Compared to... Canon SD800 IS (IXUS 850 IS)

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon SD900 and the Canon SD800 IS at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)  

  • Canon SD900 Digital ELPH: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation.

  • Canon SD800 IS (IXUS 850 IS): Program mode, ISO 400 , Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon SD900 (IXUS 900 Ti)
Canon SD 800 IS (IXUS 850 IS)
ISO 400, 1/500 sec, F3.5
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4.5
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At ISO 400 the difference is less pronounced, but there is still a visible difference in the level of detail captured across the frame, and the SD900 looks cleaner (less obvious noise reduction) to boot. The larger sensor - though stuffed with 3 million more pixels - is obviously helping here.