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Which Ultracompact/Compact Canon?

by LTS3 / June 23, 2007 6:12 AM PDT

I am having a horrible time trying to decide which Canon compact/ultra I should purchase. Above all, I want image quality. I was set on the SD800 IS until I kept finding more and more reviews about so-so to even poor image quality. The SD1000 worries me about camera-shake since its so small and may be difficult to hold still. Is IS that necessary for a great picture?

Please help!

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any model
by LTS3 / June 23, 2007 6:13 AM PDT

I only mentioned the SD800 and SD1000 but I just want the best compact Canon out there right now, except maybe the too pricey 850 IS.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 23, 2007 9:29 AM PDT
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If you look closely at photos from the SD800 and SD1000, you will find that the SD800 image is sharper. Not because of the image stabilization, but because it has a better lens.

A slightly larger camera will be much easier to hold.
And you will save money......very small cameras cost more.

I suggest you look at Canon's "A" series of cameras.
If you want image stabilization, check out the A570 and A710.

If you don't want image stabilization, check out the A560 and A630.

Here is a side-by-side look at their specifications:


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by LTS3 / June 23, 2007 12:35 PM PDT
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I have also been looking at the SD700 IS and the SD750. I really seem to like the SD750, the large LCD being one reason. I seem to keep going in circles about which camera I want. I can't believe how expensive the 700is still is. But, if image quality is the best, though I'd prefer 7.1mgp, I would buy the 700 with IS.

I'm confused =)

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Let's Make It More Confusing
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 24, 2007 12:15 AM PDT
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by LTS3 / June 24, 2007 1:31 AM PDT

I can't afford the SD850 IS. Is IS extremely necessary for a great shot? I seem to like the SD750 a lot more lately..

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i've rarely...
by woodygg / June 24, 2007 2:57 AM PDT
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RARELY ever had an issue with my non IS P&S camera...

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Image Stabilization
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 24, 2007 9:30 AM PDT
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it seems some people
by woodygg / June 24, 2007 3:01 AM PDT

have issues with holding these small camers still. personally the size of the camera has little effect on my ability to hold it still (and i have fairly large hands) - if anything, it would be the weight that would have a greater effect. i have a camera that's about half the size of the cameras being discussed here and haven't had any issues with that one either.

of course, the larger cameras tend to feel nicer in the hand (A710 for example) due to their shape, but again that has no effect on my ability to hold it still and matters little to me.

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by LTS3 / June 24, 2007 2:49 PM PDT
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So, if size makes no difference in image quality of these Canon Powershots, which has the best image quality?


Whichever truly has the best image quality for whatever reasons is the camera I want to own.

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Best Image Quality
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 25, 2007 12:11 AM PDT
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I would rank image quality:
(best... at top of list)


SD700 and SD800 almost equal
SD1000 and SD750 exactly equal
But a big difference between SD700/800 and SD1000/SD750

But you should judge for yourself.
Here are three links to sample photos:
I do no have samples for the SD750, but it is the exact same camera as the SD1000 (except for LCD size).

I suggest you compare apples to apples.
Each page of photos includes a photo of the back of a 2 1/2 story red brick building.
Click on that photo on each page.
As the (large) photo is downloading it will be at 100% size (large).
You can scroll around on the photo as it is downloading.
Observe these key elements while it is downloading:
The Traffic Signs, street signs, the bricks on the building, the tiny white numbers on the green dumpster, the tree leaves and bushes on the right side, the grass on the right lower side, the post that holds the sign on the right side.

Look for clarity and sharpness of the elements I described.

When the photo is downloaded, it will default to a full screen size.
To get it back to full 100% size, click on the photo (if you have Internet Explorer 7.
If you have Internet Explorer 6, you should park your mouse cursor on the image for 3 seconds and an icon will appear in the lower right corner. Click that icon and the photo will go back to 100$ size.

With the photo at 100% size you can scroll around on the photo and take your time examining all the details I mentioned and any more that catch your eye.

Do that for each photo of the 2 1/2 story red brick building.

Then you can judge with your eyes which looks the best.


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by LTS3 / June 25, 2007 2:11 AM PDT
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But I have read in more than one place that the SD1000 has better quality then the SD750, and vice versa..

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Reading Material.
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 25, 2007 8:07 AM PDT
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If you read that the SD750 and SD1000 produce different quality photos, perhaps you will tell us where you read this.

Same lens, same CCD sensor, same camera......same photo quality...
different size LCD....
plus the SD750 does not have a viewfinder, the SD1000 does.


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by LTS3 / June 25, 2007 3:10 PM PDT
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Image Resource
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 26, 2007 1:05 AM PDT
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The SD750 and SD1000 articles at Image Resource were written by two different people.

The person that wrote about the SD750 says he like the SD1000 pictures better.
The person that wrote about the SD1000 did not comment about any difference in pictures from the two cameras.


I don't like the photos from either camera.
The SD600 and SD630 took better pictures.


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by LTS3 / July 2, 2007 11:34 AM PDT
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I went ahead and bought the SD750 for the larger size overall, and better looks. I'm trusting CNET to say that image quality is the same/slightly better on the 750 compared to the sd1000. If I'm that unhappy, Ill return it and return to square 1.

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LT3: which Canon digital has the best quality.
by jimsberg / July 7, 2007 1:57 AM PDT
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Not only does the 8 MP A630 have the best picture quality per CNET tests, it's also the most inexpensive. Can be purchased, per CNET vendors, at well under $200. Has good sized and swiveling LCD finder plus the optical finder for those unpleasant moments when the light's too bright to use the LCD finder. Is not too small too handle and not too large to stuff in a shirt pocket. The best of the better Canon A series 'tho without the IS which is really not worth the xtra cost. Also has full manual controls should that interest you. A slam-dunk!!

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Forget Canon
by Dr. StrangeOne / July 9, 2007 1:07 PM PDT

If image quality is the main concern then buy the fuji F31fd. Canon doesn't make any compacts that can compete with the low noise and image quality of this camera.

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