Canon PowerShot SD850 IS 8 Megapixel Compact Camera

2.5" LCD - 16:9 - 4x Optical Zoom - 4x - 32 MB Included - 3264 x 2448 Image - 640 x 480 Video - PictBridge - MPN: 2047B001
Product Details
Description
The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH is a digital camera that will really get your creative juices flowing. It starts with a high resolution 8.0 Megapixels CCD, a 4x Optical Zoom with Canon's exclusive UA Lens and an Optical Image Stabilizer for steady zooming. There's also a DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection and Red-eye correction, an ISO 1600 setting for sharper images in low light, 5 Movie Modes and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating for easy viewing.
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC)
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Effective Megapixels 8 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
Lens Mount Fixed
Image Stabilization Optical
normalized-Optical Zoom 4
normalized-Weight 5.82
Expert Reviews
DCRP Review: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH
4.5 Star Review  DCResource - Sep 4, 2007

I've long been a fan of Canon's Digital ELPHs, and the PowerShot SD850 IS illustrates why. It stylish, ultra-compact, and well built. It has a gorgeous 2.5" LCD display and an optical viewfinder, a combination you won't find on most cameras in this class. It offers a few manual controls, just the right amount of scene modes, and not too many gimmicks. It's not the perfect camera, but as ultra-compact cameras go, it's certainly one of the best.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH
5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Sep 16, 2007

With its 8.0 megapixel CCD, 4x optical zoom lens, image stabilization, and well-designed user interface, the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS takes over top spot in the popular PowerShot line with a compact body style well suited for travel. Exposure remains under automatic control, something novices will appreciate, and the Canon SD850's pre-programmed Scene modes help with more tricky subjects. But the SD850 doesn't compromise on performance. It's a very responsive camera, with low shutter lag in daylight conditions, and good shot-to-shot speeds. The Canon SD850 also sports good battery life, a capable Movie mode, and excellent download speed. The bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the SD850 IS is user-friendly and hassle-free.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH
4 Star Review  laptopmag.com - Jul 13, 2007

If you're looking for a point-and-shoot camera that doesn't skimp on features, the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH is a very good choice. The latest in Canon's popular Digital ELPH line to offer Optical Image Stabilization for steadying shaky shots, the eight-megapixel SD850 IS also has a 4X (35-114mm equivalent) optical zoom, Face Detection technology, in-camera red-eye correction, and Canon's speedy DIGIC III image processor. Add it all up and you have one of the best pocket-friendly digicams you can get for less than $400.

Read the full review »

Canon Powershot SD850 IS Review
4 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Aug 16, 2007

The curvaceous Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS (also known as the Canon SD850 IS) is currently Canon's flagship point and shoot compact digital camera. An image-stabilized, 4x zoom lens equivalent to 35-140mm, 2.5 inch LCD screen and fast Digic III image processor are just a few of the features offered by the IXUS 950 IS. Notable changes from its predecessor, the IXUS 800 IS, include an extended ISO range of 80-1600, time lapse movies and new creative light effects. With a recommended price tag of £329, can the Canon 950 IS remain competitive? Gavin Stoker finds out...

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Jun 5, 2007

THE GOOD: Great performance and image quality; solid image stabilization; face detection. THE BAD: No manual exposure controls; on/off button a bit awkward; noisy images at ISO 1,600. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Canon PowerShot SD 850 IS has just about everything youd want in a point-and-shoot.

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Canon Powershot SD850
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Canon Powershot SD850 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.39 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #5 Compact digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 950 IS
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Apr 11, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 47 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 950 IS and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Great User Friendly Camera with Enough Features
5 Star Review   By member jeremygingerich@msn.com - Apr 11, 2010   

Strengths: Durability so Far, Compact Size, Good Optical Zoom, Viewfinder, Good Pics, Useful Features

Weakness: None so Far

I just bought my second Canon SD 850. I have used one for work for 2 years, and I wanted to get one for myself. This was a fair price, but I have seen them a little lower. They are discontinued, so get one now if you want one.

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Great when working
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Beautiful pix.

Weakness: Flimsy construction. Horrible MFG customer service.

When working, a great little camera. Very fragile. Canon will repair for the cost of new camera! Lens zoom especially prone to damage. To make a camera this convenient and so easily damaged is borderline criminal. There are websites devoted to the nightmares of customers trying to have their cameras repaired by Canon. Buyer beware. My two star rating should say: "It worked..."

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Canon PowerShot SD850 8.0 MP Digital Camera
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Easy to use, small, lightweight, beautiful photo's

Weakness: None that I've found.

I bought this camera for my daughter's birthday and she said it was the best present I could have given her. Her last digital camera broke and she loves the SD850. We recently came back from vacation and the pictures came out beautiful. The camera is very user friendly. She likes that it doesn't take up much room in her bag and the small size. Another plus is that it has a battery pack instead of rechargable batteries. It's very easy to recharge. All in all, would highly recommend this camera.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 8.0 MP Digital Camera
5 Star Review   By member jruo - Jun 19, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use, small, lightweight, beautiful photo's

Weakness: None that I've found.

I bought this camera for my daughter's birthday and she said it was the best present I could have given her. Her last digital camera broke and she loves the SD850. We recently came back from vacation and the pictures came out beautiful. The camera is very user friendly. She likes that it doesn't take up much room in her bag and the small size. Another plus is that it has a battery pack instead of rechargable batteries. It's very easy to recharge. All in all, would highly recommend this camera.

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lens will not retract
1 Star Review   By member JWM2008 - Apr 18, 2008   

Strengths: small and compact

Weakness: picures blurry

Got the camera for Christmas. It's April and the lens will not retract. Website FAQ is not working properly -- can't get any answers. I guess we'll try to send it in for repair. Very disappointed.

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Beware the Canon warranty
1 Star Review   By member bkatams - Mar 4, 2008   

Strengths: small, easy to use

Weakness: worthless after 6 months

I purchased the Canon SD850 IS 6 months ago and have used it regularly. It suddenly stopped working - the lens would not retract. I sent it to Canon for service under their one year warranty. They decided that it would not be "economically feasible" to repair the camera and have sent it back to me still broken. Canon "customer care" says that the technicians found "water damage" even though the camera was never around water and worked fine up until the moment it stopped. Clearly, if they don't want to repair something a customer sends back, they can just say "water damage" and they are off the hook. No recourse for me, no appeal process, nothing for me to do but warn others. It was a nice little camera, but if it is only going to last 6 months, forget about it.

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Buydigs very impressive
4 Star Review   By Canon 850 IS on Buydig.com - Feb 28, 2008   

Strengths: got my camera, free shippping, in 3 days

Weakness: the $94 extra bundle was somewhat disappointing.

I was surprised when the camera arrived 3 days after ordering it. All was in tact. I tried it and the pictures look very very good. I was disappointed in the case. Too big. I thought it would be the Canon case, It was generic. The 'film'packet I purchased extra to protect the LCD is a bit hokey. Can't get the bubbles out even after the 2nd sheet used and scraper scratched the film.

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Excellent Picture quality, balanced predefined settings
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Photo quality, quick acting, nice collection of modes, Lens quality, Image stabilization works well(not in continuous mode)

Weakness: Heavier then other cameras of class, mode scroll buttlon, positioning of on-off button,need to be have manual control

Better photo quality in comparison to other cameras of the class, design is not that great but is ok if you are not that frequent on settings, good photos in low light with low ISO. initial setup is not perfect, have look in to it before starting to take pics.

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Canon SD 850 IS Digital Elph Camera
5 Star Review   By member dungbooty - Sep 11, 2007   

Strengths: Compact Size, Awesome Picture Quality, Multiple Points of Focus

Weakness: Light/Compact (easy to drop if you're not careful), Slightly Complex Menus-But mostly intuitive

I bought this camera a couple of weeks ago for our family trip to Cancun. The camera took great pictures outside in bright light, indoors, and during the beautiful sunsets. I didn't have a hard time with the basics...it was easy to use right out of the box. The menu took a little while to get used to. I still haven't used all the manual functions, but with the Auto settings, it takes such great pictures that I am not sure I will even bother with the manual stuff for awhile. The Image stabilizer worked wonders for my unsteady hands! The battery lasted without recharge (over 200 pics). The display is bright and clear. I don't yet know if you can time/date stamp the pics. I will say you have to be VERY CAREFUL not to drop the camera...it's so smooth and light it easily falls out of your hands...make sure to use the wrist strap. I highly recommend this camera to anyone from novice to experienced users.

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Great Images, Great Image Stabalization, Very Tiny and Fragile
5 Star Review   By member purplecat001 - Sep 11, 2007   

Strengths: great Canon quality images, great image stabalization, very compact

Weakness: be careful not to ever drop, its very fragile.

This camera is a great camera and well worth the money. I would definitely recommend this purchase. The only problem I have had with it is when I dropped it, the end is now not flush with the body of the camera (but still functional). It is very compact and even for my small hands easy to lose grip of. However, compared to other Canons I can appreciate its size. Great Canon image quality and the image stabilization is great as I have shakey hands.

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Product Details
Description
The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH is a digital camera that will really get your creative juices flowing. It starts with a high resolution 8.0 Megapixels CCD, a 4x Optical Zoom with Canon's exclusive UA Lens and an Optical Image Stabilizer for steady zooming. There's also a DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection and Red-eye correction, an ISO 1600 setting for sharper images in low light, 5 Movie Modes and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating for easy viewing.
Quick Glance
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC)
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Effective Megapixels 8 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
Lens Mount Fixed
Image Stabilization Optical
normalized-Optical Zoom 4
normalized-Weight 5.82
Summary
Product Title Canon PowerShot SD850 IS 8 Megapixel Compact Camera
Manufacturer Canon
Power Score 4.3 | 28 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 8300000
Image Sensor: CCD
Other Features
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
Camera Body Only: Yes
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Flash: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Flash ON, Flash OFF
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 4 X
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length: 5.80 mm to 23.20 mm
Max Aperture: 2.8 1/f
Storage
Removable Flash Memory Included: 32 MB Secure Digital (SD) Card
Dimensions
Height: 2.2 in
Weight: 5.82 oz
Width: 3.6 in
Depth: 1.0 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Optical
Image Format: JPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames/s (fps)
Product Line: PowerShot
Max Focal Length: 23.2 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/1600 Second
Video Capture Format: AVI, MJPEG
Product Model: SD850 IS
Brand Name: Canon
Number of Resolution Modes: 6
Number of Scene Modes: 8
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed: 15 1/f
Exposure Compensation Range (±): 2 EV
Min Focus Distance: 50 cm
Description: PowerShot SD850 Dgitial Camera
Bulb Setting: No
Max Zoom: 16 X
Maximum Frame Rate: 60 fps
Camera Modes: Shooting Modes:AutoCamera MSpecial Scene:PortraitFoliageSnowBeachFireworksAquariumUnderwaterIndoorKids & PetsNight SnapshotCreative Light EffectColor AccentColor SwapDigital MacroStitch AssistMovieContinuous Shooting:Approx. 1.3 fps
HD Movie Mode: No
Frequency Band: Movie with sound recordingSensitivity:AutoHigh ISO AutoISO 80ISO 100ISO 200ISO 400ISO 800ISO 1600Menu Languages:EnglishGermanFrenchDutchDanishFinnishItalianNorwegianSwedishSpanishSimplified/Traditional ChineseJapaneseRussianPortugueseKoreanGreekPolishCzechHungarianTurkishThaiArabicRomanianUkrainian
Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec.
PictBridge: Yes
Exposure Settings: AE Lock, Auto Exposure
Memory Card Type Include: Secure Digital (SD) Card
Battery Include: Yes
Product Series: SD
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 frames/s (fps)
White Balance: Auto, Manual, Preset Modes
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Face Recognition Auto Focus
GPS: No
General Features: Photo Date/Time Stamping, Pictbridge Support, Self Timer, Water Resistant
Maximum Image Resolution: 3264 x 2448
Autofocus Type: Passive
Included Components: Cables - Audio/Video, Cables - USB, Carrying Strap, External Battery Charger
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Image Sensor Size: 0.4 in
Power Source: DC Input, Lithium Ion Battery
SKU: DCAN2047B001US
Battery Built-in: No
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 1600, 200, 400, 80, 800
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 3264 pixels
Min Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 2448 pixels
Expert Reviews
DCRP Review: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH
4.5 Star Review  DCResource - Sep 4, 2007

I've long been a fan of Canon's Digital ELPHs, and the PowerShot SD850 IS illustrates why. It stylish, ultra-compact, and well built. It has a gorgeous 2.5" LCD display and an optical viewfinder, a combination you won't find on most cameras in this class. It offers a few manual controls, just the right amount of scene modes, and not too many gimmicks. It's not the perfect camera, but as ultra-compact cameras go, it's certainly one of the best.

Read the full review »

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH
5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Sep 16, 2007

With its 8.0 megapixel CCD, 4x optical zoom lens, image stabilization, and well-designed user interface, the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS takes over top spot in the popular PowerShot line with a compact body style well suited for travel. Exposure remains under automatic control, something novices will appreciate, and the Canon SD850's pre-programmed Scene modes help with more tricky subjects. But the SD850 doesn't compromise on performance. It's a very responsive camera, with low shutter lag in daylight conditions, and good shot-to-shot speeds. The Canon SD850 also sports good battery life, a capable Movie mode, and excellent download speed. The bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the SD850 IS is user-friendly and hassle-free.

Read the full review »

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH
4 Star Review  laptopmag.com - Jul 13, 2007

If you're looking for a point-and-shoot camera that doesn't skimp on features, the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH is a very good choice. The latest in Canon's popular Digital ELPH line to offer Optical Image Stabilization for steadying shaky shots, the eight-megapixel SD850 IS also has a 4X (35-114mm equivalent) optical zoom, Face Detection technology, in-camera red-eye correction, and Canon's speedy DIGIC III image processor. Add it all up and you have one of the best pocket-friendly digicams you can get for less than $400.

Read the full review »

Canon Powershot SD850 IS Review
4 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Aug 16, 2007

The curvaceous Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS (also known as the Canon SD850 IS) is currently Canon's flagship point and shoot compact digital camera. An image-stabilized, 4x zoom lens equivalent to 35-140mm, 2.5 inch LCD screen and fast Digic III image processor are just a few of the features offered by the IXUS 950 IS. Notable changes from its predecessor, the IXUS 800 IS, include an extended ISO range of 80-1600, time lapse movies and new creative light effects. With a recommended price tag of £329, can the Canon 950 IS remain competitive? Gavin Stoker finds out...

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Jun 5, 2007

THE GOOD: Great performance and image quality; solid image stabilization; face detection. THE BAD: No manual exposure controls; on/off button a bit awkward; noisy images at ISO 1,600. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Canon PowerShot SD 850 IS has just about everything youd want in a point-and-shoot.

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Canon Powershot SD850
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Canon Powershot SD850 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.39 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #5 Compact digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 950 IS
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Apr 11, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 47 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 950 IS and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Great User Friendly Camera with Enough Features
5 Star Review   By member jeremygingerich@msn.com - Apr 11, 2010   

Strengths: Durability so Far, Compact Size, Good Optical Zoom, Viewfinder, Good Pics, Useful Features

Weakness: None so Far

I just bought my second Canon SD 850. I have used one for work for 2 years, and I wanted to get one for myself. This was a fair price, but I have seen them a little lower. They are discontinued, so get one now if you want one.

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Great when working
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Beautiful pix.

Weakness: Flimsy construction. Horrible MFG customer service.

When working, a great little camera. Very fragile. Canon will repair for the cost of new camera! Lens zoom especially prone to damage. To make a camera this convenient and so easily damaged is borderline criminal. There are websites devoted to the nightmares of customers trying to have their cameras repaired by Canon. Buyer beware. My two star rating should say: "It worked..."

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Canon PowerShot SD850 8.0 MP Digital Camera
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Easy to use, small, lightweight, beautiful photo's

Weakness: None that I've found.

I bought this camera for my daughter's birthday and she said it was the best present I could have given her. Her last digital camera broke and she loves the SD850. We recently came back from vacation and the pictures came out beautiful. The camera is very user friendly. She likes that it doesn't take up much room in her bag and the small size. Another plus is that it has a battery pack instead of rechargable batteries. It's very easy to recharge. All in all, would highly recommend this camera.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 8.0 MP Digital Camera
5 Star Review   By member jruo - Jun 19, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use, small, lightweight, beautiful photo's

Weakness: None that I've found.

I bought this camera for my daughter's birthday and she said it was the best present I could have given her. Her last digital camera broke and she loves the SD850. We recently came back from vacation and the pictures came out beautiful. The camera is very user friendly. She likes that it doesn't take up much room in her bag and the small size. Another plus is that it has a battery pack instead of rechargable batteries. It's very easy to recharge. All in all, would highly recommend this camera.

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lens will not retract
1 Star Review   By member JWM2008 - Apr 18, 2008   

Strengths: small and compact

Weakness: picures blurry

Got the camera for Christmas. It's April and the lens will not retract. Website FAQ is not working properly -- can't get any answers. I guess we'll try to send it in for repair. Very disappointed.

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Beware the Canon warranty
1 Star Review   By member bkatams - Mar 4, 2008   

Strengths: small, easy to use

Weakness: worthless after 6 months

I purchased the Canon SD850 IS 6 months ago and have used it regularly. It suddenly stopped working - the lens would not retract. I sent it to Canon for service under their one year warranty. They decided that it would not be "economically feasible" to repair the camera and have sent it back to me still broken. Canon "customer care" says that the technicians found "water damage" even though the camera was never around water and worked fine up until the moment it stopped. Clearly, if they don't want to repair something a customer sends back, they can just say "water damage" and they are off the hook. No recourse for me, no appeal process, nothing for me to do but warn others. It was a nice little camera, but if it is only going to last 6 months, forget about it.

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Buydigs very impressive
4 Star Review   By Canon 850 IS on Buydig.com - Feb 28, 2008   

Strengths: got my camera, free shippping, in 3 days

Weakness: the $94 extra bundle was somewhat disappointing.

I was surprised when the camera arrived 3 days after ordering it. All was in tact. I tried it and the pictures look very very good. I was disappointed in the case. Too big. I thought it would be the Canon case, It was generic. The 'film'packet I purchased extra to protect the LCD is a bit hokey. Can't get the bubbles out even after the 2nd sheet used and scraper scratched the film.

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Excellent Picture quality, balanced predefined settings
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Photo quality, quick acting, nice collection of modes, Lens quality, Image stabilization works well(not in continuous mode)

Weakness: Heavier then other cameras of class, mode scroll buttlon, positioning of on-off button,need to be have manual control

Better photo quality in comparison to other cameras of the class, design is not that great but is ok if you are not that frequent on settings, good photos in low light with low ISO. initial setup is not perfect, have look in to it before starting to take pics.

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Canon SD 850 IS Digital Elph Camera
5 Star Review   By member dungbooty - Sep 11, 2007   

Strengths: Compact Size, Awesome Picture Quality, Multiple Points of Focus

Weakness: Light/Compact (easy to drop if you're not careful), Slightly Complex Menus-But mostly intuitive

I bought this camera a couple of weeks ago for our family trip to Cancun. The camera took great pictures outside in bright light, indoors, and during the beautiful sunsets. I didn't have a hard time with the basics...it was easy to use right out of the box. The menu took a little while to get used to. I still haven't used all the manual functions, but with the Auto settings, it takes such great pictures that I am not sure I will even bother with the manual stuff for awhile. The Image stabilizer worked wonders for my unsteady hands! The battery lasted without recharge (over 200 pics). The display is bright and clear. I don't yet know if you can time/date stamp the pics. I will say you have to be VERY CAREFUL not to drop the camera...it's so smooth and light it easily falls out of your hands...make sure to use the wrist strap. I highly recommend this camera to anyone from novice to experienced users.

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Great Images, Great Image Stabalization, Very Tiny and Fragile
5 Star Review   By member purplecat001 - Sep 11, 2007   

Strengths: great Canon quality images, great image stabalization, very compact

Weakness: be careful not to ever drop, its very fragile.

This camera is a great camera and well worth the money. I would definitely recommend this purchase. The only problem I have had with it is when I dropped it, the end is now not flush with the body of the camera (but still functional). It is very compact and even for my small hands easy to lose grip of. However, compared to other Canons I can appreciate its size. Great Canon image quality and the image stabilization is great as I have shakey hands.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS ELPH Digital Camera
3 Star Review   By member hanlau - Sep 6, 2007   

Strengths: Image stabilization, small, optical zoom

This camera works well! It is small, light and easy to use. The IS function is the most important feature, it can capture great quality pictures even with moving objects. Great!

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Powershot SD850
5 Star Review   By member chettaylor - Sep 4, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to operate & is intuitive. The size allows one to place in pants pocket & remove on a moment's notice. The auto mode allow for excellant pictures in most circumstances.

Weakness: Not able to shoot multiple pics in a row. There is a lag when using the live screen on the rear.

I bought the camera because I wanted to have a small compact camera that would allow me to not carry my large digital DSL when walking around town. But the camera had to have enough mp to allow 8 x 10 photos. I did my research & this camera was highly recommended. I must say that the camera perfectly satisfied my needs. I went on vacation in July and snapped about 2500 pic with this camera. It work flawlessly. By having the camera with me at all time in my pants pocket, I was able to capture pics on buses, subways, museums, etc. The photos are sharp and almost as good as my Nikon D70. I also purchased the underwater housing and, it too works great. Notwithstanding the window of the housing, the photos were sharp & clear. There are almost too many features in such a small camera and it took some time getting used to how to get to the functions. For example, I needed to turn off the flash and/or adjust the exposure compensation in some of my shots and had a difficult finding the menu for the exposure compensation dials. (Should have read the manual) Anyway, I was able to find the shut off dial for the flash quite easy and believe that this cut-off and on feature is very accessable. I had to go to the manual for the exposure control. And admittedly, most persons using a compact would not need this feature. But it works great. The price $350-$370 is reasonable given the features and number of mps. It's more of a high-end type compact for individuals who are knowledgeable re photography. Given its size, there is no reason not to have a camera at one's disposal 24/7.

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PoweShot SD850IS Elph
4 Star Review   By member mtandsons - Aug 8, 2007   

Strengths: Tiny

Weakness: No auto focus action setting

Love the camera. It is small, sleek and light. Because of the tiny size, the camera would not be good for someone with little dexterity in his or her fingers. There are many auto focus settings which are great for photographers of all ages. Only complaint – there is no auto focus setting for shooting action shots. Canon suggests the use of the kids and pets setting but it does not take clear pictures of sports activities.

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Nice camera, but not perfect
4 Star Review   By member umijin - Jul 29, 2007   

Strengths: Ease of use, photo quality, face recognition, image stabilization, auto focus, sleek looks, flex ring selector

Weakness: can't charge battery inside camera, battery level unclear, flash partly blocked by lens barrel during macro mode, .avi format instead of .mp4, memory card not read by computer, mode selection wheel

I have the Japanese version (IXY 810 IS), but it is identical to the US & Europe versions (PowerShot SD850 IS & IXUS 950 IS) AFAIK. I bought this to replace a 2 year old Casio EX Z750 whose autofocus problems caused me to lose many good photos. I chose the Canon after narrowing down my choices from comparable offerings from Fuji (F40fd) and Panasonic (Lumix DMC-FX33). From the moment I popped in the battery after charging it - I was fairly impressed. Some points to ponder: I had thought the controls were a bit awkward - but after a bit I found I was incorrect. Basic controls can be accessed by slighly flexing a ring in the direction of the icon you want, and these expand a bit on the LCD screen. Nice touch! You change shooting modes (play, auto, manual, scene, & movie) by using a partly exposed knurled dial. This seems a bit flimsy, compared to other models I saw. There also doesn't seem to be an audio recording mode (though I never used this on my Casio). The 810 IS also has an optical viewfinder, which I thought was important on the Casio - but I never used it. Taking photos is easy and quick (get a fast SD card), and the camera makes a satisfying clunk sound when you take the shot. This audio feedback is really useful, for those of us who used film cameras in the past. Probably other cameras have this, but I don't recall it on my two previous digital cameras. The face recognition is fantastic. I was aiming my camera at my daughter today, and she kept moving around bouncing her head up and down. The white face square followed her head across the screen. Image stabilization works well too, though without a flash it has a tough time in low light levels. I played with the manual setting and cranked up the ISO to the max - 1600. It took photos in very limited light, but the image was quite grainy. I think this is to be expected, though. I'll have to play with manual mode more to see its limits. Movie mode is nice (640x480) and allows me to zoom while shooting. (Many cameras don't let you zoom movies...). Also, images stayed relatively in focus upon zooming. This wasn't true for my Casio. However, I'm not sure I prefer the .avi format over the .mp4 format in my Casio. The IXY 810 IS uses a rechargeable battery, but it doesn't seem to be chargeable in the camera itself. You have to pull it out and pop it into the included battery charger. This means that when your camera runs out of battery, you can't plug it in to keep power in it. Another issue I had was with the 2Gb Panasonic Class 6 SD card I used for storage. This SD card won't mount on my Macs via a card reader after formatting on teh IXY 810 IS. In fact, you can't even reformat it via Disk Utility. So, the only way I can move content to my computers is via the USB connector and the Canon Camera Transfer software. This means you have to have a working battery to transfer photos. This is annoying, but I wonder if it is truly an issue for the Canon or for the card. I don't recall having these issues with the same card on my Casio - but my memory's a bit hazy. The third problem I have is with the macro and flash. If you use macro mode, the lens barrel actually blocks part of the flash! So you get this shadow over one corner of the image. Maybe I shouldn't be using flash anyway with macro mode. However, I imagine flash will be useful for underwater macro shots. Lets hope the flash diffuser helps with this. I would highly recommend this camera to others without hesitation. In order to get 5 stars, this camera would have to have a better charging system, as well as not occlude the flash when shooting close up. If you can live with those issues - then this is a 5 star camera.

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Great pocket camera
5 Star Review   By member dramakumar - Jul 27, 2007   

Strengths: Small, convenient, optical zoom, image stabilization

Weakness: power on button and mode wheel placement is awkward

I tried the SD800 IS before buying this and I think this is a better camera based on the image quality of photos that are shot inside the house. Most of the cameras of this size do have bleeding near the edges and that is very common. I have compared this to Sony T50 and this beats it hands down.

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This is the best pocket sized camera around
5 Star Review   By member nowlen - Jul 23, 2007   

Strengths: Size, features, ease of use, intuitive operation, face recognition, image stabilization, large LCD

Weakness: A little pricy, but worth it - Included SD card makes the bundle seem 'cheapened'

I have 6 Kodak Easy Shares in my household. Mine was failing sporadically, four of the 6 Kodaks have been repaired so they're on my s#*t list with GM vehicles - run away, run away! I did some research and decided on the Canon SD850IS but the price was a little high so I decided to wait since mine worked most of the time. I saw a deal at Best Buy for $285 and figured it was time to pull the trigger. WHAT A GREAT LITTLE CAMERA! This thing is full of features but still amazingly easy to use. Very solid feel. At first I was concerned because some of the button icons are small and hard to see - I was amazed that when you touch them lightly, a larger image of the button appears on the LCD whether the LCD is turned on or off! Going from Kodak to a Canon is like trading a Yugo for a BMW! The only bad thing is Canon gives you a chincy 32MB SD card - what a joke!!Especially with the price of SD cards now days an how much you're paying for this camera. I don't think you can even find one that small for sale. Straight in the trash with that card - but it's still a great little camera.

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very nice compact camera
5 Star Review   By member JDlife - Jul 22, 2007   

Strengths: compact, image stabilization, awesome LCD, 8M-pixel

Weakness: no wide-angle

I bought it for a little less than $300. Overall this is a great little camera. The images are sharp and IS function is very nice. It is a pity that SD850 does not have wide-angle shooting while SD800 have it. The 32 MB sd-card is a waste in my opinion. I highly recommend this model.

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WOW!!!
5 Star Review   By member shopthewigg - Jul 20, 2007   

Strengths: Outstanding Photos and easy to use

Weakness: NONE !

I owned the 800is and i was desperately in love with that camera... One thing that i love about the 900 is it takes a mighty fine picture at night time... I love taking pictures at night and it seems to do a much better job at night then the 800. The newtime lapse feature is really cool if you have a lot of time to spend to do slow motion recording... The only downfalls to the camera is the way they changed the looks... I found it more difficult to change my different modes on the camera because the dialwas smaller. I wasnt to impressed with the touch sensitive button so i turned that off as soon as i got it.. The new iso shift is pretty cool but hard to use. when your holding down the shutter halfway and it looks like your not gonna have enough light toget a good picture, you hit the print button on the camera when it flashes and it will raise your iso... This is a great camera for someone who is looking for a more advanced point and shoot thats not quite ready for an SLR.

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Canon did it again!
5 Star Review   By member gurleli - Jul 20, 2007   

Strengths: image stabilizer, wonderful images

Weakness: not very thin

This camera does everything well. It produces excellent quality pictures. The image stabilizer does actually work and you get perfect pictures everytime even though you have shaky hands and don't use a tripod. The price is just right for all the features you get. My only complaint is that it is not as thin as the famous SD600 model.

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the TRUE successor of the award-winning SD700
5 Star Review   By member yangxy - Jul 10, 2007   

Strengths: compact. great picture quality with DGIII and optical stablizing mechanism. a lot of useful features. semi-manual control. support different media cards.

Weakness: not real metal frame. no more wide-angle shooting.

Canon's model number can be confusing. there are SD700, SD800 SD900 SD1000 and now this SD850. SD700 was one of the DPreview top picks for its rich features and great pic quality. All SD800/900/1000 are not really the true successor of SD700. Now the SD850 is out and it has all the features of SD700 with improved hardware, including 4x zoom and 8M pixel, optical stablizing and DGIII processor. No wonder this is one of the best compact digital cameras you should checkout. It does not have wide angle like SD800, which I guess is difficult to have along with great pic quality on such a compact camera. In addition, I read somewhere the frame is no longer real metal. It still looks/feels very nice though. I hope in the future, they could have some video processing built in. Currently the raw avi format can only record 20min video on my 2GB SD card.

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Great little camera
5 Star Review   By member caesar113 - Jul 8, 2007   

Strengths: Small, convenient, large LCD, 4X optical zoom, image stabilization, wide variety of shooting modes.

Weakness: optical viewfinder rather than digital, button and wheel placement is poor and almost to small to press or turn, battery life

I have been using this camera for a few days now and am in love with it. It is replacing a Canon Powershot A75 which had the CCD unexplainably die recently. The camera is nice and small and easily fits in my pants pocket. Normally these little point and shoot cameras don't have all the feature of the larger point and shoots, but this one matches them and more. Canon has pumped this thing with a plethora of shooting modes, a movie mode, manual mode, 4X optical zoom w/ optical image stabilization and more. I am very pleased with the shots it takes in all lighting conditions and zoom factors I have thrown at it so far. Of course, I would still recommend a tripod for night shots despite the IS. The only major cons I have found are the battery life (much less than my old A75 which ran on 4 AA batteries) and the lack of a digital viewfinder (although there is an optical one available which is acceptable). I don't think I could expect much more in such a small package.

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