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Canon IXUS 90 IS / PowerShot SD790 IS / IXY 95 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1095 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and portability. The design and usability are also appreciated. The manual image adjustments and shutter get less positive views. Opinions about the contrast and zoom are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 90 IS / PowerShot SD790 IS / IXY 95 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS


The Canon PowerShot SD750 is one of the most popular cameras on CNET, so how do you top it? Well, with a couple of the standard enhancements, for one. For the PowerShot SD790 IS, Canon adds image stabilization and ups the resolution to 10 megapixels...

Great photo quality; interesting design

Mixed performance; no optical zoom in movie mode

For most people, the excellent photo quality of the Canon PowerShot SD790 IS will more than make up for any slight performance deficiencies or minor shortcomings.

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Canon Powershot SD790 IS


Though smaller than a deck of playing cards, the PowerShot SD790 IS Digital ELPH camera conveys a cool, substantial look and feel, thanks to its solid, yet streamlined, chiseled design. Adding to its appeal is the camera's large and highly visible,...

Among the significant technological advances shared on the new PowerShot SD890 IS, SD790 IS and SD770 IS Digital ELPH cameras is Canon's intelligent anti-blur system. Developed by linking four of Canon's most cutting-edge achievements: Optical Image...

Editor's Choice!

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Canon Powershot SD790 IS


Nearly every Canon compact camera we've tested recently has merited a high rating. And the SD790 IS, the latest high-end pocket shooter, takes its place among the SD870 IS, the SD1100 IS, and SD950 IS in Canon's ever-expanding arsenal of excellent...

3-inch LCD. Newly designed click-wheel control is fast and effective. Excellent images at high ISO settings. Motion-detection technology. Sunset scene mode

Click-wheel control takes some getting used to. Wide-angle lens could be wider. Slightly underexposed flash shots

For its sleek design, superb new features, and overall excellent image quality, the Canon PowerShot SD790 IS earns our Editors' Choice.



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Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS Review


With its all-metal build and what Canon is describing as a 'chiseled' faceplate, there's no denying that the new Digital IXUS 90 IS, while physically larger than the recently-announced IXUS 80 IS, continues the range's tradition of stylish,...

Does the world really need another point-and-shoot Digital IXUS? Probably not, but that's not to suggest the Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS constitutes a less than worthy addition to the series. Its squarish, tank-like design is something of a throwback...

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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS Digital ELPH Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The PowerShot SD790 IS Digital ELPH camera is smaller than a deck of playing cards, yet conveys a sophisticated and substantial look and feel, thanks to its solid, streamlined and modern design.

One of the more elegant ELPH designs ; Optical image stabilization ; Large, high-resolution LCD ; Face and motion detection ; Simple buttons ; Good heft ; Good Macro performance ; Good color ; Very high resolution ; Excellent image quality ; Good...

Optical zoom is just 3x ; No true Manual mode ; Mode switch snags on bags and pockets ; Control dial is awkward ; Slightly soft corners at wide angle ; Moderate chromatic aberration at wide angle ; Noticeable barrel distortion at wide angle ; Flash is...

The Canon SD790 IS Digital ELPH features a ten megapixel 1/2.3" CCD imager and a Canon-branded 3x optical zoom lens with image stabilization, which covers a fairly standard range of 35-105mm equivalent - a moderate wide angle to a moderate telephoto....

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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS Digital ELPH Review


If you're still confused about Canon's ELPH lineup after both of those then, well, I don't know what to tell you

Very good photo quality (in good light) ; Stylish, compact, and sturdy metal body ; Optical image stabilization ; Generally snappy performance ; Large 3-inch LCD display with very good outdoor / low light visibility ; Redeye not a problem thanks to...

Some corner blurriness, vignetting, and purple fringing ; Images are on the noisy side in low light ; Zoom setting not shown on LCD ; Slow-charging flash ; No optical viewfinder ; More manual controls would be nice ; Can't swap memory cards while using...

Canon is one of the few camera manufacturers who still puts a memory card in the box along with the camera. Everyone else builds memory into the camera itself -- and usually not very much of it. You'll find a 32MB card in the box with the SD790, which...

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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS


The PowerShot SD790 IS from Canon is a continuing testament to Canon?s ability to produce quality camera after quality camera. The SD790 is a compact point-and-shoot model with a modest price tag that reflects its goal of affordable high quality...

Overall, if you are looking to spend $300 on a compact digital camera, the SD790 is a pretty good choice. There are certainly strengths and weakness in the camera, but the total package is high quality and good value

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Canon Powershot SD790 IS Review


The Canon Powershot SD790 IS finds itself among a too crowded market of ultra-compact digital cameras which produce better images than this one. It seems like in its quest for producing a tiny low-cost digital camera, Canon compromised too much on...

Nicely saturated colors, Accurate exposure, Good white-balance, Good overall image sharpness, Quick focus in good light, Fast and responsive, Quick flash recycling, Excellent LCD visibility, Decent battery life for a recent ultra-compact

High loss of details in long exposures, Quite noisy from ISO 800, Sacry vignetting visible, Mild barrel distortion at wide-angle, Some corner softness, Chromatic aberrations, Slow but accurate focus in low light, Difficult to hold securely, Buttons too...

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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS Review at Imaging Resource


The Canon SD790 IS has only one strike against it and that's its 3x optical zoom. You might think the lack of a Manual mode would be another, but the Canon SD790 IS is designed for taking great snapshots. With its DIGIC III processor, it does just that.

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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS Review


The Canon PowerShot SD790 IS, sports a unique control layout.

Some will enjoy the SD790's nonstandard ergonomics, but the unusual control layout may detract from overall usability of this camera for many. Some of the buttons seem superfluous and the control dial spins far too easily. I have used the control dials...

Product Specifications

Chiseled edges with a subtle gleam give this PowerShot SD790 IS Digital ELPH distinctive sculptural appeal. Just as attractive are its high-end specifications, including 10 megapixels of resolution plus Face Detection and Motion Detection Technology that delivers the ultimate in crisp, clear, amazingly detailed images. Prepare to be transfixed by the view from the camera's 3.0-inch PureColor LCD II screen. With rich, accurate color and superb clarity, the screen is easy to view at wide angles too - perfect for gathering a group around to see your images.

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/Aquarium / Beach / 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:2GB/32MB


Model:SD790 IS Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:18.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:AVI/AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600/3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (2Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Color Accent / Color Swap
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None