The Digital Elph
series, a sub-series of the PowerShot cameras, was very
successful as were their predecessors and widely distributed. The SD850 was sold by Costco but was available in most “big box” stores that sold cameras as well as dedicated camera stores.
The Digital Elphs
The Series Continues …….
The Elph APS or film camera series
were very popular because of
their size and features. However,
the digital era overtook them
and the last model, the Elph Z3,
was introduced in March of 2002.
The first Digital Elph was introduced in May of 2000 predating the demise of the APS Elph by a full 2 years. Between 2000 and 2017 Canon produced 74 models of the PowerShot Digital Elphs which attests to their popularity. I suspect that they
eventually fell prey to the cell phone camera which has rocked the mass consumer camera market to its core and almost eliminated it.
Canon continued the Digital Elph in the mould of its predecessor keeping it small and compact. When the original Digital Elph came out it was based on the Elph APS cameras and was the smallest 2mp digital camera then available.
To keep the size to a minimum Canon used a small proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. The first seven models used a CF Card Type I but the eighth model, the SD100 Digital Elph switched to SD cards which allowed the cameras to maintain the small size.
With so many models how do we keep them straight. Well there are few things to note that will help. First let’s look at the APS cameras. They are simply called Elph followed by an identifier. They are not a Sure Shot and certainly not a PowerShot as those are all digital.
The digital Elphs, on the other hand, are part of the PowerShot series and will have that as part of their name. Up to 2010 the word “Digital” was also part of their name. After 2010 the use of “Digital” and “IS” were dropped from the Elph names.
Digital Elph cameras using CF Type I cards all used a designation in the name in the format SXXX such as PowerShot S200 or PowerShot S330. When SD cards were adopted in 2003 the designation was changed to SDXXX until 2011 when this format was dropped. After that “HS” (for High Sensitivity) was added to the name along with an occasional “IS”.
What follows is a listing, sorry it’s so long, of the Digital Elph cameras and their various names. I have dozens of them but it may take a while to get them all indicated in blue and to post write ups on them. To be honest, I have no desire to do reviews of them or even repeat the information on the Canon Museum website. However, eventually I will do a short page on each with their basic information.
Note Abreviation: “PS” stands for “PowerShotl” and “DE” for “Digital Elph”
|Date of Introduction||North American Name||European Name||Japanese Name||MPx||Card||Battery|
|May 2000||PS S100 DE||Digital Ixus||IXY Digital||2.11||CF Type I||NB-1L|
|Apr 2001||PS S300 DE||Digital Ixus 300||IXY Digital 300||2.11||CF Type I||NB-1L|
|May 2001||PS S110 DE||Digital Ixus V||Ixy Digital200||2.11||CF Type I||NB-1L|
|Apr 2002||PS S330 DE||Digital Ixus 330||Ixy Digital 300a||2.0||CF Type I||NB-1L/1LH|
|Apr 2002||PS S200 DE||Digital Ixus V2||Ixy Digital 200a||2.0||CF Type I||NB-1L/1LH|
|Oct 2002||PS S230 DE||Digital Ixus V3||Ixy Digital 320||3.2||CF Type I||NB-1L/1LH|
|Mar 2003||PS S400 DE||Digital Ixus 400||Ixy Digital 4.0||4.0||CF Type I||NB-1L/1LH|
|May 2003||PS SD100 DE||Digital Ixus II||Ixt Digital 30||3.2||SD||NB-3L|
|Oct 2003||PS SD10 DE||Digital Ixus i||Ixy Digital L||4.0||SD||NB-3L|
|Mar 2004||PS S500 DE||Digital Ixus 500||Ixy Digital 500||5.3||CF Type I||NB-1L|
|Mar 2004||PS S410 DE||Digital Ixus 430||Ixy Digital 450||4.1||CF Type I||NB-1L|
|Mar 2004||PS SD110 DE||Digital Ixus IIs||Ixy Digital 30a||3.2||SD||NB-3L|
|Oct 2004||PS SD300 DE||Digital Ixus 40||Ixy Digital 50||4.0||SD||NB-4l|
|Oct 2004||PS SD200 DE||Digital Ixus 30||Ixy Digital 40||3.2||SD||NB-4L|
|Nov 2004||PS SD20 DE||Digital Ixus i5||Ixy Digital L2||5.0||SD||NB-3L|
|Mar 2005||PS SD400 DE||Digital Ixus 50||Ixy Digital 55||5.0||SD||NB-4L|
|Mar 2005||PS SD500 DE||Digital Ixus 700||Ixy Digital 600||7.1||SD||NB-3L|
|Sep 2005||PS SD550 DE||Digital Ixus 750||Ixy Digital 700||7.1||SD||NB-3L|
|Sep 2005||PS SD450 DE||Digital Ixus 55||Ixy Digital 60||5.0||SD||NB-4L|
|Oct 2005||PS SD30 DE||Digital Ixus i Zoom||Ixy Digital L3||5.0||SD||NB-4L|
|Dec 2005||PS SD 430 DE Wireless||Digital Ixus Wireless||Ixy Digital Wireless||5.0||SD||NB-4L|
|Mar 2006||PS SD600 DE||Digital Ixus 60||Ixy Digital 70||6.0||SD||NB-4L|
|Apr 2006||PS SD630 DE||Digital Ixus 65||Ixy Digital 80||6.0||SD||NB-4L|
|Apr 2006||PS SD700 IS DE||Digital Ixus 800 IS||Ixy Digital 800 IS||6.0||SD||NB-5L|
|Oct 2006||PS SD900 DE||Digital Ixus 900 Ti||Ixy Digital 1000||10.00||SD||NB-5L|
|Oct 2006||PS SD800 IS DE||Digital Ixus 850 IS||IXY Digital 900 IS||7.1||SD||NB-5L|
|Oct 2006||PS SD40 DE||Digital Ixus i7||Ixy Digital L4||7.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Mar 2007||PS SD1000 DE||Digital Ixus 70||Ixy Digital 10||7.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Mar 2007||PS SD750 DE||Digital Ixus 75||Ixy Digital 90||7.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Jun 2007||PS SD850 IS DE||Digital Ixus 950 IS||Ixy Digital 810 IS||8.0||SD||NB-5L|
|Sep 2007||PS SD870 IS DE||Digital Ixus 860 IS||Ixy Digital 910 IS||8.0||SD||NB-5L|
|Mar 2008||PS SD1100 IS DE||Digital Ixus 80 IS||Ixy Digital 20 IS||8.0||SD||NB-4L|
|Apr 2008||PS SD890 IS DE||Digital Ixus 970 IS||Ixy Digital 820 IS||10.0||SD||NB-5L|
|Apr 2008||PS SD770 IS DE||Digital Ixus 85 IS||Ixy Digital 25 IS||10.0||SD||NB-6L|
|Apr 2008||PS SD790 IS DE||Digital Ixus 90 IS||Ixy Digital 95 IS||10.0||SD||NB-5L|
|Sept 2008||PS SD990 IS DE||Digital Ixus 980 IS||Ixy Digital 3000 IS||14.7||SD||NB-5L|
|Sept 2008||PS SD880 IS DE||Digital Ixus 870 IS||Ixy Digital 920 IS||10.0||SD||NB-5L|
|Feb 2009||PS SD960 IS DE||Digital Ixus 110 IS||Ixy Digital 510 IS||12.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Feb 2009||PS SD780 IS DE||Digital Ixus 100 IS||Ixy Digital 210 IS||12.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Feb 2009||PS SD1200 IS DEF||Digital Ixus 95 IS||IXY Digital 110 IS||10.0||SD||NB-6L|
|Apr 2009||PS SD970 IS DE||Digital Ixus 990 IS||Ixy Digital 830 IS||12.1||SD||NB-5L|
|Aug 2009||PS SD940 IS DE||Digital Ixus 120 IS||Ixy Digital 220 IS||12.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Sep 2009||PS SD980 IS DE||Digital Ixus 200 IS||Ixy Digital 930 IS||12.1||SD||NB-6L|
|Feb 2010||PS SD3500 IS DE||Ixus 210||Ixy 10S||14.1||SD||NB-6L|
|Feb 2010||PS SD1400 IS DE||Ixus 130||Ixy 400F||14.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Feb 2010||PS SD1300 IS DE||Ixus 105||Ixy 200F||12.1||SD||NB-6L|
|May 2010||PS SD4000 IS DE||Ixus 300 HS||Ixy 30S||10.0||SD||NB-6L|
|Sep 2010||PS SD4500 IS DE||Ixus 1000HS||Ixy 50S||10.0||SD||NB-9L|
|Feb 2011||PS Elph 300HS||Ixus 220 HS||Ixy 410F||12.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Feb 2011||PS Elph 100 HS||Ixus 115 HS||Ixy 210F||12.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Mar 2011||PS Elph 500 HS||Ixus 310 HS||Ixy 31S||12.1||SD||NB-6L|
|Sep 2011||PS Elph 310 HS||Ixus 230 HS||Ixy 600F||12.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Sep 2011||PS Elph 510 HS||Ixus 1100 HS||Ixy 51S||12.1||SD||NB-9L|
|Mar 2012||PS Elph 320 HS||Ixus 240 HS||Ixy 420F||16.1||SD||NB-11L|
|Mar 2012||PS Elph 530 HS||Ixus 510 HS||Ixy 1||10.1||SD||NB-9L|
|Mar 2012||PS Elph 520 HS||Ixus 500 HS||Ixy 3||10.1||SD||NB-9L|
|Mar 2012||PS Elph 110 HS||Ixus 125 HS||Ixy 220F||16.1||SD||NB-11L|
|Feb 2013||PS Elph 330 HS||Ixus 255 HS||Ixy 610F||12.1||SD||NB-4L|
|Feb 2013||PS Elph 130 IS||Ixus 140||Ixy 110F||16.0||SD||NB-11L|
|Mar 2013||PS Elph 115 IS||Ixus 132||Ixy 90F||16.0||SD||NB-11L|
|Aug 2013||PS Elph 120 IS||Ixus 135||Ixy 100F||16.0||SD||NB-11L|
|Feb 2014||PS Elph 340 HS||Ixus 265 HS||Ixy 630||16.0||SD||NB-11L/LH|
|Feb 2014||PS Elph 150 IS||Ixus 155||Ixy 140||20.0||SD||NB-11L/LH|
|Feb 2014||PS Elph 135||Ixus 145||Ixy 120||16.0||SD||NB-11L/LH|
|Aug 2014||PS Elph 140 IS||Ixus 150||Ixy 130||16.0||SD||NB-11L/LH|
|Feb 2015||PS Elph 160||Ixus 160||Ixy 150||20.0||SD||NB-11L/LH|
|Apr 2015||PS Elph 170 IS||Ixus 170||Ixy 170||20.0||SD||NB-11L/LH|
|Feb 2016||PS Elph 190 IS||Ixus 180||Ixy 190||20.0||SD||NB-11L/LH|
|Feb 2016||PS Elph 180||Ixus 175||Ixy 180||20.0||SD||NB-11L|
|May 2016||PS Elph 360 HS||Ixus 285 HS||Ixy 650||20.2||SD||NB-11L|
|Feb 2017||PS Elph 200 IS||Ixus 190||Ixy 210||20.0||SD||NB-11L|
|Feb 2017||PS Elph 185||Ixus 185||Ixy 200||20.0||SD||NB-11L|
Cameras in the Collection
I have been picking up these cameras at Goodwill Stores, camera shows and Craig’s list for a few dollars each. Some are not in the best condition and many don’t work any longer. Eventually I will have to replace some of them with better copies. However, in the meantime, here are some of the ones I have found.
C-347 PowerShot SD850 IS Digital Elph IS
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