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Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
7.1MP with Wide Angle Zoom

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS with 28mm wide angle coverage
Canon PowerShot SD800 IS / SD800 IS IS in some countries

Sept 14th, 2006.

Canon today announced its latest offering for the style-conscious photo enthusiast – the Powershot SD800 IS Digital Elph. The 7.1 Megapixel camera introduces wide-angle zoom capability to the Powershot Digital Elph range for the first time with an 28mm (35mm equivalent) 3.8x zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer.

Designed as a 'take anywhere' camera, the ultra-compact Canon Powershot SD800 IS stays true to its Canon Elph heritage with a smoothly sculpted curvature design and all-metal finish. Enhanced performance and image quality are assured through Canon's latest DIGIC III image processor.





The new Canon DIGIC III processor incorporated in the Canon Powershot SD800 IS enables low-noise ISO 1600 shooting and new Face Detection AF/AE – a Canon technology that detects up to nine faces in a frame and automatically optimises the focus and exposure for great people shots.

The Canon Powershot SD800 IS features a large 2.5-inch high resolution LCD monitor screen on the back of the camera offering a bright, wide, easy to read viewing area. Camera menus and settings are well laid out and user friendly to navigate.

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Major Features

  • Elegant stainless steel 'Perpetual Curve' design compact digital camera featuring 7.1 megapixel resolution

  • DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection Technology for better image quality, fast operation and low power consumption

    The new DIGIC III Image Processor found in the Canon Powershot SD800 IS is the latest advancement to Canon's proprietary DIGIC technology, delivering great image quality, responsive performance and extended battery life. DIGIC III provides a speedier interface for the SD800 IS's secure digital (SD) memory card as well as higher definition for its rear LCD monitor.

    The Canon DIGIC III processor also empowers new Face Detection AF/AE, which finds all the faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point, when the shutter button is depressed half-way. Exposure and flash are controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of darkened or overexposed faces.

    The Canon Powershot SD800 IS further features iSAPS Technology 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.

The SD800 IS features a Canon wide-angle 28-105mm (in 35mm equivalent) 3.8x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer technology for steady shooting.

Most point and shoot compact digital cameras on the market provide a wide angle zoom starting from around 32mm to 38mm which does not provide as much field of view coverage as the 28mm wide angle on the Canon Powershot SD800 IS Digital Elph. Great for group shots.

The Canon PowerShot SD800 IS is well suited to shooting in situations prone to camera shake and image blurring - thanks to Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology.

Whether you're shooting outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, or at the end of the zoom range, camera shake is detected and corrected.

The effect of camera shake correction is approx. 3 steps in shutter speed equivalent.

The shifting lens holder is supported and controlled by three solid spheres to achieve highly accurate image stabilization.
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with 207K pixel resolution and with a wide viewing angle for easier on-camera viewing
  • Improved Movie Mode with Fast Frame Rate at 60 fps QVGA (320 x 240) or 30 fps VGA (640 x 480).
With the Canon Powershot SD800 IS's improved Movie Mode, you can shoot high quality full-motion movies at 60 fps QVGA (320 x240). When you want to save space, you've also got Standard Recording that lets you shoot at 30 fps VGA (640 x 480). There's even a 15 fps Compact Movie Mode that's ideal for creating movies you can attach to emails.
  • 17 shooting modes include a new Aquarium Special Scene mode and a manual mode for selection of exposure settings such as White Balance and ISO

  • The Canon PowerShot SD800 IS features new 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.
  • Addition of “My Colors” function that allows users to creatively adjust the colors, contrast, sharpness and saturation of images for a completely custom look while shooting or during playback.

  • 23 language menu options

  • The Canon Powershot SD800 IS can be used as a sound recorder storing up to two hours of voice memo (depends on size of card in the camera)

  • Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP and SElphY Compact Photo Printers

Included in the box:

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Camera, Lithium Battery Pack NB-5L , Battery Charger CB-2LXE, SD Memory Card SDC-16M (16 MB), Wrist Strap WS-700, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC300

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Canon Powershot SD800 IS
Digital Camera Press Release Info

Offering a focal length range of 28 – 105mm (35mm equivalent), the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS's 3.8x optical zoom lens allows photographers to capture wider panoramas, architectural photos and group shots. The lens incorporates Canon's optical Image Stabilizer to counteract the effects of camera shake for steadier performance in low light, at full zoom or when shooting from moving vehicles.

Image Quality
The 7.1 Megapixel sensor built in to the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS ensures that images are captured with all the detail needed for large photo quality prints. Taking advantage of the camera's resolving power, photographers can use the Safety Zoom feature to expand the zoom range without impacting on image quality – up to 15x zoom when shooting Small size images.

New DIGIC III Processor with Face Detection AF/AE
Delivering fast, responsive camera performance and superb image rendering, the new DIGIC III processor also drives Canon’s landmark Face Detection technology. Face Detection AF/AE ensures accurate and bright people shots by automatically detecting faces in a scene and optimising focus and exposure accordingly.

The system is designed to cleverly revert to 9-point AiAF if it determines that the main subject is non-human, avoiding focusing errors at tourist attractions and other crowded locations. Face Detection AF/AE performs accurately with large groups and when subjects are distant or move within the frame. Because the technology is hardware-based, it operates at the same rapid speed as Canon's standard AiAF.

Shooting modes and My Colors
Adaptable to almost any shooting situation, the camera's 17 shooting modes include a new Aquarium Special Scene mode and a manual mode for selection of exposure settings such as White Balance and ISO.

For creative image manipulation in-camera, My Colors photo effects can be applied during and after shooting. A new 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.


The camera’s movie functions include 30fps VGA recording with sound. Canon’s unique Intelligent Orientation Sensor automatically rotates vertically shot movies for playback on camera, PC or TV via the integrated AV Out connection.

LCD Enhancements
The Digital SD800 IS IS's bright 2.5" LCD screen features a wide viewing angle for comfortable image framing and viewing. Benefiting from a screen resolution of 207,000 pixels, users can select the Image Inspection Tool to display a magnified section next to each captured shot straight after shooting. The magnified spot can be moved between AF points or to any area of the image, allowing users to check sharpness or facial expressions before leaving the scene.

A selectable 3:2 ratio overlay aids composition by displaying the printable area for standard photo prints. The user interface (UI) has also been enhanced to speed up navigation between related camera settings. 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.

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS / IXUS 850 IS Digital Camera
Type of Camera

Compact digital still camera with built-in flash and the lens shift-type image stabilizer (IS) system, 3.8x Optical / 4x Digital / 15x Combined Zoom
CCD Type
7.1 Megapixel, 1/ 2.5 inch type
Total Pixels
Approx. 7.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 7.1 Megapixels
Focal Length 4.6-17.3mm f/2.8-5.8 (35mm film equivalent: 28-105mm)
Start Up Time Approximately 1.3 sec
Shutter Release Lag 0.1 sec or less
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range

Normal: 1.5 ft./45cm-infinity
Macro: 1.2 in.-2.0 ft./3-60cm (WIDE), 1-2.0 ft./30-60cm (TELE)
Digital Macro: 1.2 in.-2.0 ft./3-60cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor

2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
Brightness adjustment: 15 levels
LCD Resolution
Approx. 207,000 pixels
LCD Coverage 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity/Recommended Exposure Index)
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
Program AE; AE Lock is available
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range Normal: 1.6-13 ft./50cm - 4.0m (W), 1.6-6.6 ft./50cm - 2.0m (T)
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less
Shooting Modes

Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects

My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.7 fps
Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Quality Settings
Normal, Fine, SuperFine
Image Size Settings

  • 3,072 x 2,304 (Large)
  • 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1)
  • 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2)
  • 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3)
  • 640 x 480 (Small)
  • 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen)


  • 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 4GB, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)
Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume Playback, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out NTSC/PAL

Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SElphY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-5L included
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 270 shots (NB-5L/LCD on)* approx. 600 shots (NB-5L/LCD off)
* The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.
Playback Time Approx. 360 min. (NB-5L)

(W x H x D)

3.52 x 2.28 x 0.99 in. / 89.5 x 58.0 x 25.1mm
Approx. 5.29 oz. / 150g (camera body only)
Language Menu Support
25 display languages provided (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)


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