On Sale: Canon PowerShot SD 1000 Digital Elph

04/08/2008 at 09:51 AM ET

Picture_1Readers are always asking what camera we take our photos with. Josh has a few fancy cameras that are pretty expensive ($500+) but my camera is pretty inexpensive — and it just got even more inexpensive.

The model is the Canon PowerShot SD 1000 Digital Elph. Originally $200, now $120 at Toys R Us (in-store only) — The Toys R Us flyer says the price is valid April 6-12, 2008.

It features 7.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom and a 2.5 inch LCD screen. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t have optical image stabilizer which helps correct a slightly shaky hand or active kid. My previous camera, the PowerShot SD 850, had it but alas a can of soda which exploded in my Not Rational diaper bag killed it (and the bag was kind of killed too).

Click Continue Reading to read tips on taking better pictures and to see some photos taken with the camera.

Tips for taking better photos in general

Img_0931Img_0935Ithink this camera takes excellent photos without the flash — using theflash in these kinds of cameras totally screws up the color, washingout everyone. Compare these two photos. The one on the left was takenwith flash, the one on the right, without. Both are cute but the one onthe right is softer, more natural.

Whenever possible, I turn off the flash and I recommend you give ita try if you’ve never done it before. In general, you want the exposureto be at least 1/60th of a second so the smaller the number, theblurrier the image can be because of movement of the subject and thephotographer. Since kids are active, when taking photos indoor, you cancounteract their motion by putting the camera on a still surface orbracing yourself against furniture, a wall, tree, etc. Outside duringthe day, this will rarely be an issue.  You can also increase the ISOto a higher number. This will make the images grainier though so youdon’t want to go higher than necessary.

Without flash
(Note: The last one was color manipulated within the camera.)
With flash

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Heather on

Just a tip. If you don’t have a Toys R Us credit card, you can open one and save another 10% on the camera. That’s what I did and with tax it ended up being $114.45. I suggest you get there fast though because it’s a clearance item so once they’re gone, they’re gone. I was lucky enough to pick up the last one last night. My favorite feature is the color accent feature. I haven’t stopped playing with it since my battery charged up last night.

Jess on

*Runs off to check if the UK site do this camera*

Thank you for the information. Was looking for a camera that was good megapixels and not too expensive. Thanks again.

Sue on

I just picke up the camera this weekend. Multiple ToysRUS were out, but if you bring the AD into the local Walmart, they price match, that’s what we had to do!!

Jeanette on

Wow, what a great buy. I have an older (three or four years old?) PowerShot that is a bit outdated and mostly use my digital SLR, a Nikon D-80 that has everything I need. But sometimes I wish my smaller camera was not so outdated so I could just take along the small camera. Seeing this, I called the ToysRUs stores in my area and every one of them is sold out – so I used Sue’s tip (Thank you, Sue!) and have one on hold at Wal-Mart until I can get off work today!! 🙂

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