Is the slimmest 10x Optical zoom camera worth its salt?
Launched as the worlds thinnest camera with 10x optical zoom coupled with a full HD movie mode, 8.8fps burst mode, a super slow movie mode with a Digic 4 processor to back it all up; the 1000HS looked like a promising camera on paper at least. Let’s see if this translates into real life performance.
The 1000HS comes with Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery NB-9L, Battery charger, Hand strap, USB cable, A/V cable, CD-ROM featuring Canon Digital Camera Solution, basic printed manual and full manual on CD-ROM
Canon does not provide a memory card with the camera so you’re going to have to buy one unless a local retailer gives one as a freebie with the camera. With the cameras capabilities of taking 10mp images and Full HD videos that translates into huge file sizes, it would be recommended to buy an 8GB or bigger capacity memory card with HD video capabilities. (Class 6 or above)
The camera body
Available in silver, brown and pink; the 1000HS feels and handles like a top of the line camera. The metallic body is of high quality with smooth panels and angular corners. The battery and memory card doors don’t feel flimsy at all, although the plastic flap over the connection ports could have been designed better.
Even though it’s the worlds thinnest 10x optical zoom camera, with dimensions of 101 x 59 x 22 mm, the 1000HS isn’t a very small or light (weighs 191gms) camera when compared to ultra compact cameras. In fact, the extra bulk helps to hand hold this camera more easily when shooting at the longer end of the zoom, particularly with the lack of any real hand grip.
The lens has a focal length of 6.3-63mm which translates into 36-360mm in 35mm format coupled with a rather disappointing aperture of f3.4 at the short end to a decent f5.6 at the long end. The lens is image stabilized which allows users to hand hold the camera even in low light conditions and get sharp images. With competitors flaunting 28mm wide lens on their cameras, the 1000HS seems to be at a disadvantage.
There are just three main selections on top of the camera in the form of Video, Still and Play. Different modes for Video and Still can be found in the menus. The camera features a mini-HDMI output allowing you to connect it to the TV along with an AV/USB 2.0 port on the side. The zoom control is a rotary switch around the shutter button, and has two speeds depending on how far you move the control.
Video gets a dedicated record button on the rear of the camera allowing you to instantly take videos even when in the Still photo mode. The scroll wheel on the rear of the camera is a welcome addition for people who are used to a similar wheel in pro level DSLR cameras, though it might seem a little hard for people used to buttons to get a hang of how it works. It’s something that people will either love or hate. The lack of a dedicated delete button makes deleting pictures a 3 step process.
A 16:9 ratio 3.0 inch TFT screen with 230,000pixels and 100% coverage works flawlessly for HD videos; meanwhile black bands crop on either side of the screen while shooting in normal 4:3 ratio. The low resolution screen falls behind by a long shot compared to competitors and it makes you wonder why such a high-end camera was fitted with a rather basic screen.