Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph, 8.0 Megapixel, 4x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph, 8.0 Megapixel, 4x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera

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Canon SD850 IS overview

  • 1Description

The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH Digital Camera incorporates a high resolution 8.0 megapixel CCD, a 4x optical zoom lens with Canon's exclusive UA lens elements and an optical image stabilizer for steady zooming. This is all in an extremely compact and stylish body.

The camera is also loaded with features including Face Detection technology, in-camera Red-eye Correction, an ISO 1600 setting for sharper images in low light, and five movie modes including a time lapse movie option.

The exclusive Canon DIGIC III processor makes all of these features possible, plus it ensures that your camera performs quickly and supports the unique iSAPS technology that ensures that your pictures will always look their best.

Other key advancements incorporated into the PowerShot SD850 IS include auto ISO shift for improved low light shooting and a 2.5" PureColor LCD screen offering enhanced colour reproduction and scratch-resistance.

You'll even get in-camera creative features including a Creative Light Effect mode, and exposure control capability.

8.0 Megapixel Resolution
With 8.0 Megapixels of imaging power, the PowerShot SD850 IS delivers stunning detail and clarity, sufficient to produce oversized prints and also provides the freedom to enlarge any section of an image and crop to your exact needs.
4x Zoom Lens Featuring Canon UA Lens Elements
The SD850 IS Digital ELPH is equipped with a 4x optical zoom lens that features Canon's exclusive UA lenses using ultra-high refractive index glass to enhance your pictures while significantly reducing total lens size. Furthermore, the 4x digital zoom brings the combined zooming power all the way to 16x for superb detail at sporting events, school concerts and more.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Canon's lens shift-type optical image stabilizer counteracts the camera shake caused by slight hand movements. Vibration sensors detect the angle and speed of movement and send this information to a processor, allowing the camera to compensate. This adds stability to hand-held, telephoto or moving shots and enables shooting at shutter speeds of up to three stops slower than typical with no noticeable increase in image blur.
Superb Ergonomic Design
The camera is as beautiful to look at as the images it takes, with a Perpetual Curve design that has the look of fine sculpture; and its unique form is engineered to conform to the shape of your hand- making the camera comfortable to hold.
DIGIC III Image Processor with iSAPS Technology
Canon's DIGIC III Image Processor is designed to improve processing speed and image quality, so DIGIC III provides markedly faster startup, autofocus and playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant. iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.
Face Detection Technology
The DIGIC III processor in the PowerShot SD850 IS features Face Detection AF/AE, which finds multiple faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point when the shutter button is pressed halfway. In addition, Face Detection FE adjusts the flash based on a person's face on the screen. Exposure and flash are then controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of darkened or overexposed faces.
In-camera Red-eye Correction
Red-eye Correction detects and automatically corrects red-eye during playback for both regular and flash photography. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode.
High ISO to Reduce Image Blur and Expand Low-light Shooting
The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater flexibility for shooting.
18 Shooting Modes and In-camera Creative Functions
The PowerShot SD850 IS is adaptable to almost any shooting situation, with Eighteen shooting modes including 11 Special Scene modes, and a manual mode for selection of exposure settings such as White Balance and ISO. For in-camera creative image manipulation, the My Colors photo effects can be applied during or after shooting, and the latest Creative Light Effects let you transform background bright spots to stars, hearts, music notes and more. Furthermore, a My Category function simplifies image management by automatically tagging images with categories such as People, Scenery and Events, based on face detection and the shooting mode selected.
Advanced Video Recording
The camera has five movie functions to choose from including VGA quality (640 x 480) recording at 30fps or 15fps with sound, and Canon's unique Intelligent Orientation Sensor automatically rotates vertically shot movies for playback on camera, PC or TV via the integrated AV Out connection. You can also shoot extremely high quality Fast Frame Rate movies at 60 fps QVGA (320 x240), time Lapse recording that records VGA resolution at 1 or 2 second intervals, and there is even a Compact Movie Mode (QQVGA; 160 x 120 pixels @ 15 fps) that's ideal for creating movies you can attach to emails.
High-resolution 2.5" LCD Display
The bright extra-durable, high-resolution 2.5" PureColor LCD screen features a wide viewing angle for comfortable image framing and viewing, and has a tough scratch-resistant anti-reflective coating. Altogether, the LCD screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. For accurate framing without the LCD, the camera retains a real-image optical viewfinder- useful in difficult lighting situations or when battery power is running low.
USB 2.0 Interface
The PowerShot SD850 IS supports the USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) standard, so you'll enjoy the highest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 compatible computer.
Easy, Flexible Direct Printing Options
The Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the camera to a Canon Direct Photo Printer or PictBridge supported printer, press the Print/Share button and print. The Direct Print feature allows for image preview and editing (including cropping) on the camera when connected to a compatible printer. Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images directly to a computer (Windows).
In the Box
Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph, 8.0 Megapixel, 4x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
  • 32MB Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (NB-5L)
  • Battery Charger (CB-2LX)
  • USB Interface Cable (IFC-400PCU)
  • AV Cable (AVC-DC300)
  • Wrist Strap (WS-700)
  • Digital Camera Solution Software CD-ROM
  • User Guide
  • 1-Year Canon U.S.A. Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Canon SD850 IS specs

    Camera Type Ultra-Compact Point-and-shoot Digital Camera
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor 1/2.5" 8.3 Megapixel CCD
    Effective Resolution 8.0 million pixels
    Color Depth 24-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
    Image File Formats JPEG (SuperFine, Fine, Normal)
    Recorded Resolution Large (3264 x 2448)
    Widescreen (3264 x 1832)
    Medium 1 (2592 x 1944)
    Medium 2 (2048 x 1536)
    Medium 3 (1600 x 1200)
    Small (640 x 480)
    Video Recording AVI Motion JPEG with Audio
    640 x 480 @ 30 fps (VGA)
    640 x 480 @ 15 fps (VGA)
    320 x 240 @ 60 fps (Fast Frame Rate)
    320 x 240 @ 30 fps (QVGA)
    320 x 240 @ 15 fps (QVGA)
    160 x 120 @ 15 fps (compact)
    640 x 480 @ 1 fps (Time Lapse)
    640 x 480 @ 0.5 fps (Time Lapes)
    Clip up to 4GB or 60 minutes VGA & QVGA @ 30 or 15 fps, up to 2 hours at 0.5 fps/1 fps (Time Lapse), Up to 1 minute at 60 fps (Fast Frame Rate), up to 3 minutes QQVGA (compact)
    Audio Recording WAV format
    record time up to 60 seconds with image
    Lens Type Canon UA Zoom Lens
    Optical Zoom 4x
    Lens Focal Length 5.8mm - 23.2mm (35mm - 140mm equivalent)
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Minimum Focus Distance 0.8" (2cm)
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8-5.5
    Optical Image Stabilization Yes (Lens Shift-type Optical Image Stabilizer)
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount No
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL Autofocus
    Focus Modes Autofocus (9-point AiAF, 1-point AF), Face Priority AF
    Focus Range Normal: 19.2" (50cm) - infinity
    Macro: 0.8" (2cm) - 19.2" (50cm) wide
    Digital Macro: 0.8" (3cm) - 19.2" (50cm) wide only
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Auto ISO
    High ISO Auto
    Selectable ISO (80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600)
    Shutter Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Speed 15 - 1/1600 seconds
    Aperture Range f/2.8-5.5 (max.)
    Exposure Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
    Exposure Modes Program AE, Exposure Compensation (±2EV stops in 1/3-stop increments), AE Lock is available
    White Balance Modes Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
    Scene Modes Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Creative Light Effect), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist
    Built-in Flash Yes (Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash Off)
    Effective Flash Range 1.6' (0.5m) - 13' (4.0m)
    External Flash Connection No
    External Flash Control Not Applicable
    Start-Up Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Lag Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Time Between Shots Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Burst Capability 1.3 fps continuous
    Self Timer 2 seconds or 10 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp No
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) Card
    MultiMediaCard (MMC)
    Recording Capacity Includes 32MB Secure Digital (SD) Card

    Still Image Capacity

    Superfine Fine Normal
    Large 8 14 29
    Widescreen 11 18 39
    Medium 1 11 20 41
    Medium 2 18 32 64
    Medium 3 29 52 99
    Small 111 171 270

    Video Capacity

    Video Mode Record Time
    640 x 480 @ 30 fps (VGA) 14 seconds
    640 x 480 @ 15 fps (VGA) 27 seconds
    320 x 240 @ 60 fps (Fast Frame Rate) 20 seconds
    320 x 240 @ 30 fps (QVGA) 38 seconds
    320 x 240 @ 15 fps (QVGA) 1 minute 7 seconds
    160 x 120 @ 15 fps (Compact) 3 minutes 9 seconds
    640 x 480 @ 1 fps (Time Lapse) 7 minutes 30 seconds
    640 x 480 @ 0.5 fps (Time Lapse) 15 minutes 2 seconds
    Battery Type NB-5L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Power Adapter ACK-DC30 AC Adapter Kit (optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) mini-B jack
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control No
    Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
    Web-Cam Capable No
    System & Software Requirements Windows System
    • IBM PC/AT compatible with Pentium 150MHz CPU (Pentium 300MHz or higher for XP)
    • Microsoft Windows 98/98SE, Me, 2000, XP
    • Built-in USB Port

    Macintosh System

    • Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, eMac or iBook with Power PC Processor
    • Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2, OS X (10.1 - 10.2)
    • Built-in USB Port
    Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
    LCD Display 2.5" low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (230,000 pixels) with brightness adjustment
    Language Options English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian
    Playback Options Single Image, Magnification (2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume Playback, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Erase (single image, by date, by category, by folder, all images), Movie Playback (Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Erase)
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.2 x 3.5 x 1.1" (57 x 91 x 27mm)
    Weight 5.9 oz. (165g) excluding battery

    Canon SD850 IS reviews

    PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Digital Camera overall I had a Nikon coolpix before this, but I wasn't a fan, especially after it took a swim in the ocean, but I liked my boyfriend's camera so much(the 850 IS) that I bought one too. This camera takes great photos, no vibrations, even if you are moving when you take the picture. The lighting is usually spot on when on AUTO setting. The 4x zoom is a big difference I think! I read that anything more than 8 mpx is a waste anyway, so this is great. Overall easy to use and I have even taken a few short films with it, sound quailty is pretty descent. Can't complain.
    Date published: 2008-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great product I received my SD850 a week ago and have used it extensively since then. Not only has it met all expectations, but it has, in many instances, exceeded them. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants a small compact to carry around when unable to lug one's normal heavy bag of equipment. Image quality is very good and I like the easy to use features such as shooting for panoramas and macro.
    Date published: 2008-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb camera A great little camera. I normally shoot with a nikon d300. I bought this for traveling and found it to be a superb little camera with excellent features. A big bright lcd with excellent autofocusing and clear images. This shoots great if you are lazy and set it up as an automatic yet gives you enough control to produce remarkable pictures in all situations. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2008-05-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for a Medium Priced Point and Shoot The SD series by Canon are certainly one of the best point and shoot series by any manufacturer. And the 850 is one of the best, imho. They do have a somewhat limited range of manual controls but at least enough to make some key adjustments: WB, exposure + or -, and spot or evaluative metering. If you pay attention to things (i.e., the quality of the light in your scene) this little camera should impress you with excellent results. It really produces surprisingly good images. I feel this is an almost perfect camera for snapshots to output as 8x10 prints or web images. The form factor is quite nice as it fits in a pocket easily. An unobtrusive camera that has the potential of capturing a great image; something you can carry around always.... Expertise: Considered by many as a gullible sort of chap Problems Encountered: Battery power is a bit limited but one can always buy an extra.... Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Many, many digital point and shoots Items I Recommend: a good martini
    Date published: 2007-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best so far Great point & shoot digital camera I bought this camera totake travel photos because its so light weight and fits in my pocket. The small size, image stabilization, great night photos, ease of use, are just some of the features I love. This is the third Canon digital camera I've owned. I still use my Pro 1 for super Close up photos.I highly recommend this camera and B&H!
    Date published: 2007-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera! I love this compared to the Nikon coolpix. The lens is situated in the middle, so you dont see your fingers while taking pictures. The coolpix lens is on the top right side and I see there are times my fingers obstruct the lens while I take pictures or video. I love the crisp photos and vivid colors. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Nikon coolpix 8.0 Items I Recommend: Sandisk Ultra 2 SD card -2 Gig
    Date published: 2007-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent camera My new SD850IS replaces my old Elph. I really like the picture quality, ergonomics (including function wheel) and ease of use. It has an optical viewfinder which is really helpful on bright days. The rear screen is bigger than my old Elph, brighter and a real improvement but even with all of that it is sometimes better to rely on the analog viewfinder for a good shot.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really a great little camera! Small, not so heavy!The IS Function is very effective!LCD with excellent quality.Photos with perfect colours.ISO ok! Problems Encountered: Do not have battery life indicator!!
    Date published: 2007-08-27
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