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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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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • 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 (843 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,983 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at February 17, 2009

Product Description

Color: Black

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)

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)

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Take it with me everywhere I go because fits even in my pocket! The clarity of the pictures are outstanding and the effects can make are amazing! So glad I bought it! Read more ›
    Also, it's got an optical viewfinder which is really a plus since that's really what I look for in a camera and it's rare to find camera's this size…Still images are great! Read more ›
    I bought this camera a couple of years ago and love it! I still use it and the pictures are crisp and clear, as well as the colors being vibrant! Love Canon! Read more ›
    I have had this camera for about 3yrs now and it still works great. Picture quality is still wonderfull. Will buy it again if i need another Camera Read more ›
    I bought this camera because I wanted a simple point-and-shoot…For the money you pay, the quality of the images is AMAZING. may be a bit too amazing for my purposes lol. Read more ›
    Canon wants $119 plus tax & shipping and 2 weeks to clean the dust off. When it works and doesn't have black blobs on my pictures, it works well and takes nice pictures. How… Read more ›
    This camera does a fantastic job. People always ask me what camera I use because the sound/video is good. Pictures look good but, that's all I can say. Read more ›
    Even in auto mode, you can manually adjust all the important things like image size, flash, and zoom without worrying about trickier things like ISO. Video works great too. T… Read more ›
    We've been using our new Canon PowerShot SD780IS camera for four or five months…I can report no problems or issues so far, and the photo quality and video quality is great. Read more ›
    On land it is perfect…The video is really good underwater and with the case on you can still here sounds, for instance little lobsters trying to crawl away sqeaking. En… Read more ›
    The HD video is a nice addition, and the quality is fair. Unfortunately there is almost no compression on the videos so you cannot record for very long unless you have a 8… Read more ›
    I have no complaints about this camera. It takes amazing photos and videos and is well worth the money!! Read more ›
    This camera is a great little piece to keep in a travel bag. Nice photos and easy to use Read more ›
    Love canons, I have several of them. This is the smallest and takes good pics, very easy to use. Love the color as we'll! Read more ›
    I've been using mine for over 3 years for video and stills, and it's perfect for informal use. I love mine. Read more ›
    It is very easy to use. If you don't want complications, and just want take photos, choose this camera. Read more ›
    Love this camera for it's great pictures and small foot print. Fairly easy to use, too. Would definitely recommend it. Read more ›
    As a rookie digital camera user, I have really enjoyed using this camera. It is easy to use and I like the fact that it has video also. It takes great pictures. Read more ›
    Lost previous one and wanted to replace. The stabilizing features is great for unsteady hands. Takes very good pictures and it is light. Read more ›
    Small compact and versatile. The accent color features are magical Read more ›
    Bought this for my school's local senior project…The features are great and it takes video and camera excellently but there are probably better cameras you can get. Read more ›
    You can stick it in you shirt pocket and have it ready for that "Kodak Moment" in an instant. The automatic setting is great for no thinking photography. But it… Read more ›
    This is exactly what I wanted! Menu system is great. Shooting modes are great. video is great. Read more ›
    It takes excellent photos, much better than our comparable Nikon (which I never liked). The battery holds a charge a long time, and the features are easy to use. Overall… Read more ›
    Speaking of the size, it works great for me because my hands are dexterous. If your hands are big or if your fingers are stiff, you might have trouble handling this camera… Read more ›
    The size is FANTASTIC! The picture quality is great. Read more ›
    I'm not a big guy but even I feel like a bumbling ogre when handling…After a few minutes you get the hang of it and in the end the size is a great benefit to the camera. Read more ›
    I just waned to add another voice to the chorus of people who think this is a fantastic pocket camera. Its small size is amazing. And for me, the big advantage is I can… Read more ›
    I am very pleased with this…I own two other digital cameras and bought this one because the compact size is perfect for travel, and I absolutely must have a viewfinder. Read more ›
    So I was impressed when it would detect human faces on the images on the TV screen. It's size is great! And (as the saying goes) I even like the color!!! Read more ›
    I bought it for my family as a gift. It was very light, and the red color was beautiful. Furthermore, the picture quality was as good as most the Canon cameras. Read more ›
    Although I have at lest five cameras at home, this one is my go to camera when I need a little guy that is…It is really attractive...the red color is deep and vibrant. T… Read more ›
    It takes very clear and good pictures. The color is vivid and it is also fun to play around with the functions considering this camera is under $200!!! It is also petite-ly… Read more ›
    Overall, this is a phenomenal camera for the price. The SCN settings do take a while to get the hang of, but it's sturdy and the flat black coloring is awesome. I would… Read more ›
    Many features in the Program mode that will satisfy any teenager like myself Color swap and color accent are really cool effects. Major plus! Read more ›
    I've always loved Canon and this is one of my best purchases ever. The cam's color is cute and the pictures' quality are very good! Buy it. Read more ›
    I first bought this camera from Best Buy and was surprised at the rating of 4.9/5. The price was superb as well, the display large and crisp. I still use the same old… Read more ›
    I must mention that for this price it is the best deal. Read more ›
    So I returned it and purchased the Canon SD780 on The price was good, and it qualified for free shipping. I chose that model because it takes HD video and had… Read more ›
    the HD video quality is pretty darn good, most people are surprised that the video I shot came out of this tiny little camera. The price is decent and it works great. I had… Read more ›
    For the price, this is a great camera for a wide variety of uses and it's proven itself to be a great model. Read more ›
    So, I got a…It comes down to ZS3, SD780IS, SD960IS, but end up with SD780IS mainly because size, capability HD, good indoor shot quality, and the price is pretty good. Read more ›
    I keep it in Case Logic TBC-302 FFP Compact Camera Case (Black) when not using it and that has saved it…Battery life is still good after all this time. Read more ›
    I would reccomend this to anyone who is looking for a very portable, rough camera that takes pretty good pictures. Video isn't too bad and the battery life is pretty amazing. Read more ›
    Other plusses: Battery life is amazing. Read more ›
    -- Fragile (I dropped it and got several scratches, but that is to be expected) -- Battery life is not great. Holds full charge for a while, but once it hits less than full… Read more ›
    Battery life is exceptional, much better than my LX-3. I've had the SD780 for a year now, and the only issue is it sometimes makes some odd noises, but I am thinking this… Read more ›
    This is the main reason why I am trying another camera, plus my Canon fell out of my…The battery life is good, but sounds like there are longer lasting cameras out there. Read more ›
    Not an issue on this camera. I don't even use the viewfinder (even in bright sunlight) since the screen is so crisp and clear. Very happy with this purchase and would… Read more ›
    I was looking for a camera with a view finder, one that…This is the best for me, not only does it have a view finder, but the LCD screed is really clear and easy to see. Read more ›
    It looks cool and it's pretty small and super easy to carry with you. The LCD is bright and the presets and pretty cool. I had a previous small Canon P+S and I was really… Read more ›
    Display - This display is beautiful & colors are crazy vivid. Only downside is that it is small, BUT that really saves on battery life. Read more ›
    I need the manual optical eye viewer, there are too many outdoor activities in bright sun where the LCD screen is not good enough and barely visable. I would prefer to see… Read more ›
    The buttons are recessed and the whole camera slips easily into a pocket without snagging…Despite its small size, the LCD is easy to view, and the buttons are very usable. Read more ›
    However, in recent years, this little machine…Even though I had upgraded to a Canon 70D which has 1080P video, the SD780IS is much more compact and easier to carry around. Read more ›
    This camera takes awesome pictures. Its size is great to carry in a jacket pocket or a bike bag. Pretty color which helps see it if it's in the bottom of ones purse or… Read more ›
    This is a nice little camera. It's very small so it's easy to carry with you. Takes good pictures, not grainy at all. Read more ›
    This is a great camera for carrying in your pocket to catch all those "special moments" and great photo ops. This little camera takes great pictures and is easy to… Read more ›
    I ordered the same one again because I find this camera to be one of the best in the market for it's value. The camera is small enough that it's easy to carry in your pocket. Read more ›
    Shirt pocket size Sturdy aluminum case with rounded edges (comfortable to carry and pocket0 Convenient lanyard Read more ›
    Photos taken with maximum zoom are heavily distorted. Photos without any zoom are stunning. If you can afford an SLR (like Nikon D3000 etc), go for that. Read more ›
    -It had to be small and powerful--well this camera fit that bill better than any other. The digital zoom works great. It's like a real zoom. Read more ›
    I am kinda bummed there is not an action setting. The zoom capability is awesome. I am still experimenting with setting my own settings. Read more ›
    The only thing it can't do very well are zoom in on distant objects. ...So just let your friends lug around the huge telephoto lenses for those shots and you can get all… Read more ›
    So compact and the pics & videos are very clear even the sound. I wish it had a greater zoom but it takes really good action and still photos. Read more ›
    The single biggest…After a while, I started not using the zoom on my camera at all (when fully zoomed, the artifacts were significantly more sharp than at full wide-angle). Read more ›
    This camera has amazing picture taking abilities in all conditions. The flash is brilliant, the very high ISO settings perform beautifully and the color is amazing. I can… Read more ›
    Don't let the tiny size fool you, this camera packs a big punch! The flash is so well. Lots of times when I grab a stranger and ask them to take a picture… Read more ›
    But if you're like my husband (the primary user of this point-and-shoot), he says it's annoying to change settings all the…3. The flash is too bright for the zoom range. Read more ›
    so if I ever want to switch to taking a black and white or sepia…Likewise, if I decide I want or don't want a flash, the flash is very easy to quickly turn on and off. Read more ›
    EDIT: Having taken the camera to the Detroit auto show i can say that the battery life with the flash off is excellent. I took around 150 shots and the battery indicator… Read more ›
    The quality of the pictures are excellent. It's flash speed is perfect to catch fast actions especially when the subject is not very still. The HD videos are much better… Read more ›

    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 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
    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.

    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)

    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.

    + 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

    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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