Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS / IXY 930 IS
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7 January 2011
Summary: Buyer beware bad business dealings...change prices constantly. Make sure you buy a memory card...doesn't come with one and your unable to do sample pictures without it! The touch screen is useless.
Summary: I bought the Canon SD 980 IS and a SanDisk 8GB Extreme SDHC a couple of months ago. It was to replace a ten year old Olympus D460 Zoom (1.3 Mpix, 3X optical zoom, 32MB Smartcard), not because the Olympus was doing badly, it just seemed big and heavy for the features and that inhibited me from carrying it around most of the time.
Summary: I purchased the SD980 to replace my SD800. The SD980 got such great reviews that I waited 2 months for the product to launch and be available in my area. I was mostly interested in this model for the wide angle lens and the 5X zoom. I finally got my hands on it and found myself very disappointed. My SD800 took far superior photos than the SD980. In auto mode I found the SD980 to be very inconsistent and all photos shot indoor were very grainy.
Pro Photographer - Major disappointment - let me tell you why.
Brad Simmons, Amazon
15 June 2010
Summary: I am a commercial photographer for 10+ years and I buy these pocket cameras because I want a camera with me at all times. They are Wonderful - up until this one. I've had the 500, 600, 630, 800, 870 and now the 980. LOVE them ALL except the 980. I bought this to replace my 870 - which has been the best (IMHO) of the Canon line so far. I liked the HD video idea, loved the wider lens - however.... I got one and sent it back realizing the IS really doesn't work.
Summary: First of all let me just say that I really wanted to love this camera. The design looks great, it feels solid in your hands, the wide-screen touch screen is fun to use, and the ultra wide angle lens opens up tons of creative possibilities. Sadly I fell out of love very quickly after taking some test shots with this camera.
Summary: I received this little camera well-packaged from Amazon, as always they are the customers' best friend. The 980 is made in Japan, and it is a marvel of technology. I have had digital cameras since the late 1990's and had thought this would be my best camera ever. Not the case. After preparing the camera, I began to take test shots to learn the features. Quickly found that my grownup man's hands had a real challenge holding this little device.
Summary: - I agree with the many reviews saying the picture quality isn't the best. It's definitely grainier than other Canon cameras I've had. - But the HD videos are amazing, and hooking it up to an HDTV with a mini HDMI cable makes for a fun presentation. - The touchscreen and shake features are interesting but not that useful. - The battery life isn't nearly as good as my older SD870 which I loved. - The long exposure mode only exposes for up to 15 seconds.
Summary: I have had canons for decades - for point and shoot, my sd880(?) is still dynamite - starts quick, zooms quick, great image - this one not so much - don't like mushy pixel structure - more pixels does not equal better overall image quality - focus did weird in-out dance on subjects that should have been easy to focus on - will try s90 for another 100 bucks more for low light and raw files... fingers crossed.
Excerpt: I use a Nikon D300 for 'professional' shoots and mostly take my Canon Powershot A710is with me for the holidays and in case I just want quick snapshots. I was looking for a camera that had the same picture quality as A710is, but only with a wider lens (around 24mm instead of 35mm) to accompany the D300. In other words, the new compact should replace some work of the D300... Little I knew, bought this PowerShot SD980 IS (Ixus 200is in Europe) mostly for it's 24mm.
Summary: Here are the reasons for this negative but honest evaluation. I have tried all modes, specially the Program P mode and Auto. MAJOR flaws: 1. Very Poor image quality, specially in flash photography. The flash will overexpose the central area of the frame every time. You cannot adjust or override flash intensity. No balanced Fill Flash. 2. Snaps are grainy even at iso200 indoors with flash. 3. VERY Poor 'Evaluative', 'Center Weighted' or 'Spot' light metering.