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Hot deal: Canon PowerShot SD1000 Elph for $170

Snapshooters' favorite Canon Elph gets a new life on the market with sweeping discounts, including this deal of the day from Amazon.

Canon SD1000 Elph CNET Networks

As a back-pocket backup, the Elph series is well respected and widely enjoyed. Canon left off the manual controls on this snapshooters' favorite, but for what it is, it's a sound product and a great deal. It started out on the market earlier this year at $220 or higher, and sellers are starting to lower the price. On Thursday, Amazon's winning the race to the bottom, especially since in most cases they offer free shipping for this item.

According to CNET Reviews, the SD1000 Elph offers unusually good image quality, "solid build quality, speedy performance, an optical viewfinder, (and) face detection" along with assorted preprogrammed settings, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and admirable speed.

What: Canon PowerShot SD1000 Elph pocket digital camera
How much: $169.95
Shipping: Free (varies)
Where: Amazon (via The Bargainist)
When: Through unknown date
Click here for the CNET product review of the Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Elph.