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Canon IXUS 870 IS / PowerShot SD880 IS / IXY 920 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 905 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and lens. The image quality and screen also get good feedback. There are some critical views about the memory and shutter. Comments are divided on the low light performance.

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flash, focus, viewfinder, shutter, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 870 IS / PowerShot SD880 IS / IXY 920 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS


Aim-and-forget cameras rule—especially this time of year! We're all for the myriad tweaks available on D-SLRs, but there's something very comforting about a camera that simply takes very good snapshots—all you have to do is put it in Auto, zoom and...

Great point-and-shoot; nice wide-angle zoom; attractive design and feel; optical image stabilization

Few manual adjustments; noisy above ISO 400; pokey frame rates

If you're looking for a very good point-and-shoot for under $300 buy the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH.

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Canon Powershot SD880 IS


The newly upgraded DIGIC 4 image processor, accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including significantly improved signal processing speed and higher image quality. One of the most important new features made possible by the DIGIC 4...

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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS (Gold)


At the time of this review, the Canon PowerShot Digital Elph line featured no fewer than 10 models--not even including lingering older models--so deciphering what makes one better or different than another gets tricky ( here's our succinct breakdown )....

Excellent photo quality for its class; optical image stabilization; pleasing interface and design; wide-angle lens.

Mode dial spins a bit too freely; button positioning might bother some users; very noticeable fringing.

Simply put, the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS is an excellent point-and-shoot camera.


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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital Camera First Impressions Review


The Canon PowerShot SD880 IS is a 10-megapixel compact point-and-shoot. Small and cute with angular lines, large buttons, 4x optical zoom and a nice three-inch LCD display, the SD880 will appeal to many who want a fairly easy-to-use compact camera. The...

- Small and attractive - Large 3-inch LCD - Easy to use

- Expensive - No manual shutter speed or aperture

The Canon PowerShot SD880 IS is an attractive compact point-and-shoot. We like the large three-inch LCD on the back and the easy-to-press buttons. With only three stops on the mode dial this should be a simple camera for beginners to pick up and shoot.

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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS


In conclusion, the PowerShot SD880 IS may just be the perfect point-and-shoot camera that can satisfy all your memory capturing needs. With a go anywhere footprint and the face detection self timer that finally gives you the chance to be part of the...

4x optical zoom3.0 inch PureColor II LCD screenFace detection with self timerImage Stabilization

No manual options

If you are looking for a go anywhere point and shoot camera that can...

Highly Recommended!

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Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS Review


The Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS (known as the PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH in North America) is a new addition to Canon's popular line of stylish, metal ultra-compact digital cameras. The Canon 870 IS has a 10 megapixel sensor, stabilised 28-112mm...

In short, I can happily recommend the Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS to anyone who is looking for a small, carry-anywhere camera that feels responsive in use and produces more than acceptable image quality, at least at lower sensitivity settings and as long...

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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS digital camera replaces the company's previous PowerShot SD870 IS model, and updates the chassis with an edgier style. The Canon SD880 also reduces the body height and thickness ever so slightly. Under that pretty skin, the...

Full-frame sensor gives 1:1 crop factor, true wide angle with 35mm lenses, Very compact and relatively lightweight for a full-frame d-SLR, Dramatically less expensive than the only other full-frame d-SLR currently on the market, Canon's own 1Ds Mark...

Full-frame, high resolution sensor is very demanding of lenses, even high-end lenses can have trouble in the corners (Plan on spending serious $$ on lenses to keep up with this body!), Color is generally good, but reds are significantly oversaturated,...

The standard ISO sensitivity range offered by the Canon SD880 IS is unchanged from the SD870, with a minimum of ISO 100 through to a maximum of ISO 1,600. A new high sensitivity scene mode allows this to be boosted to a maximum of ISO 3,200, however....

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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH Review


Make sense? I sure hope so

Good photo quality ; Stylish, compact metal body; comes in silver and gold ; 4X, wide-angle lens ; Optical image stabilization ; Fast startup time; snappy performance overall ; Nice 3-inch LCD display; great outdoor and low light visibility ; Face...

More noise reduction than older Powershots, especially in low light (though this won't affect most people) ; Images are soft around the edges ; Flash recharging could be faster ; Current zoom setting not shown on LCD ; No optical viewfinder ; More...

If I was ignoring Sony cameras, the PowerShot SD880 would have the best battery life in its class. Unfortunately for the SD880, I'm not, so it will have to take second place instead. In the group as a whole, the SD880's numbers are above average

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Canon PowerShot SD880IS - Digital Camera Review


The Canon PowerShot SD880IS digital camera has some advantages and disadvantages in comparison to other point-and-shoot cameras. But on balance, the Canon PowerShot SD880IS camera is a good buy. Learn more by reading this buying guide and review of the...

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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Review


With the introduction of the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS as successor to the popular SD870, Canon's latest DIGIC IV processing power comes to the SD line.

Good shutter lag and AF performance ; Good color rendition ; Excellent lens performance

No viewfinder ; Sharpening images requires post processing outside of camera

One of the best lenses in this class of camera that I've come across, good shutter lag and focus acquisition times, good image quality and color rendition - the SD880 has a lot going for it. The lack of manual controls points this camera directly at...

Product Specifications

It's so easy to capture the magic of every moment when the SD880 IS Digital ELPH comes along for the ride. There's a terrific sense of creative options for your photographic sense with a wide range of shooting modes and a wide-angle 28mm lens - all because your camera sees the world without limits. Of course, it's a stylish point of view from a camera that merges up-to-the-moment performance with the art of impeccable design.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-5L

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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:Aquarium / Beach / Color accent / Color swap / Digital macro / Fireworks / Foliage / High sensitivity / Indoor / Kids & pets / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Sunset / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:SD880 IS Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.8
Max Focal Length:20mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

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 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (2Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / Neutral / Positive Film / Sepia / Vivid / Vivid Blue / Vivid Green / Vivid Red
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None