Canon SD900 Digital ELPH (IXUS 900 Ti) Concise Review
Compared to... Canon SD 800 IS (IXUS 850 IS)
Although there's a three megapixel difference there is no doubt that many potential purchasers of the SD900 will also be eyeing up the SD800 IS, which is the same price but offers a wider lens range and the benefit of image stabilization. So let's look at how these two stable mates compare. We've included samples at ISO 80 and ISO 400 (for the SD900's higher ISO modes see later in the review).
Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)
- Canon SD900 Digital ELPH: Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation.
- Canon SD800 IS (IXUS 850 IS): Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
- Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon SD900 (IXUS 900 Ti)
Canon SD800 IS (IXUS 850 IS)
ISO 80, 1/100 sec, F3.5
ISO 80, 1/60 sec, F4.5
3,714 KB JPEG
2,634 KB JPEG
For all the talk of the destructive effect on image quality of cramming more and more pixels onto a tiny sensor it is obvious that the SD900's extra resolution (and obviously better edge-to-edge lens performance) produces real benefits. There's simply a lot more detail across the frame. If you want to produce enlargements (or simply like to look at your images at any close to a pixel level) there is no doubt that the SD900 is the clear winner here.
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