Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD900 / IXUS 900 Ti / IXY 1000
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Test: Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital Elph
25 November 2007
Excerpt: Test: Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital Elph13803070651CanonSD900 Digital ElphAt $425, the 3x zoom (37-111mm equivalent), 10.4-megapixel Canon PowerShot Digital Elph SD900 is the most expensive of the five cameras in this test. Is it really worth the extra hundred some-odd bucks? Yes, no, maybe not, it depends on what you're looking for, and it's up to you to decide. This titanium-skinned beauty feels solid and very well built.
Conclusion: Camera manufacturers have been producing expensive special-edition titanium-bodied SLRs for years; the combination of durability, strength and lightness (titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal) offers some real benefits for large, heavy use professional cameras. When it comes to compacts the use of such an exotic material is far less about weight or corrosion-resistance, and far more about luxury and exclusivity.
Pros: Excellent resolution, good color, Clean, detailed results at lower ISO settings - ISO 400 usable, with fairly light-handed noise reduction, Reliable exposure system, Fast and accurate focus, Responsive operation, Excellent user interface, easy to use, Face detection AF/AE (it works most of the time but is slower than normal focus and a bit of a novelty), Superb build quality, finish and styling, Decent macro mode, Decent flash performance, Large, bright, high resoluti...
Cons: AiAF focus a bit unpredictable - turn it off, Very little manual control, ISO 800 and 1600 of limited use, Some smearing of low contrast fine detail at anything over base ISO, Occasional purple fringing, Still no exposure information for shutter speeds over 1/60 sec, Some corner softness and some highlight clipping
Canon PowerShot SD900 or IXUS 900 Ti Digital Camera Review
14 October 2007
Excerpt: Titanium curved body, intuitive, large buttons and nice navigating menu. It performs very fast compared to other cameras, so you wont miss anything, and the low light focusing is also a strong reason for me to like this camera. Distortion and chromatic aberrations are minimal in the images; the noise is disturbing at high ISO, however.
Conclusion: Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti compact camera The Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti is the product of ten years of IXUS; which has led to a stylish design in a high-quality titanium housing. There are no doubts about the fact that the Canon IXUS 900 Ti is pure eye-candy; this camera truly is a top product as far as design is concerned. The Canon 900 Ti feels durable to the touch, and features a neatly finished design.
Excerpt: The numbers are out and Amazon.com has reported a record high of 4 million orders this year breaking the last year’s single-day record of more than 3.6 million orders. Among its top sellers is the Canon Powershot Digital Elph Cameras. Canon is still a big favorite of photographers all over the world and the Canon Powershot SD900 Digital Elph Camera is a special camera to have.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH features 10 megapixels, 3X zoom, a large (and now high resolution) 2.5 inch LCD, ISO 3200 high sensitivity and a stylish titanium body. The SD900 has a rather standard 3X zoom lens. Although it doesn't have optical image stabilization, the color fringing levels from this lens are very low. The increase in battery life is not significant and still stands average.
Pros: Stylish titanium body; very solid too, High resolution with a good lens, Powerful flash unit, Large high-resolution LCD with good visibility, Unlimited, fast continuous shooting at full resolution, Above average performance, Impressive movie mode, now up to 4 GB, Very good image quality with low noise till ISO 800, very low color fringing
Cons: No manual controls, No optical image stabilization (the SD800 has it), No live histogram; very limited exposure information, No movie focus or optical zoom, XGA option is choppy
Conclusion: The Canon IXUS 900 Ti is a high quality digital camera. It also has a high price! Picture quality and build quality are impressive and this is also a very stylish camera. Although I am not a big fan of ten megapixel, consumer digital cameras purely for printing purposes Canon have added worthwhile features with the Digital Tele-Converter and safety zoom.
Pros: Build quality, Picture quality, Advanced movie features, Design and style, Viewfinder
Cons: It's not cheap!, Red eye, Small memory card supplied