Product Spotlight: Canon PowerShot SD 1000Canon's latest point-and-shoot has the new Digic III processor, which enables longer battery life and faster startup, autofocus, and shutter response. Brian Tong takes a closer look.
>> When you think digital point-and-shoot cameras, what's the first company that comes to mind? Now if you guys are thinking Canon's digital L series, you got it. I'm Brian Tom for cnet.com and we're putting the product spotlight on the Canon SD 1000 to see if the line continues its reign of excellence. The Power Shot SD 1000 has that sleek, elf-look that many people are used to. Now this rendition is boxier and doesn't have some of those flowing curves of past models, but it's simple minimalist design is just as nice. It's really a compact four factor, and it fits in about any pocket comfortably. The SD 1000 is a 7.1 mega pixel camera with a 3 X zoom, which is pretty much the standard for point-and-shoot cameras these days. Now the camera's layouts and controls are also basically the same, but this tech toy isn't just about looks. Sometimes, guys, it's the inside that counts. And that's where we see the changes with the SD 1000. Now the biggest change is the switch to the digit 3 processor. This rebound processor claims to give you longer battery life, faster start-up, auto focus, and shutter response. It also adds face detection for focusing. So if I move around, you can see that the SD 1000 keeps locked on my grill. It also has an ISO 1600 setting for faster shutter speed in low light situations. And that means sharper pictures at parties that you may not remember. Now that's claiming a whole lot, but in our lab tests we were able to verify these improvements when we compared it to the model it replaced; the SD 600. We love the fact that it still has an optical view finder which you guys can see here. Because more and more cameras are getting rid of this feature. But it does come in handy in tight shooting conditions. So let's take a look at the L controls. Now you've got a slider here for image capture. And I can slide it down to video capture, and then down here, the playback mode. Now below here this four-way control let's you change the ISO settings, flash or no flash, and on the left side you've got the macro or infinity focus, and the continuous shot and shot timer button over here. Now this is pretty much the standard layout for an elf design. But the most important thing about cameras are the images. The image quality from the SD 1000 was excellent in the CNET lab tests. They were accurate with colors, and had plenty of sharpness. They just looked really sensational. Now I'm a previous owner of the SD 600 and I was able to see the subtle Richness and vibrancy with pics right from this camera right when I started using it. The SD 1000 continues to be one of the top choices for a point-and-shoot. But there's still some things that bug. These days people want more from their pocketable cameras and having manual exposure controls would kick the elf line up one more notch. No one in this category of digital cameras does it yet, so Canon, you guys could be the first. I'm Brian Tom for cnet.com. And the SD 1000 continues its run of great cameras with the improved digit 3 processor and the quality performance that we're used to. This guy is a keeper. ^M00:03:00 [ Music ]