• Recommended by TR
Canon IXUS 1000 HS front angle


Our Score


User Score


  • Excellent lens
  • Class-leading image quality
  • All-metal body
  • Superb build quality


  • Slow startup
  • Autofocus rather slow

Review Price £243.83

Key Features: 10x optical zoom; 10 megapixels; Full HD video; All-metal body

Manufacturer: Canon

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

Canon IXUS 1000 HS front angle

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.

Canon IXUS 1000 HS front

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.

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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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