Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH ($399) is the "big
model in this popular series of ultra-compact cameras. It features a 5X optical
zoom lens, with a focal range of 37 - 185 mm, which is considerably more than
you'll find on most cameras in this class.
Pros: Very good photo quality (in good light), 5X optical zoom in a compact, stylish body, Optical image stabilization, Generally snappy performance, Optical viewfinder, a rarity in this class (even though its tiny), Redeye not a problem thanks to automatic removal tool, Well implemented face detection...
Cons: Images are on the noisy side in low light, Some corner blurring, LCD very difficult to see when wearing polarized sunglasses, Lens is on the slow side (in terms of aperture), Sluggish flash recharging, Difficult to access power button, More manual controls would be nice, Can't swap memory cards w...
Excerpt: Canon’s Ixus line is renowned for its styling, but the Ixus 970 IS’s design is a triumph of style over substance. It looks great but its ergonomics are terrible, which is a shame as the technology inside the pretty shell allows you to capture some great images.
Conclusion: The Canon IXUS 970 IS is more expensive than most digital cameras. In this instance it is a case of you get what you pay for. If you are looking for a classy, compact digital camera then you can't go far wrong with this camera.
Conclusion: Canon has worked over the 950 IS issues and certainly improved them here, if not to the degree one might expect. Particularly good is the fast flash recycling, which is to be applauded, the screen’s a little gem and the new lens while still slightly soft helps get the most from the pixels on offer.
Pros: Build and design, image stabilisation, low ISO image quality
Cons: No "true" manual controls – even in manual, high ISO image noise, zoom lens does not provide a wide enough field of view.