Pocket-Lint have published their review of the new Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS (SD800) – it features a wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, face detection, ISO1600, a 7.1 megapixel sensor, a 2.5″ screen, and includes a VGA video mode at 30fps. Battery life is rated at 270 shots, the camera is 25mm thick, and weighs 150g. The IXUS 850 IS is available for £244 from Amazon UK.
“Like all digital cameras with far to many pixels for the size of sensor in use, image noise and its reduction have contrived to reduce the absolute image making capabilities of this camera. In the final analysis, the 850IS has a much-improved lens and superb build; overall, image quality at lower ISOs is good and while there is no real manual control over apertures and shutter speeds, the camera’s metering and exposure control works well.”