Canon IXUS 1000 HS review

Full review: Digital IXUS with 10x optical zoom, HD movies and night shooting

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Battery performance lets down a near-perfect 10

The IXUS 1000 is the latest compact addition to the super stylish and slick IXUS range. Launched to celebrate the 10th birthday of what probably the most iconic digital camera range ever, it has a 10-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom and shoots 1080p HD movies. It's also an 'HS' IXUS, designed to perform exceptionally well in low light.

With its distinct circular lens ring and a durable and well built metal body, this IXUS is instantly recognisable. Pick it up and it feels like a quality product, only spoilt by plasticky elements like the optical zoom control.

Springing to life in around 2.5 seconds, the 10x optical zoom extends quickly. The focal length of 36-360mm (35mm equ) isn’t particularly wide, but the generous range makes this a great camera for holidays, especially because the camera is so portable.

Fitting a 10x optical zoom in a body just 22mm deep is no mean feat and to do this Canon has used a new type of battery. Approximately the size of an AA cell, the NB-9L is smaller than the NB-6L battery used in its predecessor the Canon IXUS 300 HS.

Unfortunately this means a compromise in performance. According to Canon battery life has droped from 250 shots to 150 for still images and 420 to 270 minutes playback. In our tests, with heavy use of the features, movie mode and flash it lasts half a day, but take it easy and it will last longer.

Canon IXUS 100 HS: Controls and modes

Canon’s made sure taking pictures using the IXUS 1000 HS is as effortless as possible. The sharp and bright 230,000 pixel 3-inch LCD is great for composing images, elsewhere, the shutter is responsive for capturing action shots on the hoof and the autofocus is quick - even at max zoom.

Results are impressive too. Vibrant colours leap out at you and images remain sharp at wide and telephoto (thanks to the optical image stabiliser) and contrast is excellent.

The IXUS 1000 HS is at heart a point and shoot camera with few manual features. Novice-friendly Auto mode picks optimum settings to suit the shooting conditions, while Program mode enables you to manually adjust elements like ISO from 125-3200, White Balance and Metering. Scene modes include: portrait, kids&pets, fireworks and long shutter,while the family-gathering friendly Smart Shutter automatically fires when you smile and there's Wink self timer.

Canon IXUS 1000 HS: Burst mode and low light

Alongside a burst mode that captures 3.7fps at full 10-megapixel resolution, the IXUS 1000 HS is the first IXUS to shoot full HD Movies. Operable via a dedicated button, results are excellent, the optical zoom is fully functional and pretty quiet too. Mini HDMI lets you connect it to a flatsceen.

The HS in the name refers to High Sensitivity. First seen in the IXUS 300 HS, the high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and processor work together to vastly improve low-light performance compared to a conventional camera.

Handheld Night Scene captures a quick sequence of images, which are then merged together to create a final 10MP shot. In real terms results are very impressive. Even in the middle of the night with our street just illuminated by lamps, we managed to take usuable, fairly clear hand-held shots, where we would normally have had to use a tripod and - even then - ended up with an image blighted with excessive noise.

Slow Motion Movie shoots moving images at 240fps, which lets you slow down fast-moving action, making it great for sport. Although the quality drops significantly.

The Canon IXUS 1000HS is a fitting tribute to the critically lauded IXUS range. The build is fantastic, the lens is far more generous than most compacts and it takes excellent pictures - day or night. Our only real gripe is battery performance, if that’s your priority go for the Canon IXUS 300 HS instead, but if you can live with this and want the extra zoom, it's well worth considering. Just invest in a spare cell.

The Canon IXUS 100 HS is available now, find out more from Canon



Sensor: 10MP CMOS
Lens: 10x optical f/3.4-5.6 (36-360mm)
Screen: 3in, 230,000
Battery: 150 shots, 270 mins playback
Movie: 1920x1080 24fps
Max ISO: 3200
Connections: HDMI mini, AV out
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDHX
Dimensions/weight: 101x58x22mm/190g