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Canon PowerShot SD1000 (Digital IXUS 70)

We have collected and analyzed 33 expert reviews and 690 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 72/100 and users rate it 90/100. The average review date is Apr 19, 2008. We have compared these reviews to 1148658 reviews from other Digital Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 87/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 12, 2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Canon PowerShot SD1000 (Digital IXUS 70) from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SD1000 7.1 Megapixel Digital Camera (Silver) with 3x Optical Zoom + Transcend 2GB 150x SecureDigital (SD) Card + High Speed USB 2.0 SCanon PowerShot SD1000 7.1 Megapixel Digital Camera (Silver) with 3x Optical Zoom + Transcend 2GB 150x SecureDigital (SD) Card + High Speed USB 2.0 S

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Rob Beschizza (

Review: Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH


There's a pleasing familiarity about the SD1000: Everything from the blocky silver case to the logical control set up is virtually identical to previous versions...

Great minimalist design. Durable. Diminutive. Superb pictures. UI is incredibly easy to dive into-especially if one has any experience with previous ELPH models. Autofocus can be locked for manual use

Locking autofocus for manual use is irritating. Proprietary rechargeable battery costs to replace. Doesn’t mount as removable drive in OSX

May, 2007

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Canon PowerShot SD1000


What kind of point-and-shoot camera has what it takes to stand out from the pack? Generally, it's one that exhibits both excellent quality and nimble performance. But that's not the whole story. Other features, such as a useful and beautiful design...

Fantastic picture quality. Excellent performance. No shutter lag. Sweet styling.

Should have better video capabilities, including MPEG-4 encoding. Wide-angle lens could be wider. A bit pricey.

Although there's an incredible amount of competition in the ultracompact category, the Canon PowerShots are still the cameras to beat. And at the top of the mountain sits the PowerShot SD1000.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (

Canon PowerShot SD1000 review


Last year marked the 10th anniversary of Canon's Elph cameras. The line started with a film camera, though the company's SD line of digital compacts still carries the Digital Elph moniker. Despite its four-digit number, Canon positions the PowerShot...

Excellent image quality; solid build quality; speedy performance; optical viewfinder; face detection.

No manual exposure controls.

Small size, excellent image quality, and a solid, though not extensive, feature set make the SD1000 a great choice for a compact camera.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Steve's Digicam Online (

Canon Powershot SD1000 Digital ELPH


Both the PowerShot SD750 and the SD1000 Digital ELPH cameras build on Canon's original and iconic box and circle design, while maintaining their own individual ELPH identity. The PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH offers consumers the choice of either...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Canon Powershot SD1000


Physical Views The SD1000 compared to a standard CD disc. The Powershot SD1000 and the Olympus FE-240 . Continue on to Features & Controls PowerShot SD1000 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 million Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total...

Apr, 2007

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Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH Digital Camera - Full Review


Canon's new PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH has a futuristic, yet retro look that is almost identical to the original, film-based ELPH, introduced back in May 1996. In addition to its compact size and eye-catching design, the 7-megapixel SD1000 has a...

Compact, light weight, "take anywhere" camera, Responsive performance with fast start-up, good shot-to-shot speed ; minimal shutter lag, Large, bright LCD usable in very bright and very low light, Effective and accurate automatic Face Detection, Better...

No manual aperture and shutter-speed controls, Navigator ring/4-way controller difficult to operate, Auto white balance renders warm images under incandescent lighting, Fine-tuning adjustments and some scene modes buried deep within the Function menu,...

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH


Those are some nice improvements! Other features on the SD1000 include a 3X optical zoom lens, an AF-assist lamp, a VGA movie mode, and point-and-shoot operation. If you're looking for a larger LCD then you may be interested in the SD1000's sibling,...

Very good photo quality, low noise through ISO 400 (but see issues below) ; Ultra-compact, retro-styled body; available in two "trims ; Gorgeous 2.5" LCD display ; Has an optical viewfinder (a rarity in this class) ; Robust performance: fast startup...

Some corner softness; slight overexposure in test photos ; Redeye a big problem (though the tool in playback mode gets rid of most of it) ; Current zoom setting not shown on LCD ; More manual controls would be nice ; Battery life still a bit below...

Despite a few flaws, the PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH is a nice improvement over its predecessor, and a great choice for those looking for an ultra-compact camera. Its combination of style, photo quality, and performance make it one of the most...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (

Canon PowerShot SD1000 Review and Prices


Canon has included some nice features in its PowerShot SD1000, especially considering that it is an ultra-compact digital camera. However, some image-quality problems in low-light conditions make it tough to recommend this model at nearly $300; it's a...

Thin camera body, good response times, face-detection technology, sharp and bright LCD

Image quality suffers in low light, no IS feature, MSRP is a little high, flash could be stronger

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Cybernium (

Canon Powershot SD1000 Review


Although the Canon Powershot SD1000 has a retro look similar to the original Digital Elph, it has much more in common with the excellent . Besides its looks, the SD1000 is everything the SD550 was and more.

Below avergae image noise up to ISO 400, Reliable exposure, Accurate focusing, Quit fast focusing, Nicely saturated colors, Good lens sharpness

Warm cast using automatic white-balance indoors, Short battery-life, Weak flash, Difficult to hold securely, Unusable ISO 1600, Slight corner blurrines

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Brad Soo (

Canon PowerShot SD1000


The Canon PowerShot SD1000, which features Canon's latest retro design, replaces last year's SD600. And what a lot of changes there have been over the past year:

Ultra-compact retro design; includes an optical viewfinder ; Face detection AF and AE that works ; Large high-resolution LCD with good visibility, clarity and coating ; Unlimited continuous shooting at full resolution ; Very good performance ;...

No manual controls ; No optical image stabilization ; Below average battery life ; Edge sharpness issues at full-sized screen viewing/large prints ; No live histogram ; No movie focus or optical zoom ; Plastic components: battery/card slot door and...

The really tiny Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH features some of Canon's latest bells-and-whistles added into an already good camera. That means 7 megapixels, a sharp and coated 2.5 inch LCD and a speedy processor.

May, 2007

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery life (CIPA standard):210
Battery life (max):4 / 6
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NB-4L / Rechargeable


Built-in processor:DIGIC III + iSAPS
Camera playback:Movie, Single image
Custom color: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid
Playback zoom:2
Playback zoom (max):2
Scene modes:beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Night, party (indoor), Portrait, Underwater / beach, Children, Fireworks, Night, party (indoor), Portrait, Underwater / Beach, Children, Fireworks, Party (indoor), Portrait, Snow, Underwater
Self-timer delay:2
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual, Movie
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, manual, Tungsten


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver


Display Diagonal:2.5 / 2.500
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Field of view:100


Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction / Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):19.7 - 137.8 / 19.7 - 78.7
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 137.8
Flash working distance:50cm - 3.5m


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:continuous auto focus / Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:1.18
Focus adjustment:Auto
Super Macro focusing range:0.03

Lens System

Combined zoom:12
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.228 - 0.685
Lens structure:6/5
Lens structure (elements/groups):6/5
Optical Zoom:3

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC / SD
Internal memory:32

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.38 - 4.13
Aperture range (F-F):2.8 - 4.9
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:15 - 1/1500 / 15 – 1/1500
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1-2 / Vista\nMac OS X v10.3 - 10.4 / Windows 2000 SP4/XP/Vista;\nMac OS X v10.3 - 10.4
Data compression:Superfine, Fine, Norm / Superfine, Fine, Normal
Date imprinting: Yes
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):3.38 x 0.764 x 2.11
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.38 - 4.13
Interface:USB / USB 2.0, A/V-out / USB, A/V
Lens focal range:f/2.8 – f/4.9
Lens system:6 / 5
Power Source:NB-4L
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser\nPhotoStitch

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.5
Image Stabilizer: No
Maximum image resolution:3072 x 2304
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):1600 x 1200 / 640 x 480,1600 x 1200,1600 x 1200,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1944,3072 x 1728,3072 x 2304 / 640 x 480,1600 x 1200,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1944,3072 x 1728,3072 x 2304

Ports & interfaces

I/O ports:USB; A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
PictBridge: Yes

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:Mac OS X v10.3 - 10.4


Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30 / 60
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI
Video Frame Rate:30 / 60
Video recording: Yes


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Height:2.106 / 2.11
Weight:4.409 / 4.41
Width:3.38 / 3.382