It's hard to believe that it's only been ten years since the launch of the first Canon Digital IXUS camera. When I look back at the roughly one thousand cameras I've reviewed since then it seems much, much longer. Fortunately my jaded ennui is assuaged somewhat by the arrival of the camera that Canon has launched in celebration of the tenth anniversary of its benchmark luxury compact series. The Digital IXUS 1000 HS is an absolutely brilliant camera, and certainly one of the highlights of the year so far
The IXUS 1000 HS is a successor to the IXUS 300HS which was launched earlier this year, and takes over from that camera as the flagship of the IXUS range. The IXUS 1000 HS uses the same 10-megapixel high-speed back illuminated CMOS sensor as the 300 HS, but replaces the fast 3.8x zoom lens with a flush-folding f/3.4 – f/5.6 10x zoom lens equivalent to 36 – 360mm. Also improved is the video recoding mode, which is now full 1080p HD with stereo sound.
The camera body design is derived from that of the IXUS 300 HS, but is less curvy with angular faceted corners, flat panels and sharp crease lines. Unlike the 300 HS the bottom plate of the camera is flat and broad with widely space feet, and sits on a flat surface without falling over. It is slightly longer and taller than the 300 HS, but it is also slightly thinner, measuring 101.3 x 58.5 x 22.3mm. The lens folds flush with the body, and despite its impressive specification the 1000 HS is surprisingly slim and compact. It's a bit heavy for a shirt pocket at approximately 191g, but it will slip easily into a jacket pocket or small handbag. The build quality is superb, with a strong all-metal body and solid slide-latching hatches with strong metal hinges. It is a great looking camera, and is available in three two-tone colour schemes; silver/grey, pink/lighter pink or the brown/bronze version seen here.