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Canon PowerShot SD780IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Black)

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  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)
  • 2.5-inch widescreen PureColor LCD II screen; Face Detection
  • 3x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 3x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: SD780IS Black
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Color Black Black Blue Silver
Optical Zoom 3 multiplier x 12 multiplier x 3 multiplier x 4 multiplier x
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None Optical (tunnel) Optical (tunnel)
Max Resolution 12.1 megapixels 16 megapixels 10 megapixels 8 megapixels
Video Capture Resolution 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1280 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 @ 30/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 60/30/15 fps
Image Stabilization Optical Optical Optical Optical
Battery Description Lithium-Ion NB-4L battery & charger Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11LH Lithium-Ion NB-6L battery & charger Lithium-Ion NB-5L battery & charger
Display Size 2.5 inches 3 inches 2.5 inches 2.5 inches
Flash Memory SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus SD/SDHC/MMC card
Dimensions 2.2 inches x 3.43 inches x 0.71 inches 2.27 inches x 3.93 inches x 0.88 inches 2.17 inches x 3.39 inches x 0.87 inches 2.22 inches x 3.6 inches x 1.04 inches
Optical Sensor Resolution 12.1 megapixels 16 megapixels 10 megapixels 8 megapixels
Optical Sensor Technology CCD CMOS CCD CCD
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 0.7 x 2.2 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001SER47Y
  • Item model number: SD780IS Black
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (853 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2009

Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 3x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
  • 2.5-inch widescreen PureColor LCD II screen; Face Detection
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)
  • From the Manufacturer

    It may be the slimmest Digital ELPH Canon has ever created, but the impact couldn’t be bigger. The PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH captivates the senses with bold saturated colors and a daringly original design that matches the intensity of Canon’s most innovative camera technology. Even when picture-taking conditions seem pretty unforgiving, you’ve got Canon on your side. So the shots you used to miss are the images you’ll now be sharing, and the movies you never took before will be HD unforgettable.

    PowerShot SD780 IS Highlights

    12.1-megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
    Canon’s commitment to innovation defines the excitement of the PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH. 12.1-megapixel resolution is more than a number, it’s your cutting-edge link to the outstanding clarity and quality you’ve always wanted in your images. Think bold and big, because razor-sharp oversized prints are a breeze. Get the picture? It’s absolutely brilliant.

    Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
    The PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH has a 3x optical zoom lens that makes it easy to get the inspiring, emotive close-ups that will make your images lasting keepsakes. This magnificent lens gives you the power to shoot distant subjects with razor-sharp precision and stunning lifelike color. So you can brilliantly capture a closer shot of a landscape, or a child’s big smile.

    The PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake--one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is so convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

    Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
    HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
    The PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.

    Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
    Just set the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

    Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
    Shooting Modes
    Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 20 Shooting Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

    2.5-inch PureColor LCD II and wide viewing angle
    The PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH gives you a large 2.5-inch LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. Canon’s PureColor LCD II offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even when viewed at an angle. The screen is highly durable and easy to see in any light with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light--a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.

    A World of Advantages with Canon’s Technology

    Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
    The DIGIC 4 image processor has evolved Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects and lets the shooter enter the frame seamlessly with the Face Detection Self-Timer.

    DIGIC 4 Image Processor
    Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, delivers evolved Face Detection Technology that keeps every face in every photo looking its very best. The technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you’re ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

    iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

    A Face Detection Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include the photographer’s face in a group shot, there’s no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, specify Face Detection Self-Timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer’s face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection tracks moving subjects in a much larger range, and the Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject after the shutter button is pressed halfway--allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing.

    Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
    Intelligent Contrast Correction
    DIGIC 4 also makes possible the i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH can even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

    Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.
    1) Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.
    2) The PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.
    3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

    Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
    Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH features an ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded to 3200 when you select ISO 3200 Special Scene mode.





    What's in the Box

    • PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH body
    • Lithium-ion battery pack (NB-4L)
    • Battery charger (CB-2LV)
    • Wrist strap (WS-DC7)
    • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
    • USB interface cable (IFC-400PCU)
    • AV cable (AVC-DC400)

    Customer Reviews

    This camera is small enough to easily fit into a shirt pocket.
    Steve Vrana
    The Auto works great for most anything, however indoors and in low light, its best to raise your ISO and use program mode.
    Douche McGavin
    The camera takes very good pictures and the video does look great.
    Greg

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    1,104 of 1,124 people found the following review helpful By U. Wilkins on March 16, 2009
    Color Name: Black
    I just purchased this Canon on a whim, earlier today at Best Buy. I have been tinkering with it for the majority of the evening. My previous SD300 is still working like a champ, however I have been considering a video camera for some time...after some peering at the video camera counter I wandered over to the point and shoot table... what initially drew me in to the SD780IS was its appearance on the display stand. The sleek matte-black body is very eye-pleasing...then I looked at the specs. and realized that it shoots video in HD! (1280x720) Then all the other attributes made me realize that it was time to update my "everywhere, anytime" camera.
    I proceeded to check out some of the other Canon SD cameras. The SD960 became the other candidate...it has a little more glass(4x)zoom, over the SD780's (3x)zoom. The SD960 has an appealing f2.8 apeture over the SD780's f3.2. The SD960's screen is more tailored for the HD video capture as it has a 16:9 ratio LCD panel. (Kinda nice for instant viewing ON THE CAMERA)
    After some thought I went with the SD780 for these reasons:

    1. The HD video capability is awesome and comparible with the SD960. It has a HDMI jack. The traditional 4:3 screen does not bother me, because the video is ultimately going to be viewed on a HD TV.(There will be an upper and lower bar on 16:9 playback through the SD780's LCD).

    2.The weaker 3x zoom is not a big deal as this camera is for general shooting(out w/ freinds, bars, random afternoon at the beach, mountain biking, etc.)and with this camera EASLIY fitting in my jeans pocket or camelbak, the portability is what gives me the opportunity to document those moments, that would otherwise be missed. The SD960 is a little bulkier(but still small).
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    445 of 455 people found the following review helpful By David C. on March 24, 2009
    Color Name: Black
    OVERVIEW
    Canon SD780IS is the perfect travel/everyday camera. It weighs a little over 4 ounces. The size of the camera is astonishing. It is smaller than my iPhone 3G and my wallet. I love the new 720p video recording HD feature on the 2009 Canon P+S line. The image stabilization for video/image stills is a winner. The clips are sharper and clearer than the clips from the Creative Vado HD and the Flip Video MinoHD.

    PLAYBACK ON COMPUTERS
    For video playback without choppiness on the computer, you need to have at least a Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or higher processor on Windows (Vista/XP SP2/XP SP 3) or Core Duo 1.66 GHz or higher processor on Mac OS X (v10.4-v10.5)

    MEMORY CARD
    You should get at least 8GB Sandisk Extreme III SDHC (Class 6 or higher) memory card for the camera. 4000x3000 resolution images can quickly fill up your 2/4GB SD memory card.

    CONCLUSION
    + Quick Continuous Snapshots
    + 720p HD Video Recording with Image Stabilization
    + Lightning Quick Startup
    + Ultra-Compact Point & Shoot Camera (Thin + Light Combo)
    + Beautiful Design
    + Great for Beginners (Very Easy To Use)
    + Bright LCD Screen
    + DIGIC IV Technology
    + Blink Detection
    + Can Edit Video Clips on the go
    + Scene Detection Mode works Flawlessly

    - No Optical Zoom in Video Mode while Recording (You can Digitally Zoom)
    - Monotone Sound in Video Mode
    - Only 3x Optical Zoom for image stills
    - View Finder is Useless
    - Little Noisy/Grainy when Using Higher Than ISO400 but Acceptable

    SCORE/VERDICT
    09/10: Recommended
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    341 of 350 people found the following review helpful By George D. Gates on May 2, 2009
    Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
    After researching ultra-compact cameras for 2 weeks, I had narrowed down my choices to this camera, the Canon SD880 IS and a couple of models from other manufacturers (though I knew in the end I'd choose a Canon). As with most electronic purchases I make, it was an agonizing process. Every camera had a feature that I wanted, yet none of them had everything that I wanted. I would have liked a bit more zoom, and other cameras have wider lenses. In the end, the three features that won me over were the amazingly small size, the ability to capture HD video at a resolution of 720p, and the HDMI out.

    As for the performance, I couldn't be happier. Many of the reviews I read before purchasing mentioned a high amount of noise, but in my experience it only occurs at higher ISO's, is not very noticeable, and seems to be in line with other compact cameras that I've used, no more, no less. I would NOT let this be a determining factor if I were considering this camera.

    This is my first camera with image stabilization and it's works very well. On a recent trip I took over 500 pictures (and filled up less than 1/4th of my 8-gig card at the highest resolution), and not one of them ended up blurry. The AUTO feature has also proven to be much better than I had anticipated: it changes between 18 settings automatically, such as macro, bright sunshine, etc., and so far, it's been right on the money. Another complaint that I've read is that viewfinder is useless. While it is quite tiny, I have actually used it, and I find it to be quite serviceable. At some point, a camera gets so small that it's difficult to squeeze everything onto its surface area. Kudos to Canon for even including the optical viewfinder at all.

    My complaints are few, and none would be a dealbreaker for me.
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