Is this normal: Canon ELPH PowerShot SD 870 IS

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by NaMo4184, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. NaMo4184 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2005
    So I went ahead and bought my self an 870 for my birthday. After reading several stellar reviews, I had high expectations.

    For the most part it has performed fine. Besides the automatic settings decideing to bast every photo with flash, leaving my highlights washed out like a river bank it would be nice for it to only turn on when specifically needed.

    Any way. the problem is that I'm having amazingly bad barrel distortion. I knew it was a wide angle lends fit into a very small camera but I just didn't expect the this distortion to be this bad. I'm a nascent photographer. My education comes from reading blogs scattered across the internet (really like

    So what I'm trying to say that this might be me. So I wanted to ask some more knowledge people.

    Please have a look and tell me what you think. My solution is if this is out of the ordinary bad. I'm just going to try to call up amazon or canon have them trade me out a new camera or some how get an 850

  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    1. i have a SD600, and i can turn off the autoflash if i want to, you should be able to as well.

    2. no pictures to say if its messed up or not, sounded like you were going to link/attach some
  3. NaMo4184 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2005
    Wow appreciate the fast reply. I was editing the post to put the pic in as you typed out your response. :)

    Looking at these reviews



    dpReview says that there should be a 1.4% distortion on the 870 and 1.2% on the 850.
  4. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Remove images from a website that requires username and password.

    As for the barrel distortion, yes, such distortion is very common for wide angle lens. Most decent image editing applications (e.g., Photoshop Elements) can correct barrel distortion quite easily.

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