Pre-Photokina 2008: Canon has launched the Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS, including the first IXUS with manual controls. The models, which will be known as the SD 990 IS and SD 880 IS in North America, replace the Digital IXUS 960 IS and 860 IS respectively. The 14.7MP IXUS 980 features a 36 - 133mm equiv optical zoom, 2.5” LCD and is the first IXUS to offer manual controls. The 10MP IXUS 870 IS features a 28-112mm equiv optical zoom and a larger 3.0” LCD. Both cameras use Canon’s new DIGIC 4 processor for faster image processing.

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Exquisite style and intelligent technology:
the Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 17 September 2008: Canon today re-energises its Digital IXUS compact camera range with two new models: the Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS, which replace the Digital IXUS 960 IS and Digital IXUS 860 IS respectively.

The flagship 14.7 Megapixel Digital IXUS 980 IS brings several exciting ‘firsts’ to the IXUS range –including manual control, and a striking design available in stylish, head-turning black, as well as traditional IXUS silver.

The 10 Megapixel Digital IXUS 870 IS features a 4.0x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom, a high-resolution 3.0” PureColor LCD II, and comes finished in gold or silver. Both cameras use Canon’s new DIGIC 4 processor, for fast performance and richly detailed, clean images in a huge number of shooting situations.

Creative shooting options
For those looking to take their photography to the next level, the Digital IXUS 980 IS offers a first for  Digital IXUS: a Manual Mode that allows control of shutter speed and aperture. This is ideal for unusual lighting situations or expressive, experimental shots. For split-second photo opportunities, a second new mode – QuickShot – uses the optical viewfinder for framing and focusing, virtually eliminating shutter lag.

The Digital IXUS 870 IS features a wide-angle (28mm) 4x optical zoom, ideal for large group shots, atmospheric interiors or architecture. Both cameras feature Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer technology, for blur-free shots throughout the zoom range and in low-light conditions.

DIGIC 4: intelligent processing for better photos
The Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS both feature Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor. As well as ensuring ultra-fast operation and superb, low-noise images, DIGIC 4 drives several intelligent technologies that make great photos easier than ever.

People shots benefit from improved Face Detection Technology, which even detects faces positioned at an angle to the camera, or in profile. Face Select & Track tracks a specific subject even more accurately, while a new FaceSelf-timer function – which automatically triggers the shutter shortly after a new face enters the frame – makes group shots and self-portraits easy.

Canon’s improved Motion Detection Technology delivers fantastic, sharp results by registering camera and subject movement, then automatically adjusting ISO to prevent image blur. Blur is further guarded against by new Servo AF, which continuously adjusts focus on subjects moving towards or away from the camera.

DIGIC 4 also powers Canon’s new i-Contrast feature, which brings out great, natural-looking detail in dark areas of pictures – without blowing out lighter areas.

High-quality movies for longer
Both cameras offer smooth, 30fps VGA video shooting. Superior compression technology allows the Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS to store up to 40% more footage to memory card than their predecessors – with no reduction in video quality.

“The Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS offer a perfect blend of technical innovation and classic IXUS design,” commented Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. ”These cameras are equally striking inside and out.”

Features at a glance:

  • 14.7 Megapixels (Digital IXUS 980 IS), 10.0 Megapixels (Digital IXUS 870 IS)
  • Colour variations
    1. Black or Silver (Digital IXUS 980 IS)
    2. Gold or Silver (Digital IXUS 870 IS)
  • 3.7x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer (Digital IXUS 980 IS)
  • 4x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer
    (Digital IXUS 870 IS)
  • Manual control (Digital IXUS 980 IS only)
  • DIGIC 4 for outstanding images and fast response times
  • Great people shots with Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, FaceSelf-Timer and Face Select & Track
  • Targets all the main causes of blur with High ISO Auto, optical Image Stabilizer, Motion Detection Technology and Servo AF
  • Auto Red-Eye Correction in shooting and playback
  • i-Contrast boosts brightness and retains detail in dark areas
  • 2.5” PureColor LCD II with wide viewing angle plus optical viewfinder
    (Digital IXUS 980 IS)
  • 3.0” PureColor LCD II with wide viewing angle (Digital IXUS 870 IS)
  • Multi Control Dial and customizable My Menu
  • Smooth, 30fps VGA movies

The Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS feature a dedicated Print menu for quick access to direct print options. Full PictBridge support means users can print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer without the need for a PC. A Print/Share button allows one-touch printing and easy uploads to Windows or Mac systems.

The Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS feature a user interface that supports 26 languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian and – new for Autumn 2008 - Farsi.

Memory Card Support
In addition to SD, SDHC and MMC memory cards, the Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS support MMCplus and HC MMCplus card formats.  Both cameras are supplied with a 32MB memory card.

The Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS come bundled with the following Canon Software:

  • ZoomBrowser EX 6.2 (Windows), ImageBrowser 6.2 (Macintosh): For organising and editing images, movies and slideshows, or creating and printing digital photo albums.
  • PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows), PhotoStitch 3.2 (Mac): For creating panoramic photos from multiple images.

The bundled software supports Windows Vista (including SP1) / XP SP2 and Macintosh OS X v10.4-10.5. Both cameras support PTP for driverless transfer to Windows XP and Macintosh OS X, along with MTP for image and movie transfers to Windows Vista.

Purchasers of the Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS are eligible for free membership of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, 100MB of online ‘personal gallery’ space for sharing stills and video with family and friends.

Optional Accessories
The Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS can be combined with the following accessories:

  • Soft case (DCC-70) – Digital IXUS 980 IS
  • Soft case (DCC-75) – Digital IXUS 870 IS
  • Waterproof case (WP-DC27) – Digital IXUS 980 IS
  • Waterproof case (WP-DC26) – Digital IXUS 870 IS
  • Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
  • High Power Flash (HF-DC1)
  • Digital IXUS metal strap
  • Digital IXUS leather strap
  • AC Adaptor Kit (ACK-DC30)

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Technologies Explained:

Canon’s DIGIC 4 (Digital Imaging Core) image processor manages all of the camera’s primary functions to optimize operating efficiency. Advanced image processing algorithms deliver superb image detail and colour reproduction with accurate white balance. High-speed processing results in outstanding responsiveness, rapid auto focus and extended continuous shooting ability.
DIGIC 4 also powers advanced Noise Reduction Technology, i-Contrast and Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB.

Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, Face Select & Track and FaceSelf-Timer
Canon’s Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB system automatically detects up to 35 faces within a frame before adjusting focus, exposure, flash and white balance to ensure optimal results. It is able to determine which faces are intended to be the subject, instantly reverting to the partnering 9-point AiAF system if no face is the primary subject. Face Select & Track allows the user to select a particular face to be the main subject of a photograph and track it, for the best possible results. FaceSelf-Timer allows easy group shots by automatically triggering the shutter shortly after a new face has entered the frame.

Available in either shooting or playback mode, Canon’s i-Contrast function analyses the exposure, dynamic range and other image characteristics of a shot, then adaptively increases the gain in dark areas – to produce heightened detail in darker regions, without blowing out correctly-exposed parts of the image. The noise reduction function of DIGIC 4 ensures minimal noise in adjusted areas.

iSAPS (intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) automatically optimises key camera settings before every shot. Each scene is analysed and cross-referenced against Photographic Space – a vast in-camera library of photographic data. This enables the camera to make optimal adjustments to auto exposure, auto focus and auto white balance before image capture occurs.

Optical Image Stabilizer
The Digital IXUS 980 IS and Digital IXUS 870 IS use a lens shift-type Image Stabilizer (IS) system to detect and correct slight camera shakes that can cause image blur. Minute vibration gyros detect lens tilting caused by hand shake. These signals – 8,000 per second on the Digital IXUS 980 IS, and 4,000 per second on the Digital IXUS 870 IS – are processed by a single-chip IS controller, which discriminates between hand shake and unintentional camera movements.

Shake signals are sent to the IS unit, which moves one of the lens elements accordingly to deflect the light rays and cancel out the effects of shake. For improved accuracy and responsiveness, the moving lens element is supported on tiny ceramic spheres. In addition to minimising friction, ceramic spheres avoid some of the problems that can affect metal systems, such as thermal expansion and magnetism. The optical IS allows photographers to shoot at shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower (Digital IXUS 980 IS) and 3 stops slower (Digital IXUS 870 IS) with no perceptible increase in image blur due to camera shake.

Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS and
Digital IXUS 870 IS specifications

  Digital IXUS 980 IS Digitasl IXUS 870 IS

• 1/1.7" Type CCD
• 14.7 million effective pixels

• 1/2.3 " Type CCD
• 10 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 4416x 3312 pixels
• 3648 x 2736 pixels
• 3072 x 2304 pixels
• 2560 x 1920 pixels
• 2048 x 1536 pixels
• 1600 x 1200 pixels
• 640 x 480 pixels
• 4416x 2480 pixels
• 3648 x 2736
• 2816 x 2112
• 2272 x 1704
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 3648 x 2048
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 15fps
Maximum clip length Upto 4GB or 1 hour
File formats

• JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• DPOF 1.1
• MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (Movie files)
• WAVE (Sound Files)

Lens • 36 - 133mm (35mm equiv)
• 3.7x optical zoom
• F2.8-5.8
• 28-112mm (35mm equiv)
• 4x optical zoom
• F2.8-5.8
Image stabilization Yes (Lens-Shift)
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus TTL
AF area modes

• Face Detection AiAF
• 1-point AF (center or Face Select and Track)

AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 5 cm Closest focus distance 2 cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or linked to Face Detection)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
AE lock Yes (on/off selectable)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed 15-1/1600 sec

• Auto
• Program AE
• Manual
• Special Scene
• Quick
• Movie

• Auto
• Program AE
• Manual
• Special Scene
• Movie
Scene modes

• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Indoor
• Underwater
• Digital Macro
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist

White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Self timer • 2 or 10sec,
• Custom or FaceSelf Timer
Continuous shooting • Approx1.3 fps • Approx1.4 fps
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Manual Power Adjustment
• Range (50cm - 4.6m (W) / 2.4m (T)
• Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Range 30cm - 4.2m (W) / 2.0m (T)
Viewfinder Optical Viewfinder
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
• 3.0" TFT
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
Connectivity • USB Hi-Speed
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus , HC MMCplus compatible
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L
Weight (no batt) 160 g 155 g
Dimensions 98 x 62 x 28mm 94 x 57 x 24mm