Summary: The Canon Powershot SD780 IS distinguishes itself by being one of the slimmest ultra-compacts and by its HD movie-mode (720p). The remainder of its specifications are quite simple: a 12 megapixels sensor with ISO up to 1600 and a minimal 3X optical zoom lens. Given that few such smaller cameras do HD, the SD780 is work a look.
Pros: Low image noise at lowest ISO settings, Natural rendition of image colors, Above average white-balance performance, Very fast and responsive, Excellent LCD visibility, Excellent build quality
Cons: Tendency to overexpose, Loss of details starts at ISO 200, Limited use ISO 800 and 1600, Severe edge softness, Shutter lag when flash is on is too long, Limited dynamic-range, Too few zoom steps, Difficult to hold securely, Poor battery-life
Excerpt: Another compact camera — the Canon IXUS 100 IS — joins the rat race of tiny ultra compacts that try to pack as many attractive features, while cutting back on a few integral ones. We got our hands on this smooth-skinned critter, and here's what we think of it… To start off, the IXUS 100 IS is both tiny and light, measuring 87.0 x 54.5 x 18.4 mm and weighing just 115-grams, placing amongst the most portable ultra compacts out there.
Conclusion: Overall, the IXUS 100 IS is equally as fashionable and portable as it is capable of producing quality photographs. It’s extremely user-friendly and ideal for the style-conscious snapper who relies on the ease of point-and-shoot operation while still demanding a degree of image quality that cheaper models simply cannot produce.
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Summary: Look at the SD780's specs sheet basics – 3x zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, tiny viewfinder, and few controls designed to appeal to advanced shooters – and its list price of just a shade under $300 looks hard to justify. Shoot with the camera for a little while, though, and you'll quickly figure out that this is a device that proves to be much more than the sum of its parts.
Pros: Seemingly indestructible build quality and fantastic styling, Impressively reliable metering/exposure, Bold, vibrant colors make outdoor shots ideal for from-camera printing, Video capture looks very nice, Smart Auto mode is effective and easy to use, Snappy, unflappable auto focus
Cons: Noisy shots, even at low ISOs, Occasional flash quirks in Smart Auto mode, Screen and body stay clean, but scratch easier than previous SDs, Images get muddy on the telephoto end
Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS / PowerShot SD780 IS ELPH
1 March 2009
Summary: The newly-enhanced Auto mode works well, recognising not just the difference between people, landscapes and close-ups, but also the lighting conditions, adjusting the exposure and flash accordingly.
The 720p HD movies are recorded at a relatively high bit-rate of around 24Mbit/s and are certainly a step-up from standard VGA modes, but we found the image processing somewhat restrained with softer, more muted-looking footage compared to many rivals.
Pros: Very slim and stylish compact., HD movies at 720p and HDMI port., Good Auto with Scene Detection., Great screen with optional viewfinder.
Cons: Average 3x zoom range and no 28mm., Soft corners at wider focal lengths., No optical zoom during movies., Pointlessly slow 0.8fps ‘burst’ rate.
Excerpt: The Canon IXUS 100 IS is a 12 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens. It is slim enough to fit into just about any pocket. It is one of the small number of digital cameras to have a viewfinder as well as an LCD screen. The IXUS 100 IS can capture High Definition movies.
Pros: Picture quality, style, build quality, features for a pocket camera, viewfinder