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Type of Camera

Type

Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical/4x Digital/16x CombinedZoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System

Image Capture Device

Type

10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 10.0 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 10.3 Megapixels

Lens

Focal Length

6.2-24.8mm f/2.7-5.6 (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)

Focusing Range

Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinityMacro: 1.2 in.-1.6 ft./3-50cm (W), 1.0-1.6 ft/30-50cm (T)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus, Manual focus (shooting standby only in movie mode)

Viewfinders

Optical Viewfinder

Real-image zoom viewfinder

LCD Monitor

2.5-inch TFT color LCD

LCD Pixels

Approx. 115,000 pixels

Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/1600 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at1.3-15 sec.

Exposure Control

Sensitivity

Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent(Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)

Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot*** Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method

Program AE; AE Lock

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom

Flash

Built-in Flash

Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock,Slow Synchro

Flash Range

1.0-13 ft./30cm-4.0m (W), 1.0-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISOAuto)

Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Auto, Easy, P, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Night Scene, Foliage, Snow,Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot,Movie

Photo Effects

My ColorsVivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom

Self Timer

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

Wireless Control

Not available

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.3 fps (Large/Fine)

Image Storage

Storage Media

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

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

Image Recording Format

Normal, Fine, SuperFine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,648 x 2,048(Widescreen)Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60minutes per clip, 160 x 120 (15 fps) up to 3 minutes per clip

Number of Recordable Images

Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFineStorage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate,Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), OverExposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Image Inspection Tool,Easy;Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume, Easy

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, all imagesMovie: any movie file

Interfaces

Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

Other

Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers,PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply

1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional) Still Image: approx. 220 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 450 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)** LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used. Approx. 480 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

Power Source

1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional)

Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 220 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 450 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)** LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Playback Time

Approx. 480 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature

32-104°F/0-40°C

Operating Humidity

10-90%

Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.76 x 2.46 x 1.22 in. / 95.4 x 62.4 x 31.0mm

Weight

Approx. 5.47 oz./155g (camera body only)

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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS Review

Canon’s PowerShot A-series digital cameras have been popular with discerning digicam purchasers since the introduction of the groundbreaking little A20 in 2000. Consumers liked them because they were affordable, relatively compact, user-friendly, feature rich, and sturdily built. Photo enthusiasts on a budget and those trying to learn photography loved the A models because they provided optical viewfinders, a useful range of manual exposure options, and produced dependably first-rate images.

One of the newest additions to the A family is the Canon Powershot A1000 IS, which replaces the Canon Powershot A580 IS. On the surface the A1000 IS shows a noticeable family resemblance to earlier A series digicams, but under the hood it presents a major departure from the basic design philosophy that defined all of its predecessors.

FEATURES OVERVIEWThose approaching the A1000 from previous Canon A models may notice immediately that the A1000 IS is approximately 25 percent smaller than the camera it replaces, looking rather like a shrunken version of earlier A models. The A1000 IS retains its optical viewfinder and features a rudimentary a handgrip, while the similarly featured A2000 IS (Canon’s “A” series flagship) doesn’t provide an optical viewfinder and eschews any type of grip (making the A2000 IS look like an upsized SD series digicam).

The A1000 IS is powered by relatively cheap and universally available AA batteries. The 10 megapixel A1000 features 16 shooting modes, Motion Detection, Auto Red Eye Correction, a nice range of scene modes and movie mode options, a solid 4x optical zoom, a bright 2.5 inch LCD screen, and Canon’s advanced Optical Image Stabilization system – which dramatically reduces camera shake, resulting in fewer blurry pictures. The A1000’s Face Detection AF system is linked directly to the camera’s Auto Exposure and Auto WB systems – the A1000 IS’s Face Detection AF automatically finds, locks focus on, tracks, and then optimizes exposure for up to nine faces, or shooters can lock on a single face and track it through a crowd.

Even though Canon’s new DIGIC IV processor is starting to turn up in camera’s like the G10 and SX10 IS, the A1000 IS’s older DIGIC III processor still provides impressive performance including quicker start-up, faster AF, and snappier shutter fire times than most its competitors.

The A1000 IS is an auto exposure only digicam providing auto, program, scene, and “Easy” shooting modes, each with a dedicated slot on the mode dial.

  • Auto: Point-and-shoot mode with limited user input
  • Easy: The camera makes all exposure decisions with no user input permitted except for flash on/off.
  • Program: Auto exposure with user input (sensitivity, white balance, etc.)
  • Scene: Presets include Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Indoor, Kids & Pets, and Special Scene (Night, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200)
  • Movie: The camera records video at a maximum of 640×480/30 fps for up to 4 GB or 1 hour

The A1000 IS’s menu system, accessed via a dedicated button beneath the compass switch, is logical, easy to navigate, and brutally simple – since the camera permits only minimal user input.

For a detailed listing of specifications and features, please refer to the specifications table found at the bottom of the review.

FORM, FIT, AND FEEL

Styling and Build QualityIn general, the A1000 IS’s styling is similar to earlier A series cameras, and the metal alloy clad polycarbonate body is compact and attractive.

The A1000 IS is available in muted shades of gray, blue, brown, or purple and has a solid well built feel.

Ergonomics and InterfaceThe A1000 IS is very comfortable to use and easy to operate. On a negative note, the A1000 IS’s handgrip is a pale shadow of the deeply sculpted handgrips of earlier A series digicams, but at least this camera has a grip: its big brother, the A2000 IS, doesn’t.

The A1000 IS’s user interface is logical and uncomplicated – all buttons are reasonably large, clearly marked, sensibly placed, and easily accessed. Operation is basic – all exposure options are minor variations on the auto exposure theme. The four-way controller and FUNC button provide direct access to the most commonly changed/adjusted (exposure compensation, WB, ISO, My Colors, flash, macro mode, etc.) features/functions.

All buttons are reasonably large, clearly marked, sensibly placed, and easily accessed. The A1000’s mode dial is one of the best I’ve seen with a logical almost intuitive layout. Most purchasers will have no difficulty using the A1000 IS right out of the box.

Display/ViewfinderA10000 IS users have two options when framing/composing images, they can either use the optical viewfinder or the LCD screen. The A1000’s linked optical viewfinder is small and pretty squinty, and it only shows about 80 percent of the image frame, but at a time when optical viewfinders are becoming rare the A1000 IS has one where most competitors don’t. That lack could easily make the difference (especially on a bright day with lots of glare) in whether you manage to trip the shutter at the decisive moment or miss getting the picture.

In addition to the viewfinder, the A1000 IS has a 2.5 inch TFT LCD screen that shows 100 percent of the image frame. The A1000 IS’s LCD screen is bright, hue accurate, relatively fluid, and automatically boosts gain in dim/low light – and it displays exactly what the lens sees.

However, screen resolution is a measly 115,000 pixels. Many current digicams feature 230,000 pixel LCDs, so critical focus situations like flower interiors, insect wings, and details in portraits can be a problem in less than perfect lighting. Concerns about resolution aside, the user-enabled composition grid display is a nice (and useful) touch, and the A1000 IS’s LCD is generally pretty good for framing, composition, captured image review, and menu navigation. But it is, like all LCD screens, subject to fading and glare in bright outdoor lighting.

PERFORMANCE

Timings and Shutter LagThe A1000 IS is pretty quick in our basic speed measures, roughly equal to or slightly faster than most of its competition.

Shutter Lag (press-to-capture, pre-focused)

Camera Time (seconds)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 0.02
Canon PowerShot A1000 IS 0.04
Fujifilm FinePix F60fd 0.05
Nikon Coolpix P6000 0.06
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 0.08

AF Acquisition (press-to-capture, no pre-focus)

Camera Time (seconds)
Fujifilm FinePix F60fd 0.42
Canon PowerShot A1000 IS 0.46
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 0.46
Nikon Coolpix P6000 0.61
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 0.67

The boot up cycle is about 1.5 seconds and AF speed is reliably quick in all but the most difficult lighting. Shot-to-shot times are about average at between 3.0 and 3.5 seconds.

Continuous Shooting

Camera Frames Framerate
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 4 3.1 fps
Fujifilm FinePix F60fd 3 2.5 fps
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 10 2.1 fps
Canon PowerShot A1000 IS 5 1.4 fps
Nikon Coolpix P6000 5 0.9 fps

Note: Continuous shooting framerates are based on the camera’s fastest full-resolution JPEG continuous shooting mode, using the fastest media type available (300x CF, SDHC, etc.), as tested in our studio. “Frames” notes the number of captures recorded per burst before the camera stops/slows to clear the buffer.

Although there’s a noticeable slow-down after five frames when shooting in continuous mode, the A1000 IS can capture 10 shots at the highest quality setting in about 13 seconds (1.3 fps), which is about average for cameras in this class.

Auto FocusThe A2000 IS features the same TTL Contrast Detection 9-point AiAF (Advanced Intelligent Auto Focus) system as its predecessor. In all exposure modes the camera analyzes the scene in front of the lens and then calculates camera to subject distance to determine which of the 9 AF points is closest to the primary subject (closest subject priority) and then locks focus on that AF point. Users can also opt for the 1 AF point (center) AF for classic portraits or traditional landscapes.

In low light, an optional focus assist beam helps illuminate the subject for more accurate focusing.

Lens and ZoomWhen the A1000 IS is powered up, the 35-140mm equivalent all-glass zoom extends from the camera body automatically, and when the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the camera body and a built in iris-style lens cover closes to protect the front element. Zooming is fairly smooth and lens operation is relatively quiet. Minimum focusing distance (in macro mode) is 1.2 inches.

The A1000 IS needs about 3 seconds to move the lens from the wide angle end of the zoom range to the telephoto end of the zoom range. Construction is 7 elements in 5 groups with 2 single side aspherical elements.

FlashThe A1000 IS’s built-in multi mode flash provides an acceptable selection of artificial lighting options, including Auto (fires when needed), On (fill flash), Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Correction, Slow Sync, and Off. Canon claims the maximum flash range is about 13 feet (4.0 meters) and that appears to be a fairly accurate claim based on my very limited flash use.

The A1000’s flash recycle time is between 3.0 and 4.0 seconds on average, though a maximum-power discharge took a leisurely 10.2 seconds to recharge.

Image StabilizationThe A1000 IS’s Optical Image Stabilization system reduces blur by quickly and precisely shifting a lens element in the zoom to compensate for minor camera movement. IS allows users to shoot at shutter speeds up to three f-stops slower than would have been possible without IS. Image stabilization can also be a very useful when shooting dimly lit indoor venues where flash is inappropriate.

Image stabilization is combined in this case with Canon’s Motion Detection technology, which automatically charts camera and subject movement and then utilizes the motion/movement data from both sources to determine how much to boost sensitivity (between ISO 80 and ISO 800) to help counter camera/subject movement. Motion Detection works in concert with the A1000’s OIS system and auto focus system to produce acceptable images under less than ideal conditions, but there really is no free lunch: as sensitivity increases so does noise.

The A1000 IS provides three IS modes: Continuous (IS on full time), Shoot only (IS is only activated when the picture is taken), and Panning (only stabilizes up-and-down motion) for horizontally panned exposures. A1000 IS users should keep in mind that leaving the camera in the continuous IS mode full-time noticeably reduces battery life.

BatteryThe A1000 IS (like all A-series Canon) is powered by two alkaline, NiMH, or lithium-ion AA cells. Canon claims a pair of alkaline AAs are good for up to 240 exposures, and a pair of NiMH rechargeable AAs is good for up to 500 exposures.

I rarely keep track of the number of exposures I shoot before the batteries go belly up, but based on my experiences with the A1000 IS I’d say those numbers are a bit optimistic and don’t factor in IS or regularly reviewing/deleting captured images. A more accurate “real world” assessment would be something like 200 exposures. With Energizer lithium cells, power depth was genuinely impressive – while testing the almost identical A2000 IS I did lots and lots of shoot/review/delete/re-shoot and filled a 1GB card before I got a low battery warning.

IMAGE QUALITYI’ve heard a number of folks say that Canon digicams are boring – they’re easy to use, they’re relatively cheap, dependably produce decent to exceptional pictures in most lighting, but they are not exciting. So what? Where it really counts (in the image quality department) Canon digicams delivers the goods. Outdoors in good light (at sensitivity settings below ISO 400) the A1000 IS produces dependably well exposed almost noise free images with hue accurate (if slightly oversaturated) colors and somewhat harder than average contrast.

Images are highly detailed and surprisingly sharp, although in a very small percentage of my shots the AF system didn’t hit the mark and the IS system infrequently dropped the ball – resulting in an occasionally blurry image. In bright contrasty lighting highlight detail was occasionally blown-out. Overall, though, the A1000 IS’s image quality is slightly better than the average for cameras in this class.

Exposure, Processing, and ColorEven though the A1000 IS doesn’t look like earlier PowerShot A cameras, it utilizes essentially the same exposure system that made its predecessors popular with consumers. Exposure is automatically managed by the camera’s DIGIC III processor, which combines most primary camera functions (image interpolation and processing, auto exposure, white balance, JPEG compression, gain control, and power management) in one chip which improves efficiency and processing speed. In all scene modes, the camera automatically optimizes all exposure parameters (aperture, shutter speed, sensitivity, etc.) for the specific scene type selected.

The images produced by Canon’s point-and-shoot digicams are bold and bright with noticeably oversaturated color and slightly hard contrast by default. The A1000 IS’s color is impressively good for a compact digicam, at least in part because face detection AF is linked directly to the camera’s Auto WB system which provides enhanced color consistency and improved hue accuracy. Reds are a little warm, blues are a bit bright, and greens are a tad over vibrant (known affectionately as “Canon Color”) but most casual/amateur shooters (the A1000 IS’s target audience) probably wouldn’t see this as a fault.

Default

Vivid

Neutral

In addition to the default rendering option, the A1000 provides several alternate processing choices via it’s My Colors menu, allowing users to custom tailor the look of their images in camera.

White BalanceThe A1000 IS provides users with an acceptable selection of white balance options, including Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Fluorescent H, and custom.

Auto White Balance, 3200K incandescent light

Like all Canon consumer digicams, the A1000’s Auto WB setting produces colors that are slightly warmer than real world colors under incandescent light.

Lens FaultsThe A1000 IS’s 4x zoom is actually pretty decent – it does displays some very minor corner softness, but no vignetting (dark corners). Barrel distortion at the wide-angle end of the zoom range is slightly above average, but pincushion distortion is essentially invisible at the telephoto end of the zoom.

Chromatic aberration is remarkably well controlled, but some very minor color fringing is present, especially in the color transition areas between dark foreground objects and bright backgrounds.

Sensitivity and NoiseThe Canon PowerShot A1000 IS provides a nice range of sensitivity options, including Auto and High ISO Auto (incorporating Motion Detection Technology) settings, as well as manually user-set options for ISO 80 to 1600 (and even an ISO 3200 low-res scene mode).

ISO 80/ISO 100 images are indistinguishable – both show bright colors, slightly hard edged native contrast, and very low noise levels. ISO 200 images were also very good, but with a little less pop. At the ISO 400 setting noise levels are noticeably higher and there’s a perceptible loss of minor detail. ISO 800 images are noisy, but they should be OK for e-mail and non-critical 3×5 inch or 4×6 inch prints. ISO 1600 images are way too noisy to be useful for anything beyond record shots.

Additional Sample Images

CONCLUSIONSThe A1000 IS is substantially different in terms of looks and usability from its predecessors. Canon’s newest PowerShot A models are obviously targeted toward casual photographers rather than photo enthusiasts. After using both the A1000 and the A2000, I’m impressed with their efficacy as image-makers, but I miss the better responsiveness, control, and creative potential of the older A series models.

The A1000 IS is practically identical to its bigger brother, the A2000 IS. I reviewed both cameras at the same time and I actually prefer the A1000 IS in some ways. The A1000 IS has a smaller LCD screen and a shorter zoom, but it is cheaper, smaller, and lighter than it’s more expensive sibling – and if that’s not enough it also features the optical viewfinder and handgrip that the A2000 was missing. Now if we could just get back those manual controls.

Pros:

  • Compact
  • Good lens
  • Optical viewfinder
  • The A-series handgrip returns!

Cons:

  • No manual exposure capability
  • Battery life could be better
  • Auto white balance about par for the course

SPECIFICATIONS

Sensor 10.0 megapixel (effective), 1/2.3″ CCD
Zoom 4x (35-140mm) zoom, f/2.7-5.6
LCD/Viewfinder 2.5″, 115K-pixel TFT LCD
Sensitivity ISO 80-3200
Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 seconds
Shooting Modes Easy, Program, Scene, Movie
Scene Presets Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Metering Modes Multi, Center, Spot, Face Detection
Focus Modes 9-Point AF, Face Detection AF
Drive Modes Normal, Continuous, Self-Timer
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Slow Synchro, FE Lock, Forced Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Self Timer Settings 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory Formats SD, SDHC
Internal Memory None
File Formats JPEG
Max. Image Size 3648 x 2736
Max. Video Size 640×480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video No
Battery 2 AA batteries
Connections USB, AV output
Additional Features Face Detection, iSAPS, optical image stabilization, DIGIC III processor

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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS: Digital Photography Review

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The PowerShot A1000 IS replaced the PowerShot A580. Smaller in size than previous A series cameras, the A1000 IS has a 10.0MP sensor, advanced noise reduction, faster buffering speeds, Face Detection and Image Stabilization. Offers beginners the option of switching to an Easy Mode with a simplified menu, both for shooting and viewing.

Body type Compact
Max resolution 3648 x 2756
Effective pixels 10 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Focal length (equiv.) 35–140 mm
Max aperture F2.7–5.6
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.5″
Screen dots 115,000
Max shutter speed 1/1600 sec
Storage types SD/SDHC/MMC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 155 g (0.34 lb / 5.47 oz)
Dimensions 96 x 63 x 31 mm (3.78 x 2.48 x 1.22″)
GPS None

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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS Review

Review Date: September 9th 2008Author: Mark Goldstein

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Introduction

The Canon PowerShot A1000 IS digital camera is a new addition to the popular PowerShot range, which has traditionally offered a compelling combination of features and affordable price. The A1000 IS is around 25% smaller than its predecessor, the PowerShot A580, yet still retains a 4x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35-140mm, and newly adds an optical image stabilizer to help prevent blurred photos. The 10 megapixel Canon A1000 also features a 2.5-inch LCD screen and true optical viewfinder, DIGIC III image processing engine, 17 shooting modes including the new Easy mode for point-and-shoot operation, plus Face Detection, Motion Detection and Auto Red Eye Correction technologies. Available in Blue, Brown or Silver for 169.99 in the UK and $199.99 in the US, we find out if the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS strikes the right balance...

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Ease of Use

The Canon Powershot A1000 IS is a well-made, compact digital camera, with an understated but stylish silver and blue plastic body and excellent overall finish. It's easily small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, quite an achievement considering the 4x optical zoom lens that's equivalent to a 35-140mm focal length. The A1000 IS has also been considerably slimmed down, measuring less than 3cms thick when turned off, making it suited to either a trouser pocket or small camera bag. It weighs 155g without the battery or memory card fitted.

As with most Canon cameras that we have reviewed before, the Powershot A1000 IS is one of the better models around in terms of build quality. Every aspect has a quality feel with nothing feeling flimsy or ill-thought out. The main criticism that we leveled at previous PowerShots, namely that the tripod mount was plastic instead of metal and positioned in the extreme left corner of the bottom of the camera, has now been partly rectified by the A1000's central, but still plastic mount. The battery compartment houses the memory card slot though, which means that the AA batteries sometimes fall out when changing the memory card as they don't have a catch to keep them in place. Still, this is a fairly minor cricitism of a quality product.

A less welcome change is the removal of any kind of hand-grip. Previous models were comfortable to hold thanks to the chunky, rubberised hand-grip, but this has been completely removed on the A1000 and inexplicably replaced by a smooth finish embossed with the Canon logo. Thankfully, and unlike the more expensive A2000 model, the A1000 does have a noticeable, rounded bulge on its right-hand side, which goes some way to helping with grip. The various buttons are well-made and easy to operate, with the slippy mode dial of the A2000 replaced by one with a much more positive action, and the camera feels well-balanced in your hands. There are no real innovative features here, but everything that the Canon Powershot A1000 IS does, it does extremely well. Overall the Canon Powershot A1000 IS is well constructed and designed with no obvious signs of corners being cut.

Front Rear

The Canon Powershot A1000 IS has relatively few external controls, just 11 in total, which reflects the fact that this is quite a simple camera in functionality terms, with only limited photographic control on offer. Located on top of the A1000 IS are the Power button, Mode Dial, Zoom Lever and Shutter button, and on the bottom are the tripod mount and battery compartment, which also houses the SD memory card slot. On the rear of the A1000 is the 2.5 inch LCD screen, and a number of controls to the right. You can directly access the various focus and flash options by clicking left and right on the navigation pad, whilst up and down are respectively used to set the ISO speed and burst/continuous shoots modes. There is sadly no longer a dedicated button for exposure compensation, which is a commonly used feature, although you can work around this by optionally setting the Print Transfer button to one of 7 available options (which include exposure compensation).

The Function/Set button in the middle of the navigation pad opens a sub-menu, which allows you to set exposure compensation, white balance, image effects, metering and image size/quality settings. This system is a good compromise given the size of the camera and therefore the limited space for external controls. All 11 external controls are clearly labeled using industry-standard symbols and terminology. Overall the camera body feels very well-designed and not at all cluttered. The 2.5inch LCD screen has a wide viewing angle from left to right, and is visible in all but the brightest of sunlit conditions. A small optical viewfinder is also included, which is welcome for moments when it is difficult to use the LCD screen. I found it to be a little on the small side, however, so you will probably find yourself using the LCD screen most of the time.

Front Top

If you have never used a digital camera before, or you're upgrading from a more basic model, reading the comprehensive and fairly easy-to-follow manual before you start is a good idea. Unfortunately Canon have chosen to cut costs and only supply the full manual as a PDF on a CD, rather than in printed format (there's just a short printed guide to the camera's basic features). Not much use if you're taking pictures and need to find out what a particular option does.

The menu system on the Canon Powershot A1000 IS is extremely straight-forward to use and is accessed by a dedicated button underneath the navigation pad. Quite a lot of the camera's main settings, such as white balance, exposure compensation and ISO speed, are accessed elsewhere, so the main menu system isn't actually that complicated. A row of 2 icons along the top of the LCD screen represents the Camera and Setup sub-menus, with most of the options being the kind that you set once and then forget about. Due to the very large and bright LCD screen, the various options are easy to access and use, especially as only 6 are shown onscreen at one time.

The Canon Powershot A1000 IS offers Program, full Auto and a comprehensive range of different scene modes aimed at the user who just wants to point and shoot, making this camera particularly well-suited to the beginner. There's also the new Easy Mode, where the camera automatically sets every shooting setting, preventing the inexperienced user from changing anything at all, apart from turning the flash on and off. This mode really does turn the A1000 into a true point and shoot camera, perfect for use by children for example.

Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

The Canon Powershot A1000 IS has an anti-shake system, dubbed IS Mode - turn it on in the menu system and the A1000 IS automatically compensates for camera shake, which is a slight blurring of the image that typically occurs at slow shutter speeds. There are three different modes. Continuous is on all the time including image composition, Shooting is only on when you press the shutter button, and Panning as the name suggests is best when using the camera to track a moving subject. In practice I found that it does make a noticeable difference, as shown in the examples on the Image Quality page. You don't notice that the camera is actually doing anything different when anti-shake is turned on, just that you can use slower shutter speeds than normal and still take sharp photos. Leaving the anti-shake system on all the time does seem to affect the battery-life, however, with the camera only managing just over 200 shots before the supplied LR6-AA Alkaline batteries ran out of power. As part of a belt and braces approach, the anti-shake system is also newly backed up by motion detection technology that assesses camera or subject movement. The latter is effectively what rivals would refer to as digital anti shake, as, activated in high ISO auto mode, it boosts ISO to a level (between ISO80-800) it considers will compensate without hopefully introducing too much noise. Still, you do get both in the same camera.

The start-up time from turning the Canon Powershot A1000 IS on to being ready to take a photo is quite quick at around 1.5 seconds, and it takes about 3 seconds to zoom from the widest focal length to the longest. Focusing is very quick in good light and the camera happily achieves focus indoors or in low-light situations, helped by a powerful focus-assist lamp. The visibility and refresh rate of the 2.5 inch LCD screen are perfectly acceptable, although the low resolution of 115,000 pixels does produce a noticeably grainy image display. It takes about 0.5 second to store an image, allowing you to keep shooting as they are being recorded onto the memory card - there is a very quick LCD blackout between each image. In Continuous mode the camera takes 1.3 frames per second at the highest image quality, which is slow for this class of camera, although the shooting rate is maintained until your memory card is full. The flash recycle time has been improved from previous A-series PowerShot models, now taking about 3 seconds to recharge between shots. All in all the Canon Powershot A1000 IS is quick in terms of operational speed.

Once you have captured a photo, the Canon Powershot A1000 IS has a pretty good range of options when it comes to playing, reviewing and managing your images. You can scroll through the images that you have taken (although there's an annoying delay), view up to 9 thumbnails, zoom in and out up to 10x magnification, view slideshows, delete, protect, resize and rotate an image. You can also add a sound clip to an image, assign a category, set the print order and the transfer order. The Red-eye Correction options fixes red eye after you have taken a photo (useful if you forgot to activate it before). The Display button toggles detailed settings information about each picture on and off, such as the ISO rating and white balance, and there is a small histogram available during playback which is helpful in evaluating the exposure. A thrids press of the Display button shows the image alongside a small, magnified section, useful for quickly checking the sharpness.

In summary the Canon Powershot A1000 IS is a stylish, compact and well-built digital camera that is particularly suited to the beginner snap-shooter.

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Canon Powershot A1000 IS Review: Overview

Type of Camera
Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical/4x Digital/16x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Image Capture Device
Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.3 Megapixels
Lens
Focal Length 6.2-24.8mm f/2.7-5.6 (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinityMacro: 1.2 in.-1.6 ft./3-50cm (W), 1.0-1.6 ft/30-50cm (T)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual focus (shooting standby only in movie mode)
Viewfinder & Monitor
Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch TFT color LCD
LCD Pixels Approx. 115,000 pixels
LCD Coverage 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot*** Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method Program AE; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Flash
Built-in Flash Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro
Flash Range 1.0-13 ft./30cm-4.0m (W), 1.0-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes Auto, Easy, P, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Movie
Photo Effects My ColorsVivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control Not available
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.3 fps (Large/Fine)
Image Storage
Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression Normal, Fine, SuperFine
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,648 x 2,048 (Widescreen)Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes per clip, 160 x 120 (15 fps) up to 3 minutes per clip
Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, Easy;Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume, Easy
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes Still Image: single image, all imagesMovie: any movie file
Interfaces
Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Monaural
Other Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi- Speed cable
Power Supply
Power Source 1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional)
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 220 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 450 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)** LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.
Playback Time Approx. 480 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.76 x 2.46 x 1.22 in. / 95.4 x 62.4 x 31.0mm
Weight Approx. 5.47 oz./155g (camera body only)
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Canon A1000 IS Review

Canon A1000 ISOverview

by Shawn Barnettand Mike TomkinsReview Date: 02/26/09

The Canon A1000IS has a very similar design and body shape to that of the Canon E1 we cover elsewhere, but the A1000IS has a bit more elegant, two-toned look, evidently designed to appeal to a more mainstream demographic. (The Canon E1 is really aimed at people (particularly females) in their teens and under, the A1000IS will appeal to young males and adults of both genders.) With 10 megapixels and a 4x zoom lens, plus Canon's excellent image stabilization (IS), the Canon PowerShot A1000IS is a great little camera with lots of capability in a svelte, compact package.

A melding of the compact Canon ELPH design and the preceding larger, AA-battery powered A-series models, the new Canon A1000IS has a sleeker, more curvy look than previous A-series models, yet retains the features that have made the A-series one of the strongest product lines in the industry for many years now. Available in colors of metallic brown, grey, purple, and blue, the Canon A1000IS looks like another winner for Canon in the entry-level market.

With a 10-megapixel sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens covering a focal length range from 35 to 140mm equivalents (a moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto) and a 2.5-inch LCD screen on the back, the A1000IS is solidly in the mainstream of consumer camera capabilities. We appreciate that the Canon A1000IS includes an optical viewfinder in addition to its LCD: This is an increasingly rare feature on consumer digicams, yet one that's very handy when shooting in dim lighting or outdoors in full sun, where the LCD can be hard to see. With this current batch of camera introductions in late August, 2008, all Canon digital cameras (all-in-one digicams, that is) now sport Canon's excellent Image Stabilization (IS) technology. Image stabilization is one of the most useful digital camera features, as it can help you capture sharp, blur-free shots even under dim lighting: The IS system on the A1000IS lets you capture sharp photos at shutter speeds as much as 8 times slower than you could otherwise hand-hold successfully.

Exposure on the Canon A1000IS is fully automatic, but the user can tweak it with up to 2.0EV of exposure compensation and four metering modes to handle difficult lighting, including a mode which ties metering to the camera's face detection system. Eleven scene modes and a new "Easy" mode keep the Canon A1000IS approachable, even for complete for beginners. An optional long-exposure mode lets you set exposure times as long as 15 seconds manually, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen plus an real-image optical zoom viewfinder - rather rare on digicams these days - helps you frame your images. The Canon A1000IS derives its power from a pair of AA batteries (so common that you need never worry about running out of power while traveling).

Light, compact, and pocket-friendly, the Canon A1000IS weighs in at just 5.5 ounces (155g) without batteries and measures just 3.8 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches (95 x 62 x 31mm). The Canon A1000IS began shipping September 2008, at a suggested retail price of US$199.99.

The following is included in the box:

  • PowerShot A1000 IS
  • Wrist strap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Interface cable
  • Memory card (32MB)
  • Software CD
  • 2 AA Alkaline batteries

 

Canon A1000 ISUser Report

by Shawn Barnett

The Canon A1000 IS continues a long line of quality, inexpensive, mid-size point-and-shoot digital cameras that use AA batteries. Among the hundreds of cameras we review, they're always surprisingly good, with great image quality and easy interfaces that deliver an excellent value.

Look and feel. Though I call it a mid-size digital camera, the Canon A1000 is quite a bit slimmer than most past A-series cameras, and its smooth contours allow easy and comfortable carry in a pocket. I recommend a case for any camera you care about, of course, but you can indeed pocket the A1000, and its light weight is easy to handle, coming in at just 7 ounces (201g) with batteries and card.

The grip offers a reasonable bulge, but you should still be careful not to drop it, as the finish is very smooth. I recommend attaching and using the wrist strap for security.

Controls. Powering on the Canon A1000 is done with a small silver button on the top deck. It's not exactly easy to reach, since the Mode dial resides where the power button usually lives on other Canon point-and-shoots. The Mode dial is well-placed, though, easy to activate with your thumb. The detents are surprisingly firm, making it difficult to turn by accident, which is nice. The Zoom ring surrounds the shutter button, making for quick and easy framing with your right index finger.

You use the same zoom ring to zoom in and out in Playback mode. To get into Playback mode, you press the Playback button on the back of the camera.

Your thumb rests comfortably in a recessed area on the back, just left of the Playback button, one which houses the speaker as well. A small but usable optical viewfinder allows me to frame images even with my glasses on, though its view is quite limited, only showing 80 to 75 percent accuracy from wide to telephoto, respectively. The LCD gives you a much better sample of what you'll get when you press the shutter, though, at 100 percent.

The 2.5-inch LCD screen is big enough for any camera that also has an optical viewfinder, leaving enough room for a decent button array on the right. Buttons for Face Detection, Print/Share, Display, and Menu surround the four-way navigator. Three of the four "ways" work well, but on my sample, the left button is difficult to press. Other than that, though, the controls are straightforward and easy to use.

Lens. Ranging from 35 to 140mm equivalents, the Canon A1000's lens covers a 4x range and serves up good quality. The lens protrudes about an inch from the body.

The lens shows some chromatic aberration in the corners, but it's so mild that it won't show up dramatically in normal sized prints at all. The lens is also surprisingly sharp overall, quite good for an inexpensive digital camera.

Optical Image Stabilization is also a welcome perk on the Canon A1000 IS, helping reduce motion blur in low light shots.

Modes. When you start up the Canon A1000 IS, it opens in Record mode, ready to take a picture. Entering Playback mode requires a press of the Playback button. What's great about this is that to return to Record mode, all you have to do is press the shutter button again. That's a welcome change, as recent Canon models at this price point used a physical switch to change between modes.

The Mode dial on the top deck selects the rest of the major shooting modes, from Program through all the Scene modes, and on to Movie mode. Under the SCN selection are Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, and ISO 3,200 (the latter mode being one we don't recommend using at all, as the results are too soft).

The Canon A1000 IS also features an Easy mode, marked by a camera silhouette with a heart at the center. Easy mode differs from Full Auto mode in that the user has fewer options, and all settings are controlled by the camera. The only buttons that work on the back of the A1000 IS are the flash mode button, which switches between Auto and Off, and the Playback mode button. Even the Display, Menu, and Function buttons do nothing when pressed. This is probably a very good option for a great many of the Canon A1000 IS's customers.

Movie mode includes settings for 640x480 at 30 frames per second, the same with greater compression (LP), and a 320x240 at 30 fps mode for capturing more in a smaller space. Zoom in this mode is digital, and only zooms in from zoom's position when you first pressed the Record button.

Menu. The Canon A1000 IS's functions are controlled with two menus, as is the case with all PowerShot cameras. The Function menu sets exposure compensation, Long shutter, White Balance, My Colors, Metering mode, Compression, and Resolution. All other functions are set via the Menu, activated with the Menu button.

Storage and battery. The Canon A1000 IS stores images on SD and SDHC cards, and comes with a very small 32MB SD card. Be sure to purchase a larger card when you buy the Canon A1000 IS, at least a 2GB or 4GB card, as they're very inexpensive.

The Canon A1000 has another advantage over most other digital cameras on the market, in that it uses just two of the commonly available AA batteries. You can use Alkaline batteries and shoot around 220 shots, or up to 450 shots with NiMH rechargeable batteries. For both their capacity and rechargeability, we recommend purchasing a good set of NiMH batteries, especially the newest "pre-charged" cells which offer the advantage of a longer shelf life. Look for Eneloop, Kodak Pre-Charged, or Rayovac Hybrid, among others.

 

Shooting. As with nearly every Canon camera we've tested, the PowerShot A1000 is easy and fun to shoot with.

Indoor shooting with the Canon A1000 IS was quite good, with six out of ten shots coming out sharp with Image Stabilization on. I handheld the camera while shooting our indoor test target, and the A1000 IS did held most of the shots steady even at f/3.5 and 1/10 second, which is pretty impressive. Since it stayed stable at those settings and maintained ISO 200, the detail looks pretty darn good, especially handheld.

Zooming is quick and relatively quiet, though the camera does have to refocus quickly after changing zoom settings, which can be frustrating when trying to carefully frame an image.

While some Mode dials don't go all the way around, I particularly like how this one does, allowing me to get from Program mode to Movie mode with a long turn to the left, which is far preferable to clicking through all those Scene modes I'm less likely to use anyway.

Overall, the Canon A1000 is a pleasure to use, and serves up good quality images. As companies seem to be cutting back on digital camera quality, Canon is the one that stands out as producing very good quality digital cameras regardless of the price bracket. The Canon A1000 IS is a bargain in a quality camera.

 

Canon A1000 IS Lens Quality

Wide: Sharp at center

Wide: Softest lower right

Tele: Sharp in center

Tele: Softest lower right

Sharpness: Both wide and telephoto settings on the A1000 IS lens are sharp and crisp, delivering good detail. The corners suffer from some chromatic aberration and even flare, which reduces contrast somewhat, but it's really pretty impressive for an inexpensive digital camera.

Wide: Average barrel distortion

Tele: No distortion

Geometric Distortion: The Canon A1000's 0.8% barrel distortion is average at wide angle; you'll see it in some shots, especially vertical shots of buildings, but it won't be as bad as it can be. At telephoto there is surprisingly no noticeable pincushion distortion at all. A very good performance.

Wide: Moderate

Tele: Moderate

Chromatic Aberration: Chromatic aberration on the Canon A1000 isn't too bad. You can detect green and purple around the edges of the wide-angle shot, taken from the upper left corner, but it's not expansive nor bright enough to be a real problem for most shots. At telephoto, its effect is spread out over a large area and combines with lens flare to lighten the black areas; but again, it's not terribly noticeable.

 

Canon A1000 IS Image Quality

Color: Color is somewhat muted in some respects, especially yellows, some of which have a slight green tint. Reds are pumped as usual, and cyans are moving dramatically toward blue, usually for more dramatic skies, but color looks mostly accurate, rather than the usual tendency toward oversaturation that most companies employ to appeal to consumers. Dark skintones are a little more saturated, but lighter tones are pretty spot on.

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3,200

ISO: Noise and Detail: Detail is quite good at ISO 80, 100, and 200, with some softening beginning at ISO 400. Chroma (color) noise is pretty well controlled at all ISOs, but detail is lost as you go higher and higher. ISO 1,600 is not very useful, and 3,200, entered via a special Scene mode, is not worth trying, as it reduces resolution to preserve detail, but does not succeed.

Incandescent WB: Good

Incandescent: Incandescent lighting in Incandescent White Balance mode looks just about right with the Canon A1000 IS.

Printed: ISO 80 and 100 printed results look good at 13x19 with good color and detail. ISO 200 and 400 look good at 11x14. ISO 800 shots are usable at 8x10, but better at 5x7. ISO 1,600 shots are really better at 4x6. ISO 3,200 shots are too soft to recommend at any size. Overall, though, this is a very good performance for an inexpensive digital camera.

 

Canon A1000 IS Performance

Shutter lag: Full autofocus shutter lag is good, at 0.55 second at wide angle and 0.59 second at full telephoto. Prefocus shutter lag is 0.079 second, quite blazingly fast.

Cycle time: Cycle time is also relatively fast, capturing a frame every 1.97 seconds in single-shot mode, and every 0.76 second for a burst rate of 1.33 frames per second.

Flash Recycle: The Canon A1000's flash recycles very slowly, taking 11.2 seconds after a full-power discharge. Be sure to plan for some extra time between flash shots with the A1000 IS.

 

Canon A1000 IS Conclusion

Everyone's trying to cut costs these days, and that includes digital camera manufacturers. The low end of the digital camera market is where most of the units move, and the race is on to get to the lowest price point with the most impressive sounding specs. What we're most concerned about is getting you a good camera for your money, and the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS stands out as one camera that does just that. From optical quality to sensor performance, the Canon A1000 has the goods where it's most important. Its optics are of good quality, delivering sharp images across the frame. There is some chromatic aberration, but it doesn't show up in prints until you enlarge quite a bit, so that's little worry. ISO performance is quite good for the Canon A1000's size, delivering usable 8x10-inch prints even at ISO 800, and image stabilization works well enough indoors that even for non-flash shots you'll seldom need to go above ISO 400 so long as you and your subjects hold still. I also like that this is a shooting priority design, thanks to the Playback button that replaces the usual switch: Just a press of the shutter button takes you right back into Record mode so you don't miss any shots. The LCD is pretty big, the controls work well, and the overall feel of the Canon A1000 is excellent, making the camera an easy Dave's Pick.

 

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