Canon SD900 Digital ELPH (IXUS 900 Ti) Concise Review
Announced (along with a handful of other PowerShots) just before Photokina in September 2006, the SD900 (we'll call it this throughout the review - see below for EU/Japanese names) sits at the top of Canon's successful ELPH / IXUS range and offers the highest resolution yet; 10 megapixels (on a 1/1.8" CCD). It also features Canon's new DIGIC III processor and another first; a solid titanium body, which as well as adding a touch of class makes for a lighter, more durable camera. Otherwise there's no surprises here; the IXUS formula is one that has served Canon well, and the SD900 is functionally pretty much indistinguishable from its other recent stable mates. So is the SD900 the ultimate ELPH or a megapixel too far dressed up in a snazzy jacket? Let's find out, starting as ever with the headline features:
- Titanium body with Perpetual Curve design and Touch Control Dial
- 10.0 Megapixels and 3x optical zoom
- DIGIC III with Advanced Noise Reduction and Face Detection AF/AE
- Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom for extra telephoto reach
- 2.5” super-high resolution LCD with wide viewing angle
- ISO 1600 for flash-free low light shooting
- 18 shooting modes including XGA movies
- My Category automatic image tagging
- Range of optional accessories including Underwater Case
SD900 / IXUS 900 Ti specifications
|Street price|| US: $399
US name: Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH
|Body Material||Metal and plastic|
• 1/1.8 " Type CCD
• 3648 x 2736
• 1024 x 768 @ 15fps
|File formats||• JPEG Exif 2.2
• AVI Motion JPEG with WAVE monaural
• 37-111mm (35mm equiv)
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|AF area modes||• AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point)
• 1-point AF (fixed center)
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance||Closest 5cm|
• Center-weighted average
|ISO sensitivity||• Auto
• Hi-ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
|Exposure compensation||• +/- 2EV
• in 1/3 stop increments
|Shutter speed||15-1/1600 sec|
• Digital Macro
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist
• Special Scene
|Scene modes||• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• ISO 3200
|Self timer||• 2 or 10secs
|Continuous shooting||approx 2.1fps until card is full|
|Image parameters||My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)|
|Viewfinder||Real-image zoom optical viewfinder|
|LCD monitor||• 2.5-inch P-Si TFT
• 230,000 pixels
|Connectivity||• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out
|Print compliance||• PictBridge
• Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP printers only)
|Storage||• SD / SDHC / MMC card compatible
• 32 MB card supplied
|Power||• Rechargeable Li-ion battery NB-5L
• Charger included
• Optional AC adapter kit
• Optional High Power Flash HF-DC
|Weight (No batt)||165g (5.8 oz)|
|Dimensions||91.2 x 59.6 x 28.2 mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 1.1 inch)|
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