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Canon PowerShot SD970 IS / Digital IXUS 990 IS / IXY 830 IS

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Canon PowerShot SD970 IS

Digital Photography Interface
23 September 2013
  • 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. The 5X zoom lens packs more telephoto power than your typical compact camera but is unfortunately lacking on the wide-angle end.
  • 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 (except continuous shooting), Smart Auto, fancy face self-timer and “Zoom Blurâ€� features, iContrast, face and blink detection, HD/720p movie mode with more efficient code...
  • 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 press to change settings
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Overall 9

Canon PowerShot SD970 IS

PC Magazine
24 August 2009
  • Conclusion: At close to $400, Canon's PowerShot SD970 IS isn't cheap, but an expansive feature set, a top-notch interface, and amazing images help justify the high price.
  • Pros: Fantastic image quality. Fast operating speeds. Sharp 3-inch LCD. Extraordinary user interface. High-definition (720p30) video capture.
  • Cons: Optical zoom can't be used while shooting video. Wide-angle barrel distortion.
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Expert Review

Dc Resource
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. The SD970 is the #2 camera in Canon's ELPH lineup, with only the 14 Megapixel SD990 above it, though that camera was recently discontinued.
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Overall 8

Canon PowerShot SD970 IS Review

14 July 2009
  • 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. The vast majority of casual photographers just want to aim-and-forget and the SD970 IS does a fine job for that task. You’ll like the colors and easy operation.
  • Pros: Rich, saturated colors; solid 5x image stabilized zoom; superior 3-inch LCD screen (461K pixels); drop-dead easy to use
  • Cons: Expensive; pokey 1 fps capture; no f/stop, shutter speed adjustments; only digital zoom with HD video
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Canon PowerShot SD970 Review

Digital Camera Review
8 June 2009
  • Summary: Canon announced the SD970 IS and nine other compact digitals this past February, and if our review model is any indicator of the quality and performance of the others, Canon's got a batch of winners on their hands. The SD970 IS would seem to appeal to folks primarily interested in capturing images without too much effort on their part, as the lack of manual exposure controls leaves user inputs rather limited, but shutter and AF performance are good and image quality and...
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Canon Powershot SD970 IS

Steve's Digicams
29 April 2009
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Overall 8

Canon IXUS 990 IS

Trusted Reviews
26 May 2011
  • Summary: Canon's top of the range ultra-compact is an expensive little thing.
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Overall 8

Deluxe, 12.1-megapixel Canon digital camera with a high-definition movie mode

Good Gear Guide.au
10 December 2009
  • 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
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Overall 8
Design 10
Features 10
Ease of use 10
Performance 8

Canon Ixus 990IS Digital Camera

18 September 2009
  • Summary: Another in a superb range of small digital cameras from Canon . This is the forth one I have looked at in the last three years. This one has three subtle tones from silver to grey and it looks are pleasing even to a style dunce like me.
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Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS

17 August 2009
  • Excerpt: The Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS is a well-made, compact digital camera, with a stylish metal body and excellent overall finish. It's easily small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, despite featuring a 5x optical zoom lens that's equivalent to a focal length of 37-185mm. The maximum aperture is a fast f/3.2 at the wide end but a slow f/5.7 at the other extreme of the zoom range.
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