Canon PowerShot SD980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS review

Started Nov 16, 2009 | User reviews
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Canon PowerShot SD980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS review
Nov 16, 2009

+ Innovative Face detection with touch screen very practical, especially the feature to allow Face detection with self-timer makes group photo shots fun..
+Touch to focus useful and fast..
+Plenty of features take a long while for beginner to out-grow
+Some advanced features like AFL, AEL, FEL are available.
+Photo stitch along wth AEL, AFL makes taking panorama shots easy..
+Lots of white balance choice, including custom
+Availability of color choices including custom tinit.
+Large 3 inch touch pad
+Large choice of auto shootng modes for beginners
+i-Contrast can be useful, and available as in-camera editing as well..
+Menu navigation intuitive, especially when used with touch pad
+Stylish and attractive design
+wide angle and f/2.8 a plus

Problems:

-Power-on button too small, and fragle.. almost require the use of finger nail to operate.
-Camera mode switch similarly filmsy and fragile
-Choosing image by flickering or fanning motion gimmicky and inpractical
-Touch screen requires more pressue than expected, sensitivity cannot be caliberated.
-Most options have limited range, either on or off.
-Exposure compensation up to +-2EV only.
-Grainy image visible in LCD screen at macro mode
-No manual mode, though a P mode is available
-Pointing operation at touch pad really requires long nail.. or the use of toggle strap, which is inconvenient
-Operation of four directional button is a nail operation
-Grainy image visible on computer screen for images taken at iso 250-800, L, f/2.8 zoomed at 50% viewing size.
-Weak battery means shorter shooting time.
-A little bit pricy bordering on low end of prosumer models..

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