The Canon IXUS 1000 HS has many virtues, but for an anniversary edition it's a damp squib. While it delivers solid stills performance, includes a great lens, and makes it easy to record high-quality HD footage, the design and ergonomics spoil the party. We expect more manual controls for creative photographers on a camera at this price, too.
Ten megapixels is plenty for everyday photography, and the camera delivers well exposed, punchy, high-resolution images. The lens is of high quality, as is HD video recording, and the extra ISO capacity comes in handy in low light
The IXUS was a style icon in its day, but this is more mutton-dressed-as-lamb than supermodel. There aren't enough exposure controls on the camera body, and the onscreen options can be confusing. Oh, and battery life is disappointing too – we're talking 150 shots before you run out of juice.
If you just want a point and clicker with quality HD video, the IXUS 1000 HS is worth a look. But anyone who's interested in developing their camera skills will soon outgrow this camera.
Furthermore, another £50 or so will buy an entry-level DSLR, which is infinitely more flexible and expandable, while still being easy to use. We're reluctant to give most Canons back; not this one.
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