Canon PowerShot SD1100/IXUS 80 IS

Last update: Review by PCWorld (25 August’08)

The Canon PowerShot SD1100/IXUS 80 IS is a stylish 8.0 Megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x Optical Zoom (35mm film equivalent: 38-114mm) with optical image stabilizer system, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. The camera measures 3.42 x 2.16 x 0.87 in./86.8 x 54.8 x 22.0mm and it weighs Approx. 4.41 oz./125g.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Canon PowerShot SD1100/IXUS 80 IS Reviews

PCWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“the SD1100 scored higher on overall image quality than nearly all of its competitors. On the sharpness scale, only a handful of the cameras we tested beat the SD1100 (including Kodak’s EasyShare V1253, Fuji’s FinePix F50fd, and Casio’s EX-Z1080), but they all cost more. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“Images come out looking rich and colorful, and even in full auto-mode the Canon SD1100 IS did a nice job with no fuss…Pros: Excellent design. Pinhole viewfinder. Great image quality. Cons: Small LCD screen. Slight problems with fringing. Not a feature-set dynamo. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“An evolutionary rather than revolutionary offering for the Ixus range. What it lacks in features it makes up for in style, ease-of-use and performance.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“The Canon SD1100 IS is a full-featured point-and-shoot digicam that really impresses…If you crave compactness without sacrificing too much, the Canon SD1100 really delivers. ”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“the IXUS 80 IS’ low light performance is unfortunately nothing to write home about. Noise creeps in visibly from ISO 400 upwards, readily evident without magnification in images at ISO 800, and the smoothing of detail and evident grain in shots taken at ISO 1600.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“we analyze the color of the video the SD1100 IS captures under good lighting, using two large lights in our test lab. In this lighting the SD1100 IS does a decent job capturing color: there is some error, but this is a lot less extreme than many cameras we’ve tested.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“Image quality on first sight is pleasant. Images are generally well exposed – even subjects that I’d expect to need exposure compensation, ie very bright or dark subjects – are within the bounds of acceptable, with around half a stop of error.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“Despite a few minor issues, the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS is a joy to use, and it produces superb photos for its class. If you can get by without a truly wide-angle lens, you’ll be more than happy with the SD1100 IS. And, man, does it look cool.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“the SD1100 scored higher on overall image quality than nearly all of its competitors. On the sharpness scale, only a handful of the cameras we tested beat the SD1100, but they all cost more.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“The SD1100 IS’s auto exposure system is generally accurate, and in good lighting the camera produces dependably very good to excellent images…The SD1100 IS is an impressive digicam when compared to the competition, but it doesn’t fare quite as well when compared to the original SD1000. ”
Rating: N/A

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“Canon’s Face Detection is quite good and there’s a minimal amount of red-eye and white balance delivers very accurate skin tones. If you plan on taking lots of people shots—and the buyer of this camera certainly will–the SD1100 IS won’t disappoint.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“While noise isn’t completely nonexistent at ISO 80, you’ll have to look quite closely to find any at this lowest sensitivity or at ISO 100, and both settings offer pleasingly sharp images with plenty of shadow detail..At ISO 400, noise still isn’t over the top, and there is a surprising amount of sharpness, though I saw a noticeable roll-off in shadow detail.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
“The Canon SD1100 is physically attractive, but its images aren’t always as beautiful. Images look good when taken in bright light with the ISO set low, but images taken with high ISO settings are noisy and can look somewhat unpleasant.”
Rating: N/A

PCMag reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and writes;
” In the lab I noticed slightly lower-quality flash shots when comparing the two cameras. Where the SD1000 had near-perfect lighting and proportional shadows, images captured by the SD1100 IS were not as uniform and, at times, underexposed. Though not a huge difference, this was noticeable enough. On the other hand, daylight shots were exceptional, registering bright and vivid colors.”
Rating: ★★★★☆


Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Preview


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Canon PowerShot SD1100/IXUS 80 IS Samples

- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Sample Photos @ InfoSync
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Sample Photos @ DCI
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Sample Photos @ DCR
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Sample Photos @ DCI
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Sample Photos @ Dpreview

Canon PowerShot SD1100/IXUS 80 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot SD1100/IXUS 80 IS Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 24 January, 2008 Canon today announces the launch of four new compact cameras with powerful new features that say bye-bye to blur and offer enhanced point-and-shoot capability. The cameras include brand-new blur-reducing Motion Detection Technology, plus new technology evolutions. Canon’s Face Detection Technology now features Face Detection White Balance, and Red-Eye Correction, can now remove red-eye automatically as the user shoots. Each camera also has a Face Select & Track function. The Digital IXUS 80 IS and PowerShot A590 IS include Canon’s leading lens-shift optical Image Stabilizer lens for additional blur reduction and low-light shooting capability.

From the ultra-stylish color variations of the Digital IXUS 80 IS, to the expandable functionality of the PowerShot A590 IS, the emphasis on this new batch of Canon digital compacts is on taking the hassle out of everyday image-making, while providing Canon’s hallmark design and manufacturing excellence.

“Canon leads the field in image quality because it relies on intelligent solutions, not quick fixes,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Every camera released today incorporates class-leading features to combat common problems like camera shake and subject blur, without sacrificing overall image quality.”

Digital PowerShot SD1100 IS (IXUS 80 IS) – a compact, curved design in four attractive colour variations (Classic Silver, Candy Pink, Chocolate, Caramel), 8.0 Megapixels, 3x zoom with optical Image Stabilizer and 2.5” high resolution PureColor LCD II

Ultimate blur solution With new Motion Detection Technology and the optical Image Stabilizer lens, Canon provides a comprehensive and intelligent solution to blur. Activated in High ISO Auto mode, Motion Detection Technology takes information from multiple sources – Face Detection Technology, scene brightness, subject movement and the optical Image Stabilizer (where available) – to assess camera or subject movement. It then calculates the minimum boost in ISO levels (between ISO 80-800) necessary to compensate for that motion. The wide range of inputs and precision of the Motion Detection algorithms ensure that Canon’s system avoids trading reduced blur for an unnecessary increase in image noise.

The lens-shift type optical Image Stabilizer lens found in the Digital IXUS 80 IS and PowerShot A590 IS also contributes to low-noise images. It uses a moveable lens element – rather than a boost in ISO – to counteract the effects of camera-shake, with no accompanying increase in noise. This makes cameras with IS and Motion Detection Technology doubly effective against blur: Motion Detection Technology takes IS into account when calculating ISO levels, thus increasing image quality even further.

Exceptional Face Detection Technology Face Detection White Balance and Face Select & Track are included in all four models, enhancing portraits and people shots taken in a wide range of situations. Face Detection White Balance sets the white balance for the face detection frame, in addition to the focus, exposure and flash set by previous versions of Face Detection. The result is portraits with natural skin tones, in all environments whether lit by artificial, natural, or mixed light sources. Face Select & Track follows a user-selected face around the frame, ensuring that the best results are achieved at the moment the photographer shoots.

Red-Eye Correction is enhanced for 2008. In addition to Red-Eye Correction in playback, each of the models now features automatic Red-Eye Correction in shooting. Auto Red-Eye Correction detects and removes red-eye as the user shoots, for natural, red-eye free images.

Enhanced Auto Focus New AF Point Zoom allows the photographer to magnify the AF frame when the shutter button is pressed half way, so that facial expressions can be checked before shooting. AF performance in low light has been significantly improved to achieve focus in scenes at around one stop darker, so that users can now take excellent shots in low-light conditions where they would have been unobtainable before.


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