Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD970 IS / Digital IXUS 990 IS / IXY 830 IS
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24 August 2009
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD970 IS Digital ELPH ($379) is an ultra-compact camera with a 12 Megapixel CCD, 5X optical zoom lens (with image stabilization), high resolution 3-inch LCD, HD movie mode, HDMI output, and plenty of point-and-shoot features.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SD970 Digital ELPH continues the ‘large zoom’ Digital ELPH line for those who want above average zoom in a compact camera. The SD970 Digital ELPH features a new, sleeker design, a higher resolution 3 inch LCD screen but keeps the same 5X zoom lens as its predecessor.
Pros: Effective red-eye removal tool, good image quality in general (though there are two issues), Stylish design; rear command dial now has tactile ‘clicks’, Large and very sharp 3 inch LCD (good visibility indoors and out too), More telephoto power than your average compact, Very fast performance (ex...
Cons: Images look a tad soft; noise reduction smudging from ISO 400 onwards, Lens doesn’t go very wide; has a slow aperture range, Sluggish continuous shooting frame rate, Cannot use optical zoom while recording movies, Lacks manual controls and a live histogram, New Function menu takes an extra button...
Summary: The Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS offers elegance, straightforward operation and quality -- all the usual IXUS hallmarks. But is it the best IXUS to go for? Probably not -- it costs more than the Digital IXUS 110 IS without having much to show for it
Pros: Top-quality design and finish; effective and understated automation; straightforward operation.
Cons: No zooming in high-definition movie mode; lacks a wideangle zoom; expensive even compared to its stablemates.
Conclusion: When it comes to point-and-shoot digicams it’s hard topping Canon’s better PowerShots. You’ll get fine snapshots but realize the SD970 IS is not the speediest camera on the block and if you’re into shutter speeds and f/stops this is not the right choice.
Excerpt: The Canon Ixus 990 IS is the company's flagship compact digital camera. It has a 12.1-megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens -- the highest of any Ixus camera to date -- HD 720p video recording, an enlarged thee-inch LCD display with 461,000 pixels and an ultra-stylish design.
Pros: Good image quality; 720p video mode; excellent build quality and design.
Cons: Limited manual modes and options; too expensive; noise levels could be lower.
Summary: The Canon IXUS 990 IS is a great compact camera that combines impressive image quality with an elegant design. However, when it comes to bang for your buck, there are several better deals on the market.
Pros: Good image quality, 720p video mode, excellent build quality and design
Cons: Limited manual modes and options, too expensive, noise levels could be lower
Conclusion: If you must have a compact camera but need lots of pixels and a decent zoom then the 990IS is certainly a top performer. The range of functions and features is good and it’s easy to use. Image quality is very good with very little to be concerned about in that department.