Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Canon SD850 IS powershot

The SD850IS ($308 at amazon) is an update of the SD700 IS. It's similar in many ways: optical image stabilization, 4x zoom lens, optical view finder, 2.5" LCD, and it even uses the same battery. It's also the same weight (165g) and size (3.6 x 2.2 x 1 in). The CIPA is slightly worse: 230 shots per charge, with the LCD on.

Pros relative to SD700:

* smart digital zoom if shooting at less than full 8 megapixel resolution (it uses cropping to simulate zoom, so there's no added blurring).

* one button ISO boost to reduce blur in low-light situations.

* Post-shot review mode where the center of the image is zoomed in full to show focus/blur/noise level of photograph.

Cons:

* blurry corners, just like the SD700 (but not as bad as in the SD800).

I'm a big fan of image stabilization, so I'm petty excited about this camera. It has been around for a while, but now that Canon has released couple of newer Cameras in the PowerShot line the price should start dropping.

very positive review with good real-world tests. Says the image quality is really good except for the blury corner issue (common to many compact cameras).

Another positive review Not as much detail, but still has some good test photos