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Canon PowerShot SD870IS 8MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

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  • 8-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 3.8x wide-angle image-stabilized optical zoom; 3.0-inch wide-viewing-angle LCD display
  • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
  • 17 shooting modes, including 10 special scene modes; Print/Share button
  • Powered by NB-5L lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD memory cards (32MB memory card included)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: SD870IS
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3.8 x
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.3 x 1 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V1XICU
  • Item model number: SD870IS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (494 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,396 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at August 19, 2007

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

From the very first glance, the smooth shape and bold lines of the stylish PowerShot SD870IS Digital ELPH signal that this is no ordinary camera. With 8.0 megapixels of resolution, an Optical Image Stabilizer, and 3.8x optical zooming, the SD870IS Digital ELPH boasts impressive specs as well as a host of convenience features. Face Detection Technology for worry-free people shots. A large 3.0-inch LCD to give you a perfect view of your scene. The Auto ISO Shift and ISO 1600 deliver brilliant images in challenging lighting.

PowerShot SD870IS Highlights

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3.8x optical zoom in action
Stylish dual-tone 8.0-megapixel Digital ELPH in two elegant colors You deserve a camera as individual as you are. That's why the PowerShot SD870IS Digital ELPH is available in a choice of two head-turning models. Select from your choice of the impressive matte black or the sophisticated chrome silver front-ring design. Both feature a gleaming metallic body whose smooth, simple shape is handsomely contrasted with bold side lines. In addition, both also offer 8.0 megapixels of resolution so you get images with the high-degree of detail and richness of color that enables you to print, crop, and enlarge for maximum self-expression.

Canon PowerShot SD870IS highlights
3.8x wide-angle zoom lens to get more family and friends into one perfect photo With a wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom lens equipped with Canon's advanced Optical Image Stabilizer Technology, you've got what it takes to capture astonishing, lavishly detailed close-ups with total confidence. Now you don't even have to worry about camera shake getting in the way of perfect pictures. Because even at maximum telephoto, the SD870IS Digital ELPH keeps you rock steady. So you can create images that are sharp, clear, and bright--just like you want them to be. You'll amaze yourself and others with what you can achieve with the SD870IS Digital ELPH.

Canon PowerShot SD870IS highlights
Large high-quality 3.0-inch PureColor LCD screen with wide viewing angle The camera's 3.0-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing, or showing off your images. This extra-durable, high-resolution screen with tough scratch-resistant coating on the anti-reflective, PureColor LCD screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback, and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

Canon technology maximizes quality and performance Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology sets the focus, exposure, and flash automatically, leaving you free to compose a group, capture an unguarded moment, or coax the perfect smile.

Canon PowerShot SD870IS highlights
Find multiple faces with Canon's improved Face Detection technology
DIGIC III features Face Detection technologies, giving the you best possible results in any shooting situation. Face Detection AF/AE sets the focus point and exposure for the faces of your subjects. Face Detection FE adjusts the flash to correctly illuminate your subject to provide the best balance between your subject and the overall scene, eliminating the common problems of over- and underexposed faces.

With DIGIC III, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What's more, DIGIC III enables Canon's Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. Red eyes can be corrected during playback.

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.

Red-eye correction detects and corrects red-eye during playback. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode.

The PowerShot SD870IS Digital ELPH features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

17 Shooting Modes, Including 10 Special Scene Modes Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions.

The Complete Print Solution

Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers, CP, and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers.

The PowerShot SD870IS Digital ELPH's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SD870IS 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 ID 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.

What's in the box:

PowerShot SD870IS Digital ELPH digital camera, lithium battery pack NB-5L, battery charger CB-2LX, 32MB SD memory card SDC-32M, wrist strap WS-DC2, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300

Product Description

Incredible image quality in a sleek and portable design!

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have had 3 of these, and due to the volume of pictures and conditions, it has been the best performing camera for field work I've ever used...goes anywhere, it's light,… Read more ›
The battery still can last all day long, but of course I didn't use flash quite often. The picture quality is pretty good for a point-and-shot compact design. The display… Read more ›
I've had this camera for about two years and the ease of use and picture quality are both great. However, the LCD is now a blank white screen, so even though the camera… Read more ›
The picture quality is really good no comment about its,even it come with 8MP but the picture is really sharp and even i take in the low light but it abosolutly pecfect Read more ›
Photo quality is good and image stabilization does help - but you still need to try to hold it still. Read more ›
I like the Canon 870 because it is easy to…The only draw back is the lens quality which is sharp enough, but has noticable "barrel" distortion at the wide angle setting. Read more ›
Had it for many years and took many travel and family pictures with it. I is easy to use and portable. Love it. Read more ›
This camera fits into my pocket to take for possible Kodak moments. It is simple to use and most important it takes great pictures. Read more ›
The Canon PowerShot takes great pictures and also video. It is very easy to use and I would purchase again if I needed a camera. Read more ›
I love this camera. It is small, easily portable, easy to use, simple instructions and takes great pictures- it can handle all the basic tasks perfectly. It is not a… Read more ›
That is, until we unfortunately dropped it from about 2 feet onto soft…So I would say it's a little fragile but very fun and easy to use, with very good pictures and video. Read more ›
It is great to have on me at all times as I never know when a photo opt is going to come along. It is easy to use, cause I am a dummy. The only thing that I have found that… Read more ›
This is a great little point and shoot camera with tons of little personal options - macro shots, aperture, flash, length of `reload' etc... The digital screen is… Read more ›
It takes very nice pictures. The large screen is nice compared to my old A85 power shot. I don't miss the view finder, never used it anyway. Read more ›
I was very close to get the Lumix with 10x optical zoom, but I am glad I didn't. The 3 inch LCD screen is gorgeous. It works perfectly fine with little light and with… Read more ›
What makes this camera different is the 3" LCD screen. The screen is beautiful and makes composing easier. However, bigger screen means less space for buttons. Read more ›
Lucky for me, it turned out that after I charged the battery for…The shooting is much faster than my old SD600, the screen is huge, and the photo stitching is a lot of fun. Read more ›
It is programmed for taking pictures in a variety of settings through the automatic controls. The larger screen is extremely clear. It does not have a view finder but… Read more ›
I've taken it to Best Buy, compared its settings…It has cool features and is very easy to use, but its weaknesses are things that I consider most important in a camera. S… Read more ›
Overall I think this is my favorite compact Point and…There are other newer models that are as good as this one, or may be a little better, but they are more expensive. Read more ›
I bought this particular model over many other ones in part because it had the…Movie mode works pretty well, and the wide angle lens starting at 28 mm equivalent is good. Read more ›
The feel is great and the options are good, but over half my indoor flash shots have a couple of round spots on them. It looks as if there's something on the lens, but… Read more ›
Action shots comes out clear and not blurry (at the right setting) and night…The movie function is nice but don't expect it to give you quality like a real digi-camcorder. Read more ›
And start up to first picture is about 1.4 sec. There also is a myriad of settings that are fun to use. The 870 also uses sd cards which was important to me because I have… Read more ›
Sometimes the power button gets hit while in my pocket and it causes the camera…Very rugged, great wide angle featues and also time-lapse video is fun for home remodeling. Read more ›
However, I got the greatest surprise when I happened to bring…The video is adequate (not stellar) but I have found that the audio recording capability is pretty amazing. Read more ›
It is wonderful having the wide angle. Video is good quality too. The macro for close ups is essential to me, I use it everyday and it works acceptably. Read more ›
This was my first digital camera and I am glad that I made this my camera of choice. The video is clear and the pictures are too. Oh! Read more ›
So far this one is working great. Photos and video are excellent. There are a lot of settings and feqatures to play with on this camera and it will take a while to explore… Read more ›
I knew what we were getting with the wide angle zoom. What I was very pleased to see was that the video quality was fantastic compared to our older model Canon. Read more ›
The colors are nice and vibrant and the start-up time is very quick. It's lightweight and can easily fit into a pocket or purse. Read more ›
i cant say enough good things about this camera. it takes AMAZING pictures... the quality is top notch and the colors are so vivid. it takes great perfect stills despite my… Read more ›
I absolutely love this camera and the pictures it takes. The colors are so vivid and the options are amazing. It takes high quality pictures and is user friendly. Read more ›
Color balance was great. On standard settings, 5X7 & 8X10's look good. Read more ›
As a professional…It functions great in low-light focusing situations, the color is awesome, the flash is balanced, the screen is huge, and the menus are easy to navigate. Read more ›
The screen is easy to view for shots and I don't miss the little viewfinder, not…The colors are extremely vivid on the LCD but the actual pictures lack the same intensity. Read more ›
The videos are very good though. Battery life is good too. Read more ›
If the weather is cloudy or you are taking photos at indoor or night time, don't expect too much from it. Battery life is good. I have it for 4 years and it is still… Read more ›
One more word of praise, you can turn on the camera and take a picture so incredibly fast that you will never…Battery life is great, and picture reload time is also fast. Read more ›
It's gotten a lot of use and will continue to. Battery life is great. Read more ›
+ Looks nice. + Battery life is very good. + 3.8x optical zoom compared to the 3x zoom of similar cameras. Read more ›
I think I just have to play with it more. Battery life is good. Camera is build solidly. Read more ›
- For someone like me, who doesn't know how to use an SLR, it's easy enough to use the manual features like…- The wide lens is great for group shots or outside shots -… Read more ›
I am an avid Canon purchaser. Their lenses are much sharper then any other camera this size. Read more ›
This camera is amazing.... great screen... logical controls,,,, picture quality is top notch... the wide angle lens is very useful..... there is nothing that I can say… Read more ›
Great little camera. Quality of pictures is excellent and the wide-angle lens is fantastic. While the camera does not have an optical view finder, I have never felt the… Read more ›
I've owned the SD870 for about 3 weeks now and about 1000 Plus photos and 100 plus short…The wide angle lens is very nice and one of the main reason I bought the camera. Read more ›
The design is beautiful, small, light, (no smallest,…The angle of the lens is simply spectacular: in the family picture, everybody fit; camping, the trees fit, is amazing. Read more ›
Pros: The wide angle and optical zoom are great, the camera is light and small and takes good pictures outdoors. It also takes good videos with good sound (of course it is… Read more ›
The screen itself it not scratched on the outside so this is a definite defect. The zoom is excellent. The screen is excellent (without the burned sections), the buttons… Read more ›
This is HUGE…It's not quite as good for taking pictures of a Packer game from the stands, though the 3.8x zoom is the best I've had so far, you just don't get in as close. Read more ›
Fantastic exposure in all modes with a respectable video mode. It sports the widest angle lense available on a point and shoot with a decent zoom as well. I can't imagine a… Read more ›
Very easy to use, sharp pics, great video, nice zoom range, stylish. I'm loving it! Read more ›
The fact that the lens is wide-angle, too. This has a nice zoom range. Read more ›
All in all, it is the same size, it is easy to use. Oh yes, one very nice improvement is that it tells you the battery level. Read more ›
I'll never learn them all. The size is perfect for travel. It has made my larger Sony obsolete by its sheer size. Read more ›
The SD870IS is a nice size and easily fits in your pocket, purse, laptop bag, backpack... whatever. Because of it's small size, most features can be accessed with one hand. Read more ›
-The menu wasn't hard to figure out and the buttons are a decent size. There is a surprising amount of custom settings for a camera this size. Read more ›
This camera replaced my Canon Powershot 750 which was stolen. The 850 is a little more bulky, but still a compact size. It also has image stabiliztion and the wide angle… Read more ›
But the display is very bright and I've quickly adjusted. I'd like to have both, but I appreciate the compact size of the Canon. I take more pictures because I always have… Read more ›
this camera is great, and, yes, i am happy. the amazon price was great, and the service, as usual was stellar. i got a 2 gig card, and all is well. Read more ›
When it stopped working, it wasn't the right time for me to buy something different -- because of the price, the research required to find something I'd like as much, and… Read more ›
Great camera at a great price = Instant satisfied customer- Read more ›
I goggled the top best cameras and the Canon PowerShot SD870IS was one of the top ten. I checked several sites and found the price on to be the best price. I… Read more ›
Buy with confidence. And oh btw, though I checked a ton of websites, amazon had the best price on it, as usual. Read more ›
Since the 870 and 950 got great reviews, the value became more of a factor. Why would I pay almost $100 more for one model? Read more ›
It produces great images in outdoor conditions, such as…The image stabilization feature is good to have, and the included software for downloading images works for me. W… Read more ›
The quality of the pictures is where Canon stands out, other cameras may…The start up time and the time between pictures is very short and the stabilization is very good. Read more ›
I love the SD870 for all the features it packs in, but most of all I like it for its…The image stabilization feature is great, and so are the different camera modes. I… Read more ›
I bought this camera with his advice and am very pleased. The image stabilization feature is perfect for low light when you don't want to have the flash on. Love it. Read more ›
The TZ3 had the main benefit of 10X zoom, while Canon had 3.8x. Both had wide-angle 28mm and image stabilization, which is great. The Canon was more expensive, but the… Read more ›
It simply takes great pictures with out the fuss and bother of a bulky SLR. Great pictures in low light and the Image Stabilization really works well. I was interested in… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

598 of 606 people found the following review helpful By Chris Boylan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2007
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
The SD870 IS is about everything you could want in a compact point and shoot digital camera. It offers excellent image quality, a large vivid LCD display, intelligent defaults, fine low-light sensitivity, a high quality movie mode (with sound), an outstanding wide-angle lens and (most importantly for me) a photo capture speed that leaves many other digital cameras in the dust.

I cover a fair amount of electronics trade shows such as CES and CEDIA for my home theater site (Big Picture Big Sound), so I need a camera that is quick on the draw, has a good macro feature for close-ups, and has good low light sensitivity and zoom for distance shots at press conferences. But portability is also key, as I need to carry the camera around in my pocket along with other gadgets for note-taking. I've owned a Canon S400 Digital Elph for a number of years, and it has served me well, but the lag time between pushing the shutter button and actually getting a picture (particularly indoors) was frustrating, and the low light sensitivity is also fairly poor.

The SD870 retains all of the positive features of the earlier ELPH models, yet improves on the weaknesses. You can go from power up to pictures snapped in about a second. And once the camera is powered up and ready, you can capture shots in 1/2 second or less (depending on lighting conditions). For taking pictures in low lighting, the "Night Scene" mode (along with built-in optical image stabilization) is excellent, enabling me to capture on-stage action at a press event from 20 or 30 feet away (ISO sensitivity on the camera goes all the way up to 1600, but you can expect some graininess when the camera goes above ISO 400).
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157 of 163 people found the following review helpful By gweempose on September 15, 2007
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
This camera replaced my trusty SD450. I loved the SD450, but I wanted to upgrade to something with image stabilization. To put it simply, the SD870 totally rocks! The 3" screen is beautiful to behold. It's even viewable outside with bright sunlight shining directly on it. And the pictures this thing takes are absolutely gorgeous! They are sharp as a tack, and the colors are spot on. I have to say, the image stabilization really makes a big difference, particularly when you are shooting in low light. I also like the new, wide-angle lens. It really comes in handy when taking group shots or shooting in close quarters.

The only negative I can come up with is the lack of an optical viewfinder. I guess this is a sacrifice you have to make in order to get a screen this big on such a small camera.


Sharp photos with great color saturation
Optical image stabilization
Speedy shot-to-shot time for an ultra-compact
Bright 3" screen that's easy to view in all lighting situations
Great movie mode
28mm - 105mm (35mm equiv.) 3.8x wide-angle zoom lens
Easy to use controls with intuitive GUI


No optical viewfinder

Overall, I think the SD870 is just about perfect in every way, and I highly recommend it!
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By brave new buyer on October 7, 2007
Color Name: Silver
This is my 3rd digital camera and the first that didn't require studying the manual to figure out which buttons and submenus to use for various functions. I've had the 870 for a month and it's performed well in both dark rooms and in bright outdoor light. The shutter delay in daylight shots is negligible and a big improvement over previous cameras. The movie function is also pretty cool. Battery life is great and the intuitive menu and symbols on the large LCD don't require magnifying glasses to read. But my favorite feature is the wide angle lens--the advantage was really obvious when comparing group shots from other point-and-shoot ultracompacts at 2 birthday parties. My only disappointment are the flimsy plastic doors for the battery and USB port (why I only give it 4 stars). These items are what broke on my Optio S and forced me to retire it after 2 years of light use. I'll be babying these doors with the hope that I don't lose my $400 investment in the near-term.... The LCD and case also pick up micro scratches pretty easily so I wish Canon had provided some thin surface cover.
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130 of 136 people found the following review helpful By ubercaffeinated on September 19, 2007
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
If you are looking for the best 28 mm p&s of it's class, you found it. If you are strapped for cash, you can opt for the SD800 which is similar but not the same. The SD800 is a smudge heavier, while having a smaller LCD. Image quality on the SD870 is on par with the 850, which in my humble opinion is pretty damn good. Despite the nay sayers, IQ is better than the 800. Barrel distortion/"soft corners" are present, as they are in all the p&s cameras with 28 mm, but it is hardly noticeable. They finally did away with the image finder as well. Why do consumers need it anyways? The 3 inch lcd is just beautiful to look at, and for all intents and purposes of a camera like this, it does a great job.

The thing is lighter than it's predecessors, but definitely not worse in build quality. They used heavy duty blast type plastic to reinforce everything. The thing is light. It's small. It's definitely easy to use. Image quality is great for a ultra compact. Definitely worth the money if you're looking for an upgrade to the SD800. I can't stress enough how very happy I am with the camera.
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