Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS Review
(also known as the PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH)

Review Date: November 27th 2008
Author: Zoltan Arva-Toth

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Type 1/2.3” CCD
Effective Pixels Approx.10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 5.0 - 20.0 mm (35mm equivalent: 28 – 112mm)
Zoom Optical 4x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx.1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom ¹) ². Combined approx. 16x
Maximum f/number f/2.8 – f/5.8
Construction 7 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical elements including 1 double-sided UA element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)
Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Servo AF¹
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 2cm (W) from front of lens in macro
Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, High ISO Auto (incorporating Motion Detection Technology), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Speed 1/60 - 1/1600 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/1600 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)
Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Monitor 3.0” PureColor LCD II (TFT), approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of fifteen levels
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Built-in Flash Range 30cm - 4.2m (W) / 2.0m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1
Modes Auto, P, Movie, Special Scene (Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200¹, Digital Macro, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist)
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.4 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²
Image Size (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 20%4, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Movies 640 x 480, 30fps
320 x 240, 30fps
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour ¹
Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes
Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Sound Memo Up to 60 sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi
Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)
Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus. 32MB memory card supplied
PC & Macintosh Windows XP SP2 / Vista (including SP1)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 310 shots ¹
Approx. 420 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC adapter kit ACK-DC30
Case Soft Leather Case DCC-75, Digital IXUS Metal or Leather Strap
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC26, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD, excl. protrusions) 93.8 x 56.8 x 23.6mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 155g


¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.

AF Modes

¹ Some settings limit availability


¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200

Continuous Shooting

¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity.

Movie Length

¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity.

Battery life

¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated.

*Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.

According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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