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Canon IXUS 1000 HS Review

By on December 16, 2010
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Is the slimmest 10x Optical zoom camera worth its salt?

Good: Solid build quality, Great HD videos, Impressive low light performance
Bad: Low resolution LCD, Slow auto-focus
Price: AED 1,500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The 1000HS is one of the few pocket cameras that allows you to shoot 1920*1080 @ 24fps i.e. full HD. You also have the option to shoot 1280*720 @ 30 fps, 640*480 @ 30 fps, 320*240 @ 30 fps and a super slow motion mode @ 240fps (320*240).

Autofocus and zoom is available while shooting videos. The lens’ quiet motor makes sure there is no audio interference while using either of them. A dynamic Image Stabilizer mode helps reduce camera shake.

The video capture is high on detail, especially at full HD, but in low light conditions there is plenty of noise, especially in the shadows. The videos are saved in H.264 format while the audio is in uncompressed linear PCM leading to huge files sizes of about 250mb for a minute of footage. The videos suffered from a bit of wind noise but that’s expected from such a small camera. There were no rolling shutter problem and videos were processed quite quickly if you have a fast enough card.

The super slow motion mode allows you to shoot 320*240 videos @ 240fps and then play them at 30fps for a slow motion look to the video to capture plenty of fast action detail. The downside to this rather fun mode is the poor resolution.

Conclusion


10 megapixels in the current market is considered low, but by concentrating more on sensor technology and by incorporating the improved Digic IV processor, Canon has given its camera an edge over competitors when it comes to image quality and low light performance. All of this coupled with high quality videos, easy usability and great built quality makes the Canon IXUS 1000HS a recommended pocket sized ultra zoom camera.

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