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Canon IXUS 980 IS / Powershot SD990 IS / IXY 3000 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 624 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and usability. The performance and image quality also get good feedback. The reliability and shutter get mixed reviews, and there are some less positive views about the memory and flash.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 980 IS / Powershot SD990 IS / IXY 3000 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS


If you're under the impression that size matters, Canon's all set to change that notion with the Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS. This ultra compact has left quite an impression on us, and here's why.

The Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS gave us nothing to complain about, and is undoubtedly amongst the best of its kind. With a sturdy frame, great design, a multitude of features, and such great performance, you can't really go wrong by investing in this...

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Canon PowerShot SD990 IS


As a fan of Canon's Digital Elph cameras, I was a bit disappointed by the current flagship model of the series, the 14.7-megapixel PowerShot SD990 IS. That may be surprising, given that this camera dominates most other point-and-shoot cameras in terms...

Extensive manual controls ; Optical viewfinder in addition to LCD

Lacks a true wide-angle lens ; Expensive

The SD990 IS performs beautifully, but the construction feels chintzy for the price.

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Canon PowerShot SD990 IS (Silver)


Top Elph for the moment, the Canon PowerShot SD990 IS has the highest resolution in its family--15 megapixels--but otherwise its specs fail to impress given its price tag. That said, the SD990 delivers excellent photo quality, it offers plenty of...

Excellent picture quality; very good shooting options for its size.

Disappointing lens specs; mixed performance; high-resolution sensor adds little benefit; no HD video.

The Canon PowerShot SD990 IS is a fine ultracompact camera, but its price-to-feature benefits are questionable.


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Canon Powershot SD990 IS


In a market saturated with point-and-shoot models, manufacturers are adding every bell and whistle in the booktouch screens, waterproofing, high-def video recording, and moreto get their cameras to stand out from the overpacked crowd. The Canon...

Excellent image quality. Full manual operation. Speedy boot and recycle times. Very little shutter lag

Expensive. Somewhat bulky. Can't record high-def video. Just average noise scores

What Canon's SD990 IS lacks in glamorous features it makes up for in speed and brilliant images.

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Canon Powershot SD990 IS


The SD990 IS compared to a standard CD disc

The Genuine Canon Face Detection technology has evolved even further, thanks to DIGIC 4. Improved features include the ability to recognize human faces at most angles. Another innovation is the Face Detection Self-Timer, which automatically takes a...

Highly Recommended!

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Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS Review


The Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS (also known as the PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH in North America) is the first-ever Digital IXUS / ELPH camera to offer a true manual mode, instantly appealing to all those DSLR owners looking for a pocketable second...

In summary, the Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS / PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH can be highly recommended to DSLR owners who are in the need of a second camera that they can take along even when their main 'workhorse' has to stay at home, and also to...

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Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


Canon's PowerShot SD990 IS digital camera replaces the company's previous PowerShot SD950 IS model as the flagship of the Digital ELPH lineup, and updates the chassis with a curvier style while retaining exactly the same control layout. Overall, 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 SD990 IS is unchanged from the SD950, with a minimum of ISO 100 through to a maximum of ISO 1,600, plus a high sensitivity scene mode which allows this to be boosted to a maximum of ISO 3,200....

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Review: Canon PowerShot SD990 IS digital camera


The PowerShot SD990 IS produces great-looking images, but the build quality feels cheap.

I expect a camera priced at around $400 to feel solid. The PowerShot SD990 IS, which has a plastic body rather than the titanium casing of its predecessor (the PowerShot SD950 IS), feels a bit cheap. This, coupled with a handful of other shortcomings,...

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Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS / PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH


The IXUS 980 IS / SD990 IS inherits a great deal from its predecessor including the same lens, same optical viewfinder and the same sized screen, albeit with a newer panel; the control layout is also essentially the same. New to the IXUS 980 IS / SD990...

High resolution images ; Good screen with optional viewfinder ; Great battery life with viewfinder ; Manual control over exposure

Lacking true wide-angle coverage ; No optical zoom while filming ; No HD video or HDMI port ; Modest burst mode at 1.3fps

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Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Review


The Canon PowerShot SD990 IS, the latest flagship ultracompact in Canon's Digital ELPH line, was rolled out just before the holiday buying season got underway in an effort to tempt buyers with a camera that offers impressive specs but few frills.

Superior build quality, styling ; Quick Shot mode makes OVF shooting logical ; Decent all around performance ; Sensible feature set offers the stuff you need without the bloat

High-res sensor muddies up images ; Lens performance, specs only adequate ; LCD should be bigger for this price ; Too much money for too few bells and whistles

But what happens when the image quality isn't quite so obviously superior? That's the dilemma faced by potential SD990 buyers. For all of this camera's performance successes, the images are, to put the matter plainly, a little ragged looking at 100...

Product Specifications

PRODUCT FEATURES: Powerful curves house a 14.7 megapixels digital ELPH for the highest image quality 3.7x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer for blur-free shooting Optical viewfinder plus large high-quality 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II for bright, accurate color with wide viewing angle and an anti-glare, anti-scratch coating New Digic 4 image processor improves Face Detection, adds Servo AF, Face Detection Self-Timer and Intelligent Contrast Correction for greater flexibility Quick mode makes lag time shortest to not miss any scene Print/share button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID photo print and movie print with select PIXMA photo printers and SELPHY compact photo printers

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:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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:SD990 IS Digital ELPH/SD990 IS Digital ELPH Coach Edition Gift Set
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.8
Max Focal Length:28.5mm
Min Focal Length:7.7mm
Optical Zoom:3.7
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 mm ( 1/1.7 ) / 14.9 mm ( 1/1.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:14.7Megapixel

Optical System

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

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

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:Optical