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
Conclusion: Despite the inevitable hype from having the world’s biggest resolution – and the inevitable disappointment that follows – the 980 is a beautiful compact camera that takes beautiful photos. Its 10MP little brother, the 870, has a wider lens and larger screen for £75 less – a real bargain.
Pros: Underneath all the bells and whistles, Canon has always been about just one thing: image quality. So forget that ground-breaking 15MP resolution, the AI dynamic contrast system and even the high-speed Digic 4 processor, and concentrate on the 980’s gorgeously smooth colours, stiletto-sharp detail and glowing exposure. An image stabiliser keeps blur from the door, while a new manual mode lets you choose aperture and shutter speed settings like a pro. One useful innovat...
Cons: Some aspects of the all-metal 980 don’t quite live up to its hefty price-tag. The 2.5-inch screen feels cramped in these 3-inch-plus times, the movie mode isn’t High Def and the 3.7x lens leaves a little sharpness to be desired. And don’t go bragging too much about that 15MP resolution – although your photos will look good, they’re no match for a full-size SLR.
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.
Excerpt: (1 items) As a fan of Canon’s Digital Elph cameras, I was a bit disappointed by the current flagship model of the series, the 14.7-megapixel PowerShot SD990 IS . My disappointment lies mostly with the build quality of the PowerShot SD990 IS; it produces image quality that’s among the best we’ve seen of cameras of a similar ilk. I expect a camera priced at around $400 to feel solid.
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.