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Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Review

Review Date: Jul 1, 2006

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006 DIWA Awards: Canon PowerShot SD700 IS / Digital IXUS 800 IS Wins Gold!


This Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

This review has been submitted to DIWA Awards [Total: 78%].

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The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS is Canon's first Digital ELPH equipped with image stabilization, which helps reduce camera shake and blurred images.

Following the "Perpetual Curve" design first seen in the SD500, the Canon SD700 is beautifully and solidly built with an essentially silver body and chrome accents around the F2.8-5.5 lens, plus a practical black surface surrounding the extra large 2.5-in. LCD monitor. Its ultracompact dimensions earn it our JeansPocket™ Certified award, which means you can comfortably carry it in your jeans pocket.

This camera is targeted to Point-and-Shoot photographers with 6.0MP resolution (which is more than plenty for producing very large prints), and a 4x optical zoom (where most of its competitors stop at 3x). AUTO and 9 Scene Modes (plus 2 Color Effects) simplify shooting, but more advanced photographers can also switch to the Manual (M) mode (essentially a Programmed Auto mode with manual long shutter speeds (up to 15 sec.) for more control. In fact, M mode also provides control over ISO (ISO 80 to 800, plus "HI"), WB (including Custom WB), exposure compensation, light metering and a couple of cool Image Effects.

The extra large 2.5-in. LCD monitor has a good 173,000 pixels resolution which, together with a fast refresh rate, makes for a clear and smooth display (a bit choppy in low light). The LCD monitor gains up well in low-light to permit easier composition. There is also a small real-image zoom optical viewfinder.

Startup and shot to shot times are fast at about 1 sec., and there is no practical shutter lag. AF is precise and fast, with an effective AF-assist Illuminator to help achieve focus lock in low-light.

Image quality is very good to excellent and ISO 80 and 100 produce virtually noise-free images. Chromatic Aberration is not a problem in everyday shots. A histogram can be displayed in Playback.

Standard movies can record 640x480 pixels at 30fps in 1GB clips until the memory card is full (when using a super high-speed memory card).

As far as optional accessories go, the Canon SD700 IS has an external High-Power Flash and an underwater marine case for those who fancy underwater photography.

The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS is stylish and easy to use, and produces very good to excellent image quality. The addition of optical image stabilizer technology makes it a perfect easy-to-use take-anywhere ultra compact digital camera.

See if you fit the Canon PowerShot SD700 IS User Profile below:

Canon PowerShot SD700
User Profile
Desire a quality 6.0 MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera.
Want the benefit of image stabilization.
Want an ultra compact, JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera (small fashion purse, jeans pocket).
Have no problem with small buttons and dial as long as they are precise and responsive.
Able to hold a small camera steady and gentle with shutter release.
Like the WOW! Factor: this camera makes a fashion statement and will be as well (or even better) elegantly dressed than you'd ever be at formal dress occasions.


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