Canon Powershot SD800 IS Digital ELPH


Canon Powershot SD800 IS Digital ELPH
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Canon Powershot SD800 IS Digital ELPH
Manufacturer Canon
Page By Augie Medina
Page Type Sep 24, 2007 / Sep 24, 2007
Object ID 4013
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Product Description

This is a sister model to and updated version of the popular SD 700 IS, one of the better ultra compact point and shoot models launched last year. The Powershot SD800 is equipped with an extra one million pixels or so and has a great new feature: a 28-105mm (35mm equiv.) zoom lens, making it one of the few cameras in this sector of the market with true wide angle capabilities. Other changes include an ISO 1600 option, DIGIC III processor complete with face detection mode, and an improved screen (higher resolution and wider viewing angle).

Product Details

7.1 Megapixels

3.8x optical and 4.0 digital zoom

Wide Angle 28mm lens with Optical Image Stabilizer

Safety Zoom for extra telephoto reach

Aperture: F2.8(W)-5.8(T)

Shutter Speed: 15-1/1600 sec.

Focus Distance: Closest 3cm

High resolution 2.5” LCD

Viewfinder: Real-image zoom optical

17 shooting modes including VGA movies (30 fps) with sound

DIGIC III with Advanced Noise Reduction and Face Detection AF/AE

ISO 1600

Self Timer: 2 or 10 sec. or custom

Storage: SD/SDHC/MMC card compatible

Power: Rechargeable Li-ion battery NB-SL

Connectivity: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and AV out

Basic Retail Price: $390



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Augie Medina - Sep 24, 2007 8:39 pm - Voted 5/5

Great for Outings
I can't say enough about this little number, at least in terms of its capabilities for meeting the needs of the recreational photographer on wilderness outings.

This model provides good resolution and great color and the 28mm wide angle capability is great in a camera of this size. The focusing seems relatively fast and accurate and the styling is pleasing. The flash is decent and I especially like the large bright, high resolution LCD screen.

Finally, it it so small and light that it clips nicely (carrying case to 'biner) to my backpack or day pack strap so that I always have it ready for use.

I guess the only con I have is that, being point and shoot, you have very little manual control of settings. Also, I don't know how useful the ISO 1600 will ever be to me.

fossana - Feb 3, 2008 8:10 pm - Voted 5/5

nice lightweight camera
I purchased this last year after my older Elph died after 4+ years. I've never been overly impressed with the zoom feature on these cameras (I use the macro feature or editing software instead), but otherwise it takes great shots. I know that a heavier SLR digital camera would just sit in the closet, so for me this is a great compromise.

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