Reviews and Problems with 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 â€˜large zoomâ€™ 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 â€˜clicksâ€™, 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 â€œZoom 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 doesnâ€™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
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.
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
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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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
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.
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.