The case used on the 800 is straight from the mould of the 700, a big chunky hand-grip on the right hand side and a big deep and fixed lens (which doesn't retract or move when zooming - useful for add-on lenses / filters) on the left hand side. The main difference from the 700 (other than the lens) is that the viewfinder housing now protrudes out of the top of the camera to make room for the zoom lens.
Other than that the 800 feels a bit plastic, the hand-grip doesn't have the same rubberised feel that the 950 features. It's a light camera (in fact it's exactly the same weight as the Canon S10, though the plastic case makes it feel lighter) and is comfortable to carry in your hand and robust enough to be a "quick shooter" which you'd pretty much take anywhere with you.
Controls are plastic to the touch but functional and simple layout make for easy use and a short learning curve.
Compared to the Canon Powershot S10
Rear LCD Display
Top information LCD
Display details clockwise from top-left:
|Focus modes||Self-Timer, Landscape, Macro (flashing indicates manual focus)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Auto Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|Battery Status||Full, Almost empty|
|Remaining frames||Frame count indicator|
|ISO mode||Gain on, Gain off|
|Exposure compensation||+/- indicates modified|
|Metering mode||Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Quality||Hi, Fine, Normal, Basic|
The bog-standard compact camera viewfinder on the CP800 is raised above the case to make room for that big lens housing. It's of standard quality and doesn't really stand out in any way. One disappointment is a lack of dioptric adjustment which may well annoy those glass wearers amongst us.
Rear light indicators show status of:
|Green||Auto Focus OK, ready to shoot|
|Flashing Green||No Focus Lock / Writing to CF|
|Red Flashing||Flash charging|