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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 camera… but it’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 ‘clicks’, Lacks aperture/shutter priority modes and HD movie mode
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon PowerShot SD990 IS

PC Magazine
10 November 2009
  • Conclusion: What Canon's SD990 IS lacks in glamorous features it makes up for in speed and brilliant images.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality. Full manual operation. Speedy boot and recycle times. Very little shutter lag.
  • Cons: Expensive. Somewhat bulky. Can't record high-def video. Just average noise scores.
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Overall 10
10

Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS

Tech2
9 October 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 10
9.5
Picture quality 10
9.5

Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS review

What Digital Camera
12 September 2009
  • Excerpt: Test review of the Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS digital camera
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Overall 7
7.0

From the Lab Canon PowerShot SD990 IS

Macworld
10 August 2009
  • 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.
  • Pros: Built-in optical viewfinder, Extensive manual controls, Excellent image quality
  • Cons: Questionable build quality, Lacks a true wide-angle lens
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Overall 8
8.2

Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS / PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH

Camera Labs
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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Channel5
26 July 2009
  • Summary: 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.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

CNET
28 April 2009
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SD990 IS is a fine ultracompact camera, but its price-to-feature benefits are questionable.
  • Pros: Excellent picture quality; very good shooting options for its size.
  • Cons: Disappointing lens specs; mixed performance; high-resolution sensor adds little benefit; no HD video.
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Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Review

Digital Camera Review
12 January 2009
  • 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?
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
30 December 2008
  • 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.
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