Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD990 IS / Digital IXUS 980 IS / IXY 3000 IS
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Canon PowerShot SD990 IS
Digital Photography Interface
23 September 2013
Conclusion: The 14.7 megapixel Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH sounds like the most perfect compact camera ever made. High resolution, good battery life, optical image stabilization and a full manual mode with flash control and manual focus; all packed into a pocketable camera with a solid, stylish design which stands out from the crowd (You really will get weird looks when you hold up a dented-looking cameraâ€¦ but itâ€™s all part of the design).
Pros: Very good image quality, especially from a 14.7 megapixel compact, Stylish and solid design; has an optical viewfinder, Above average battery life, Blazing fast performance, Full manual mode, with flash output control and manual focus, Useful bells-and-whistles: iContrast and Face Self-timer, Effective red-eye removal tool and fancy playback mode
Cons: Tiny bundled memory card is a joke for a 15 megapixel camera, Average, non-wide angle lens (all the competition have this), Rear command dial is a little loose and lacks tactile â€˜clicksâ€™, Lacks aperture/shutter priority modes and HD movie mode
Excerpt: If you're under the impression that size matters, Canon's all set to change that notion with the Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS. This ultra compact has left quite an impression on us, and here's why. Build For starters, this bundle of joy boasts of a small and sturdy frame (98 x 62 x 28 mm to be precise) and weighs a measly 205 grams, making it incredibly convenient to carry along.
Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS / PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH
1 August 2009
Summary: The camera’s unique grip shape, which resembles a squashed figure-eight from the side, looks and feels a little odd at first, but before long offers a comfortable and secure grip. And like all of Canon’s higher-end compacts, the build quality and finish are excellent.
The presence of an optical viewfinder is unusual in today’s compact market (indeed one of the few others is Canon’s own IXUS 100 IS / SD780 IS), and its physical location limits the size of the screen to...
Pros: High resolution images., Good screen with optional viewfinder., Great battery life with viewfinder., Manual control over exposure.
Cons: Lacking true wide-angle coverage., No optical zoom while filming., No HD video or HDMI port., Modest burst mode at 1.3fps.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD990 IS , the latest flagship ultracompact in Canon's well-known Digital ELPH line of pocket cams, was rolled out just before the holiday buying season got underway in an effort to tempt buyers with a camera that simultaneously offers impressive specs but few frills.
Pros: Superior build quality, styling, Quick Shot mode makes OVF shooting logical, Decent all around performance, Sensible feature set offers the stuff you need without the bloat
Cons: High-res sensor muddies up images, Lens performance, specs only adequate, LCD should be bigger for this price, Too much money for too few bells and whistles?
Excerpt: The Canon Ixus 980 IS is treasure trove of technology, driven by Canon's new DIGIC 4 image processing system and featuring a generously proportioned 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor that offers a mighty 14.7MP – more than most DSLRs.
Excerpt: Physical Views The SD990 IS compared to a standard CD disc. Powershot SD990 IS Specifications Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3.7x Optical/4x Digital/15x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System Image Capture Device Type 14.7 Megapixel, 1/1.7 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Total Pixels Approx. 15.0 Megapixels Effective Pixels Approx.
Conclusion: Obviously I like the picture quality and this is the most important factor for me when choosing a camera. The big question is whether or not you are prepared to pay the premium price. If money is not so important and top quality is all that counts this is likely to be a good choice. If on the other hand you are not looking for the absolute best for your snapshots then there are cheaper options around that you are likely to be just as happy with.