Compared to... Panasonic DMC-FX33

Perhaps the most obvious competitor for the SD870 IS is the new Panasonic DMC-FX33, which offers an almost identical feature set (28-102mm lens, 8MP, ultra-compact point and shoot). We've included studio comparisons at each camera's lowest ISO, ISO 800 and ISO 1600.

Studio scene comparison (SD870 IS @ ISO 80, DMC-FX33 & ISO 100)  

  • Canon SD870 IS (IXUS 860 IS): Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33: Program mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon SD870 IS (IXUS 860 IS)
Panasonic DMC-FX33
ISO 80, 1/50 sec, F4.5
ISO 100, 1/125 sec, F10
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The Canon's lower base sensitivity setting of ISO 80 may give it a small advantage and require slightly more light but the results are considerably better, with more detail and contrast visible across the entire scene. Even in its base ISO setting, the Panasonic is producing more visible noise and less detail. The Canon has applied quite a lot of sharpening to its output, which users who don't plan to print might want to tone-down a little, but on the whole the image quality is very good.