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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS / IXUS 950 8 to 10 Megapixel

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $299.00

  • MPN2047B001
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom4x
    Camera TypeCompact
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens35 - 140 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.2 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range0.79 - 19.2 in. (w) / 15.6 - 19.2 in. (t)
    Focal Length5.8 - 23.2 mm
    Camera Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3264 x 2448 • 2592 x 1944 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120
    Video Speed30 fps
    Video FormatAVI
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f5.5 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/1600 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset)
    Frames Per Second1.3 Frames
    Memory TypeMultimedia Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeProprietary Li-Ion
    Battery Life230 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Width3.56 in.
    Depth1.04 in.
    Height2.22 in.
    Weight0.36 lb.
    Exterior ColorSilver
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Hand Strap • Lithium Battery • Battery Charger
    Product ID41899874

Product Description

The 8-megapixel PowerShot SD850 IS pocket-sized digital camera has a 2.8 inch LCD, movie mode, and 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization to help ensure sharp photos. The DIGIC III processor means fast image processing as well as Face Detection and Red-eye correction, and ISO 1600 for low light photography. .

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The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS is an 8-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with an image-stabilized 4x zoom lens, a wide sensitivity range, and face detection technology. It’s the latest in a long line of super compact Canon ELPH and Digital ELPH cameras. It’s small, quick, and will appeal to anyone interested in a good pocket-sized digital camera.

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Review Contents:

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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ChiliPepper093 a Beginner

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the camera on sale at Office Depot for 20% and received another 15% for family and friends discount. It has a normal retail price of $299. The camera is great. So far I have used it for outdoor macro photos, some regular outdoor photos, people, and my dog. All of the photos came out with great quality. The camera has a great feel, and is sturdy. The oddly placed power switch doesn't bother, but that is just personal preference. I like the longer telephoto of this over the wider angle of the SD800IS. There have only been 2 negatives of the camera so far. One is everytime you like in the viewfinder, you smudge the LCD, but this is hardly a problem because you can just rub it off with you shirt or shorts. The second is the slow burst mode. Although it was slow, I was still able to capture quality images of my dog running, with a large interval in between. Other than that I would I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for a pocket-sized high quality camera!

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Price Paid:    $217.00

Purchased At:   Office Depot

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Teren a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2007

Strengths:    The digital macro produces nice images with flowers and insects. Adjusting the white balance to -1/3 and shooting in the manual mode creates nice pictures.

Weaknesses:    The maximum zoom produces very grainy images.

Bottom Line:   
I own a Canon 3SIS and enjoy by SD 850 IS more. It is easy to use and fits comfortably in your pocket. I take it with me all of the time. It goes without saying that in the lower ISO settings there is little to no noise in the pictures. Using the higher ISO settings increases the noise level.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $365.00

Purchased At:   Powell Camera

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pweb a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2007

Strengths:    Detail in macro mode
Overall performance.

Weaknesses:    Like any p&s, noise at higher ISO.

Bottom Line:   
After a couple of weeks and a few hundred photos, I have to say that I'm enjoying the SD850 more and more. It's always in my purse for quick shots that I'd miss otherwise (DSLRs don't go everywhere).
I upgraded from the SD800 primarily for the 850's better high-ISO performance. So far, up to 200 ISO is very good; 400 shows some noise.
At 200, the macro shots are very clear and the detail can be just about spectacular for a p&s.
No problems yet, although sometimes in macro mode it hasn't been able to focus correctly and I've turned it off and back on -- then the macro works fine.
For nature photos, put the SD850 in manual mode, cloudy white balance, maybe 1/3 step down for exposure, and you should be satisfied with the results.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Adorama.com

Similar Products Used:   Canon SD800

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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