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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Canon ixus 1000 hs

Despite coming in at nearly 300 quid, the Canon IXUS 1000 HS is predominantly a point of click camera. There's no PASM dial (a switch near the power button lets you toggle between Video, Program and Auto mode) and again, you have to dig into the menus to adjust ISO and white balance.

Despite its power and high sensitivity, the IXUS 1000 HS can never pass as an SLR replacement compact or back-up. Apart from the limited manual controls, the design is sometimes seriously compromised. The camera manages to feel crude and also fussy at the same time.

Having accidentally activated Stitch Assist, for example, it took ages to work out how to deactivate it (it's classed a creative effect). And more experienced users will soon tire of having to keep delving into the menus or manipulating the rear wheel just to adjust basic exposure settings. It's just grating on a camera costing this much.

If the design and ergonomics are a let-down, the actual camera performance is much better. The lens is great, and even at full 10x zoom, Canon's Image Stabilization technology does a great job of keeping everything sharp. You certainly need IS, as there's no proper hand grip and the camera's shiny surface makes it feel quite slippery.

The IXUS 1000 HS is reasonably fast, too. Start-up is 2 seconds max, and it can fire off 3.7 frames per second. HD video, meanwhile, is recorded at 24 frames per second. Indeed, HD is the saving grace of this otherwise rather unremarkable Canon compact camera, as we'll see later.

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