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Canon PowerShot SD890IS 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • 10-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 5x optical image-stabilized zoom
  • Face Detection; Motion Detection Technology automatically reduces blur
  • 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II screen for bright, accurate color and wide viewing angle
  • Captures images to SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0015DPJMK
  • Item model number: B0015DPJMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,014 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at March 13, 2008

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

In the PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH, the iconic ELPH style is fully complemented by the latest in digital technology. Beautifully slim and elegantly curved, the SD890 IS Digital ELPH incorporates the most powerful optical zoom in the ELPH line -- a full 5x optical zoom to really expand your photographic options. A 10.0-megapixel CCD heads up a long list of advanced features that not only deliver ultra-impressive image quality, but make the entire experience fun, exciting, and creatively rewarding.

PowerShot SD890IS Highlights

Advanced 10-megapixel Digital ELPH with curved silhouette design With this camera’s 10.0 megapixels of imaging power, you’ll capture an astonishing level of detail. Enlarge and crop with absolute freedom to create images that not only radiate rich depth and clarity, but fully reflect your creative vision. Owning the PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH is in itself an expression of your creativity. The distinctive and curved silhouette design is rendered in translucent matte silver with a muted gloss for a highly individualistic appeal.

Canon PowerShot SD890IS Features and Highlights
Powerful 5x optical zoom lens and Optical Image Stabilizer to reduce blur The PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH has the longest optical zoom ever incorporated in an Digital ELPH camera: a full 5x. A zoom this powerful opens up a world of possibilities in your photography, and thanks to innovative Canon engineering, it’s housed in a camera that’s sized to go everywhere with you. With many cameras, hand-held shots taken at the long end of the zoom can be marred by blur. The PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH incorporates Canon’s exclusive Optical Image Stabilizer. The technology detects and effectively cancels camera shake, for clear, sharp images every time.

Canon PowerShot SD890IS Features and Highlights
With Canon's Face Detection WB (right), skin tones are not affected by overall lighting
Improved Face Detection Technology sets the focus, exposure, flash and white balance automatically Canon's powerful Face Detection Technology delivers even better results with the PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH. The Face Detection Technology continues to recognize faces in a scene, and concentrate exposure (daylight or flash) and focus upon them. But the SD890 IS Digital ELPH adds more: Face Detection WB means the camera concentrates upon faces when calculating white balance for the best possible skin tones. Face Select and Track lets the SD890 IS Digital ELPH user highlight one face among several in a scene, and the camera concentrates on that person, even as they move around the scene. Face Detection Technology is a powerful contributing factor in Canon's new Motion Detection Technology.

And with 18 Shooting Modes including 11 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Motion Detection Technology automatically detects subject movement and optimizes exposure control Life doesn’t stand still for picture-taking. That’s why Canon included its advanced Motion Detection Technology in the PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH. This sophisticated feature works in the background to instantly evaluate how fast your subject is moving. Then it automatically selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings to keep everything looking sharp and clear. When you need higher ISOs for action-stopping shutter speeds, Motion Detection Technology provides it. But when no movement is detected, it allows lower ISOs for excellent color and detail. So whether you’re shooting a bride walking down the aisle, a ballet recital or even a child’s soccer game, you can relax and shoot with confidence knowing you’ve got the picture you intended.

2.5-inch PureColor LCD II screen for bright, accurate color and a wide viewing angle The PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH gives you large 2.5-inch LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. Canon’s PureColor LCD II offers more spectacular color, resolution and contrast even when viewed at an angle (compared to PureColor LCD). 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.

DIGIC III Image Processor for superior image quality and improved functionality With DIGIC III, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What’s more, DIGIC III enables Canon’s Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. Red-eye Correction can be handled in-camera, in two ways. The entirely new Red-eye Correction during shooting uses the Face Detection Technology to recognize and remove red-eye from flash images as they're taken, before the file is written to the memory card. It's also possible to correct red-eye during image playback, using simple settings in the PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH's menu.

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 fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.
1) The new Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.
2) The SD890 IS Digital ELPH can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.
3) The user can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

The PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH also features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading The PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SD890 IS Digital ELPH to a Canon PIXMA photo printer or SELPHY compact photo printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in up to 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SELPHY compact photo printer.

What's in the box

PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH body, Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-5L,Battery Charger CB-2LX, SD Memory Card SDC-32M, Wrist Strap WS-DC2, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC400

Product Description

The iconic ELPH style of the PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH, is fully complemented by the latest in digital technology. Beautifully slim and elegantly curved, the SD890 IS Digital ELPH incorporates the most powerful optical zoom in the ELPH line - a full 5x optical zoom to really expand your photographic options. A 10.0-megapixel CCD heads up a long list of advanced features that not only deliver ultra-impressive image quality, but make the entire experience fun, exciting, and creatively rewarding.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The quality of pictures is incredible, some people did not believe I got such good pics with this tiny camara, altough is not the lightest of the canon camaras, the quality… Read more ›
The grip is not so good but we got used to it. The picture quality is very good. I love the picture modes. Read more ›
I have not been disappointed with the…The 10 meg picture quality is very good and I really have no need for higher resolution since I no longer print pictures at home. I… Read more ›
It is small and fits comfortably in my pocket and in my hand. My photos are clearer than those my son and husband can take with their Canon cameras. Read more ›
the picture quality is the best i only have 1 complaint and it is the on button, it is very hard to get it to turn on. I feel like i am going to break it. Read more ›
The on/off button is hard to use; the battery compartment cover seems very flimsy. Pictures are good and the camera is easy to use. Read more ›
love the "drunk mode" where every picture comes out clear when I am camping. simple to use and small enough to fit a front pocket of jeans Read more ›
I like this camera. It doesn't take as good a quality pictures like I thought but it is adequate and easy to use. I like that it slips in my pocket and I like the controls. Read more ›
In April 2008, I purchased an SD890IS from Amazon for my wife because she prefers a…She quickly learned to use the camera's features and the photo quality was excellent. Read more ›
get things going. Has great picture quality, very easy to use. The download to computer function Read more ›
I used to have a Kodak which was incredibly simple and easy to use. In comparison this is complicated for a casual user, for example deleting pictures and transferring is… Read more ›
I just purchased and love this camera - easy to use, great pictures, great interfacing with both my home Mac Os and my work Windows vista. Just buy a larger memory card… Read more ›
This is one great camera. The zoom is amazing, and makes the camera worth it. The complaints about the on/off button have not been a problem for me. Read more ›
Camera is fairly light weight and the 5x optical zoom is fantastic. Digital zoom is amazing for a camera this size and price point. Read more ›
Does everything I'd like for it to; 5x zoom is great. Optical image stabilizing is a great addition and the price is right! Read more ›
This model is, for the most part, better than the Canon 10MP PowerShot camera I bought two years ago…The 5X rather than 3X zoom is wonderful and review mode is easier. T… Read more ›
I received the camera on time…The 5X optical zoom fearure is great to capture objects far away from you, which I didn't have that luxury with some of my previous cameras. Read more ›
I have owned other Cannon cameras but this one is the best. The zoom works great, I can zoom in very close on the dogs and the kids when they are far away. The pictures… Read more ›
I like the 10mp and 5 x optical zoom. The camera takes great pictures, but some of the Manuel functions are easier to use in my SD800IS. If you are never going to take the… Read more ›
It fits in our pocket or on my husband's belt. The special settings are easy to find and use. It is the perfect camera,takes wonderful pictures and takes up little space… Read more ›
The controls are pretty intuitive--I don't have to constantly refer back to the instructions to find what I want. Yes, the on/off button is a little strange, but once I… Read more ›
It helps you…The picture review modes are great, face focus gives you a blown up version of the face of one of the people in the shot as well as the entire picture. Gre… Read more ›
The general setting minus flash is good for most pics. The night and indoor options are pretty good as well, minus flash. The flash is what you would expect, pretty short… Read more ›
I took several pictures while we were driving on the high way at 75 MPH, and the pictures turned out to be fine,…Also it offers several special modes which are very useful. Read more ›
I admit that I have to use my nails to press it. The video capability is wonderful. The quality of the sound and video is great. Read more ›
But this Canon camera does not do either of these things and it makes taking great pictures so easy! I've also taken some terrific videos. I would recommend this camera to… Read more ›
So far highly recommended! Easy to use, nice shots, sleek design, big screen, nice zoom, cool video. Like it a lot! Read more ›
It shoots amazing…If u're looking for a portable(it fits seamlessly in my pocket) high quality video shooting Point and shoot for ur casual days then buy this camera. Read more ›
Within 10 seconds of taking this baby out of the box, i knew i had a…The start up time is great, image quality is superb, and the video quality is jaw-dropping amazing! Read more ›
this is an okay camera but not a great camera, I like the video feature few people realize you can video them with sound on this camera. the zoom is okay but not as clear… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

224 of 234 people found the following review helpful By R. Dege on May 27, 2008
Pros: image quality, shutter speed, amazing zoom, fast power on, lots of advanced features, etc. etc. The technical specs, and performance of this camera far exceeded any expectations that I could have expected from a pocket-sized camera.

Cons (All minor):
1) Charging requires the removal of the battery from the camera, and it being inserted into a separate battery charger. I'm accustomed to my old sony camera, where it charges in it's own cradle.

2) The power button itself requires some precision to activate. It's not difficult, or annoying to use, but again, I'm comparing it to my older sony camera, where it was a quick, simple flip.

3) The menuing system can be somewhat daunting to a new or novice user. Depending what mode your camera is in will change what menu options you're presented with. Using the camera && reading the manual will help with the familiarity process.

4) The spin dial (or whatever it's called). I have yet to see what benefit this dial has over the conventional directional pad. It's almost like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's quite helpful when you want to quickly flip through photos you've taken on the camera. On the other hand, it becomes challenging when trying to change scenes in scene mode, or when changing functions in the manual mode.

Overall, I love this camera. I bought it just before going on vacation, and was continually amazed by the quality of the photos and shutter speed performance throughout the trip. While traveling on a tour bus, I was able to take crystal clear photos of the countryside landscape, while the bus was traveling at about 60mph.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By BED on May 27, 2008
I'm a Big fan of Canon products-(own a Canon Powershot Pro S5 and 20D), so you can understand why I was a bit shy about this purchase-wanting convenience without risking quality. I elected to try the Canon SD890IS because of the 10M with 5X Optical. Some talk about the surface getting "dinged" up but what's happening to mark their equipment so badly? This small but wonderful camera has all the quality and capability of my Canon Powershot Pro S5, with the exception of shooting as well in low light, but even that is not bad. And remember the reasons you purchased an elph. Others brands may have higher mega pixels, but comparing this camera with it's one slight short fall that I noticed, it out shines the other brands in low light shooting capability, does better with noise problems, and macro capability! The size is great, again, fitting the need I required-something smaller. If you are looking for quality, ease of use, than consider the Canon SD890IS.
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369 of 409 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2008
As a travel writer I spend a lot of time at Walt Disney World, and Canon PowerShot Digital Elphs are the most common cameras I see. Families seem to love them, because they're so easy to carry and operate. About the size of a deck of playing cards, each of these "pocket cameras" really do slip right into a pants pocket, and their rectangular designs make them easy to grip. Best of all, they all take good photos. (How do I know? Because I've actually gotten to use every one of these models. Nearly every day guests ask me to take photos of them with their own cameras, which most often are Canon PowerShot Digital Elphs.)

Here's my breakdown of the ten bestselling Digital Elph models. Any of the first six are superb choices:

An update to the SD1000 (see below), this 2008 8MP beauty adds image stabilization, a slightly longer zoom (38-114 mm), another MP of photo size and a small indent on the right side for a better grip. Plus it comes in colors! My daughter has a blue one and uses it every single day. During school days the image stabilization made a real difference in her on-the-bus shots. With that heavy of use hers has gotten scratched up a bit, but the marks are small and hardly noticeable.

The ELPH to buy if you want a wide-angle lens. Slightly thicker than the SD1100 IS, this 8MP model doesn't have an optical viewfinder which makes it tough to use in bright sunlight, otherwise there's little not to love.
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258 of 291 people found the following review helpful By D. Medford on July 12, 2008
This is the 5th Canon I've owned. I generally love their overall quality and function. I agree with most of the rave reviews about this camera, but I have TWO IMPORTANT CAVEATS that don't seem to appear.

1st: The orientation of the LCD polarization on the screen is such that when using the camera with polarized sunglasses, you can't see an image on the LCD (in the standard, horizontal position). For every other LCD camera I've used the screen is 100% viewable with polarized sunglasses. The blanking out of the screen only occurs when you rotate the camera 90 degrees (to the vertical orientation).

2nd: There is CONSIDERABLE "Barrel distortion" when using this long 5x optical zoom lens in the standard mode.

Please note: I've contacted Canon Customer Service and they say both issues are not fixable and expected given the design of the camera (UGH!)
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