Canon PowerShot SD990 IS (Digital IXUS 980 IS)

Announced Sep 17, 2008 •
15 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 36 – 133 mm (3.7×)
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I got this camera as an easy point-and-shoot, but I was also looking for the manual controls. The camera as a whole is great, easy to use and the pictures are of a quality that I can't complain about. However, the manual controls are a bit disappointing. The available aperture settings are extremely dependent on the zoom level, and in most zoom settings there are only 2 or at most 3 aperture settings available. This may be due to the very compact construction of the camera, but it takes away ...

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I upgraded from a G7 to the SD990. Now that Canon has released an ultra compact with manual features, it has the ultimate pocket camera to carry around withyou all the time. The camera performs extremely well for its compact size. The high pixel count allows for aggressive cropping on photos where the optical zoom couldn't reach. It also has many cool features to play with. Problems: Occasional fringing on some subjects but the overall quality is very good

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Incredible fotos from so small camera, the best of all small cameras, congratulations.

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Upgrading my pocketshooter from an SD700IS, I soon came to appreciate the new manual features. I also greatly like the shortcuts (single button boost to 100% screen brightness for instance, programmable buttons) and the dedicated PLAY button. Yet, the cameras shortcomings nullify almost all the good new stuff: For instance: * Monitor screen is now the highest surface on the back. It WILL scratch when lying on that side (on the SD700 the monitor was recessed 1mm into frame. A much better solution)

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This is my third digital camera after Olympus 4040Z and Canon 400D. I bought this camera 12 days ago since I find the SLR I'm having is a bit cumbersome for my travelling needs. The 4040Z is no doubt a good camera back then, still could serve the purpose but then not compact enough nor quick enough for my convenience. What I'm looking at is a compact camera yet good enough and quick enough for my two primary tricky shot situations i.e. indoor/low light shooting and high contrast shooting. ...

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Camera provides basic functionality with reliability and quality. Indoor shots are better than most other point and shoots I've tried lately. Anti-shake technology is one of the best I've seen so far. Problems: Better optical zoom. All higher end point and shoots should be able to shoot in HD movie mode.

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I have owned or used almost every variant of the ELPH since the s100 and I have enjoyed watching these little machines "evolve" over the years. I purchased the SD990 IS as a replacement for my SD700 IS in the interest of higher resolution for making larger prints, and it has delivered the quality I have come to expect from Canon. Image quality is nothing short of amazing, but I think they could have done a little better with the lens choice, processing time/shutter lag, and plethora of ...

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I just picked up the black SD990 to upgrade my SD850. Although somewhat limited, I do like the manual controls offered with the SD990 that older Elphs lacked. The camera feels solid and is very attractive in either the black or silver version. Yes, the 14.7 MP may be a bit much and I would be happy with less, but with this consideration the IQ is very good IMO. All in all, I am very happy with the camera. Problems: None so far...

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