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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Review

The Canon SD870 IS Digital ELPH has a retractable lens and a casing that is both beautiful and small. The horizontal sides of the case are rounded off, and the case itself has rounded corners. The Canon SD870 has a usable wide angle all the way up to a modest telephoto, covering a range that is similar to 28-105mm thanks to its 8-megapixel imager that is 1/2.5″ in size and its 3.8x optical zoom lens.

The camera has a fully automatic exposure mode, but the user has the ability to adjust it with 2.0EV of exposure compensation and four different metering modes to handle challenging lighting conditions. Additionally, there are a generous twelve Scene modes that make the camera user-friendly for novices.

Since the Canon 870 IS does not have an optical viewfinder, the only way to frame and examine photographs is by using the huge 3-inch LCD on the back of the camera. A long-exposure mode is included in the Canon SD870 IS ELPH, and it allows you to manually set exposure periods of up to 15 seconds.

The Canon ELPH SD870 features a relatively large ISO sensitivity range, ranging from 80 to 1,600, which allows it to operate more effectively in low-light conditions. Canon not only produces cameras but also a line of photo printers. The company takes great pleasure in the high degree of synergy between its cameras and printers.

Because it is a PictBridge-capable camera, the Digital ELPH SD870 is able to print straight to any printer that also supports PictBridge, eliminating the need for a computer to act as a middleman in the process. When connected to a Canon printer, on the other hand, you have the ability to specify paper size, print quality, and a number of other characteristics, but standard PictBridge connections do not provide this functionality.

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Design

Because of its wide-angle lens that is equivalent to 28 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot SD870 IS is the most appealing camera in Canon’s line of high-end Digital ELPH cameras. Canon’s most recent product strategy for the Digital ELPH is a three-tiered one: there is an entry-level model (in this case, the PowerShot SD850), a middle-range model (the PowerShot SD870), and a high-end model (in this case, the PowerShot SD880) (the PowerShot SD950). Wide-angle photography is the SD870’s area of expertise; other models’ strengths may lie in other areas.

The Canon SD870 is an improvement on the Canon SD800, which was the previous wide-angle model in the ELPH line. This improvement comes in the form of an increase in the number of megapixels from 7.1 to 8.0, as well as an increase in the size of the LCD from 2.5 inches to 3.0 inches. In addition to that, they increased the screen resolution from 207,000 to 230,000 pixels.

Both cameras make use of the same fundamental lens design, which is a 28-105mm (35mm equivalent) lens with a minimum aperture of f/2.8 at the wide end and f/5.8 at the telephoto end of the zoom range. In addition, Canon revised the design of the SD870, resulting in a camera that is both heavier and smaller than before. The SD870 does not have an optical viewfinder since the huge LCD made it impossible to include one in the design. This is the most noticeable difference in the design.

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Autofocus

The Canon SD870 had results about autofocusing that were quite inconsistent. In photographs where the subject was staged, I discovered that the camera had no issue determining the apparent areas of focus; nevertheless, in pictures taken more “at the moment,” the camera occasionally failed to focus on the subject.

When I used face detection on a subject facing me, I never had any issues with the camera’s ability to get excellent focus on the subject. However, face detection would fail to “lock on” to the target in conditions with insufficient light, mainly if the subject’s face was even slightly turned away from being directly in front of the camera.

The camera could correctly focus in an environment with as low as 1/16 of a foot-candle of light, as indicated by the laboratory setup. There is always a focus-assist lamp, which you can turn off, and it does an excellent job of helping you get the focus where it needs to be.

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Image Quality

Photos taken with the Canon SD870 have excellent exposure and a good saturation level. When looking at the photographs taken at our testing facility, the colors appear to be slightly oversaturated, with the red and blue tones being pushed to their limits.

Naturally, these are just the settings set by default; you can adjust the way colors are presented by going through no less than eleven different colors presets. These color presets include Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, and Vivid Red, as well as Custom.

The user can modify the amount of color and the quality of the color in the photographs that they will take, thanks to all of these choices. To make matters even better, you should not settle on these color settings before you begin shooting. Instead, you may go into playback mode and pick a different color profile.

Then, you can either overwrite the existing one or make a new copy with the updated color settings. The route a little bit is confusing to take. You do this by selecting the menu button while the track is playing and then selecting the My Colors option. This will offer you the options described above, with the noticeable exclusion of the custom profile.

When assessing the picture quality of the photographs that were taken with the SD870, I will take several factors into consideration, including sharpness, ISO noise, noise reduction, image characteristics that are inherently associated with the lens, and flash performance.

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Specifications

Naming• US name: Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH
• European name: Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS
• Japanese name: IXY Digital 910 IS
Body MaterialMetal and plastic
Sensor• 1/2.5 ” Type CCD
• 8.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 3264 x 1832
Movie clips• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps (Long play)
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 15fps (Compact mode)
File formats• JPEG Exif 2.2
• DPOF 1.1
• AVI Motion JPEG with WAVE monaural
Lens• 4.6-17.3mm (28-105mm equiv)
• F2.8-5.8
• 3.8x optical zoom
Image stabilizationYes (lens shift-type)
Conversion lensesNone
Digital zoomup to 4x
AF area modes• AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point)
• 1-point AF (fixed center)
AF assist lampYes
Focus distanceClosest 3cm
Metering• Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
ISO sensitivity• Auto
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
Exposure compensation• +/- 2EV
• in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed15-1/1600 sec
Modes• Auto
• Manual
• Digital Macro
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist
• Movie
• Special Scene
Scene modes• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Aquarium
• Underwater
White balance• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Self timer• 2 or 10secs
• Custom
Continuous shootingapprox 1.3fps until card is full
Image parametersMy Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Flash• Auto
• Manual Flash on / off
• Slow sync
• Red-eye reduction
• Range: 30cm-4.0m (wide) / 2.0m (tele)
LCD monitor• 3.0-inch P-Si TFT
• 230,000 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 / SDHC / MMC card compatible
• 32 MB card supplied
Power• Rechargeable Li-ion battery NB-5L
• Charger included
• Optional AC adapter kit
Other features• Optional High Power Flash HF-DC1
• Optional Waterproof Case (WP-DC17)
Weight (No batt)155 g (5.5 oz)
Dimensions92.6 x 58.8 x 25.9 mm (3.7 x 2.3 x 1.0 inch)

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Final Verdict

The Canon SD870 maintains the characteristics that contributed to the PowerShot SD800’s status as an excellent camera. These characteristics include a high-quality wide-angle lens with a focal length of 28 millimeters, face-detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, an abundance of scene modes, and a few key improvements to the overall operation of the camera. Even in movie mode, you can use the wide-angle vision, which makes taking up-close and intimate films with your family very simple and enjoyable.

An outstanding accomplishment certainly is the fact that the 8-megapixel sensor of the SD870 can offer a resolution that is capable of providing high-quality 11×14-inch prints up to ISO 400. The LCD size has been expanded, but the optical viewfinder has been eliminated. Since optical viewfinders are somewhat of a joke on most digital cameras with exceptional optics, most users won’t miss having one. The absence of a viewfinder is more than compensated for by the 3-inch LCD, which also performs admirably in direct sunlight.

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • LCD screen that is three inches large and quite wonderful
  • Decent digital zoom that maintains detail better than most
  • Automatic adjustment of ISO
Need Improvement
  • The Touch Icons system is not particularly useful; fortunately, using it is not required.
  • Included in the package is a very little 32MB SD card.
  • Typical speed when operating in the continuous mode
  • Battery that is privately owned

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