Canon PowerShot SD980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS

Announced Aug 19, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 24 – 120 mm (5×)
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This is a slick little camera. The touch screen is cool, especially the touch-focus feature, which will probably become standard on all future cameras. I bought this camera for the Mrs. I also plan to use it myself in some specific situations -- bicycling or car repairs. I chose this camera for its 24mm-equivalent wide angle lens. As an SLR shooter, I love wide angles, and 24mm is not available on any other P&S camera. I applaud Canon for pushing the envelope in this regard. I see a lot ...

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Excellent camera. Compact, heavy construction, Canon quality. Night shots produce a nice black. Very good video quality. Flash is good for close range snapshots. I love the "half flash" settings, meaning it is possible to flash in the night and to keep the background visible. That makes for nice pix. The wide angle is great. Problems: none, really. maybe the pix are not as crisp as I would like.

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Great all-around P&S. Love the wide lens. Overall, the images are a bit painterly for me (that is, low grain, but at sacrifice of detail). Tiny size is both great AND it's downside. The screen is so big it is difficult to handhold with one hand without engaging the touch screen menu GRRRR! Found the menu operations very counterintuitive at first, but now like them. LOVE the command wheel; very quick to use once mastered. The switch from video-camera-auto is tiny; too small. From one command ...

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