A Stunning Achievement. From the very first glance, the smooth shape and bold lines of the stylish PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH signal that this is no ordinary camera. With 8.0 Megapixels of resolution, an Optical Image Stabilizer and 3.8x optical zooming, the SD870 IS Digital ELPH boasts impressive specs as well as a host of convenient features. Face Detection Technology for worry-free people shots. A large 3.0-inch LCD to give you a perfect view of your scene. The Auto ISO Shift and ISO 1600 deliver brilliant images in challenging lighting.
LCD Screen Size: 3 in
Memory Card Support: Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Effective Megapixels: 8 Megapixel
Camera Type: Compact Camera
Lens Mount: Fixed
Image Stabilization: Optical
normalized-Optical Zoom: 3.8
Product Title: Canon PowerShot SD870 IS 8 Megapixel Compact Camera - Silver
Power Score: 4.5 | 38 Reviews
Total Pixels: 8300000
Image Sensor: CCD
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
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
Optical Zoom: 3.8 X
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length: 4.60 mm to 17.30 mm
Max Aperture: 2.8 1/f
Removable Flash Memory Included: 32 MB Secure Digital (SD) Card
Height: 2.3 in
Weight: 5.50 oz
Width: 3.7 in
Depth: 1.0 in
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Viewfinder Type: No
Image Format: JPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames/s (fps)
Max Focal Length: 17.3 in
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/1600 Second
Video Capture Format: AVI, MJPEG
Number of Resolution Modes: 8
Number of Scene Modes: 14
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed: 15 sec.
Exposure Compensation Range (±): 2 EV
Min Focus Distance: 1.2 in
Bulb Setting: No
Max Zoom: 15.2 X
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 fps
Camera Modes: Shooting Modes: Auto Camera M Special Scene: Portrait Foliage Snow Beach Fireworks Aquarium Underwater Indoor Kids & Pets Night Snapshot Color Accent Color Swap Digital Macro Stitch Assist Movie Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.3 fps (Large/Fine)
HD Movie Mode: No
Frequency Band: Sensitivity: Auto High ISO Auto ISO 80 ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400 ISO 800 ISO 1600
Maximum Shutter Speed: 1600 1/x sec.
Exposure Settings: AE Lock, Auto Exposure, Multiple Program Modes
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, Multiple Point Focusing
Software Included: Digital Camera Solution Software
General Features: Photo Date/Time Stamping, Pictbridge Support, Self Timer
Maximum Image Resolution: 3264 x 2448
Autofocus Type: Passive
Included Components: Cables - Audio/Video, Cables - USB, Carrying Strap, External Battery Charger, Microphone, Recording Media, Speaker
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Power Source: DC Input, Lithium Ion Battery
Image Sensor Size: 0.4 in
Battery Built-in: No
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 1600, 200, 400, 80, 800
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 3264 pixels
Min Focal Length: 4.6 mm
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 2448 pixels
Product Reviews (17)
Simply excellent !!!
Strengths: Great LCD, superb pictures, a lot of functions, small, great battery life, great videos, i just love this camera.
Weakness: The only weakness is the noise at ISO 800/1600 but that's the problem with all compact cameras ... if you don't want noise in your pictures use a DSLR!
There is no better p/s camera out there. I also have a Canon EOS Rebel XSi DSLR but sometimes it's too big to have it with me. So if you want clear pictures in bright sky or in good light the SD870 IS is the best choice. Even in low light I got good pics. There are a lot of manual controls either ... long exposure, etc and the movie mode is excellent with a great sound.
By Bupitz - Jul 25, 2008
Strengths: Nice large view screen. Intuitive, well thought out controls. Love it!
Weakness: None that I can see
Nice large view screen. Intuitive, well thought out controls. Love it! It is well made and solid in feel, as well. Starts up quickly. Shoots great video...Suggest 4GB memory card if intending to shoot much video as it eats memory compared to photos.
By allyn12341234 - Jul 15, 2008
Excellent image quality for its size
Strengths: Face recognition and image stablizer
Weakness: Grainy image without flash, white balance is off
If you want portability this camera is one of the best choice. The image quality is no where comparable to a DSLR Nikon D40 I have. The color is off and unnature and the grain is heavy in low light. The grainy part is expected in a small sensor but the white balance has been poorly implemented by Canon. If you want true quality image and willing to carry the extra weight, get a DSLR.
By anonymous; - May 27, 2008
ONE OF THE BEST
Strengths: Speed, ease of use, battery life, overall picture quality
Weakness: Lack of full manual controls, but expected
I have used the Canon SD870 IS and the Canon SD850 IS--I like them both. The SD870 has the wide angle lens, a large 3" screen, and no optical viewfinder. It is quick to respond when you turn it on or when it recycles between shots. It takes nice photos and I'd buy it again in a flash. This model has the battery status indicator (unlike the SD850) and the battery lasts well (tons longer than in...
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I have used the Canon SD870 IS and the Canon SD850 IS--I like them both. The SD870 has the wide angle lens, a large 3" screen, and no optical viewfinder. It is quick to respond when you turn it on or when it recycles between shots. It takes nice photos and I'd buy it again in a flash. This model has the battery status indicator (unlike the SD850) and the battery lasts well (tons longer than in ones like the Canon A570 that uses AA batteries). The SD870 is easy to hold, nice looking, solid, and the LCD quality is great. The settings it chooses on automatic are normally very good, though one can tweek them quite easily when needed. I bought this after trying a Panasonic FX33 which has a similar lens range--this has far better color and sharpness. If you want a cute, reliable point and shoot with a normal range of options, this works great and takes very good photos. The flash is not FANTASTIC, but spot focus on the area of a room where you want to shoot and the flash will extend better. Also, if there is natural light shining into a room, this camera will shoot without the flash and pick up the picture pretty nicely.
Outdoors this camera capture accurates colors and brightness, and the software that comes with the Canon cameras has a lot of options for editing. This is a very reliable choice in a point and shoot!
By pammyyoha - Mar 5, 2008
Can't beat it for the money!
Strengths: large LCD screen, good array of manual settings for a pocket camera, superior quality to other cameras in same class
Weakness: battery & SD card access door feels like it will break each time I open it. Auto-white balance indoors is a little yellow (manual white balance adjust fixes this though, but it's an extra step)
I hear many people ranting and raving about their consumer grade digital cameras (To be fair, I won't name the brands), but I kind of laugh when they say "I've got 8MP and all these different auto modes like snow, museum, etc...) after seeing the results of a similar type camera utilizing all the different modes, I see grainy, washed out, out-of-focus shots. The cameras take forever to boot up,...
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I hear many people ranting and raving about their consumer grade digital cameras (To be fair, I won't name the brands), but I kind of laugh when they say "I've got 8MP and all these different auto modes like snow, museum, etc...) after seeing the results of a similar type camera utilizing all the different modes, I see grainy, washed out, out-of-focus shots. The cameras take forever to boot up, and there is a long lag time inbetween shots even with high speed cards installed. The time between pressing the shutter button and the unit actually taking the picture renders These cameras ability to capture the moment useless.
But with the Canon PowerShot SD870 IS, all the above statements are not true. This camera actually has nice color tones and can take sharp action shots The large LCD makes it very easy to frame your subject(s), and even though it may get a bit grainy in low light conditions, the actual picture comes out fine. Start up time is almost instant, time between shots is fast, and when you press the shutter, it takes the picture.
So there is more to purchasing a digital camera than how many MP it has. I've seen 13 MP camera's take lousey pictures compared to this camera. I am extremely happy with it. It is as easy or as complicated to use as I want it to be; meaning I can just use it as a point-and-shoot when I'm feeling lazy, or I can switch to manual mode and take advantage of the multitude of user settings not always offered with other same type cameras.
By jayneg - Feb 27, 2008