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Canon PowerShot SD800 IS 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Image-Stabilized Optical Zoom

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  • 7.1-megapixel CCD give you images of uncompromising texture and detail
  • 3.8x image-stabilized wide zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
  • 9-point AiAF, single point AF, Flexizone AF, and Face-priority AF
  • Stores images on SD cards; powered by Lithium-ion rechargeable battery NB-5L
  • Now supports SDHC cards (Secure Digital cards with over 2 GB capacity)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 1270B001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 7.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3.8 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.3 x 1 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: 1270B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (593 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,231 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at September 14, 2006

Product Description

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Manufacturer Description

This is the Digital Elph that's raising the bar. There's everything you'd expect from a camera of this caliber: a 7.1-megapixel CCD to render images in magnificent detail, and a DIGIC III Image Processor for stellar quality and fast operation. Yet what sets the SD800 IS Digital Elph apart is its wide-angle, 3.8x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer technology for rock-steady zooms. The Canon SD800 IS Digital Elph, it's the Digital Elph that's a step ahead.

PowerShot SD800 IS Digital Elph Highlights

Canon SD800 IS Digital Elph Features and Highlights
7.1-megapixel Digital Elph with elegant stainless steel Perpetual Curve design The PowerShot SD800 IS features a high-resolution, 7.1-megapixel CCD to give you images of uncompromising texture and detail. With it, you'll capture what others miss - the delicate strands of a baby's hair, the intricate petals of a wild flower. Plus the camera is as beautiful to hold as the images it takes. The Perpetual Curve design has the look of fine sculpture. Yet it's practical, too. Its unique form is engineered for the shape of your hand.

Canon SD800 IS Digital Elph Features and Highlights
3.8x optical zoom in action
Wide-angle 28-105mm (35mm equivalent) 3.8x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer technology Engineered with Canon's sophisticated wide-angle 3.8x zoom lens with integrated Image Stabilizer technology, the SD800 IS Digital Elph gives you the "shake-free" performance that makes your pictures sharp and clear. No matter how close you zoom in, the SD800 IS Digital Elph keeps everything stable. All you have to think about is your subject.

DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection technology The DIGIC III Image Processor is the latest advancement to Canon's proprietary DIGIC technology, delivering superior image quality, ultra-responsive performance and extended battery life. DIGIC III provides a speedier interface for the SD800 IS Digital Elph's SD memory card, as well as higher definition for its LCD monitor.

Canon SD800 IS Digital Elph Features and Highlights
Face Detection makes it easy to snap the perfect picture
DIGIC III also empowers new Face Detection AF/AE, which finds all the faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point, when the shutter button is depressed half-way. Exposure and flash are controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of darkened or overexposed faces.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Canon SD800 IS Digital Elph Features and Highlights
Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with wide viewing angle The SD800's 2.5-inch LCD monitor gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture and wider viewing angle to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. The clear and bright LCD also features Night Display mode for easy viewing in low light.

ISO 1600 to reduce image blur and expand low-light shooting capability The PowerShot SD800 IS Digital Elph features new ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater flexibility for shooting.

Improved Movie Mode with fast frame rate With the SD800 IS's Improved Movie Mode, you can shoot extremely high-quality, full-motion movies at 60 fps QVGA (320 x240). When you want to save space, you've also got Standard Recording that lets you shoot at 30 fps VGA (640 x 480). There's even a 15 fps Compact Movie Mode that's ideal for creating movies you can attach to emails.

Print/Share button The PowerShot SD800 IS Digital Elph's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SD800 IS Digital Elph to a Canon CP, SElphY or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SElphY Compact Photo Printer.

Direct Photo Printers
For desktop large-format printing, try one of the Direct Photo Printers that allow you to print without a computer in one of two ways: plug your compatible PowerShot camera into the Direct Photo Printer using the supplied USB interface cable, or simply insert a memory card into the supplied adapter. You can also connect the printer to your computer for more options. Print high-resolution, borderless images as postcards or 8.5 x 11-inch sheets within minutes.

Compact Photo Printers
Compact Photo Printers let you produce versatile, fun 4 x 6-inch postcards, 4 x 8-inch wide greeting cards or credit-card size prints in just two easy steps: connect and press/print. Control the printer right from your camera's LCD monitor. You get durable, dye-sublimated prints quickly with or without borders. Assorted paper types let you create mini or credit card size labels. You can even take the SElphY ES1 and CP730 Compact Photo Printers to a party or an outdoor picnic using an optional rechargeable battery.

Product Description

This is the Digital Elph that's raising the bar. There's everything you'd expect from a camera of this caliber: a 7.1-megapixel CCD to render images in magnificent detail, and a DIGIC III Image Processor for stellar quality and fast operation. Yet what sets the SD800 IS Digital Elph apart is its wide-angle, 3.8x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer technology for rock-steady zooms. The Canon SD800 IS Digital Elph, it's the Digital Elph that's a step ahead.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera is great. Image stabilization works well. There is minimal lag after pressing the shutter. Read more ›
Color Accent feature works well, 4. Image stabilization is VERY useful. 5. fairly good-looking, dials not too complicated to use. Read more ›
This thing is great! The photo quality is excellent. It's light, compact and easy to use. Read more ›
The battery lasts a long time, and it's a great size for a pocket. The photos are great, and the interface is intuitive. I like it! Read more ›
The interface is simple to learn, the features are all you need to get great photos, the build is super and the results are outstanding. Read more ›
This camera arrived a bit late but that was no problem. Very easy to use and the photos are excellent! I'm still learning to use it, but I know I'm going to continue to be… Read more ›
The newer PowerShot models are nice cameras with more MP (if you really need them) and longer, zoom lenses but none have an optical viewfinder. This, it seems to me, is a… Read more ›
Awesome manual settings for adjusting your pictures to be the way you would like. The automatic settings are good also, for those who do no know how to use the manual mode. G… Read more ›
Despite its shody battery and sd door, i.e., very cheap material and its dial button to select mode it is a cool picture taker. It actually changes aperture to give… Read more ›
PRO: Its manual mode features rival my pricey SLR (vivid, ISO, etc.). In auto mode it is the BEST P&S camera by far! I owned an SD700 which I gave to my daughter (I guess… Read more ›
This camera has been an excellent product…The menus are logical and easy to navigate and offer a balance between more manual settings and simple fully automatic settings. Read more ›
A great camera with lots of features to play around with even for an medium/advanced photographer. Color swap and ISO options are good. Picture quality is really good for… Read more ›
This is such a nice point and shoot. Easy to use and takes great photos. A little slow between shots is my only problem with it. Read more ›
Good camera for digital beginners. It is easy to use and reliable. Main weaknesses are limited zoom lens and rather low resolution. Read more ›
great size, great pictures and so nice and easy to use. I keep it in my purse and barely know it it there. Read more ›
Would by more if needed. I am not real good at taking pics and this is easy to use. Read more ›
The…And it's such an easy to use camera, I've even given it to my technologically-challenged mother to take on trips and she was able to capture some great shots with it. Read more ›
i am disappointed that canon no longer makes this model because i wanted to get some for my teens for christmas. the features are fun and easy to use. i've taken pics at… Read more ›
I thought this is what I need but zoom is not enough when I took it to vacation. Color is real good though. Read more ›
This is my fifth canon camera, and as usual the color is well balanced, the controls offer more options than the average user will ever need, and the quality of the… Read more ›
This is everything I wanted in a camera. My pictures are clear and the color is good. It is pretty easy to use. Read more ›
The slightly wider angle made a…The colors are also great and I find myself printing straight from the camera output instead of spending a lot of time in photoshop. The… Read more ›
I've…Colors are well saturated.... no take in mind, this is all with proper lighting and if the subject/subjects are close enough for this camera's mediocre built-in flash. Read more ›
Ricoh too. 2) In good light the camera takes good pictures - colors are good, I haven't had too many blown highlights 3) Image Stabilization makes the videos nice and smooth Read more ›
Takes great photos and the video is good too, though you loose some quality of the picture when you zoom. I should warn you to read the instructions. Read more ›
Feels good in the hand - solid and compact. Photo quality is great and the video quality is surprisingly good. Read more ›
-Beautiful casing and design. -The video was excellent, with good picture and very good sound. -Very good battery life. Read more ›
This camera works excellent as a point and shoot. It takes high quality photos and video, and is really easy to take almost anywhere. It will fit in your pocket, but may… Read more ›
The pictures are so clear. The video is good too. One small thing is I can't figure out how to do color accent and color swap even though followed the advantage manual, but… Read more ›
A couple of caveats though: Video is best in good lighting, and the zoom kills the quality very quickly, even with just…Otherwise, the video quality is surprisingly good. Read more ›
* Small size and stylish design * LCD is bright, clear and reproduces vibrant colors * Optical Image Stabilization results in capturing clear pictures more of the time. Read more ›
to have. The screen is good too. AA batteries would have been better, Read more ›
And, one more thing, search for d'protector. Their screen shields are the best thing ever for cameras. Put one of those on and this thing is bulletproof. Read more ›
That display is incredibly bright and accurate. I was on the bridge in full noon sunlight wearing sunglasses, and the display was still easy to see and use. Read more ›
I bought this mainly to keep in my purse as my…I love that this camera has a viewfinder (a lot of them don't have that option anymore) and the LCD screen is a good size. Read more ›
The screen is great, it takes great photos and the autofocus comes very handy (especially for us lazy guys who do not want to take manual pics). Read more ›
It has been in the rain and even dropped a couple of times and still it takes pictures…It's size is awesome - light weight and small, so clipping it to my belt works well. Read more ›
I loved the wide angle and image stablization features. It's size was perfect for my travel needs. Unfortunately, it met a premature demise on a trout stream in Argentina. Read more ›
Its portability and ease of use make it a constant companion, giving me the ability to catch a shot I…The combination of IS and wide angle lens in this size is terrific. Read more ›
This is a really nice camera and the pictures are excellent out doors and really good in low-light indoors. The size is perfect for taking it along every where you go. I… Read more ›
We bought this camera for a trip and I couldnt be happier. The features in this size camera are amazing. Granted I've been using a old Kodak DC280 2MP camera for the last 6… Read more ›
We love this one even more! The size is still great even though it is a little bigger. The wider angle lens is one of the main reason we chose it because we also shoot alot… Read more ›
Battery life is great, and it charges quite quickly on its little charger with a fold-away plug. You can take a LOT of photos before needing a charge. Read more ›
-Viewfinder. Battery life is good enough that I don't bother shooting with the LCD turned off. Tiny, hard to use, inaccurate, dim. Read more ›
I…It is compact enough to be carried in a purse or pocket, and the battery life is incredible - I've only had to battery 5 times since purchase, with very regular use. T… Read more ›
BATTERY: Battery life is exceptional. Camera seems to go on for months with one battery (I think it is rated for 400+ shots, which is an astounding battery life for such a… Read more ›
I am able to take great images of family and friends as well as amazing up close and detailed images…The battery life is good and the image stabilization is a life saver. Read more ›
I compared side-by-side with a standard focal-length camera and the difference is noticeable. 4. Battery life is excellent. Much better than the NB-4L battery packs in the… Read more ›
It's not an SLR... you're not going to get 1080p HD from 600yds away on a dark night.... but give it a…It's very small and easy to carry and does it's job admirably. I'… Read more ›
The wide-angle feature allowed me to get the ENTIRE cruise ship in one shot! It's small and easy to carry. I can't say enough good things about it. Read more ›
This camera has renewed my enthusiasm for taking…It is small, easy to carry with me anywhere so it is available for those wonderful spontaneous shots that I love having. Read more ›
If you are a picture freak this may be too simple for you. It makes nice pictures and easy to carry . The screen in the back is big so you do not have to squint after a… Read more ›
I am very pleased with the Canon SD800. It has a great feel and is easy to carry on my hikes. The picture quality of the mountain scenes is very good. Read more ›
I have not been disappointed! It takes beautiful pictures and is easy to carry in my purse. It does have some red eye, but I try not to use the flash too much. Read more ›
The battery is different for me (and expensive to replace) but so far it hold the charge for a very long time. Price was very reasonable. Read more ›
Even comparing it to a camera that costs twice as much and weighs three times as much is silly. But what you get for the size and price is terrific. Read more ›
love it great price! would gladly recommend it to anyone! Read more ›
Contrary to what Amazon says, the SD870 IS is the new model equivalent to this one. And it's available at a pretty good price right here. (I just got that one, but haven't… Read more ›
This is a great compact camera at a great price. Consumer Reports gave it an excellent reveiw, and they were right. Read more ›
It was a huge hit as a Christmas gift. I highly recommend this to people who want a top quality, tiny camera with a wide angle lens for a reasonable price! Read more ›
It was hard for me to choose which camera model I wanted but I am so happy…The image stabilization works great and the zoom is good for the small size camera that it is. Read more ›
It's a great little camera. Takes clear pictures and the zoom works well. Seems sturdy. Read more ›
I really find the 28mm a more versatile option. The 3.8x zoom is good. In overall the focal length is very usable. Read more ›
That seems to work out very good. It takes awesome closeup pictures and the zoom is great. I've even used the digital zoom and have not been disappointed. Read more ›
The 3x optical zoom on the far-end is also nice, but obviously nothing abnormal (all cameras this size have about a 3x…In good light, the digital zoom works amazingly well. Read more ›
You just CAN'T compare this camera to a 35mm or 38mm camera because the difference…Some people get caught up in the zoom rating but here is basically all zoom is good for: Read more ›
The wide angle lens is a great feature. I am consistently able to get shots that other people can't get because they can't back up far enough. Read more ›
Even the battery/SD card door is improved. The wide angle lens is the best feature. The IS is a great addition and so is the variable ISO. Read more ›
I've found nothing to compare with Canon's technical hardare and software to automatically correct…And the wide angle lens is a huge plus for both indoor and scenic shots. Read more ›
You can even use the continuous shooting mode to take tons of pictures at once. This takes great pictures, and the wide angle lens is a great find. The special scene modes… Read more ›
The "face finder" focus function does a great job. The range of lens system is terrific. It goes from wide angle to zoom equal to that of my 24-105mm lens. Read more ›
I'm still learning to work it, but the screen is a little more grainy prior to pressing the shutter button, but it comes out 100x…The wide angle lens is an awesome plus. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

183 of 185 people found the following review helpful By C. Winton on November 19, 2006
In my opinion, this camera is worthy of a 5 star rating, one of the few I've ever given.

My experience with cameras in this class started with a Canon S-100, which I upgraded later to a Canon S-400, both of which proved to be excellent for my on-the-go photography needs. My only criticism with this class of cameras was that they lacked two features I really wanted:

1. wide angle lens

2. image stabilization

I guess the Canon folks read my mind with the introduction of the SD-800, and after reading a number of positive technical reviews for the camera on the web, I purchased one as an upgrade for my beloved S-400. I was particularly suspicious regarding image stabilization, since my only prior experience with a camera using this technology had been disappointing (Canon S-1, a larger 10x zoom model).

As might be expected with the advances in memory technology, the SD-800 takes movies at a higher resolutioni (640x480) than the S-400 (320x240) and has a higher maximum pixel count (7.1 vs 4.0). It also uses the smaller SD memory cards as opposed to the bulkier CF cards for the S-400, and the lithium battery pack has a different form factor (which means you can't reuse stuff from an earlier model).

What I consider to be the 2 real upgrade features for this camera, the wide angle lens and the image stabilization, are what truly distinguishes it from its competition. I've had this camera for about a month now and can happily report it is a significant advance over the S-400. The image stabilization is a dream. With the S-400 I had to rely on bracing the camera in many circumstances where with the SD-800 I can count on sharp images just holding it out, composing, and taking the shot.
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100 of 100 people found the following review helpful By R. van Bakel on February 1, 2007
I'm a professional photographer who shoots with two Nikon SLRs and an array of Nikon lenses; some of the lenses alone cost five times the price of the Canon SD800. But I got tired of lugging heavy camera equipment around for family and travel photos and general grab shots. So when I'm not working, the SD800 is what I use.

It's not perfect for sure. To name just a few annoyances: it suffers from red-eye effect when you take flash pictures of people; like all point-and-shoot cameras, it has noticeable shutter lag; it has rather a lot of image noise at ISO settings over 200; and its 'manual' mode doesn't let you set an aperture value or a shutter speed. I also notice quite a bit of lens aberration, which becomes especially evident when pictures include straight lines, such as doorways; the SD800 gives them a slight curve.

But maybe all that is the wrong way to look at it. For a $375 featherweight camera, this thing can't and shouldn't be expected to deliver SLR-like quality or features. And what the SD800 DOES do well is more important: It takes lush, pleasing pictures with very good color fidelity (a Canon trademark) and with minimal thought and fuss required from the photographer.

It's also a very pleasant camera from a usability point of view, and not just because it slips easily into a shirt pocket or into the nicely made but optional Canon belt case ($15). The SD800 has only nine controls (buttons and dials), which is usually a recipe for confusion as functions either tend to get hidden deep inside menus, or require counterintuitive pushes of several buttons to access. But the camera is more logically laid out and designed than any compact I've ever shot with. I only had to crack the manual for a couple of advanced tricks, like photo-stitch and color-swap.
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374 of 405 people found the following review helpful By N. Schweitzer on October 6, 2006
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This is my fourth camera from the Canon Digital Elph line (previously, I had an S330, S400 and SD400). They have always taken great photos, and Canon has truly earned my repeat business (I also had a Digital Rebel and now I have an 20D).

I've had the SD800 for a few days now. Like its predecessors, it takes fantastic photos. The image stabilizer works wonderfully, and the camera functions quite well (and faster than most compact cameras). Other reviewers have spoken about the photo quality, and you can also get detailed technical reviews elsewhere on the internet, so I won't get into that here. What I want to focus on is the functionality of the design of this camera.

Digital Elphs used to be chunks of stainless steel. I dropped my S330 from a 12ft balcony, and it emerged unscathed. This is the first camera I've had that felt like it is going to break at any moment. It is larger and clunkier than the previous generation of Elphs (e.g., it is 36% larger than the SD200/300/400), and feels "plastic-y" and cheap (despite the fact that it looks nice). The buttons are small and offer minimal feedback, so it is easy to press the wrong button, especially if you have large fingers (and even if you have only average fingers). The "mode select" dial switches between Auto, Manual, Scene, Movie and Playback modes, but it is difficult to move. The dial is stiff and has only a small raised ridge on one side, making it difficult to set the dial to the proper mode on the first try. In sum, the design of this camera makes it operation more difficult than necessary; not something I expected from a camera from Canon, espectilly one at this cost.

This camera takes amazing photos, but Canon needs to brush up on their design. For a brief moment I considered returning this camera and keeping my SD400, but this camera's features are too good to pass up. I suppose everyone will get used to the poor design, but for this amount of money, none of us should have to.
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