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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS / IXUS 860 IS


Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS 860 IS is a compact digital camera with a stylish dual tone design available in two elegant colors. It features 8.0MP resolution, a 3.8x wide-angle optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer technology to reduce camera shake. The wide-angle coverage is perfect for wide landscapes or to include a large group of friends and family.

There is an extra large 3.0-in. LCD with a high 230,000 pixels resolution, a wide angle viewing, anti-glare and anti-scratch coating for easier on-camera viewing.

Canon Face Detection Technology sets the focus, exposure and flash automatically. A Print/Share Button allows for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers, CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers.

The Canon SD870 IS allows you to shoot a clip of 640x480 movie at 30fps until the SD memory card is full (4GB clips at a time or 1 hour, whichever is reached first). Time Lapse Movie (without sound) allows you to record events from a fixed perspective, such as the spectacle of a flower budding over time, or view changing elements in a short period.

The bold lines of the Canon Powershot SD870 IS Digital ELPH makes it a beautifully designed digital camera that is fashionable, compact and built to Canon's exacting standards -- perfect as a high resolution take-anywhere camera.


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Canon SD870 IS / IXUS 860 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot SD870 ISUS | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Image Sensor 8.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Lens Canon with Image Stabilization  
  Focal Length 4.6-17.3mm f/2.8-5.8 (35mm film equivalent: 28-105mm)  
  Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (W) - f/5.8 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 3.75x  
  Focusing Range

Normal: 1.5 ft./45cm-infinity
Macro: 1.2 in.-2.0 ft./3-60cm (WIDE), 1.0-2.0 ft./30-60cm (TELE)
Digital Macro: 1.2 in.-2.0 ft./3-60cm (W)

  Auto Focus TTL Autofocus  
  Shutter Speed

15-1/1600 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1-15 sec.

  Exposure Control Program AE, Auto ISO Shift; AE Lock  
  Shooting Modes

Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie

- Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec., LP)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*9 (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time)*10
- Compact (can record for 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
- Time Lapse (can record for 2 hours)
640 x 480 pixels (1 frame/sec., 0.5 frame/sec.) (15 frames/sec. during playback)

*9 Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512 MSH recommended).
*10 Even if the clip size has not reached 4 GB, recording will stop at the moment the clip length reaches 1 hour. Depending on the volume and data writing speed of the memory card, recording may stop before reaching 1 hour or before the recorded data volume has reached 4 GB.

Self-Timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom

Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.3 fps (Large/Fine)

  Light Metering Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
  Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom  
  Viewfinder None  

3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle; Approx. 230,000 pixels; 100% coverage

  ISO Sensitivity

Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)

  Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card  

1. Battery Pack NB-5L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30

Shooting Capacity: Still Image: approx. 270 shots (NB-5L/LCD on with fully-charged batteries)

Playback Time: Approx. 360 min. (NB-5L)

* The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.

  Included Accessories

- SD Memory Card SDC-32M
- Lithium Battery Pack NB-5L
- Battery Charger CB-2LX*11
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
- Wrist Strap WS-DC2

*11 The battery charger CB-2LXE is included with the camera in some regions.

  Dimensions (W x H x D) 92.6 x 58.8 x 25.9 mm /
3.65 x 2.32 x 1.02 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 155 g (5.50 oz.)  
  MSRP US $399 | CDN $499.99 | UK £299 (Digital IXUS 860 IS)  

All data is based on Canon’s testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

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