I’m a huge fan of the Canon Digital Elph series. I bought a Canon S100 in 2000, a SD110 in 2004, and an SD1000 in 2007. Each camera has been a huge improvement over the previous camera, is small enough to carry everywhere, and has taken some great shots.
The SD1000 has one neat touch; it resembles the wildly popular APS film Digital Elph, Canon’s first camera of it’s kind.
One nice feature of the newer SD elphs is the ability to use CHDK firmware, a non-destructive firmware update that allows for raw shooting, live histograms and more:
Shutter-priority (Tv) exposure – via shutter value override feature
Aperture-priority (Av) exposure – via aperture value override feature
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Normal: 1.6-11 ft./50cm – 3.5m (W), 1.6-6.6 ft./50cm – 2.0m (T), Macro: 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W/T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
Auto, Camera M, Portrait, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets), Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Approx. 1.7 fps
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 4GB or 1 hour for each file size, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps), 640 x 480 (2 hrs. at 0.5 fps/1 fps. Playback at 15 fps)
Number of Recordable Images
Time of Recordable Movies
Fast Frame Rate
1 min. 7 sec.
3 min. 9 sec.
7 min. 30 sec.
4 min. 39 sec.
2 min. 42 sec.
1 min. 1 sec.
1 min. 27 sec.
13 min. 2 sec.
31 min. 45 sec.
17 min. 58 sec.
10 min. 29 sec.
3 min. 57 sec.
5 min. 39 sec.
50 min. 21 sec.
123 min. 30 sec.
Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon’s standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Sound Recorder, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume
Still Image: single image, by date, by category, by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-4L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10
Still Image: approx. 210 shots (NB-4L/LCD on)*
Approx. 240 min. (NB-4L)* The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.
3.38 x 2.11 x 0.76 in. / 85.9 x 53.5 x 19.4mm
Approx. 4.41 oz. / 125g (camera body only)
Note: Note: 25 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian)All data are based on Canon’s Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
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