Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD990 IS / Digital IXUS 980 IS / IXY 3000 IS
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From the Lab Canon PowerShot SD990 IS
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Canon has been making Digital IXUS models since 2000, a widely imitated range of sleek and simple to use take-anywhere cameras. Today there are eight models available in the UK, starting at around £150 for the IXUS 95 IS, with two similar models staking out the ground as flagship models.
Conclusion: La Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS è una fotocamera digitale compatta dotata di un design molto accattivante ma anche di specifiche tecniche di tutto rispetto, come ad esempio il sensore da oltre 14 MP e i comandi manuali. Tra le altre caratteristiche spiccano il nuovo Digic 4, varie tecnologie per realizzare foto di gruppo perfette, lo stabilizzatore di immagine e una batteria di discreta durata. Lo zoom ottico e la memoria a disposizione sono scarsi.