Mee and I received our new camera yesterday. We were very excited and looking forward to its arrival since the day we placed our order. We looked high and low previously to find us a suitable camera. We even went to the local photography shop several times to test out different cameras. Mee is very keen on Canon cameras while I am more open to any brands. However, we try to avoid Sony, Nikon and Olympus cameras. In the end, we came down to two; Canon Ixus 1000HS and Canon Powershot S95. Canon Ixus 1000HS looks stylish and appealing while Canon Powershot S95 has more simple and serious design. High end compact cameras seem to have a more old fashion and clean design. Take a look at Panasonic Lumix LX5 and you will know what I mean. But honestly, I do prefer the look of Panasonic Lumix LX5 but it is not as portable as Canon Powershot S95.
Anyway, we ended up choosing Canon Powershot S95 over Canon Ixus 1000HS. I believe that Mee preferred Canon Ixus 1000HS initially but once we compared both cameras in the local photography shop; she seemed to love Canon Powershot S95 more.
Canon Ixus 1000HS is the successor of Canon Ixus 300HS but it doesn’t seem to have the low light capability of Canon Ixus 300HS. Canon Ixus 1000HS has quite a small body but the small body has made Canon to compromise with a smaller and less power rechargeable battery. As a result, it only manages about 150 shots per charge. Even though both Canons have 3-inch LCD monitor, Canon Ixus 1000HS’ resolution is about half of Canon Powershot S95’s 460K. And because Canon Ixus 1000HS LCD monitor is in wide screen format, regular 4:3 picture format will have black bands left and right. Thus, the true playback viewing area of the LCD monitor is less than 3-inch. Almost every control has to be selected through the on screen menu. For example, we were trying to find the macro and flash button but we gave up in the end. I know that cameras nowadays are capable enough to automatically adjust its settings according to the environment but since Canon Ixus 1000HS allows the transition from auto to manual, surely it should allow us to have easier access to the manual settings. Instead, we have to drill down deep into the menu to change a setting.
Canon Powershot S95 is better in almost every way. Mind you, both Canons have almost the same price tag. The LCD monitor is bright and in fact, I find it too bright sometimes. The brightness level can be adjusted in the menu but I guess I will leave it to the default setting for the time being. The control ring is fun and useful. To us, there are still so much to learn because of the amount of manual controls that you can have with this camera. Even the auto mode works beautifully and gives consistent picture quality in our opinion. It constantly adjusts itself to the environment and it is always ready to take a picture. One thing that needs to be aware of is the pop up flash which is located on the top left of the camera. It is a little bit obstructive but we will cope with it eventually.
We compared a few shots with our old Canon Ixus 65 which hasn’t got IS and it just shows how technology has advanced. I was able to take a clear picture of our room with just one hand using Canon Powershot S95. However, the picture taken by Canon Ixus 65 was not as good even with both hands. So far, we are quite pleased with our purchase and I have started reading articles about digital photography. Moving out of the auto mode would be something that I would like to achieve in the future!