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Canon IXUS 200 IS / PowerShot SD980 IS / IXY 930 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 359 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the lens and performance are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and manual image adjustments, while there are mixed opinions on the reliability and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 200 IS / PowerShot SD980 IS / IXY 930 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD980 IS (Purple)

 

The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS is a bit of a reworking of the SD960 IS . That model's design and features were sort of a letdown. The SD980 turns things around, though, by using a wider lens with longer zoom range, a bigger and now touch-screen LCD, and...

Small; good lens specs; appropriate mix of touch and button controls; HDMI output; excellent photo color, exposure.

Wide-screen LCD size misleading; touch-screen interface not for everyone; no optical zoom while recording movies.

The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS is a very good touch-screen camera for those on the fence about using a touch-screen camera.

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Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

 

Canon's PowerShot SD980 IS ($329.99 list) is the company's first point-and-shoot camera to feature a touch-screen LCD. The good news: The camera's display is well implemented, with intuitive navigation options, and support for touch-based focusing. The...

Responsive touch screen with intuitive interface. Fast shooting speeds. 720p30 HD video capture. 24mm wide-angle lens. Accelerometer-based navigation. Mini HDMI out

Significant barrel distortion at wide angle lens position. Soft image details at the edge of the frame

Canon's first touch-screen point-and-shoot camera, the PowerShot SD980 IS masters the touch-screen shooting experience, but some wide-angle image-quality issues hold it back from true greatness.

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Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Review

 

With the release of the PowerShot SD980 IS, Canon has also introduced its first ever Touch LCD screen. This new ultra-compact Digital ELPH also features a 12.1-Megapixel imaging sensor, 5x ultrawide (24mm) optical zoom lens, Optical Image...

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Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS

 

The Digital IXUS 200 IS proves why Canon's digital cameras are popular with so many people

Although Canon’s Digital Ixus 200 is expensive, it will help you take fantastic shots regardless of your level of skill.

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Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS / PowerShot SD980 IS ELPH

 

Announced in August 2009, the Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS, also known as the PowerShot SD980IS ELPH in North America, is the first Canon compact to feature a touch-screen. The 3in 16:9 wide touchscreen can be used to focus, select scene modes and other...

3in 16:9 touch-screen with tap-focusing ; 5x zoom with 24mm equivalent wide angle ; 720p HD video with matching screen shape ; Excellent image quality

Beyond focusing, touch-screen is a bit of a novelty ; Slow continuous shooting ; Poor battery life ; Modest 5cm macro mode

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Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Review

 

Canon's PowerShot SD980 IS brings a 3.0 inch touch screen to the Digital ELPH lineup for the first time.

Good image quality ; Touch LCD is responsive ; 720p HD video

Lower res at 16:9 ; Video quality is average ; Somewhat expensive

It seems that noise suppression really kicks in at ISO 800. By ISO 1600, details are quite smudged. The thumbnail image at 800 and 1600 could be used, but a full-size image at ISO 1600 will certainly display some smoothed-over noise.

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Canon IXUS 200 IS - HardwareZone.com

 

Some things are meant to look pretty just like how Canon's IXUS cameras have always been head turners. Enter the new IXUS 200 IS, one of the sleekest compacts with a 12.1MP sensor, 24mm wide-angle lens and capable of 720p video recording.

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Canon PowerShot SD980 / IXUS 200 IS Review

 

The Canon post man arrived today with a little package just for me, it contained one of their shiny new Canon Ixus 200 IS compact cameras. The same camera is called the Powershot SD980 in other parts of the world, but for this review, I'm in the UK...

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"No super fine compression!!!"

 

Coming from Canon Ixus 870 IS this was a real let-down! Will sell immediately. Why have a good quality camera if it can't retain in jpegs?

wide lens,

flat, soft photos, no superfine compression so fringing and artifacts appear with even small enlargement, wide screen viewer is bad format for still photos (gives only 2.5" view size)

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No super fine compression!!!

 

Coming from Canon Ixus 870 IS this was a real let-down! Will sell immediately. Why have a good quality camera if it can't retain in jpegs?

wide lens

flat, soft photos, no superfine compression so fringing and artifacts appear with even small enlargement, wide screen viewer is bad format for still photos (gives only 2.5" view size)

Product Specifications

Canon's iconic ELPH has always been a show-off, with the looks and smarts that make you want to carry it out in the open for everyone to see. The PowerShot SD980 IS takes the concept even further with Canon's first-ever touch panel interface. The camera that invented sleek and slim is equipped with a huge 3-inch PureColor System LCD screen that responds to your touch, delivering operation that's as natural and intuitive as cutting-edge technology should be. Just touch your finger to the huge 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD panel and the PowerShot SD980 IS responds - creating a fun, natural interface that's just the way you want to interact with technology now. When shooting, you can choose an AF point, select a shooting mode, operate the flash, set exposure compensation and more. Playback functions are also performed at your touch: switch between images, scroll display, magnify a portion of an image and control movie playback.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-6L

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.1in
Weight:4.6oz
Width:3.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:High sensitivity / Snow / Night snapshot / Digital macro / Kids & pets / Beach / Foliage / Indoor / Sunset / Fireworks / Stitch assist / Slow shutter / Portrait mode / Aquarium

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:SD980 IS Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.9
Max Focal Length:21.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Blue/Gold/Purple/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100 / ISO 3200 (2Mpix)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Vivid Red / Vivid Blue / Vivid Green / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / Color Swap / Color Accent / Sepia / Black & White / Positive Film
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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