Canon has long been king of stylish digital compact cameras, but as more manufacturers produce sexy-looking numbers that go from evening soiree to beach party without so much as batting an eyelid, the IXUS has often been overlooked.
This new model, positioned at the high end of the IXUS range, sports a 10x optical zoom in a compact body, competing with the likes of Panasonic's ZR and Nikon's S series of slimline cameras.
Design and features
Sporting the largest diameter lens we've seen on an IXUS camera in some time, the 1000 HS wears its heart on its sleeve when showing off all its features. Particularly when it comes in the hot pink colour like our test unit. Power and shooting mode selection controls are found at the top of the camera, with a three-way sliding switch to flick between movie, program/scene and full automatic modes.
The sensor is a 10-megapixel CMOS unit coupled with the Digic 4 image processor that makes an appearance on most of the high-end Canon compacts and SLRs. The lens itself, while extending to 10x optical zoom, isn't the widest it could be — just f/3.4 at the wide end to 5.6 at the telephoto. All of the standard connectivity options are provided as well, including HDMI output and AV/Digital out.
Controls at the back continue the angled, almond-style shape that we first saw way back when on the IXUS 870 from a few years ago. There's a control wheel that also functions as a four-way directional pad, a dedicated video record button, and a menu and playback button alongside the 3-inch, 16:9 widescreen.
Given the length of the lens, this camera isn't exactly lightweight for a compact; it's 167g without the battery or memory card.
Looking underneath now, and the battery has been redesigned from previous IXUS compacts to morph into a slimline, almost AA battery size unit that slots in separately from the memory card (SD/SDHD/SDXC) at one corner of the camera. While it's pleasing to see the battery reduce in size to accommodate the lens — which sits flush with the front camera panel — it's not good news to hear that Canon only rates the battery for 150 shots on a full charge.
In terms of scene modes, Canon equips the 1000 HS with a handheld night scene mode that helps photographers get a steady shot without needing to use a tripod. There are plenty of modes to choose from including typical fisheye, vivid colour and selective colour options. The sensor also supports full 1080p movies at 24fps, and slow motion movies.
The high-speed burst mode on the IXUS 1000 HS. (Credit: CBSi)
Don't expect manual controls on this camera, like the high-end IXUS range of old; there's just Program and scene modes to choose from.
General shooting metrics (in seconds)
- Time to first shot
- Shot-to-shot time
- Shutter lag
- Canon 1000 HS18.104.22.168