Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Review

By

Review posted 9/25/2009

canon_sd980is_silver.jpg

 

With the release of the PowerShot SD980 IS, Canon has also introduced its first ever Touch LCD screen. This new ultra-compact Digital ELPH also features a 12.1-Megapixel imaging sensor, 5x ultrawide (24mm) optical zoom lens, Optical Image Stabilization, 720p HD video capture with HDMI output capabilities, and an improved Smart Auto shooting mode that includes 22 preset shooting situations. Not only is the SD980 versatile and functional, but also stylish with 4 available color choices: Silver, Blue, Gold and Purple.

Entering into the world of touch-screen displays, the SD980 allows you to select your shooting modes and settings as well as pick your AF point with just a touch of the screen. During Playback you will be able to switch images, scroll, magnify and even control movie playback. Canon did not stop here as you can also control the camera by tilting or shaking the camera. Tilting it allows you to change the speed of the advancing images based on the tilt of the camera. Shaking it gives you an alternative way to browse through your images. Quickly moving the camera forward allows you to jump between Focus Checker frames while viewing your shots.

canon_sd980is_silver_back.jpg

 

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Major Features:
  • 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD imaging sensor
  • 5x Optical zoom lens: 24-120mm (35mm equivalent)   f2.8-f5.9
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.0-inch Touch PureColor System LCD screen with 230,000 dots
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB
  • Face Detection Self Timer
  • Blink Detection
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • Digic 4 Image Processor
  • Imrpoved Smart Auto shooting mode
  • Intelligent Contrast Correction
  • 720p HD video recording
  • HDMI output
  • TTL Autofocus
  • Touch Screen AF
  • Shake and Tilt Controls
  • Exposure compensation: ±2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • AF Assist Illuminator
  • ISO 80-3200
  • PictBridge and Exif Print Compatible
  • NB-6L Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • USB 2.0

Included Accessories:

  • PowerShot SD980 IS Body
  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC10
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400

Available in October with a MSRP of US $329.99


Click here to read the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Press Release.

 

 

Additional Colors

canon_sd980is_blue.jpg canon_sd980is_gold.jpg canon_sd980is_purple.jpg

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD (Red) + 8GB SDHC Memory Card + 4 Rechargeble NIMH AA Batteries + Ac/Dc Rapid Charger + Memory Card Wallet + SDHC Card Reader + LCD Screen Protectors + Case + Accessory Saver Bundle! Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD (Red) + 8GB SDHC Memory Card + 4 Rechargeble NIMH AA Batteries + Ac/Dc Rapid Charger + Memory Card Wallet + SDHC Card Reader + LCD Screen Protectors + Case + Accessory Saver Bundle! $409.95
CANON 9365B001 / PowerShot 150 IS 20 Megapixel Compact Camera - Blue CANON 9365B001 / PowerShot 150 IS 20 Megapixel Compact Camera - Blue $187.66
BELL+HOWELL S30HDZ-R 15.0 Megapixel S30HDZ Slim Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Red) BELL+HOWELL S30HDZ-R 15.0 Megapixel S30HDZ Slim Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Red) $187.49
SAMSONIC Digital Video Camera 8.0 Megapixel CCD MPEG-4 Video 2.5 LCD/ 3X Digital Zoom Image Stabilization 64 MB Memory stainless steel body 720 x 480 video quality SAMSONIC Digital Video Camera 8.0 Megapixel CCD MPEG-4 Video 2.5 LCD/ 3X Digital Zoom Image Stabilization 64 MB Memory stainless steel body 720 x 480 video quality $187.45
PENTAX digital camera Optio RZ18 (Pearl White) 16 million pixel 25mm 18x optical compact, lightweight OPTIORZ18WH PENTAX digital camera Optio RZ18 (Pearl White) 16 million pixel 25mm 18x optical compact, lightweight OPTIORZ18WH $187.00
Combo Kit Wasabi Trends Battery (2pack) and charger for Canon NB-6L, CB-2LY and Canon PowerShot D10, D20, S90, S95, S120, SD770 IS, SD980 IS, SD1200 IS, SD1300 IS, SD3500 IS, SD4000 IS, SX170 IS, SX240 HS, SX260 HS, SX270 HS, SX280 HS, SX500 IS, SX510 HS, ELPH 500 HS (Fully Decoded) Combo Kit Wasabi Trends Battery (2pack) and charger for Canon NB-6L, CB-2LY and Canon PowerShot D10, D20, S90, S95, S120, SD770 IS, SD980 IS, SD1200 IS, SD1300 IS, SD3500 IS, SD4000 IS, SX170 IS, SX240 HS, SX260 HS, SX270 HS, SX280 HS, SX500 IS, SX510 HS, ELPH 500 HS (Fully Decoded) $119.99
STK Canon NB-6L NB-6LH Battery Charger for Powershot SX510 HS, SX170 IS, SX260 HS, SX500 IS, S120, D20, SX280 HS, SD1300 IS, D10, S95, S90, ELPH 500 HS, SX240 HS, SX270 HS, SD1200 IS, SD4000 IS, SD770 IS, SD3500 IS, SD980 IS, SX600 HS, SX700 H, CB-2LYS STK Canon NB-6L NB-6LH Battery Charger for Powershot SX510 HS, SX170 IS, SX260 HS, SX500 IS, S120, D20, SX280 HS, SD1300 IS, D10, S95, S90, ELPH 500 HS, SX240 HS, SX270 HS, SD1200 IS, SD4000 IS, SD770 IS, SD3500 IS, SD980 IS, SX600 HS, SX700 H, CB-2LYS $69.99