Canon SD700 IS Digital ELPH (IXUS 800) Concise Review
Announced just before PMA 2006 in February, the 6 megapixel SD700 IS is the new flagship model in the long-running and very successful IXUS / Digital ELPH range. The SD 700 IS is the first Canon ultra-compact ever to feature optical image stabilization, and the first to sport a 4x zoom lens, though in most other respects it is very similar to the previous 'top of the range' SD550. Ostensibly a 'point and shoot' fully automatic model, the SD700 IS nevertheless has a fairly comprehensive feature set packed into its slim metal body. Let's start, as usual, with the headline features:
- 6.0 million effective pixels
- 4x (35-140mm equiv.) zoom
- ISO 800 and optical IS for flash-free indoor shooting
- Canon's DIGIC II image processor, iSAPS and 9-point AiAF
- Wide viewing angle 2.5" LCD screen
- 16 shooting modes
- My Colors photo effects
- Widescreen (16:9) stills recording
- 30fps VGA movies
SD700 IS / IXUS 800 specifications
|Street price|| US: $440
SD 700 IS Digital ELPH (US)
|Body Material||Metal and plastic|
• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 2816 x 2112
• 640 x 480 @ 30 / 15fps
|File formats||• Still: JPEG (Exif 2.2)
• Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG compression)
• 35-140mm equiv
|Image stabilization||Yes (lens shift-type)|
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
• 9-point AiAF
• 1-point AF (Fixed center)
|AF area modes||• Normal
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance||• Normal: 1.5 ft./45cm-infinity
• Macro: 0.79 in.-2.0 ft./2-60cm (WIDE), 1.3-2.0 ft./40-60cm (TELE)
• Digital Macro: 0.79 in.-2.0 ft./2-60cm (WIDE)
• Center-weighted average
|ISO sensitivity||• Auto
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
|Exposure compensation||• +/- 2EV
• in 1/3 stop increments
|Shuttter speed||15-1/1600 sec|
• Digital Macro
• Night Snapshot
• Special Scene
• Stitch Assist
|Scene modes|| • Foliage
• Kids & Pets
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
|Self timer||• 2 or 10secs
|Continuous shooting||approx. 2.1fps until card is full|
|Image parameters||• My Colors (Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive film, Lighter skin tone, Darker skin tone, Vivid blue, Vivid red, Custom color)
• Saturation: 5 levels
• Contrast: 5 levels
• Sharpness: 5 levels
• Red, Green, Blue, Skintone: 5 levels each
• Manual Flash On / Off
• Slow synch
• Red eye reduction
• Flash exposure lock
• Range: 50cm-3.5m (wide) / 2.0m (tele)
|Viewfinder||Real-image zoom optical viewfinder|
|LCD monitor||• 2.5-inch P-Si TFT
• 173,000 pixels
|Connectivity||• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out
|Print compliance||• PictBridge
• Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP printers only)
|Storage||• SD / MMC compatible
• 16MB card supplied
|Power|| • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery NB-5L
• Optional AC adapter
• Optional High Power Flash HF-DC
|Weight (No batt)||165 g / 5.8 oz (approx 192g / 6.7 oz with case and battery)|
|Dimensions||90.4 x 56.5 x 26.4 mm (3.56 x 2.22 x 1.04 in)|
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