Photokina 2010: Canon Ixus 1000 HS
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Launched to mark the 10th anniversary of Canon's Ixus line, the Ixus 1000 HS is one of the most advanced Ixus models to date, according to Canon.
Featuring the same HS system camera technology as this year's earlier Ixus 300 HS model, the Ixus 1000 HS is designed to take superior shots even in challenging low light conditions.
To achieve this, Canon has restrained the megapixel count to a relatively modest 10Mp.
In our expert tests of the best digital cameras, we've often found that excessively high resolutions tend to produce grainy shots in low light, so we'll look forward to testing the Ixus 1000 HS as soon as it's available.
See the Ixus 1000 HS in action in our first look video review
At the time of writing we don't have complete test results on the earlier Canon Ixus 300 HS model, but our initial findings suggest that the HS System helps it deliver terrific picture quality.
Canon claims that the Ixus 1000 HS will be able to shoot more than three shots-per-second at full 10Mp resolution while you keep the shutter button held down, and this can be increased to over eight shots-per-second by reducing the resolution.
The camera also features a generous 10x optical zoom, helping you get closer to more distant subjects.
Full 1080p HD video with the Canon Ixus 1000 HS
The Canon Ixus 1000 HS is the first compact camera we've seen to offer full HD 1080p recording - the same high-resolution recording that you can get with a digital SLR or digital camera.
To date we still haven't seen a compact camera that can match the video quality of a proper camcorder, but we'll reserve judgement on the Ixus 1000 HS until we've had a chance to fully test it.
The Canon Ixus 1000 HS will be available from September 2010, with a launch price of £349.
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