Conclusion: Like the tiny and pretty designs of Canonâ€™s Digital ELPH/IXUS cameras but also desire a 28 mm wide-angle lens? The PowerShot SD940 IS Digital ELPH aka Digital IXUS 120 is Canonâ€™s latest ultra-compact which lets you have your cake and eat it too. In more ways than one, the SD940 Digital ELPH is a lot like the SD780 I reviewed earlier this year â€“ tiny, well-constructed, has 12 megapixels of resolution, a 720p HD movie mode and all â€“ but pairs all that with a...
Pros: Very good image quality till ISO 800; ISO 3200 salvageable for tiny 4 x 6 prints, Above average camera performance (Except continuous shooting), New â€˜hints and tipsâ€™ feature should prove useful for beginners, Smart Auto and a decent selection of scene modes, 720p HD movie mode with sound; HDMI output for your movies, Fancy convenience features: face & blink detection, face self-timer, effective red-eye removal tool
Cons: Lacks manual controls and a live histogram, Visible, above average color fringing, Only black model has textured finish, other three colors are more smooth/slippery, Sluggish continuous shooting rate, Tiny mode switch; so-so memory card/battery door quality
Conclusion: If you simply want great photos, superb ease of use and a camera with a higher IQ than your typical Oxford student, the 120 IS is a sure thing. Just don’t expect blistering speed along with it.
Pros: Until they perfect a genetically-engineered mouse that can speak Portuguese, this is the smartest thing you can slip into a jacket pocket. Every time you half-press the shutter a dozen systems begin analysing the scene in front of you, spotting faces and potential red-eyes, and even accounting for the relative motion of camera and subject. The 120 IS then selects the perfect focus, exposure, scene mode and sensitivity settings to give bright, blur-free images. Best fe...
Cons: Performing eleven million calculations for each picture means that the Ixus isn’t exactly quick off its feet. Burst mode maxes out at well under a frame a second, and you can have to wait five seconds or more between shots if you’re using the flash. Image quality is mostly well up to Canon’s impeccable standards, except for some unsightly purple fringing in wideangle shots. Oh, and you can’t zoom while shooting movies.
Excerpt: (1 items) Canon's PowerShot SD940 IS might look familiar to you, especially if you've seen the PowerShot SD780 IS ( ). Both models have an eye-catching design (including a lens casing that's the same color as the camera's body) and both are available in a range of colors (the SD940 IS comes in black [ get current prices ], brown [ get current prices ], blue [ get current prices ], and silver [ get current prices ]).
Pros: Very good image quality with and without flash, Fashionable design
Cons: Flimsy doors cover battery and A/V ports, Small zoom ring and buttons
Excerpt: There’s nothing like the feel of a large, bulky digital SLR sitting on a tripod as you take the perfect photograph, a snapshot of a perfect moment. The only problem with this scenario is the size. You’re not going to slip a professional camera into your pocket, and by default, you’re going to miss a lot of great shots; those that happen spontaneously. That’s where a compact point and shoot digital camera comes into its own.
Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS / PowerShot SD940 IS ELPH
1 January 2010
Summary: The Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS / PowerShot SD940 IS Digital ELPH is a 12.1 Megapixel compact with a stabilised 4x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7in LCD screen. Just 20mm thin, it's Canon's slimmest IXUS / ELPH to date with a wide-angle lens.
Like most recent Canon compacts, the IXUS 120 IS / SD940 IS has automatic scene recognition to improve exposure metering of difficult subjects and face detection for improved focussing, exposure and white balance of shots including...
Pros: Slim and stylish design., 720p HD video and HDMI port., Excellent image quality., Redesigned menu with hints.
Cons: No optical zoom when filming video., Slow continuous shooting., Poor battery life., Playback category data not written to file.
Excerpt: When I first set eyes on the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS (also known as the IXUS 120 IS), one of Canon's newest Powershot ELPH cameras, I asked myself, "Haven't I seen this before?" In fact, it looks almost identical to the PowerShot SD780 IS , released this past February and reviewed by this website in March. The similarity isn't a bad thing, considering that the SD780 IS was awarded an "Editor's Choice.
Pros: Small size, Excellent build quality, Quick performer, Very good images at low ISO, High quality HD movies
Cons: Soft at higher ISO, Controls small and sometimes hard to use, Battery life is only fair, Some chromatic aberration