Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS

Last updated (23 March’12):
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Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS is a 10.0 Megapixel Digital Compact Camera features 10x Optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 36-360mm), HD Movie recording, ISO 125-3200 and 3.0-inch TFT color LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 3.99 x 2.30 x 0.88 in. / 101.3 x 58.5 x 22.3mm and weighs Approx. 6.70 oz. / 190g (camera, including batteries and memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS Reviews

CameraLabs reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“The IXUS 1000 HS / SD4500 IS delivers better than average quality in low light from a slimmer than average body, which also happens to be cheaper than many. It’s sufficient to earn it our Recommended rating, although the modest battery life and lack of wide angle coverage means it falls short of our highest rating. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“The ability to make a good print at 13×19 inches is a good benchmark to meet for a CMOS sensor, and it’s also a good sign when ISO 3,200 shots make at least a good 4×6-inch print. Color is good across the range as well, so we call the Canon SD4500 quite good among long zoom pocket cameras, with the caveat about light and red hair looking a little softer than we’d like.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalCameraHQ reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“Video quality is a strong point. The highest-quality mode, 1080p at 24fps looks quite nice, on par with some standalone pocket camcorders and much better than smartphones. As expected, low-light filming is above average here.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“Overall we found that the image quality of the Canon IXUS 1000 HS just wasn’t up to par, and we were also unimpressed by the slow lens. The shooting options and features have great potential, but the battery life is too short.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PCWorld reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“In my hands-on tests, image quality was much less of a downer. The SD4500 IS shot vivid, crisp images in broad daylight, and the camera’s optical image stabilization did a great job when I pushed the zoom to the max. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“The IXUS 1000 HS is an appealing blend of form and function that also takes great pictures and movies, but it has a few too many flaws to recommend more strongly.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“felt the images had a very pleasing combination of sharpness and low distortion, both at the medium zoom and even at the long end of the zoom. I found minimal chromatic aberration, no vignetting and only minor corner blur.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“Noise levels are controlled as well as most smaller compacts manage. You are always likely to see noise creeping into a shot in darker areas and when the light is dim in general, but this camera does a decent job in minimising noise. You can see some grain in skies with extra large prints. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“The good: Lots of automatic shooting options; very good burst shooting; nicely designed. The bad: Short battery life; average shooting performance; narrow lens. The bottom line: 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.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

InfoSync reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS produced an imaging performance that was just as worthy, displaying impressive noise management at high ISOs, and allowing us to shoot without the flash in many situations that would require one. Canon is truly onto something fantastic with its HS system, and we’re seeing it set the new bar in the point-and-shoot world. Thumbs up from infoSync. .”

Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 1000 HS is possibly the best all-round digital compact on the market. It looks great, is solidly well made, handles extremely well and is loaded with advanced features. Image stabilisation is superb, and full HD video with stereo sound is a bonus. Performance is above average and image quality is very good, especially at higher ISO settings.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“The IXUS 1000 HS takes decent pictures, but benefits from some tweaking to eke out its best shots. For a slimline 10x optical zoom camera, it ticks a lot of boxes, providing you can live with its short battery life.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS and writes;
“The build is fantastic, the lens is far more generous than most compacts and it takes excellent pictures – day or night. Our only real gripe is battery performance, if that’s your priority go for the Canon IXUS 300 HS instead, but if you can live with this and want the extra zoom, it’s well worth considering”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon Powershot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS Features

Significant technology upgrades and a richly sophisticated design make the PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera so easy to say “yes” to. Your best shot is never too far away, thanks to a hugely powerful lens that boasts a 10x optical zoom. Your videos will have all the lifelike realism of Full HD (1920 x 1080)–and you’ll share them instantly on your HDTV with a simple cable connection. You’ll shoot what you want, when you want, and in every situation your images will be better than you ever imagined.

Canon’s HS System (10.0-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor plus DIGIC 4 Image Processor) delivers gorgeous images in low light, while the advanced Smart AUTO intelligently manages an expanded, diverse array of shooting situations for stills and videos, so you can focus on composition and creativity.

You’ll have easy, intuitive access to features that put your photography on the cutting edge, like Super Slow Motion Movie and High-Speed Burst. While this fresh, modern take on a style icon will certainly get your PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera noticed, you’ll find just as much to notice in its ramped up power and performance.

Canon PowerShot SD4500IS Highlights

10x optical zoom in a slim, stylish camera body
The PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera is the first ELPH equipped with a 10x optical zoom–an amazing feat of engineering for a camera this slim and light.

If, like most people, you’ve been shooting with a standard-size zoom, you will be blown away when, with just a simple push of a button, you’re taken right up to the shot you want. For natural candids of people, pets and wildlife there’s no substitute, while stadium games, concerts and other big events come to life with a lens that puts you right in the middle of the action.

Best of all? Even at the far end of the zoom your shots are clear and steady, thanks to Canon’s highly effective Optical Image Stabilizer.

Canon’s HS System for improved low light performance and better image quality
The Canon HS System takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 10.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS System is Canon’s advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.

Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels at 24 fps) video mode plus HDMI output for easy playback of videos and photos on your HDTV
Most digital cameras record videos, but isn’t it time you gave your memories the unparalleled quality of full high definition?

The PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera records videos in uncompromising Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels at 24 fps) to give you the highest quality videos available–and all from a camera that fits in your pocket. Experience all the stunning realism of Full HD, with smooth action, amazingly natural color and texture you can almost feel.

Watching your HD videos and sharing them with others is as easy as plugging your camera into your HDTV with a single cable. The camera’s HDMI output ensures that your videos retain every pixel of resolution and quality.

Advanced Smart AUTO identifies 28 shooting scenes
The PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level–automatically. The camera’s advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you’re shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 28 shooting scenarios, the camera handles virtually any situation you’ll encounter beautifully–freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you’re looking for. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera has you covered whether you’re shooting stills or videos.

Shoot slow motion video with the Super Slow Motion Movie function and playback at 30 fps
Give your videos a whole new look with the Super Slow Motion Movie function. Whether you’re going for a dreamy, creative slant when documenting family moments, or making a highlight film of your kids’ greatest sports plays, you’ll love the high quality capture of this all-new feature. The camera shoots your clips at high speed (approx. 240fps) and plays them back at 30fps for the inimitable super slow motion feeling you’ll love.

High-Speed Burst mode for capturing sports and action shots
High-Speed Burst is exactly what you need when you’re trying to capture the best possible shot within a moment of fast-moving action. In High-Speed Burst mode, the camera automatically shoots continuously at high speed (approx. 8.8fps)* while you simply hold down the shutter. The mode lets you shoot sporting events, kids in motion, wildlife and any situation with unpredictable movement, then simply choose the best shots captured.
* Depending on the shooting conditions, camera settings and the zoom position, the shooting speed may slow down. As the number of images increases, the shooting interval may take longer.

Features like Best Image Selection and Handheld Night Scene give you greater flexibility
The PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera has a number of cool new features to improve performance and image quality.

Best Image Selection works in conjunction with the camera’s continuous shooting function. The camera shoots 5 successive images, then analyzes movement and facial expressions to pick the best shot. By saving only the best shot, the feature preserves space on your memory card so you do not have to check through several similar images and erase.

Handheld Night Scene helps you capture beautiful night shots without a tripod and without the blur and noise typical in nighttime shooting. The feature uses optical image stabilization combined with electronic image composition. Several shots are taken in succession and then combined into one shot, effectively reducing camera shake and producing beautifully clear, dramatic nighttime images.

What’s in the Box

* PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Body
* Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-9L
* Battery Charger CB-2LB
* Wrist Strap WS-DC7
* AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

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