Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS reviews and prices: Compact camera

87 customer reviews

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9.0 out of 10 based on 87 reviews.
Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS: 10 MP (Megapixels), 4x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Philip, Newport

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Large screen, plenty of features
Bad points:
none so far
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Aug 2009

Chris, Luton Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Quite easy to understand - still working on the advanced features!
Bad points:
buttons / dial can be accidently pressed when handling
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Aug 2009

David , Manchester

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This is a beautifully small and elegant little camera with a superfast start-up time and is a pleasure to use.
Build quality of this camera is excellent, and it feels good in the hand - though maybe not in very large hands.
Controls are neat and intuitive and easy to navigate after a few minutes of use.
It has a very nice quality Canon lens.
The picture quality, even though its a 10 megapixel, is up to Canon`s usual high standard, ie, excellent !
It has an absolutively beautiful 3in LCD screen that is a pleasure to look at, with a crisp and colourful image.
Video quality, though not HD, is very good indeed and does not disappoint in any way.
The battery life on this little camera is also really good (considering the size of the LCD) and isnt a problem.

In conclusion, this is a great little Japanese-made point-and-shoot camera that is beautiful to look at, small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, and which also takes fine pictures.

Bad points:
I honestly and truthfully cannot, after just a few weeks of use, find any bad points with this camera, except possibly, the lack of manual control of aperture/shutter, which would have made this little gem perfect !

Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Jul 2009

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Wide angle
Bad points:
Gaps in joints in the case will let in dust eventually.
A built-in electronic spirit level would help keep shots level.
Doesn't allow no-flash default.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 6.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Aug 2009


Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to hold. Excellent results. Compact size
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Aug 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Three inch screen - very clear.
Wide angle lens
Bad points:
Fiddly plastic cover on outlet for connection to computer
No case for camera
Very small memory card supplied
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Aug 2009

caroline, blackburn lancs Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
excellent camera fantastic quality pictures and so easy to find your way round the features
Bad points:
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Aug 2009

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3648x2736
Optical zoom ratio 4
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Silver
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Media format MMC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 155
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1600
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 56.8x93.8x23.6
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.8-5.8
In-built memory (Megabytes) 32
Release date 2008-09-30
Height in mm 5.7
Width in mm 93.8
Depth in mm 2.4
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 112
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: Canon IXUS 870 IS, Digital Ixus 870IS, Digital Ixus 870 IS

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Manufacturer's Description

The high-quality 10.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 870 IS – finished in gold or silver – commands attention. Take panoramic shots with a 4x wide-angle zoom, and replay in stunning detail on the 3.0” PureColor LCD II.


  • 10.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS in silver or gold
  • 4x wide-angle optical zoom, optical IS
  • DIGIC 4
  • Face Detection Technology
  • Anti-blur Motion Detection Technology
  • i-Contrast
  • 3.0” PureColor LCD II
  • 19 modes
  • Multi Control Dial, My Menu
  • High-quality VGA movies

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Quality 10.0 Megapixel imaging
Sleek and sophisticated in gold or silver, the Digital IXUS 870 IS boasts an exceptional build quality. The 10.0 Megapixel sensor captures the finest of detail, for superb large-scale prints and creative cropping possibilities.

Capture more
The 4x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom lens lets you capture more in your frame – ideal for sweeping landscapes or group photos. Canon’s renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology counteracts camera shake for outstanding image quality.

Incorporating the latest in image processing technology, DIGIC 4 delivers extraordinary noise reduction. The result is richly detailed, clean images, even when shooting at high ISO speeds. DIGIC 4 also drives exceptional processing speeds and responsive operation.

Face Detection Technology
Great people shots are assured with the latest Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, even for faces at angles and far away. Face Select & Track optimises settings for a chosen person, while FaceSelf-Timer waits for you to enter the frame for great group shots. Auto Red-Eye Correction eliminates red eyes during shooting and playback.

No blur
The Digital IXUS 870 IS combats potential blur with High ISO Auto and Motion Detection Technology, which ascertains movement of both camera and subject to set the optimum ISO, whatever the shooting situation. Servo AF tracks moving subjects to ensure they remain in focus.

Optimum contrast
i-Contrast analyses a scene during shooting or playback, then automatically boosts brightness. The result is improved contrast with retained detail in tricky lighting conditions.

3.0” PureColor LCD II
The generous 3.0" PureColor LCD II offers exceptional contrast and colour rendition, plus a wide viewing angle for easier framing, playback and menu navigation – even at angles and in bright sunlight.

Shooting Modes
19 shooting modes – including a new Sunset mode, for stunning photos at sundown – deliver great results in tricky lighting conditions.

Easy access
The easy-to-use Multi Control Dial provides fast, convenient and accurate access to menu items, functions and images during playback.

Shoot high-quality 30fps VGA movies with sound. Advanced compression technologies reduce file size, to free up valuable extra memory.

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