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...
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...
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.
Summary: Canon’s first foray into touch screen territory comes in the form of the PowerShot SD980 IS . It falls into line style-wise with the current generation of Digital ELPH cameras and it won’t look out of place sitting side-by-side with your iPod and your touch screen smartphone – it’s curvy, boldly...
Pros: Good image quality, Touch LCD is responsive, 720p HD video
Cons: Lower res at 16:9, Video quality is average, Somewhat expensive
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.
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.
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