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Canon Powershot SD1000
Canon Powershot SD1000

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot SD1300 IS.

Canon Powershot SD1000

We've given the SD1000 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

A great camera when it was released, the SD1000 has since been replaced by several new generations of SD series cameras. Check out the latest, the SD1300. Here's what we had to say when the SD1000 was originally released in March 2007:

Canon looked to the original ELPH when they designed the retro-styled Powershot SD1000, and the result is one of the smallest and sleekest digitals on the market. The body of this camera is remarkably thin; in fact, the SD1000 is smaller than a deck of playing cards, making it ideal for travelers or style-conscious consumers looking for an unobtrusive camera companion. 7.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, and DIGIC III with Face Detection and Noise Reduction ensure the great results we've come to expect from Canon. Fast operation, improved image quality, and long battery life make the SD1000 ideal for almost any user.


  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • ISO 80-1600
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital memory (32MB included)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 1863B010AA
  • UPC: 492411307395
  • Release Date: Mar 01, 2007

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Canon Powershot SD1000 Reviews

Canon Powershot SD1000 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error, restart camera (Dan Pierre — 10/07/2010)
Really liked everything about the camera until it failed while on a vacation. This "Lens error, restart camera" failure could not be corrected with battery replacement, or clearning. Canon has no posted repair guidance on this apparently routine failure. If anyone knows a fix to this issue, please let me know.
  • 1.0 out of 5
lens error restart (carol hairston — 01/23/2010)
says i have a lens error and to restart doesnt work i dont think someone that pays all this money for a camera should have to pay to get it fixed if there is a defect. i have read many problems with this camera wish i had look before i bought it i use mine all the time i think i will be going to another brand of camera by the time i get this fixed and the money it will cost i can buy another camera.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Another stuck lens (Capt Guido — 12/22/2009)

Camera worked fine until one day the lens would not close. This is a common problem I found with this camera. Just do a search with model and stuck lens. I'm certain the issue is a design problem.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Happiness short-lived at Key time (Mickey — 09/29/2009)

I truly enjoyed this camera for all shots until that terrible day at my niece's graduation when i turned it on and no image came up. No matter what was tried the image just did not show just pure blackness while, the flash went on and all that. When reading the reviews i heard of older models lasting 5-6 years. So in this area i was highly disappointed that the camera did not even give 4 years. I believe however, that if the ccd problem found in the older models is the problem for this malfunction we should have the option of an internal reconstruction (free of course) or half off on the next purcahse/ or better yet a new camera. Since i know for a fact that others encountered this same problem with their SD1000. As for me i cannot afford to buy a new camera anytime soon. Thanks Canon ....for nothing.

  • 2.0 out of 5
lost image (Lisa — 08/27/2009)

I love this little camera but one day, after taken several photos, the screen turn to black. I tried everything: recharge the battery, change the new SD card, the lens is still OK, but still no luck.

  • 5.0 out of 5
love this camera (brent king — 06/26/2009)

well it takes good pic its small and im a teen so i can be hard on things but this camera has worked good for me the lens error has came up put that was because of me so all i can say is get one i love love love it

  • 5.0 out of 5
I loved this camera (Kelly — 06/23/2009)

This camera was great to me! It was small and sleek to fit in my purse yet the screen was very large so it was easy to view my images. The features were cool and the buttons were easy to use. I was rough with it and it worked great every time. The battery lasted forever! Unfortunately, my camera was stolen and now it is discontinued! Boooo!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error- can't fix it (Andrew Martin — 06/06/2009)

Great little camera but the lens is stuck open and won't respond to gentle whacks or trying to reduce the lens. Multiple web entries describing this problem. I assume a small piece of sand jammed the ring. This is too common a problem with this camera. Love Cannon but they screwed this one up. Don't buy it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error (laura — 04/26/2009)

This has to be the worst camera for this problem to come up and so many people have it. Cannon needs to fix this problem works great when it worked it is over now. you might as well throw it out.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera - would buy again! (Brian — 04/08/2009)

I've had mine for over a year and am very pleased with it's performance. The only problem, which I am about to fix, is the display was "broken" while in my pocket with a set of keys. While helping my daughter move, the weight of a box pushed the keys on to the display causing the lcd display to "crack" A replacement display from canon (800-652-2666) $18.40 plus $6 fpr shipping.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Its awsome (Ubaid Qureshi — 03/14/2009)

since I have owned this digital camera, I am satisfied with my camera problem. This product is a complete package in terms of performance and functioning. I am really happy to own this awsome thing.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very good for reglar use (krishna — 02/18/2009)

Sleek design,sufficient weight to be in hand.Can be used rough by children.Auto option is good.Satisfied for picture quality.But a little bit difficult to go for personal settings.Finally my opinion is very good to use by all the family members.

  • 5.0 out of 5
everyday (Camera Reviewer — 02/13/2009)

This is my everyday camera. It takes great pictures under all circumstances. It is the best point and shoot I've ever owned.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Sweet camera (John Norman — 02/11/2009)

My Canon PowerShot SD1000 is a sweet little camera. I get more redeye than I would have hoped, perhaps because the flash is so close to the lens

  • 1.0 out of 5
Cannon SDLENS ERROR1000 (Brian — 12/31/2008)

Lens error in after 1yr 2mo. Also lens error with an SD7800(Not sure if 7800 is accurate as that camera is already trashed) It is safe to say cannon has serious problems with their compact cameras.(Or maybe our household is jinxed.)

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error (Ami Sheth — 12/22/2008)

Camera was great! until we turned it on and than we got the lens error-restart camera. We tried all of the techniques to get it started will not...I recommend not to buy canon cameras!! They should fix the problem..

  • 5.0 out of 5
sd1000 (keith — 12/08/2008)

this rocks!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent Ultra Compact Camera (Brandon — 09/24/2008)

I have had this for aboout a year, and i was impressed with it from day 1. the screen is big enough, the layout of the buttons are easy to use, and the battery life is good. The only downside I see is that the zoom is only 3x, but that is a standard for any ultra compact camera these days.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A nice little camera for the price! (Chaz — 07/19/2008)

I got this camera to replace my old PowerShot 100, that I have had since 2000. Right from the box, it was simple to set up and install it. I was soon taking pictures that were very pleasing to look at, and when it was time to put them to the computer the software was designed to make it as easy as can be! The video is easy to use and review, and the microphone does a good job with the sound.

Now for the downside: The included 32mb card seemed a little small, so I snagged a few 2gb ones from somewhere. No manual controls, and some low-light grainess. Not really an issue with me, so I am perfectly happy with it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not a patch (Andy — 04/24/2008)

I bought this camera about a year ago as a follow up to my previous Canon Powershot 3.5 (or thereabouts).

This is more sophisticated, slimmer and all the rest but the photos from my previous Canon outshine in terms of clarity, tone and above all when it comes to taking photos with little light which my previous Canon excelled at.

Maybe I am missing something in the setup or the way I use the camera but by and large I am very disappointed in this Canon. It was cheap but ithe photos definitely do not compare to my last one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
sd1000 = 1 great camera (John LaPorte — 02/27/2008)

Asa professional photographer for over 35 years, I can honestly
say this is one great camera. I bought the sd1000 for family and vacation photos. As almost always, Canon leads the way. This
camera has a sharp lens, plenty of resolution for most situations, and more then enough shooting options for anyone.
The sd1000 is easy to use and at about $170 is a real deal.
I would recommend this to anyone.

  • 5.0 out of 5
One Handed operation (Rich Watson — 02/22/2008)

I am able to handle this camera with one hand. Makes it handy for unobtrusive shooting. I use my left hand (even though I am right-handed) and I find that all the controls are easy to reach, even the zoom, with the one hand.

I really like the way that Canon has incorporated the zoom lever with the other aspects of the camera. For example, the zoom lever allows you to zoom in on a tiny potion of the photo (in display mode) --- or you can go back to the "wide angle" setting and get NINE of your photos to display on the LCD. At that (nine photo) setting, then you can "scroll" though your stock of photos, nine at a time, to quickly get to where you want to be. Not a big deal if you only have a dozen or two photos, but pretty handy if you have 50 or more stored on the SD card.

Perhaps other cameras have this implementation, I don't know, but it IS on all of the three Canon Powershots that I own

  • 4.0 out of 5
no fill-flash :-( (delaine fowler — 02/07/2008)

I can't believe this camera has NO fill-in flash as an option. Am I missing something?

  • 4.0 out of 5
So far, so good (Rich Watson — 02/07/2008)

I just bought this camera quite reasonably at Staples. Also bought a 4-gig card at Sears for $20! Apparently the camera is being discontinued now (or shortly) due to some new models coming from Canon next month.

I really like the body; it appears to be all-aluminum, rather than the pervasive plastic. The small quantities of plastic I see on this camera are the LCD screen, the flash, one slide switch, the USB cover and the threaded mount for a tripod. It reminds of the spy-type cameras from the 60's, like the Minox and the Minolta 16mm film cameras. The controls are easily accessible, except for the wide-tele rocker lever, which is a bit short---but then this is an ultra-compact camera.

The comprehensive "nesting" menus are a bit overwhelming. Of course, they will give me more control (once they are understood and remembered). I am enticed by the "intervalometer" which allows slo-mo movies to be constructed. With this feature, you can record up to two hours, with an interval of either 1 or 2 seconds, for a time-lapse movie (like building a house).

And how about "digital macro"? This setting allows you to focus on a subject that is approximately 1/4 inch by 1/3 inch. This means that you could take a photo of a fly, and have it fill your computer screen! But I think the most useful feature is the size of the camera. It is so small, it can go with you anywhere. Even though cell phones take photos, they just don't have the optics or the megapixels that are present in this small wonder.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Lightest, modest and a cool look camera with great features (anita — 11/28/2007)

In digital cameras, i always prefer to go with canon models. my earlier one is canon powershot SD600 with 3x zoom facility. In thanksgiving i purchased SD1000. Functions are simmilar to SD600 with extra feature, facefocus, improved digital zoom, photo quality improved due to pixels, and video shoot of longer time. Great for outdoor shooting, in travel very comfortable to carry along. I am lucky enough to own this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Gotta Love Canon (Thomas Massey — 11/17/2007)

My 1st digicam was the Canon s100, it gave me 6 years of excellent servitude. This camera is awsome, smaller and lighter. I consider myself a better than average photographer, though not heavy in the manaul features, if you know what your doing you can compisate for it, the only drawback is the extremly powerful flash at close distances, like in a bar or outside w/o added props. Ive purchased a 1gb sd as well as a 2gb and 4gb. The video does get blurry at zoom, but its not meant to be used as a digicamcorder. Solid camera with great GLASS lenses, bright monitor @ 230,000 pixels keep a microfiber cloth with you for smudges, no prob with the battery life...I do use the monitor often and get about 110-140 pics and video. I suggest going to ebay and getting yourself a silicon cover, best thing I did to protect my investment, and extra batteries perhaps, charger is compatible in Euro, but would hate to loose it @ $60.00 a pop. Customer service is AWESOME, and the manual is easy to read, youll be snapping pics ina very short time. It doesent hav an anti-shock what. turn up the ISO.I have the all silver and paid $238.00 back in August @ B.B.. Ive also managed to sell my dad his girlfriend and and another relative(she returned the one she had previously purchesed a N%&*n), they got back to me in the last couple of days. The best camera EVER!!! Go Canon :-)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Compact and great video quality (Mo — 10/24/2007)

I previously owned an old 3mp camera so for me the quality on this one is great. The red eye effect does seem to happen a lot but I dont find it that bothersome. The video quality on the camera is amazing with great quality sound. I would recommend this to a friend.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Top notch camera. One of the best from Canon. (Asit — 08/24/2007)

An excellent camera. Takes very high quality pictures. It is nice that this type of slim camera take top notch pics. It is hard to get image stabalized cam as this slim camera but image stablization must not be a problem for amateurs. It may be a problem for laptop users due to high sized movie but I dont think people take movie by digicam much. Searching for RAW format in a ultra compact means the person must be professional. So RAW isn't a problem and I think this is not the camera professionals should use.
No image stablizer but one of the best from Canon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
More than excellent, no words to say (John — 08/11/2007)

This is an outstanding camera. Take very very good pictures. Only thing is that battery life is rather short.

  • 5.0 out of 5

never felt comfortable with digitals till now

great pictures and easy to use

only thing is i haven't mastered the self timer yet..

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera for the price (Evan Wiggs — 07/18/2007)

I wanted a small camera to take on trips abroad for snapshot type pictures, but this is way more than a snapshot picture maker. I now use the manual mode because of the many features and can take good pictures of almost anything. I was in an aquarium and taking pictures of fish in tanks where the flash wouldn't work, but switching to cloudy day light and pushing the ISO they came out surprisingly well, some so good they looked like out to national geographic! Yes there is a bit of a problem on fuzziness though and as far as I can tell it is not pushing the shutter button half way and allowing the camera to focus in certain low light situations and trying to grip it too tight and pressing the shutter button too hard and moving the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to operate (carl rainear — 07/15/2007)

I used this camera on my recent trip to Vegas and it was great. Pictures are excellent and when I download them to the computer they were great. I like the view finder which is a must for sunlight photo taking so you know exactly what you are taking a picture of with the screen in sunlight you can't see the imagine. View finder and it's on target! Great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best picture quality (zee — 07/06/2007)

i am using this camera since 3 months and it is excellent. dropped it once on rock floor but no change. i recommend it to all.
sound quality is excellent.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Sam — 06/12/2007)

This is a great little camera if you learn how to use it and understand its limitations. The lighter a camera is the harder it is to get a steady hold as the tiniest muscle twitches can cause a blurred picture. You are much better off if you use the optical viewfinder because it puts you in a more stable position. Get the largest memory card you can and use the highest resolution with the lowest compression. And keep in mind that lower light means more noise and small CCDs gather less light than large ones so if pictures in dim lighting are really important go with a DSLR but if just having a camera at the right moment is important this is a great one. And for those that want to take movies be aware that canon does not use very much compression and movies take up a lot of memory (4 gig will get you 33 min.) but because of this playback on my 27" TV looks much better than my old 8mm camcorder. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 only because I would like to see a shutter and aperture priority mode or a better description of the scene modes.

  • 2.0 out of 5
A disappointment, despite the reviews. (E Catanarite — 06/01/2007)

Don't know why everyone loves this camera. Yeah, it's tiny but the picture quality is a real disappointment. And I will never understand why they've developed cameras with huge megapixel capacity then save only in JPEG, which throws out a bunch of the data to shrink file size. I think the pics come out blotchy and soft at best, especially skin tones. Manually setting it to 80 ISO helps a bit, but then you have to use flash for most pics. Unfortunately I'm beyond my return date, but am looking for a replacement that, at least, saves RAW.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera in a Small Package (Richard Loewen — 05/02/2007)

I own several (4 or 5) digital cameras and also use quite a few in my job as a multi-media teacher. I got my Canon SD1000 with credit card points so my expectations weren't too high. But it quickly became my favorite. It has all the features one could ask for in small size (about the size of a deck of cards) that you can take with you anywhere. I'm not sure yet how it will withstand outdoor Canadian winter temperatures, but I expect it won't do any worse than my other cameras.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT Quality Camera (Ruben Fayzakov — 04/13/2007)

even though i have only hav had the camera for a short period i feel that it is a very good camera. It is small, has a great flash, many shooting modes, and can even shoot widescreen photos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
WOW. (Derek — 04/12/2007)

I bought this camera to replace my S400. It was between the Panasonic Lumix FX01 and the SD1000. I tried both out in the store and really liked the feel of each. Both also had comparable MP ratings and both do widescreen pix (a reqt for me). The FX has image stabilization but as with past Canon models - it is NOT necessary - especially now that I have the ability to set ISO speeds.

In the end I'm staying with Canon since they've been so good to me in the past. The other thing that cinched it for me was that the SD1000 now has a protective plate over the LCD screen - this is great.

As for picture quality, again WOW. I am blown away by this cam. I take a lot of family photos and display them on my widescreen plasma tv which is hooked up to a Mac Mini running iPhoto which is why I like the widescreen photo setting. Everyone who sees an iPhoto slideshow with photos taken by this cam have been incredibly impressed.

Just buy it. You wont find a sleeker, sexier, higer photo quality cam in this price range.

  • 5.0 out of 5
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! (Lynsey — 04/11/2007)

I wanted a smaller digital camera than our Fuji Fine Pix to fit into the diaper bag. I LOVE this camera! We have a 3 month old and taking clear pictures is hard to do because she moves all over. This camera has a kids/pets setting that takes the clearest shots. I love the size. It fits right in the inside pocket of my diaper bag or the back pocket of my jeans if we are going for a walk. The features are great too! It's a must have for new parents!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Finally a usable mini camera. (Robert P. — 03/28/2007)

Having been disappointed in a string of small cameras I tried the SD1000 to replace my S500. With the s500 it takes so long to focus and shoot that the picture is gone. The SD1000 looked good in the store and even better in the field. The pictures come off fast enough to use shooting active children and the focus was spot on. I haven't used all of the features (the color substitute mode looks neat, but why???) The movies it took are great.

It's not a full replacement for my Canon 1D MK-II. But for most family and vacation snapshots it is nearly perfect. My sister wants to replace her D20 with one.

As an extra bonus the included software makes sorting and printing pictures easier and faster and with at least as high a quality as I get with Photoshop CS2.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera! Now where did you put it? (Chris H. — 03/18/2007)

This is a very nice camera loaded with features and definitely worth the money. It is literally, the same size as my cell phone. While this sounds like a "Pro", it can also be a "con" for those users who take it everywhere. My wife and I learned this first-hand when we lost our Canon SD450 5.0MP camera last week. We chose Canon again because it is simply the best camera I've ever owned. Lots of cool features that are easy to operate after getting to know the camera for a few hours. I just wish it came with a built-in GPS locating device.