Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD990 IS / Digital IXUS 980 IS / IXY 3000 IS
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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.
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.
Summary: Overall then, performance is excellent with the IXUS 980IS, though this is what you’d hope from a camera with its price tag. The 980IS features an SRP of £389, which it’s safe to say is at the high end of the compact market.
Pros: Image quality, high ISO performance, body shape
Cons: Price, LCD could be larger, cramped button layout
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...
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, Eff...
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 ‘clicks’, Lacks aperture/shutter priority modes and HD movie mode
Summary: Canon has released the ultra-compact PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH for 2008. Loaded with a host of advanced features, such as Optical Image Stabilization and Canon's new DIGIC 4 image processor, the SD990 IS is ideal for the trendsetting techie looking for functionality and style.
Excerpt: This is another in the range of marvellous CanonIxus offerings that I have enjoyed reviewing over the years. Not only me but those of my friends who have taken my advice and purchased one of these little Ixus offerings.
Conclusion: But I’m glad to say, the Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS, while being unorthodox in its styling, is more than capable at taking cracking pictures and while that organic, swooping design might put some off, its imaging performance certainly will not.
Pros: Good low ISO image quality, all-metal build and curvy design, features
Cons: High ISO image noise, some controls slow to use, organic curvy design might not be to everyone’s taste
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.