I have been a big fan of Canon's SD line of cameras for the past couple of years. In this review, I will take a look at the 8.3 mega-pixel Canon Powershot SD870 IS (IXUS 860 IS in Europe), which is the follow-up to the largely successful Canon Powershot SD800 IS released in October of 2006. With the new release of the SD870 in September of 2007, the expectations are high. Read on to see how it did.
When Canon announced the release of their new line of digital ELPH cameras, I was excited to take a look at them. My first impression of the SD870 is that Canon has done a good job at keeping the best features of the SD800 intact, while also adding some nice new design features.
Some of the new design features include a larger LCD screen, a higher resolution CCD sensor, and some slight cosmetic differences. I think that Canon did a nice job by not going overboard with the SD870 in terms of new design. The SD870 looks a lot like the SD750, SD800, SD850, and the SD1000. The distinct "boxy" design of all of these cameras has seemed to work in the past, so why not continue this design in future models? In fact, Canon hasn't really changed the design of the digital ELPH cameras since they were first introduced in the mid-1990s.
The price of the SD870 is relatively competitive at $399 MSRP. At this price, I think the SD870 should do pretty well in terms of sales. Those people on a somewhat tighter budget can pick up the SD800 IS for under $300. As I already have mentioned, the SD800 and the SD870 are relatively similar cameras with just a few differences (mostly cosmetic). The SD870's competition will consist mostly of other Canon SD models as well as the Sony DSC-T100, which costs about the same as the SD870. The SD870 will have more competition very soon, however, from other manufacturers who will be releasing new models for the 2007 holiday season.
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