Canon PowerShot SD1000/IXUS70

Last Update: Review by DigitalTrends (21 April’08)

The Canon SD 1000 Digital ELPH (IXUS 70) was announced on 22.02.07 featuring 7.1 effective million pixel, DIGIC III with Face Detection AF/AE/FE and Noise Reduction Technology, 3x optical zoom 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) with UA lens, and a 2.5” PureColor LCD Screen. The camera is measuring in at 85.9 x 53.5 x 19.4 mm, weighing 125g and running on rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

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Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70)
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Canon SD1000/IXUS70 Reviews

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Overall, the quality of the images was quite good, in classic Canon style. Anyone looking for a good point-and-forget digicam should put the Canon Powershot SD1000 Digital ELPH high on the list. It’s not the fastest camera in the world, but it works quickly enough, even with the flash blazing away. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“This camera is no massive leap forward on the Ixus roadmap, and it doesn’t offer a lot in terms of features or functionality. But then the Ixus 70 doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a highly portable, pick-up-and shoot camera that can deliver good picture quality. Which it does”
Rating: ★★★★½

Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Video Review by TigerDirect

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Aesthetically, the IXUS 70 is minimalist but not unattractive. The entire unit has a dull silver colour scheme and a sharp, boxy design that gives it quite a utilitarian feel. However its strength lies in its size. Measuring 84mm x 52mm x 18mm, it is a tiny camera and the perfect choice for those after a happy snap camera for parties and holidays…menu button and function switch do most of the work and the interface is well laid out and clearly labelled. Novice users will have no troubles operating this camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameras.UK reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“…the IXUS 70 produces an above average image. I am not used to seeing this level of detail and clarity from a pocket sized digital camera… Although you pay a bit more for the Canon IXUS 70 then you do with many other pocket sized digital cameras you do get good value for money. This is a good all round camera that outperforms the majority of its rivals in most areas. It also has the added bonus of a viewfinder. Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacUser.UK reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Focus accuracy was good indoors and out in both cases, and although the little 3x optical zooms produced sharp shots, the edges were slightly soft on the Canon and slightly more barrelled on the Fuji. We were expecting the picture quality to be good in both cases, but were still surprised by just how good the outdoor shots looked from the Fuji. In the past, Fuji’s SuperCCD, with its octagonal-shaped photodiodes, produced sharp enough prints from their pixel density, but through interpolation lacked the fine detail of conventional sensors with a comparable number of pixels.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPInterface reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Battery life has gone up as well but the competition has improved as well, placing the SD1000 below average in terms of battery life. Build quality has gone slightly down since the tripod mount is now plastic (used to be metal) and the battery door is still very flimsy. The SD1000 has plenty (but not a ton) of scene modes but still doesn’t have any manual controls. Image quality was above average with fairly controlled noise, good color reproduction and corner softness not being much of an issue. The camera also has a built-in redeye removal tool which can be used in playback (I wish it was applied automatically though). Color fringing levels are low too.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SD1000 will instantly be usable for anyone already familiar with Canon compacts, and will only take a few minutes for everyone else to become quite comfortable as well…Still the SD1000 is wonderfully simple, gorgeous to behold, and produces great images. The Canon SD1000 also produces great printed output, which earns it an easy Dave’s Pick. ”
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DigitalCameraReview reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Images shot at ISO 80 show extremely low noise levels (ISO 100 images are identical to those shot at ISO 80), vibrant color, tack sharp resolution, decent highlight detail, and very good shadow detail. At the ISO 200 setting noise levels begin to rise a bit, but image quality is still very good. ISO 400 images are noticeably noisy, but still usable. ISO 800 images are soft, colors are flat, and detail loss is obvious. ISO 1600 images are so noisy they’re actually a bit mushy looking with flat under saturated colors.”
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DCRP reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Photo quality was very good overall, though there are the usual tradeoffs that come from having a tiny lens and sensor. On the positive side, photos had pleasing color and sharpness, minimal purple fringing, and well-controlled noise through ISO 400. The negatives include corner blurriness (which most ultra-compacts have) and a slight tendency to overexpose (in my opinion). Redeye is certainly a big problem on the camera, though you can remove this annoyance fairly well using the tool in playback mode….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 compelling cameras in its class.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Canon’s noise control system is usually very good, and the IXUS 70 is no exception. There is no visible noise from 80-200 ISO, only a slight amount at 400, and even at 800 and 1600 the noise reduction system greatly reduces visible colour distortion, although there is considerable loss of detail especially at the highest setting…The Canon Digital IXUS 70 is a wonderfully stylish ultra-compact which offers lightning-quick performance, outstanding low-light ability and a useful range of features. Value for money is also surprisingly good for what is usually an expensive brand. Its picture quality isn’t perfect, but it can produce good results under difficult circumstances. For social photography and holiday snaps it will not often disappoint.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“My lab test pictures also displayed excellent results. There was very little noise in flash or daylight shots. I noticed just the right amount of saturation as well as very accurate color matching, with no color casts. There was very little fringing, either, and the SD1000 rendered my simulated outdoor picture of trees set against a bright blue sky well. Dynamic range was quite good… At a list price of $299.99, this shooter is a tad pricey, too. Even so, whether I needed indoor images (with or without flash), outdoor landscape pictures, or cityscape shots, I could count on the SD1000 to hit the mark, almost always dead-on.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigicamReview reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“The camera is very compact with a stylish and smooth body available in two colours. The camera has a very good 2.5″ screen. The camera feels sturdy and is comfortable to hold. The camera is fairly easy to use, thanks to the mode switch. There is a good layout of buttons and controls, although some of the options may take a little time to get familiar with. The camera speed is good, with a very good switch on time, rapid focusing time, quick shutter response, quick playback mode, quick menus, and excellent continuous shooting (without flash), although this becomes slightly sluggish when using the flash. The camera has a large range of features, plus a lot of imaging options, such as Vivid colour mode, Sharpness, Saturation, Contrast, Custom White Balance etc. Some people may appreciate the optical viewfinder, however I found it too small to be comfortable to use. Battery life is average to good for an ultra compact.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 70 produced images of good quality during the review period. As expected from previous use of Canon cameras, colours are naturalistic bordering on warm, especially when it comes to skin tones, which is no bad thing. And of course there’s the added ability to adjust these in camera if so wished. The Canon Digital IXUS 70 dealt quite well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations…So the Canon Digital IXUS 70 is obviously not going to satisfy everyone, as it doesn’t offer full manual control over aperture and shutter speeds and the image quality is not best in class, but if you want a stylish ultra-compact camera, the IXUS 70 is still well worth considering.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Anyone looking for a good point-and-forget digicam should put the Canon Powershot SD1000 Digital ELPH high on the list. It’s not the fastest camera in the world, but it works quickly enough, even with the flash blazing away. Photo quality is of the classic Canon style, which I like very much. I’m sure zillions of shutterbugs will like it too. Pros: Extremely compact and light, Good photo quality, Best Face Detection setting, Decent response for a camera of this class. Cons: Few manual controls, High digital noise at ISO 400 and above, LCD could be more responsive.”x
Rating: ★★★½☆Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“The overall image quality was good for a 7-megapixel model. We used the highest quality setting available (Large SuperFine), and when doing so, the SD1000 captured nice images… Bottom line – Canon has created yet another appealing Digital ELPH model. I was also glad to see the return of the “classic” ELPH look, with its squared off edges. With a retail price of US$299 or less, I feel the Canon Powershot SD1000 offers a good value for a durable, 7- megapixel “ultra-compact” model. The only issues I saw with this camera was that ISO levels were higher than past models.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Canon SD 1000 (IXUS 70) and writes;
“Image quality from the PowerShot SD1000 was excellent in our tests, with accurate colors and plenty of sharpness. The camera’s automatic white balance yielded slightly yellowish images with our test lab’s Tungsten lights, though the Tungsten white balance preset compensated, producing very neutral colors. Canon keeps noise well under control from ISO 80 through ISO 200, though the company’s noise reduction algorithms seem to pull out a minute amount of sharpness at ISO 200….The bottom line: Small size, excellent image quality, and a solid, though not extensive, feature set make the SD1000 a great choice for a compact camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

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Canon SD1000/IXUS70 Samples

Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ RegHardware
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Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ DPInterface
Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ DCRP
Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Photos @ Canon Japan
Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) Sample Movies @ Canon Japan

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Canon SD1000/IXUS70 User Manuals (PDF)

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– Download Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) User Guide Basic
– Download Canon PowerShot SD 1000 (IXUS 70) User Guide Advanced

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Canon SD1000/IXUS70 Press Release

Amstelveen , The Netherlands, 22 February, 2007: Canon today updates its Digital IXUS range with two striking new models – the 7.1 Megapixel Digital IXUS 75 (SD 750 DIGITAL ELPH) and Digital IXUS 70 (SD 1000 DIGITAL ELPH). The ultra compact Digital IXUS 75 sports a metallic finish with a massive 3.0” PureColor LCD, offset by a distinctive circular accent around the lens. A touch sensitive control dial provides easy access to key camera settings. The Digital IXUS 70 is Canon’s slimmest optical zoom camera yet, featuring a clean, minimalist design inspired by the original IXUS. Measuring only 19.4mm deep, it comes in both black and silver finishes. Both cameras incorporate a clever new Red-Eye Correction feature in Playback mode.

The Digital IXUS 75 and Digital IXUS 70 offer superb response times and high-quality image rendering through Canon’s DIGIC III image processor. DIGIC III also powers Face Detection and Noise Reduction Technology, making it easier for users to capture sharp, well-exposed images in clubs, restaurants and other social situations.

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7 Responses to “Canon PowerShot SD1000/IXUS70”

  1. Danielle S says:

    I am having a few problems with my new camera, Sometimes not all the time,when I turn on my camera the whole screen is white and any pictures I take are completely white. I have read the books and changed setting and still they come out white,but if I keep taking pictures it eventually comes back. Why is this???

  2. Daniel says:

    It’s safe for me to say that this is the best digital camera I have ever owned. The photos are so clear and sharp, the performance is great, the camera is really fast and the face detection actually works as promised. I have been using this camera for about 2 months now and you can see how passionate I still am about it. For a compact digital camera, that macro mode is quite impressive also. The camera feels nice to hold and appears to be a pretty solid build. The design is simple but that works well. The screen size is very good and I am pleased to see it still has a viewfinder as sometimes at night it comes in handy ( don’t need it in the day anymore because the screen actually works well in sunlight), but as you may know, taking photos of a small object at night using a screen can be hard, so it is good to still be able to use a viewfinder. I am extremely happy with this camera and have not been disappointed. 5-pin mini-USB is also a good thing too…did I also mention it supports HC-SD (huge GB of storage)…

  3. robert says:

    my photos often are blurry. it stays out of focus. i dont know how to fix it

  4. Anthony says:

    i agree with everything u said abou the camera

  5. shamshad says:

    The some function of canon axus 70 7.1 mega pixel are not working some futures are disable by default so i need booklet in english kindly send me a link of that at Thanks in advance

  6. Canon_fan says:

    I wanted to buy my very first digital camera after seeing the Canon Digital IXUS 70 first-hand. Its so gorgeous and the build quality is excellent! Its so compact, a box of cigarettes is even a bit thicker. How could they possibly squeeze everything in such a small frame? The photos really do come to life. Its fast and the added viewfinder is an added bonus as well. I ordered one at Ebay. Can’t wait to have it in my hands! Highly recommended indeed.

  7. Canon_fan says:

    I ordered one at Ebay. My very first digital camera. Can’t wait to have this little wonder!

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