The IXUS 1000 HS is quite slim considering it packs a 10x optical zoom lens, but you're very aware of it setting in a jacket or trouser pocket. You'll either find it reassuringly bulky or a bit lardy, depending on your point of view.
We originally thought the Canon IXUS 1000 HS was made from metal, but it's mainly plastic. Its chassis does feel sturdy and built to last though, and the buttons and dials are of Canon's usual quality.
Considering the original IXUS compacts were such style icons, the IXUS 1000 HS is a bit of a let-down. The smoothed-off angular edges are stylish, but the buttons and dials look a bit dated. There aren't enough of them either; to delete shots you have to go into the main camera menu, which is a pain.
The rear controller dial feels imprecise too, which can get annoying when clicking through pictures in review mode. On the positive side the shutter button is nice and big, so you won't hit another button by mistake, the zoom ring is neatly located around it.