its high-sensitivity 10-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and its Digic 4 image processor. Together they make up Canon's HS System, which primarily improves low-light photo quality,...

Lots of automatic shooting options; very good burst shooting; nicely designed.

Short battery life; average shooting performance; narrow lens.

The Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS delivers a long lens in an ultracompact body, as well as nice low-light photos and full HD movies--it just doesn't do it for very long without a recharge.

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Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Review

 

The Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS takes a great step for Canon, adding some great high-speed options to their popular digital ELPH line. Featuring a 10-Megapixel HS CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom lens and full 1080p video capture, its has the best feature...

Great image quality; 10x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilization is easy for handheld shooting; Full 1080p HD video captures excellent videos with stereo sound; Smart auto allows anyone to operate it; High Speed CMOS sensor allows for new and...

Chromatic aberrations in most images; Sound quality does not compare to Video quality; Lacks an audio input; Poor battery life ; Bottom Line ; The Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS takes a great step for Canon, adding some great high-speed options to their...

The Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS takes a great step for Canon, adding some great high-speed options to their popular digital ELPH line. Featuring a 10-Megapixel HS CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom lens and full 1080p video capture, its has the best feature...

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Canon PowerShot SD4500

 

Canon's newest ELPH packs a 10x optical zoom into a compact 10-megapixel camera that also shoots full HD video. At first you'd think this is a winning combination. Let's see if those initial impressions are on the money…

10x optical image stabilized lens ; 3-inch widescreen LCD ; very good optical image stabilizer ; low noise in dim light

Body color is problematic ; very short battery life ; screen should be better

Canon's SD4500 IS snaps crisp 10-megapixel stills and sharp 1080p HD video, if you can stomach the color and battery life.

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Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS First Impressions Review

 

The Canon Powershot SD4500 IS boasts a significant first-time feature for the Digital ELPH lineup: full HD 1080p video. We took at look at this tiny camera at the 2010 Canon Expo.

For consumers familiar with Canon's Powershot lineup, there are very few surprises with the SD4500 IS. The most significant is obviously the ability to record full 1920 x 1080 video, albeit limited to a 24p frame rate.

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Canon IXUS 1000 HS / PowerShot SD4500 IS

 

The IXUS 1000 HS / SD4500 IS also follows the IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS to become the second camera to feature Canon's High Sensitivity system, or HS for short. These feature back-illuminated CMOS sensors which claim superior low-light capabilities. Both...

Slimmer and a little lighter than most compact super-zooms ; Sensible resolution means better than average low-light quality ; 1080p video, slow motion at QVGA and miniature effect at 720p ; Handheld Night Scene mode greatly reduces noise at high ISOs

10x range falls short of some rivals and lacks true wide angle ; Relatively poor battery life has you recharging frequently ; Best quality 4:3 mode looks small on wide display ; Highly compelling rivals from the likes of Panasonic and Sony

Canon's IXUS 1000 HS / SD4500 IS is certainly a very nice compact super-zoom camera. It's smaller and a little lighter than most rivals, while also enjoying better quality in low light thanks to its modest resolution. Add 1080p video, neat slow motion...

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Canon IXUS 1000HS

 

The IXUS 1000HS packs a 10-megapixel image sensor and a DIGIC4 image processor

The IXUS 1000HS is a decent point-and-shoot that can produce great photographs in the hands of amateurs and skilled photographers alike.

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Canon IXUS 1000 HS Review

 

Is the slimmest 10x Optical zoom camera worth its salt?

Solid build quality, Great HD videos, Impressive low light performance

Low resolution LCD, Slow auto-focus

A 16:9 ratio 3.0 inch TFT screen with 230,000pixels and 100% coverage works flawlessly for HD videos; meanwhile black bands crop on either side of the screen while shooting in normal 4:3 ratio. The low resolution screen falls behind by a long shot...

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Review: Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS camera

 

Despite some fun and useful features, the high-zoom PowerShot SD4500 IS camera has disappointing image quality, poor battery life, and a lack of manual controls.

However, this 10-megapixel camera's appeal comes at the expense of trade-offs, and more-demanding users will find that the compromises go beyond the camera's lack of manual controls. The SD4500 IS turned in disappointing scores for image quality in our...

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Review: Canon IXUS 1000HS

 

Style and substance, two words that best describe the Canon IXUS 1000HS. The IXUS 1000HS is Canon's high performance consumer camera. Perfect for those who want a great point and shoot camera. Don't get fooled though. Just because the IXUS 1000HS is a...

10x optical zoom ; Smart Shutter ; HD Video Recording

Pricey

The IXUS 1000HS comes in 3 stylish colors (silver, brown and pink). It has a retail price of Php 26,950.

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-9L
Battery Type:Canon NB-9L

Recording

Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
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