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Canon IXUS 1000 HS - Design and Features

By Cliff Smith



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Canon IXUS 1000 HS front angle


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The 1000 HS is packed with advanced high-tech features, but still manages to have a nice simple control interface which is quick and intuitive to operate. There is a three-position slider switch on the top that selects between the video recording mode, the normal program auto mode, or an extra-easy Full Auto mode, in which most user options are disabled. The zoom control is a rotary bezel around the shutter button, and has a smooth two-speed action depending on how far you move the control. The rear panel controls are very simple, with large well-labelled buttons that blend artfully into the overall design of the camera body. The round D-pad has a rotary bezel, and is also integrated into the body design, giving the whole camera a stylish modern look that is both functional and fashionable. It also handles well; the shape is easy to grip and the controls fall neatly under the thumb and forefinger.

Canon IXUS 1000 HS back

There is one unusual aspect to the design of the 1000 HS. It's the first compact camera I've seen in a long while that has separate hatches for the memory card and battery. It uses a new smaller type of Lithium-ion battery that I've not seen before, which is round and narrow and fits neatly into one end of the camera body. It's lower capacity (870mAh) than the one in the 300 HS, and as a result only has a duration of approximately 150 shots, which is rather fewer than the 250 shot capacity of the 300 HS.

The 1000 HS has a wide range of advanced face and scene recognition features, such as a blink detection warning and an amusing wink-activated self-timer feature. You can set the camera up for group portrait, join the group yourself, and then start a three-second timer by winking at the camera. In practice it required a grimace like a bad Popeye impression to activate it, and then only on the third try, but it's a great ice-breaker for parties. Other features such as the night hand-held setting work much better, and the optical image stabilisation, available in both still and video modes, is especially good, providing an impressive four stops of extra stability.

Canon IXUS 1000 HS side

Other cool features include a range of filter effects, such as a fish-eye lens, the “miniature effect” for making photos taken from higher angles look like pictures of tiny models, and a selection of other more common options such as vivid colour, poster effect, a few scene modes and panorama stitching. As with most Canon cameras the 1000 HS has a comprehensive array of colour and tone custom options.

The stand-out feature is of course the full HD video recording, which shoots at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 24fps, with stereo audio recorded via a pair of microphones to the left of the lens, the stereo separation isn't brilliant, but the sound and video quality is very good, and full optical zoom is available during recording.


November 2, 2010, 2:00 am

The images look very good to excellent.

Brian ONeill

November 2, 2010, 3:18 am

This does look nice, but i think the best deal at the moment is on the canon powershot 210 IS. I bought one today on amazon for £199 with a £30 mail in rebate. So the price works out at only £170, half the price it was 6 months ago. If you are shopping for a new camera make your mind up quick as the £30 mail in offer expires this wednesday.


November 2, 2010, 3:21 am

The focal length might be a problem for some; it's not exactly "wide" at its widest setting.

iain coghill

November 2, 2010, 12:01 pm

I would rather trade the 10x zoom for a somewhat shorter range starting at ~28mm equivalent. Just how useful is such a long focal length on a compact going to be?


November 2, 2010, 1:08 pm

TR seem to have understated the battery life issues with the 1000 HS. At very minimum you're probably going to need to factor in the price of a second battery for this camera. And for any extended use to remote locations this might not even be enough.

Mike 39

November 2, 2010, 4:35 pm

I agree with Charles ( 2/11/10), the battery life does seem limited, also with Iain Coghill( 2/11/10), I think Canon could have made more practical use of the lense, by offering less zoom ability and more wide angle facility.Otherwise this would seem a pretty good model. I especially like the FPS speed, about time they improved on this( only enabled with a CMOS sensor I think). This model is the closet I've come to considering purchasing another Ixus since their 4mp model years ago! Canon, if you read these comments, ( as I would hope any self respecting manufacturer would) please take them on board and action them in your next Ixus model and maybe you'll progress on to a nigh on perfect score for your next Ixus?!! I'll probably consider a purchase then, I might even go into a shop and try this model out to see if I like it.Nice to see Canon not going down the usual more MP route to try and hook in customers, at least this tech shows their thinking more laterally!


November 2, 2010, 4:38 pm

This camera is a big dissapointment. Great features like 1080p and slow mo recording. But No wide angle F2 lens, battery life is poor and no manual controls. If you want a canon Ixus, then buy the Ixus 300HS, less zoom but better battery life and similar features. Decided to buy the Lumix TZ10, great cam and with £30 cashback even better..


December 23, 2010, 2:40 am

Compared to Canon Ixus 300 HS,which camera is the best option?



dave 2

January 1, 2011, 4:14 pm

I had the Xanon Ixus HS300 and it is the speed in which this camera works that made me love it so much, But I did find the Zoom wanting. I went in search of a better Zoom and thought the Powershot 210is was the ticket, too slow for me. I purchased the Ixus 1000HS and yes it is not Wide ngle but the Zoom is fantastic and it takes excellent photo. Replacement batteries are cheap enough and well it Canon's flagship compact. I think they are near spot on with it.

Simon Hall

April 29, 2011, 7:36 pm

Whichever way you look at it, the dynamic range appears to be terrible. It was this reason why I didn't buy this camera.

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