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?

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
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 Address
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