Canon PowerShot SD800 IS/IXUS 850 IS

Last Updated: Video Review by TigerDirect (a31 August’07)

Canon PowerShot SD800IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS is a point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 7.10 effective megapixels CCD sensor, 3.8x optical zoom (28 – 105mm equivalent), Image Stabilization, ISO of up to 1600, 30 frames per second movie mode and Digic III processor. and a 2.5- inch, 230,000-pixel, color TFT LCD screen.The camera is measuring in at 89.5 x 58.0 x 25.1mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 1.0″), weighing 150.0 g (5.2 oz), and running on Lithium Ion NB-5L rechargeable battery. The Canon PowerShot SD800IS Digital ELPH will be available early October 2006 for around US$399.99.

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

Canon SD800 IS/IXUS850 IS Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS/IXUS 850 IS Video Review

DigitalLifestyle reviews the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS and writes;
“There’s no denying that the Ixus 850 manages to pack an awful lot into its stylish, ultra-compact case, and the combination of optical image stabilisation, a 7.1 megapixel sensor and a wide 28-105 mm lens makes for a very attractive take-anywhere package. The image quality may fall slightly behind the class leaders and the lack of manual controls will frustrate advanced users, but for point’n’shooters looking for an everyday camera, the Ixus 850 could be a camera to consider.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS and writes;
“Like all digital cameras with far to many pixels for the size of sensor in use, image noise and its reduction have contrived to reduce the absolute image making capabilities of this camera. In the final analysis, the 850IS has a much-improved lens and superb build; overall, image quality at lower ISOs is good and while there is no real manual control over apertures and shutter speeds, the camera’s metering and exposure control works well. In my view, the Face Detection AF/AE is a gimmick and though it works, it is darn slow here… Now, put the new wider-angle zoom lens from the 850IS on the 800IS and it would be almost perfect…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAuthority reviews the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS and writes;
“The problem is that the quality of the lens isn’t as high as we’d like, with exaggerated chromatic aberrations more reminiscent of the results from a two-year old camera than one near the top of Canon’s current range. There are also some pronounced blooming effects around image highlights. On top of this, the in-camera JPEG processing appears less than top-notch, possibly as a result of over-sharpening to compensate for lens softness, giving salt-and-pepper noise and loss of detail. The overall effect is image quality a little below that of the Ixus 65, which is disappointing..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS and write;
“The Canon SD800′s performance is generally above average. Startup and shutdown speeds are above average. Shutter response is above average, too. Shot-to-shot cycle times and continuous-mode speeds are also above average. The flash, which can light up an average-sized room, takes 6.5 seconds to recharge after a full-power shot, which is average for any digicam and better than average for such a powerful flash. Connected to a computer or printer with USB 2.0, download speeds are very fast, pretty much eliminating the need for an external reader. Bottom line, the Canon SD800 IS is responsive enough (particular at wide angle lens settings) to handle most family photo opportunities.”
Rating: N/A

DPInterface reviews the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS and writes;
” Image quality was overall satisfactory. On one hand, there’s low noise, optimal sharpness and color accuracy was there. The camera’s 3 cm macro mode also means you can get really close. On the other hand, the lens itself probably caused the downsides of image quality on the SD800 IS: Corner softness and color fringing. I’d definitely recommend the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH, which is an all-round camera, not having any really huge issues. Despite my recommendation, you may also wanna check out the Panasonic Lumix FX07 and FX50 twins which also have wide-angle lenses but retail for $50 – $100 less. The latter has a huge 3 inch display as well. So take a look at the SD800 IS, and also check out its competitors, and see which one you like better.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS and write;
” Image quality was what I expected from a Canon model, excellent. The SD800 captures beautiful images both indoor and out. Our outdoor samples were sharp with pleasing color saturation….Canon continues to impress us with their diminutive Digital ELPH series cameras. And, the PowerShot SD800 IS is no exception. If you’re in the market this holiday season for a stylish, durable, and ultra-compact model that captures awesome photos and can be tucked away easily, then this might just be the model you’re looking for. With 7-megapixels of resolution, you can create stunning prints up to poster size! At an MSRP of US$399.99, I feel the SD800 offers an outstanding value for such a capable little pocket- rocket. ”
Rating: N/A

DigicamReview have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS where they rate the camera 8/10 and write;
” The Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS is an excellent ultra compact digital camera – image quality isn’t perfect – but it is very good with great colour and detail. Throw in a wide angle lens to help you get more of your friends in the photo, and then add optical image stabilisation to help make sure your photos are sharp even in low light, and you end up with a cracking camera that you can take anywhere and use in almost every situation. The only aspect of the camera that might put you off is the price when compared to the competition. If you want a highly capable and pocketable digital camera with a wide-angle lens and optical image stabilisation then the Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS is recommended! However, have a look at the Panasonic Lumix FX01, it offers almost identical specifications, but is nearly £90 cheaper.”
Rating: N/A

CamerasUK reviews the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS and write;
“Canon digital cameras are amongst the best when it comes to close up shots. In macro mode the IXUS 850 IS is able to focus from 3cm away allowing true close up shots. The quality of the macro shot is high and you should be able to produce sharp, bright photos…The Canon IXUS 850 IS is a stylish digital camera. It is top of the range in terms of build quality, picture quality and also price. Despite the fact this is not a cheap option it still offers fair value for money. It also has image stabilisation, a viewfinder and a wide angle lens. Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH/IXUS 850 IS User Opnions @ Amazon

Canon SD800 IS/IXUS850 IS Samples

- Canon PowerShot SD800 IS/IXUS 850 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon PowerShot SD800 IS/IXUS 850 IS Sample Photos @ DPInterface
- Canon PowerShot SD800 IS/IXUS 850 IS Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Canon PowerShot SD800 IS/IXUS 850 IS Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
- Canon PowerShot SD800 IS/IXUS 850 IS Sample Photos @ CamerasUK
- Canon PowerShot SD800 IS/IXUS 850 IS Sample Photos @ DCRP

Canon SD800 IS/IXUS850 IS User Manuals (PDF)

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- Download Canon SD800 IS/IXUS850 IS User Guide Basic (PDF, 1.63 MB)
- Download Canon SD800 IS/IXUS850 IS User Guide Advanced (PDF, 2.76 MB)
- Download Canon SD800 IS/IXUS850 IS System Map (PDF, 284 KB)

Canon SD800 IS/IXUS850 IS Press Release

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2006 – America’s love affair with Canon’s Digital ELPH cameras is heating up once again as three streamlined new sisters join the PowerShot Digital ELPH family – just in time for the popular camera line’s tenth anniversary. Reprising the discrete, petite profiles, curved bodies, smooth lines, and lustrous eye-catching allure that define the outer-design of Digital ELPH camera models, the 10.0 megapixel PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH and the 7.1 megapixel PowerShot SD800 IS and PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH cameras take the marriage of style and substance to a new level. They do it with an array of new user-friendly features, innovations and enhancements ranging from a dramatically faster response time to a new face detection autofocus system that keeps subjects in focus no matter where in the frame they appear.

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