Features & Controls
By Josh Fate
The SD980 IS features a 5X (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm) f/2.8-5.9 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in cover closes to completely protect the glass of the lens.
With Canon's Optical Image Stabilization technology (IS), users have the flexibility of actually shooting at shutter speeds 2-3 stops lower than would otherwise be possible. This camera features multi-mode Image Stabilization - users can choose between Continuous IS (always active), Panning IS (active when vertical camera shake is detected) and a 'Shoot Only' IS mode (active when the shutter is pressed all the way.)
An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:
- Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (W), 2.9 ft./90cm (T)
- Macro: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (W)
- Digital Macro: 2.0-3.9 in./5-10cm (W)
In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.
The built in flash offers Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock and Slow Synchro. Flash range is 1.6 - 11 ft. (50cm-3.5m) in wide angle, 2.9 - 4.9 ft. (90cm-1.5m) in telephoto (using ISO Auto), with a 10 sec. or less recycle time.
On the top you'll find the On/Off button, the shutter release with the zoom lens control lever mounted around it, and the Mode Switch. In playback mode the zoom lever functions as the index and magnified image control. The Mode switch has settings for Auto, Program and Movie modes.
A new 3-inch, 230,000 dot Touch LCD screen is used to frame and view your images, as well as navigate the camera's menus. Being able to touch the screen adds more versatility to the playback of the camera and also cleans up the back, allowing Canon to have fewer buttons.
With the addition of the touch screen shown above, the controls on the back have been greatly reduced. In the middle is the 4-way controller, which in shooting mode gives you shortcuts to the self-timer, flash, macro focus and the display options. Above it is the playback button and below it is the menu button.
A built-in HDMI slot allows you to directly connect the camera to your High-Defenition TV.
The DIGITAL port connects USB 2.0 (high-speed) to the computer for download and camera control with the RemoteCapture software. It also allows for Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer, Canon Card Photo Printer or Bubblejet Direct photo printers.
The Powershot SD970 IS is equipped with a card slot that supports use of SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC+, and HC MMC+ memory cards. Shown here with an SanDisk Extreme III 1GB SD card - see the tables below for the approximate storage capacity.
Approx. Storage Capacities:
The SD980 IS comes with a Canon NB-6L 3.7v 1000mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims the NB-5L can power the SD970 for up to 240 shots (using CIPA Standard testing methods). The supplied rapid charger plugs directly in the wall socket and charges the battery 'out of the camera' which is very handy if you have a second battery; highly recommended!
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