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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

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.

We liked

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

We disliked

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.

Verdict

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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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
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 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.

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