|Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Camera (GOLD) SD940IS NEW|
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|Canon's iconic ELPH has always been a show-off, with the looks and smarts that make you want to carry it out in the open for everyone to see. The PowerShot SD980 IS takes the concept even further with Canon's first-ever touch panel interface. The camera that invented sleek and slim is equipped with a huge 3-inch PureColor System LCD screen that responds to your touch, delivering operation that's as natural and intuitive as cutting-edge technology should be.Just touch your finger to the huge 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD panel and the PowerShot SD980 IS responds - creating a fun, natural interface that's just the way you want to interact with technology now. When shooting, you can choose an AF point, select a shooting mode, operate the flash, set exposure compensation and more. Playback functions are also performed at your touch: switch between images, scroll display, magnify a portion of an image and control movie playback.|
|Model||Digital ELPH SD980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||5cm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||24 - 120mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/3000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Program|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200 (2Mpix), ISO 400, ISO 80, ISO 800, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||3200|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.5 m - 3.5 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Flash Off, Forced On, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||MMC Plus, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCardplus, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Viewfinder Type||None, Without Viewfinder|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.5, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||H.264, QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||DPOF 1.1, EXIF 2.2, JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||720p HD Movie Recording, AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Automatic Face Tracking, Blink Detection, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Digital Tele-Converter, Direct Print, Exif Print Support, Face Detection Self-timer, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Motion Detection, Not Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red eye Fix, Red-eye Correction, Safety Zoom, Scene Detection Technology, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Touchscreen Panel, i-Contrast system (Intelligent Contrast Correction)|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Aquarium, Beach, Digital macro, Fireworks, Foliage, High sensitivity, Indoor, Kids & pets, Night snapshot, Portrait mode, Slow shutter, Snow, Stitch assist, Sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Color Accent, Color Swap, Darker Skin Tone, Lighter Skin Tone, Positive Film, Sepia, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Manual, Tungsten (Preset), Underwater (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||0.8 frames per second|
Small; good lens specs; appropriate mix of touch and button controls; HDMI output; excellent photo color, exposure.
Wide-screen LCD size misleading; touch-screen interface not for everyone; no optical zoom while recording movies.
The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS is a very good touch-screen camera for those on the fence about using a touch-screen camera.
Average review score based on 178 user reviews
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I was unsure of the touch screen, and in reality, could certainly live without it, except for one terrific feature which makes it worthwhile - you can touch the screen to indicate where you want the camera to focus - I love it!
WIDE starting point - 24mm equivalent to 35mm format - this was the prime reason for purchase of the camera. Distortion level is more than acceptable at widest angle, and gets better from there.
Image quality is very good, though I note with some disappointment that the "Superfine" setting of old is gone, just "Fine" and "Normal" available... not a huge concern, but an unnecessary omission.
Camera handling is better (for my hands) than most of the Elph line because of the extended length, and the flash position is OK for me - I don't find myself blocking it with a stray finger.
I believe this to be the best of the small cameras for someone interested in wide-angle photography.
This is by far the best camera, especially for the price. It has every feature you could possibly want in a camera, and HD video which (depending on your memory card size) has quite a decent length of recording time. Canon's newer models in no way comes close to the features and value of this camera. I love the large touch screen LCD screen and the coolest feature (which canon seems to be leaving out of some of the newer models) is the color accent. Color accent allows you to pull one color and makes the rest of the photo black and white. Color accent is beyond cool for taking pictures of my son's blue eyes.
I've seen reviews complaining about fingerprints and smudges on the LCD screen but you can get a 3 pack of LCD screen protectors which eliminates this problem, and is actually 9 screen protectors when cut to size.
There are reviews about grainy pictures or low quality pictures, which I have not experienced at all. For simple point and shoot pictures and video it is very easy to learn. In order to use some of the features and take more complex pictures I would highly recommend at least skimming through the full user's manual included on the cd, because while very easy to learn it is not very easy to figure out without the use of the manual.
If you have a problem with the small power button on the top of the camera (you will learn in the manual) you can use the review button (top button on the back of the camera that looks like a play button) to turn the camera on and off by holding it down until it turns on and off.
Unfortunately this camera is no longer being made by canon, but if you are looking for a great camera at a great price that has every feature you could possibly think of using, I would recommend purchasing from some of the online stores that still carry it.
I reviewed cameras for over a year before making my purchase and tried every camera I could find in the stores and found nothing that came close to the value of the canon SD980.