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. Other features include a 10 Megapixel
CCD, optical image stabilization, a 2.5" LCD display, and lots of point-and-shoot
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 feature, Movie mode supports VGA quality clips as long as one hour, Above average battery life, USB 2.0 High Speed support
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 while using a tripod
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Excerpt: Following up on a classic is inherently risky business: the list of new releases in the digicam world that have ultimately been cursed by the "but the last model was so good" argument is long and invariably grows every year. Ultimately, as gets said many times around here, there's a fine line between offering enough improvements to justify current-generation prices and doing too much messing with a good thing.
Pros: AF performance remains a highlight, Clean, vibrant shots, even at higher ISOs, Almost too easy to use, New styling and interface (if you like it)
Cons: Flash recycle/shot-to-shot times not improved, Initial price is predictably steep, Lens and white balance could be better, New styling and interface (if you hate it)
5x optical zoom and 10 megapixels in a stylish package
Good Gear Guide.au
8 January 2009
Summary: With few flaws a lot to like, the IXUS 970IS is another great compact camera from Canon. Its most noteworthy feature is the stabilised 5x optical zoom, but there should be something for most users in this package.
Pros: 5x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilisation, sharp images, good noise performance up to ISO 800, looks fantastic
Cons: Some chromatic aberration issues, power button poorly designed
Excerpt: Canon’s Ixus line is renowned for its styling, but the Digital 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.