Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Review

Review posted 9/25/2009

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 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.

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