Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD890 IS / Digital IXUS 970 IS / IXY 820
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Canon PowerShot SD890 IS - okay, but not great
9 September 2012
Excerpt: Have always owned Canon digital camera's and so have other members of my family, but not sure I would buy Canon the next time. My favorite feature is the the way the screen automactially changes the orientation of the picture on the display screen as you turn the camera for maximum viewing size of the picture. I picked this particular camera becuase of the zoom. However, I am disappointed. It is bulky and is thicker than I would prefer. The on/off button is way too...
Summary: I purchased this for my friend. He had a sony camera before and liked it very much. I got this canon camera as a replacement for his lost sony camera and he is not satisfied with the picture quality and ease of use.
Summary: I used to have a Kodak which was incredibly simple and easy to use. In comparison this is complicated for a casual user, for example deleting pictures and transferring is much more complicated than it was on the Kodak. It does take great pictures and I like the size of the camera and the display.
Summary: this is an okay camera but not a great camera, I like the video feature few people realize you can video them with sound on this camera. the zoom is okay but not as clear as i would have liked. Not an easy camera to turn on the on button is receised and you need a finger nail or you have to use the tab on the wrist strap.
Summary: This camera turns out good pictures with the 5x optical zoom and 10 mps. I bought it for those reasons and it was affordable for the quality of pictures it can take. However, the power button is very hard to push (I have slender fingers and it is still hard for me.) I also dislike the round toggle button. It is a rotary device used to scroll through menus. It is hard to use since when you turn it, it stops on random places.
Summary: [...] Pictures are very good and zoom is too.The size is great, although with my male sized hand and fingers, it could be 1/2 inch larger and easier to hold. Also, the on/off switch and controls are not easily used with large fingers. The optical view finder is small enough to hardly be worth it.The space could have been used with a larger screen. Recharge time for flash is slow.
Pros: Bright LCD, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction
Summary: This model is, for the most part, better than the Canon 10MP PowerShot camera I bought two years ago (which was stolen), and $400 dollars cheaper! The 5X rather than 3X zoom is wonderful and review mode is easier. The on/off button, however, is horrible! It's made of plastic that I fear will fall out, and you have to push it on or off with a fingernail, for it is recessed too deeply to use a fingertip. What really makes me angry though is the battery.
Summary: The pictures are fantastic but turning the camera on and off requires using your fingernail to slide the switch on or off and sometimes doesn't work. I have often had to give it several tries to turn on and missed a shot. Others have tried to turn it on and had the same experience. I would give it one star except for the excellent quality of the pictures.
Summary: While I have read of some people's problems with the unusual shape of the on-off button, that wasn't my problem. After 2 or three shots and struggling to get the button to work, it just didn't. The images I were able with the camera were amazingly good - good color balance and detail. But the flimsy on off-switch? Amazon was great and accepted the return no questions asked. Even paid for the postage.
"Poor Body Design - Slips out of your hand easily"
18 September 2008
Pros: The good side is the 10X zoom is great. You can buy extra batteries online for reasonable prices because you will need some extra ones if you shoot a lot. The image stabilizer works fairly well up to 4x zoom. Pictures are fairly sharp.
Cons: The worst problem is that it can slip out of you hand easily because it has rounded edges. Repeating shot after shot takes a bit a time to recycle . It seems like the quality of the material of the body is cheap plastic.