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Canon IXUS 1000 HS review

Is the IXUS 1000 HS with its 10x optical zoom and 1080p HD video recording a must-have anniversary edition or a party pooper?

Our Verdict

For

  • Good still pictures
  • Decent quality video
  • Quality 10x optical zoom lens
  • Widescreen format LCD

Against

  • No RAW support
  • Not enough control for developing photographers
  • Battery life

Wow, was it really a decade since Canon rolled out the first IXUS? To celebrate 10 years of this stylish compact, Canon has released the IXUS 1000 HS. Compared to the first models, which offered a couple of megapixels and feeble zoom, the IXUS 1000 HS sounds cutting-edge. Its main selling features include a 10 megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom lens.

Canon claims the 10-megapixel IXUS 1000 HS is the slimmest 10x optical zoom compact. The Canon IXUS 1000 HS also offers full 1080p HD video for stereo sound recording, something of a coup in a camera in this price range, as well as a 6.3–63mm (35 mm equivalent: 36 – 360 mm) f/3.4 - 5.6 lens.

What's more, Canon has made this a high-sensitivity model as ISO can be pushed as far as 6400, 3200 in full resolution. Last but not least, the IXUS 1000 HS has a 3in, widescreen-ratio (16:9) rear LCD.

However impressive the IXUS 1000 HS sounds on paper, compacts have moved on massively since the first IXUS appeared, and it's facing some tough competition from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8, the TZ10 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5. Read on to see if this £280 camera (street price) lives up to the anniversary hype.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Manual White Balance, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)167 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.5 mm
Width101 mm
Depth22.3 mm
Focal Length6.30 mm to 63 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model1000 HS
Product NameIXUS 1000 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberIXUS1000HS
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Introducing the new IXUS 1000 HS, the first IXUS with an amazing 10x Optical Zoom allowing you to get closer to the action. The IXUS 1000 HS is a slim, compact camera also featuring FULL High Definition Movie Recording and a 10.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 1000 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-9L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LBE
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC7
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year