Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800

Last Update: Review by PCWorld (Added on 17.10.06)

Canon PowerShot SD700 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor), 4x Optical Zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent) with Canon’s Image Stabilizer, a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera measuring 3.5 x 2.2 x 1.0″(90.0 x 57.0 x 26.0mm), weighing 5.9 oz (170.0 g), and it’s running on NB-5L Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries. Canon PowerShot SD700 IS will be available in stores from April 2006 with an estimated retail price of $499.99.USD.

Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 Latest Price

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS/VIDEOS (last update: 11.10.06)

SD700 IS Canon Powershot video test

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 sample photos posted at Photoxels
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 sample photos posted at ImagingResource
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 sample photos posted at Megapixel
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 sample photos posted at Megapixel
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 sample photos posted at DPInterface
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 sample photos posted at DCT
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 sample photos posted at Steve’sDigicams

>> REVIEWS (last update: 17.10.06)

PCWorld reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 where they rated the camera 76/100 and wrote;
“The camera focuses swiftly and easily, even when I attempted to beat its image stabilization system. It starts up quickly and takes pictures as fast as you can press the shutter release. (However, if you hold the shutter down, the camera won’t take another picture until you release the button; instead, it will show you your last picture.) The quickness makes the camera more usable overall because you don’t have to worry about compensating for shutter lag, for example. ”

Video review by USA TODAY’s Ed Baig & Jefferson Graham

TheDigitalStory has done some testings with Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and the WP-DC5 Underwater Housing;
“I was very impressed with how easily I could work the controls on the WP-DC5 housing. I used the “underwater” selection from the scene modes and fired away. I could use Canon’s bright 2.5″ LCD to frame the shots about half the time, depending on the angle of the light from above. Sometimes, the glare and reflection off the housing would wash out the LCD, and I’d just have to guess while lining up a shot. Some of those guesses, however, turned out great.”

DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“Focus was achieved quickly, and accurately in most cases. If you’re ok with the camera choosing a focus point and being wrong sometimes, then the AiAF focus system will work fine…Startup times are great, shot to shot times are excellent, and shutter lag is pretty much non-existent, as long as you’ve achieved focus and exposure lock with a partial press of the shutter… The SD700 was a joy to use. The controls were comfortable and easy to use, especially for such a compact camera…The image quality was excellent. Colors were accurate (unless you play around with the My Colors shooting mode), showed good dynamic range and exposure was excellent.”

Photoxels reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS is elegant in design, tough in construction, and with an unmistakable feeling of quality build. Controls are logically placed and intuitive in use. Ultracompact and light, it’s a perfect take-anywhere digital camera for the point-and-shoot photographer in your family, and more advanced photographers will also find just enough exposure controls to satisfy them.”

ImagingResource reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“There’s no getting around the fact that the Canon SD700 IS is an expensive product. Just under $500 (as of this writing) is a lot to spend for a 6-megapixel compact digital camera when some competing models are offering 10 megapixels for the same price. But if you can look beyond megapixels — and with the SD700 IS, you absolutely should — this new flagship Digital ELPH is a great value. Instead of giving you extra megapixels that you’re probably never going to take full advantage of unless you’re creating poster-size prints, the SD700 IS gives you a very effective Image Stabilizer and the ability to shoot at High ISO light sensitivity levels with surprisingly low noise. Both of these tools might not necessarily impress at cocktail parties, but they will definitely help you take better pictures.”

DCRP reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“The PowerShot SD700 did a very nice job with our standard macro test subject. The colors look good, and the subject has Canon’s trademark “smooth” look to it. The camera’s custom white balance feature handled my apparently tricky studio lamps with ease…The PowerShot SD700 is a compact and very stylish camera. It’s made almost entirely of metal, and it feels nice and solid. The camera is easy to hold and operate, though some of the buttons on the back of the camera could be larger. “

Megapixel reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“The image quality of the PowerShot SD700 IS is nothing short of excellent. Still, in one area the SD700 IS could stand some improvement: the built-in flash is a bit underpowered, and to obtain a bright image with modestly distant subjects, exposure compensation, or an increase in sensitivity are often required.”

Let’sGoDigital reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“The optical image stabilizer found on the Canon IXUS 800 IS meets our expectations. The camera is able to stabilize images perfectly, which ensures blur caused by movement of the photographer’s hand is successfully prevented. Working with or without it really does make a difference, and one could even go as far as saying it is in fact the very thing that separates an image from being deleted instead of stored and printed. The higher ISO value of 800 ISO is an extra back-up, but you are not likely to have to resort to it often. It should be said the quality of the 800 ISO image turned out considerably better than expected, and features a very decent noise/signal ratio. “

DPInterface reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH starts up and extends its lens extremely quickly in just 0.8 seconds. The SD700 IS normally takes about 1/2 second to focus at wide-angle and 2/3 to 1 second at telephoto. Low-light focusing was excellent and the camera could even lock focus with the AF-assist beam off.Overall noise levels were low and acceptable till ISO 400. Despite noise levels slightly higher than on the S3 IS I just reviewed, the Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH has a one stop advantage over the SD550 in terms of noise. As for overall chromatic aberration level (not just from the shots above), it was still fairly high.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“Canon’s Digital ELPH series have long proved that small cameras can produce terrific images, and the SD700 is no exception. Using its 6-megapixel Large/SuperFine mode, I was able to capture great shots both indoors and out. Our outdoor samples are sharp with good overall exposure, and color balance was pleasing for a consumer camera.”

CamerasUK reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“Looking at my outdoor scenic test shots these strengths are immediately evident. The brickwork on the building in the first photo is sharper than I am used to seeing. An area of this photo that often catches out other digital cameras is the tiles on the roof. Again the IXUS 800 IS makes a very good attempt to bring them into focus.”

DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
LIKES: Trendy, compact design, Wide viewing angle on the LCD screen, High quality 4x optical zoom lens, Effective image stabilization system, Fast burst mode with serious endurance, Jump feature makes navigating large memory cards simple, Cool My Colors modes. DISLIKES: Poor placement of the viewfinder and flash, Inaccurate viewfinder, Substandard LCD screen resolution, Can’t delete lots of pictures without deleting them all”

DigitalCameraTracker reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“Canon’s SD700 IS was enjoyable and easy. In the picture quality area there is nothing to complain about because the SDF630 delivers outstanding photos with vivid color. It’s fast to turn on, power up and recycle time between shots seemed almost instantaneous. If Canon would have added shutter and aperture-priority exposure modes I would have rated this camera right off the charts. For a camera this expensive it should have those kinds of controls. I take lots of pics for eBay and having control over depth of field is manditory. Not having aperture control is a HUGE negative for me.”

CNET reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 and wrote;
“Image quality, much like performance, rates as excellent. The SD700 IS reproduces color very well, and images are clean with few processing flaws. Photos remain consistent and noise-free at low-to-moderate ISO speeds and are acceptable even at ISO 400. At ISO 800, we noticed some distinct noise in our photos, but it was a clean, grainlike noise that left the images very usable. Furthermore, lens sharpness remains relatively consistent around the edges, unlike with some similar cameras. This helps keep fringing to a minimum.”


– Download Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 User Manual Basic (PDF – 1.07MB)
– Download Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/ IXUS 800 User Manual Advanced (PDF – 2.75MB)


The heir apparent to 2005’s enormously popular PowerShot A510 digital camera, the new PowerShot A530 model features a five-megapixel CCD image sensor, the faster 80-800 ISO equivalent speed setting range and the same 4x retractable optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35-140mm (35mm equivalent) as the PowerShot A540 model. The PowerShot A530 digital camera features a 1.8-inch 115,000-pixel LCD screen and will be available in March for an estimated selling price of $229.99.

DIGIC II Image Processing Technology- Hi-Speed USB 2.0

True to the PowerShot tradition, the A-series cameras have many of the latest advances in Canon technology including the proprietary DIGIC II imaging processor. The processor enhances picture definition, vibrancy, and quality, while helping increase the speed of the cameras’ startup, autofocus, shutter response, playback, and image processing speed while reducing power consumption by 35 percent compared to the original DIGIC chip. Consumers benefit from accelerated image transfer speed (when used with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, printer, or other peripheral), thanks to the inclusion of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port(3). The USB 2.0 port is backwards compatible (at no increased speed) with computers featuring standard USB 1.1 connections.

New Features and Special Effects

All of the new models offer a new widescreen 16:9 ratio resolution setting that facilitates creating panoramic-style prints. Additionally, all PowerShot models support 23 languages (now including Thai and Arabic). The new cameras have an improved direct printing function that permits greater flexibility in print settings, including a face brightener setting for backlit photos.

Canon also enhanced the ‘My Colors’ mode found in the new PowerShot line. Where previously, users could only enable ‘My Colors’ while shooting, the current iteration permits captured images to be retouched as well, without the need for special software applications or tools. Available My Color playback modes include Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, and Vivid Red; lighter and darker skin tones, as well as options for creating black & white, sepia, neutral and positive film effects. A color accent setting turns all colors but the one selected by the user to monochrome and the color swap mode enables users to alter specific colors in an image by sampling another color from the same image or any other image on the camera’s memory card. So, ‘My Colors’ provides PowerShot users with an incredible range of creative photo effects that can be accessed directly in the camera with no need for post-processing in a computer.

Direct Print

Like all PowerShot digital cameras, these newest additions to the A-series work seamlessly with Canon’s petite SELPHY Compact Photo Printers – an essential PowerShot accessory. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a SELPHY printer – such as the SELPHY CP510 and CP710 models. Press the lighted Print/Share button, and within seconds(4), images emerge. Presto! It is that simple. Canon’s SELPHY Compact Photo Printers are PictBridge compatible. They work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras and offer excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera. At 28 cents-per-print(5), printing photos directly from a digital camera is both easy and affordable.

Canon will debut it latest PowerShot A-series digital cameras in its booth (#3509) during the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) exhibit in Orlando, Fla., from February 26th – March 1st, 2006.

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