Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS / IXY 930 IS
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Value for money 7
Audio & image quality 7
Build quality 8
Canon IXUS 200 IS Digital Camera Review
17 June 2010
Conclusion: For those with good dexterity and the ability to multi-task, the combination of physical buttons and touch screen operation will delight. For the rest of you, it may well be worth persisting with what can initially be the slightly awkward controlling of the IXUS 200 IS as once this minor hurdle is jumped, all of the other abilities of this attractive unit truly come to light.
Conclusion: Canon's first touch-screen point-and-shoot camera, the PowerShot SD980 IS masters the touch-screen shooting experience, but some wide-angle image-quality issues hold it back from true greatness.
Pros: Responsive touch screen with intuitive interface. Fast shooting speeds. 720p30 HD video capture. 24mm wide-angle lens. Accelerometer-based navigation. Mini HDMI out.
Cons: Significant barrel distortion at wide angle lens position. Soft image details at the edge of the frame.
Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS / PowerShot SD980 IS ELPH
1 January 2010
Summary: The Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS / PowerShot SD980 IS Digital ELPH is a 12.1 Megapixel compact with a stabilised 5x optical zoom lens, and a 3in 16:9 touch-sensitive screen. It's the first Canon compact to feature a touch-screen LCD which allows you to select options, manually focus and control playback, all by tapping or sliding your finger - although all functions are also available using the camera's physical controls.
Pros: 3in 16:9 touch-screen with tap-focusing., 5x zoom with 24mm equivalent wide angle., 720p HD video with matching screen shape., Excellent image quality.
Cons: Beyond focusing, touch-screen is a bit of a novelty., Slow continuous shooting., Poor battery life., Modest 5cm macro mode.
Conclusion: Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS digital compact camera All these years, Canon IXUS cameras have been hogging the limelight. And it is a great achievement to introduce a new IXUS camera time and again and still get the same attention. Over the years, the Canon Digital IXUS camera has become a very modern camera with many innovative techniques. The Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS camera is the first touchscreen camera in the Canon range. Many more will undoubtedly follow.
Excerpt: The Canon IXUS 200 IS is a 12 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens. The lens has a focal length equivalent to 25 - 120mm in 35mm format. This means it has extreme wide angle capabilities. This is likely to prove attractive if you enjoy photographing wide scenes where you need to squeeze a lot of width into a shot The IXUS 200 IS will fit easily into most pockets. It has a metal body and is available in shades of silver, purple, light blue and gold.
Pros: Style, build quality, High Definition movies
Cons: I found the LCD screen hard to see in sunshine
Excerpt: With its rounded edges, elongated shape and smooth-to-the-touch finish, the new pocket-sized Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS' (image stabilized) design suggests a pebble plucked from a beach, even if there is little that's actually organic about this point and shoot camera, which sees the world in widescreen.
Conclusion: Apart from some fiddly controls the IXUS 200 IS is very nice to use and the active screen technology is great, particularly when selecting the focus point on the screen or the vertical shutter trigger. Image quality and movie picture quality is excellent and so, overall, the Canon IXUS 200 IS should be high on your list possible cameras to buy if you're in the market for a compact such as this.
Pros: Build, styling HD video, image quality at lower ISO, touch screen
Cons: The auto/stills/video mode slider switch is fiddly; mode dial is on the small size, high ISO image noise, no optical viewfinder