Canon PowerShot SD800 IS review: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Image quality: 8.0
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The Good Good focal range for lens; quick performance; optical image stabilization; attractive design.

The Bad Few manual controls; extremely noisy photos at ISO 1,600.

The Bottom Line A slim, stylish body, a wide-angle lens, very good photo quality, and snappy performance make the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS a great point-and-shoot.

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Last spring, Canon impressed us with its stylish high-end shooter, the 6-megapixel PowerShot SD700 IS. It had a great lens and produced great images, all in an attractive, pocketable, metal body. With the follow-up Canon PowerShot SD800 IS, the company improves upon its previous design by squeezing in a wider lens and a higher resolution sensor.

The 7-megapixel camera's tiny body is shiny, curvy, and very attractive. But it may be just a bit too stylish for its own good. For instance, the power button is a tiny, illuminated half-oval built flush into the top panel; without actually pressing it, you might easily mistake it for an indicator light or a design flaw.

Canon PowerShot SD800
The Canon PowerShot SD800's mode dial curves slightly outward, flowing into the design of the camera, making a comfortable resting spot for your thumb. But it feels slightly slippery when switching camera modes.
Beyond those quirks, though, the SD800 IS is a standard, straightforwardly designed Canon shooter, with a four-way navigation switch, additional buttons, and the shutter-release/zoom-rocker mechanism we've grown used to. The small, all-metal body weighs slightly more than six ounces, and at an inch thick, is just the right size for most pockets. Though small, the camera still has enough room on its body to hold both a 2.5-inch LCD and an optical viewfinder, a rare and welcome feature on an ultracompact.

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Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

Part Number: 1270B001 Released: Oct. 1, 2006
MSRP: $349.99 Low Price: $399.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct. 1, 2006
  • Digital camera type Compact
  • Optical Zoom 3.8 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 7.1 Megapixel
  • Image Stabilizer optical
  • Lens 28 - 105mm F/2.8
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
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