"The entry-level Canon PowerShot A1000 IS is low-cost without being lousy," CNET's Joshua Goldman succinctly states, adding that the A1000 IS "feels higher quality than its price lets on." Among cheap, entry-level cameras, the 10-megapixel Canon PowerShot A1000 IS tops the list as one of the most value-packed beginner models, and reviewers agree that the A1000 IS excels at simplicity with "better photo quality than other cameras at its price point." The 115,000-pixel 2.5-inch LCD is relatively small to leave room for an optical viewfinder, which Goldman points out "only represents about 80 percent of what's in the frame." Despite this flaw, many owners and reviewers are smitten with the optical viewfinder's energy-saving capabilities. (Turning off the LCD screen conserves battery power.) What the PowerShot A1000 IS lacks in flare, it makes up for in easy handling, generous features and decent performance. The camera's body affords plenty of space for a multitude of finger-friendly control buttons, which offer easy access to scene modes and means you don't have to dig through onscreen menus.
Feature-wise, the A1000 IS comes armed with a 1/2.3-inch, 10-megapixel sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens that's a bit longer than the typical 3x zoom on most cheap cameras. The DIGIC III image processor has red-eye correction and face detection technology. Shooting times are on par with other A-series models, although users routinely complain that shot-to-shot time when using the flash is excruciating at nearly 7 seconds. Delays aside, the A1000 IS nabs excellent ratings for laudable image quality at low ISO settings, but like other budget cameras, suffers from image noise above ISO 200.
Photography experts at Imaging-Resource.com and Steves-Digicams.com, along with technology reviewers at CNET and PCMag.com, thoroughly test and evaluate the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS. Owner comments at Amazon.com and CanonUSA.com help to show how the A1000 fares for ease of use with beginning photographers.
The Canon PowerShot A1000 IS "looks like another winner for Canon in the entry-level market," contend photography experts Shawn Barnett and Mike Tomkins. In tests, the A1000 garners accolades for secure handling, an optical viewfinder that is "increasingly rare" in budget models and fully automatic controls that are "approachable, even for complete beginners."
Review: Canon PowerShot A1000 IS, Shawn Barnett and Mike Tomkins, Feb. 26, 2009
Even with its limited shooting controls, reviewer Joshua Goldman says the A1000 excels at simplicity while delivering better image quality than other budget cameras. These assets, combined with the energy-saving viewfinder and convenience of AA batteries, make the A1000 a "smart choice."
Review: Canon PowerShot A1000 IS, Joshua Goldman, May 4, 2009
In his tests of the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS, PJ Jacobowitz finds that the camera "excels at the basics," with its "dead simple" Easy Mode and fast shooting times that produce crisp, colorful images. Like other budget cameras, the A1000 IS suffers from high amounts of image noise and the optical viewfinder clips images.
Review: Canon PowerShot A1000 IS, PJ Jacobowitz, Oct. 10, 2008
Editors at Steves-Digicams.com say the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS is "packed full of features," adding that it's "easy enough for anyone to pick up and start shooting." Ergonomics and image quality are considered very good. However, the optical viewfinder shows only about 85 percent of the image being shot, there is slight barrel distortion occurs at wide angles and the camera eats through standard AA batteries.
Review: Canon PowerShot A1000 IS, Editors of Steves-Digicams.com, Oct. 30, 2008
More than 250 owners weigh in on the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS. For the majority of users, the A1000 is a great value, with better than expected image quality for its price. The optical image stabilization, ease of use and optical viewfinder are among the favorite features. However, short battery life is a common complaint, with one user saying the A1000 IS "burns through batteries like they're matchsticks."
Review: Canon Powershot A1000IS, Contributors to Amazon.com