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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?

Canon ixus 1000 hs

Canon compact cameras have a long history, and the company knows its market well. So JPEGs from the IXUS 1000 HS tick all the boxes; the smart metering system copes well with a range of exposure conditions, and colours are rich and well-saturated without being garish.

As mentioned, the quality lens and well-executed optical zoom ensure impressive image quality too. The biggest niggle we found was white balance, which can be eccentric on Auto mode. It struggled with indoor lighting too, but this is also a quirk of Canon SLRs. It's reliable enough outdoors though.

ISO performance is reasonable for a £300 compact without being earth-shattering; sure you can kick it up over a thousand but noise and smeary colours are very noticeable. Despite its 'high sensitivity' claims, the Canon IXUS 1000 HS's ISO performance isn't noticeably better than its peers.

We were impressed by the Auto mode, however, which is smarter than most, and knows when to change to portrait or macro settings, for example.

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
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution10.6 Megapixel
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
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.

Battery Life150 Shot
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
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year