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Canon PowerShot SD970 IS / Digital IXUS 990 IS / IXY 830 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 333 reviews of Canon PowerShot SD970 IS / Digital IXUS 990 IS / IXY 830 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the performance and size. The screen and image quality also get good feedback. There are some critical reviews about the lens and shutter, while there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, image quality, screen, size, performance

price, zoom, viewfinder, shutter, lens

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SD970 IS / Digital IXUS 990 IS / IXY 830 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon PowerShot SD970 IS / Digital IXUS 990 IS / IXY 830 IS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SD970 IS / Digital IXUS 990 IS / IXY 830 IS from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Views about the screen and design are overall positive. The portability and durability also get good reviews, but opinions are divided on the reliability. The flash and lens get critical views.

usability, durability, portability, design, screen

lens, flash

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (

Canon PowerShot SD970 IS


Canon's top-of-the-line point and shooter, the PowerShot SD970 IS packs features galore and pumps out beautiful pictures.

Fantastic image quality. Fast operating speeds. Sharp 3-inch LCD. Extraordinary user interface. High-definition (720p30) video capture.

Optical zoom can't be used while shooting video. Wide-angle barrel distortion.

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Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Canon PowerShot ELPH SD970 IS - digital camera review: Canon PowerShot ELPH SD970 IS - digital camera


Canon PowerShot ELPH SD970 IS - digital camera

Very good photo, video quality; great high-res LCD.

No optical zoom in Movie mode; slow, narrow lens; no shutter speed, aperture controls.

It might take a good picture, but the Canon PowerShot SD970 IS' feature-to-price ratio is disappointing.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Mike Flacy (

Canon Powershot SD970 IS Review


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 17, 2009 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced 10 new PowerShot cameras that offer an array of photographic options for the entry-level consumer right up to the photo enthusiast. Whether on a...

Apr, 2009

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Canon PowerShot SD970 IS


The SD970 IS makes an excellent choice in a compact point-and-shoot digital camera. It doesn't offer a lot of manual control, but takes excellent pictures in most situations when set to auto. You can adjust the white balance and colors, which you'll...

12.1megapixel5X optical zoomFace detect autofocus3.0 inch LCD with 461,000 dot

No manual controls

The Canon PowerShot SD970 IS is the latest entry in Canon's highly...

Aug, 2009


Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS Review


The Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS (also known as the PowerShot SD970 IS Digital Elph) is the new range-topping model in the extensive Digital IXUS / ELPH line-up of compact and stylish compact cameras. This 12 megapixel camera features a 5x, 37-185mm...

The Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS camera is a sound addition to the now extensive IXUS / Elph range, but it doesn't quite offer enough to justify its rather high price tag. $379.99 / £379.00 is a lot of money to pay for what is essentially a...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

PowerShot SD970 IS Digital ELPH


($379) is an ultra-compact camera with a 12 Megapixel CCD, 5X optical zoom lens (with image stabilization), high resolution 3-inch LCD, HD movie mode, HDMI output, and plenty of point-and-shoot features. The SD970 is the #2 camera in Canon's ELPH...

Canon was the last manufacturer to include memory cards with their cameras. They didn't switch to internal memory, though -- they don't include any memory at all! Thus, you'll need to bring your own card, and I'd suggest a 2GB SD or SDHC card to start...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Steve Morgenstern (

Canon SD970 IS


We found image quality was consistently very good, and movies shot at 720p were impressive

Solid color accuracy; Low overall noise; Good sharpness

No optical zoom

The Canon PowerShot SD970 isn’t a standout camera, but it’s a solid effort from a reliable manufacturer. With the exception of burst-mode shooting, which is pretty pokey at 1 shot per second, there wasn’t an area where the Canon received low marks in...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (

Canon PowerShot SD970 Review


Canon announced the SD970 IS and nine other compact digitals this past February, and if our review model is any indicator of the quality and performance of the others, Canon's got a batch of winners on their hands. The SD970 IS would seem to appeal to...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Canon IXUS 990 IS digital camera


Deluxe, 12.1-megapixel Canon digital camera with a high-definition movie mode

Good image quality, 720p video mode, excellent build quality and design

Limited manual modes and options, too expensive, noise levels could be lower

The Canon IXUS 990 IS is a great compact camera that combines impressive image quality with an elegant design. However, when it comes to bang for your buck, there are several better deals on the market.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Canon IXUS 990 IS


Canon's top of the range ultra-compact is an expensive little thing.

May, 2011

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