Sound memos can be added up to 60 seconds for each image file, and there is a sound recorder function in the playback menu that has nothing to do with imaging. Below is the playback menu. 

  Movies can be played back normally with VCR-like control or in slow motion and can be split into two separate files. Images and movies can also be erased one by one with the bottom of the multi-selector or erased by date, category, or folder. They can be erased all at once too. These PowerShot digital cameras are designed to sort through large numbers of photos. A jump function eases navigation by providing quick access to every 10th shot, 100th shot, category, folder, date, or movie. Pictures can be tagged into different categories like people, events, and scenery so they can be found faster later. All in all, the playback mode has lots of options to organize, view, and edit pictures. **Custom Image Presets**The scene modes are located in different places on the two digital cameras. On the PowerShot SD750, the scene modes have a designated scene position on the mode switch. On the SD1000, they are found among all the other exposure modes in the menu. The options are the same on both though: Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, and Night Snapshot. The exposure compensation is available in each of these scenes, along with the image size and compression. Of note is the optional underwater housing that can be purchased with this camera; don’t think the underwater mode will last long without one. 
 **Manual Control Options       The Canon PowerShot SD750 and SD1000 don’t have many manual controls, but what they do have is crammed into a few menus. The options are discussed below. Focus***Auto Focus  Canon’s through-the-lens auto focus system normally focuses from 1 ft, but can get as close as 1.2 inches in the macro focus mode. The SD750 and SD1000 come with Canon’s Digic III image processor that has face detection technology built into it. The face detection system can recognize up to 9 faces at a time, and it has done so on other PowerShot digital cameras. Previous models worked quickly and more effectively, but the SD750 and SD1000 seemed a little sluggish in this area. Once again, this could be an issue with the pre-production models that could be worked out by the time the final product is released. When the face detection isn’t on, the AiAF is. The auto focus system works well and quickly on these digital cameras as there is hardly any shutter lag; the face detection could be snappier on these though - we'll see if improvements are made on the final production models.   *Manual Focus

*These models cannot manually focus. 
*ISO**The Canon PowerShot SD750 and SD1000 have the same wide ISO range. Manual ISO settings include 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600. There are two automatic settings: the standard auto and high ISO auto for lower light situations. These models also include a brand new feature on PowerShot digital cameras called Auto ISO Shift. This senses when images are vulnerable to blur and displays a blinking hand icon on the LCD screen. While that icon blinks, the print button’s blue LED blinks too: this signals that the ISO could be boosted to reduce blur if desired. The ISO only boosts if users push the blinking button. This is an interesting feature that ensures great shots even in less than perfect lighting. The ISO settings are located at the top of the multi-selector, while the Auto ISO Shift feature can be activated in the recording menu. **White Balance            In the Func./Set menu with a large preview are the white balance options. These include Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom. The latter white balance can be set by framing something white in the tiny box that appears in the center of the screen and pushing the menu button, like on other PowerShots. There are on-screen directions to do this. The white balance presets cover the basics, but don’t get too elaborate: there are no underwater or flash settings. Exposure The exposure settings cannot be manually adjusted, but there is a basic exposure compensation option with +/- 2 settings in 1/3-EV steps. There is a live view of this in the Func./Set menu as users scroll through with the multi-selector. Unfortunately, a live histogram isn’t available on the Canon SD750 and SD1000, but a histogram can be seen in the playback mode. Metering The metering mode is in the Func./Set menu, but it can only be adjusted when in the "manual" mode. Evaluative, center-weighted average, and spot metering modes are on hand. The spot mode is fixed to the center of the image, and the default evaluative mode measures from wherever the camera deems the focus to be. This means that the metering syncs with the face detection auto focus mode when that is activated to properly expose the faces. Shutter Speed Shutter speeds cannot be manually chosen on these PowerShot digital cameras, but the automatic adjustments range from 15-1/1500th of a second. The shutter speed appears in the file information that can be shown or hidden with a touch of the display button. Aperture Canon’s 3x optical zoom lens has a standard, but still good, f/2.8 max aperture. When the lens is zoomed out, the max shrinks down to f/4.9, which isn’t great but is better than some competitors’ lenses. 
Picture Quality****/ Size Options**A 1/2.5-inch CCD remains under the hood of the Canon PowerShot SD750 and SD1000. It has 7.4 total megapixels on it and 7.1 effective. With those, it allows users to choose from the following selection of image sizes: 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728 (16:9), 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, and 640 x 480. These can be found in the Func./Set menu along with the JPEG compression settings of SuperFine, Fine, and Normal. **Picture Effects Mode**Canons are known for their picture effects modes, called My Colors in the cameras. This PowerShot, like others released in the past year, offers the color modes in recording and playback modes. Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, and Darker Skin Tone can be set. In the recording mode, there is also a Custom Color option grouped with the other options in the Func./Set menu. It allows users to adjust the contrast, saturation, sharpness, skin tones, and red, green, and blue channels on +/- 2 scales with whole steps. Color accent and color swap modes are listed among the exposure modes but are basically color filters of sorts. They aren’t entirely useful, but are interesting to play with when the pictures don’t really matter. Users can select colors almost the same way they select the white balance, then swap them or accent them by making everything else in the frame that isn’t the selected color black & white.** **


The SD750 and SD1000 come with CD-ROMs with a suite of organizational and editing software. *Jacks, ports, plugs*There are two jacks beneath a small square-shaped door on the right side of the camera. One jack hosts the USB 2.0 hi-speed mini-B jack and doubles as the AV jack, which can be set to output in NTSC or PAL standard via the setup menu. The other round jack is for the optional DC-in cable.* **Direct Print Options*The Canon SD750 and SD1000 are PictBridge compatible and connect with the supplied USB cable. Print orders can be made from the playback menu, where users can select which pictures to print and how many of each to make. Pictures can be printed by category, date, and folder. All pictures can be printed at once. Print orders can be deleted or saved, then transferred to a printer at a later date via the LED-adorned print button. *Battery*
The SD750 and SD1000 come with a rechargeable NB04L lithium-ion battery that gets 210 shots per charge. Both cameras have battery indicators that flash when there is about 2 minutes of power left. The SD1000 has an opportunity to save battery power when needed by shutting off the LCD screen and relying on the optical viewfinder. The PowerShots come with wall-mount battery chargers. *Memory*There is no internal memory on these digital cameras and they only come with 16 MB cards, which can only hold 9 pictures at full resolution. They accept SD, SDHC, and MMC memory cards in a slot next to the battery in the compartment on the bottom of the camera. **Other features***Stitch Assist* – These assists can be found among the exposure modes and can be set to assist from left to right or right to left. The "assist" means that once users snap one picture, a side of the image remains to help line up the next shot, and the next, and so on. These can be used to create panoramas, but they can’t be stitched together until they are uploaded into the included software. *Digital Macro* – This mode also resides with the other exposure modes. It can focus from 1.2-3.9 inches. Its live preview looks pixilated, but when the exposure is locked the view becomes smooth again. This macro mode doesn’t provide much advantage over the standard macro mode though. *Sound Recorder* – This feature is located in the playback menu, although it is an odd placement for it because it has nothing to do with the playback of images. The sound recorder feature records mono audio at three different sampling rates: 44.100 kHz, 22.050 kHz, and 11.025 kHz. Background noise garbled the audio, but voices within about 6 ft can be heard clearly. 
 **Value**The Canon PowerShot SD750 retails for $349 with its best feature being its 3-inch LCD screen. Taking runner-up with standard features is the $299 Canon PowerShot SD1000. Neither camera has stellar features deserving of their retail prices, though the addition of the Auto ISO shift feature is compelling. However, the point-and-shoot market is now saturated with full-features models that sell for less. **Who It’s For***Point-and-Shooters* – The Canon PowerShot SD750 and SD1000 are built for this audience with their automated modes and compact forms. *Budget Consumers* – These PowerShots aren’t standout models and their prices stand out a bit too much. Budget consumers will pass by the SD750 and SD1000. *Gadget Freaks* – There isn’t much to look at on these models; nothing really stands out as a gadget lover’s dream. *Manual Control Freaks* – These are not the cameras for this crowd. *Pros/Serious Hobbyists* – The lack of manual control and legitimate handling features makes it a no go here. 
  **Conclusion**The Canon SD750 and SD1000 fall in the middle of the Digital Elph line with their standard feature set and 7.1 megapixels. The models above these have flashier features like optical image stabilization and longer lenses. Those below in the lineup have smaller LCD screens with less resolution.

There are hardly any standout features on these cameras, other than the addition of the Auto ISO shift feature. There’s nothing to hate, but nothing to love either. The cameras are solid, but pricy. The ho-hum PowerShot SD750 and SD1000 retail for $349 and $299, respectively, which is a bit much for a market that is saturated with flashier, feature-laden competition.

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