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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS / IXUS 860 IS 8 to 10 Megapixel

3 star rating
                      3 / 5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.99


  • MPNPOWERSHOTSD870IS
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3.8x
    Camera TypeCompact
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens28 - 105 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range18 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range1.2 - 24 in. (w) / 12 - 24 in. (t)
    Focal Length4.6 - 17.3 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
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatAVI • Motion JPEG
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f5.8 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/1600 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • 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
    File Size (High Res.)3.36 MB (38 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.08 MB (about 1,600 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync
    ViewfinderWithout Viewfinder
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size3 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeRechargeable Li-Ion Battery
    Battery Life270 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows Vista
    Width3.65 in.
    Depth1.02 in.
    Height2.32 in.
    Weight0.34 lb.
    Warranty90 Days
    Exterior ColorSilver
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Hand Strap • 32 MB Memory Card • Lithium Battery • Battery Charger • AV Cable
    Release DateSeptember, 2007
    Product ID44849916

Product Description

The 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot digital camera with an image stabilized 3.8x optical zoom lens. At 28mm (35mm equivalent) on the wide end, the zoom lens offers real wide-angle shooting. The camera also features ISO 1600 sensitivity, face detection, and a 3-inch LCD display.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pbranson a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2010

Strengths:    Fits in a pocket, reasonbly durable, excellent battery life, and fast SD performance.

LCD is bright and big enough to review pics & compose well. See problem below.

Use this to get all the spontaneous shots you would miss with your big SLR.


Weaknesses:    Some report that the retracting lens mechanism is fragile. Never put it away with the lens out. I've logged thousands of pics without any problems.

The only problem I had was that the LCD developed white spots. These did not affect the performance or pictures, but made it much harder to compose pics. Initially, I only had one, but later 2 more appeared. Seems others have reported this problem as well.

I had the camera serviced by camerasandparts.com for 79.00. They fixed it perfectly, and returned the camer in under 10 days. Wish I had done it sooner.


Bottom Line:   
Excellent camera overall. I have several SLR digital cameras which I use for telephoto and high speed sport shooting.

Before this camera, I would lug the big ones on trips. While the quality of the big glass SLR's can't be beat, having this cam in my pocket means I get a lot more shots. The photos are credible enlarged up to 8X10, face recognition focus and auto ISO works great.

I travel with my kids, and the movie feature is great. We take interesting video snippets and stills, and then put them together into trip "rock videos" on the PC.

Battery life is fantastic. Fits in the pocket. Low light performance is good.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   olympus pocket
Older Canon SD cams


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Photoety a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I am very disappointed with this camera. About 10% of the pictures I took are blurry, it seems to me that the camera is unable to focus.

I just bought it because I read very good reviews, maybe I was unlucky with this unit.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years




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