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Canon PowerShot SD980IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Ultra Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD (Silver)

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  • 3.0-inch wide touch-panel PureColor System LCD; updated Active Display for quickly switching between images with a shake of the camera
  • Capture 720p HD movies; HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV
  • 5x optical zoom with ultra-wide 24mm lens, plus Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer; 12 megapixels for amazing resolution and editing
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects from 22 predefined shooting situations
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Touch Sensitive Screen

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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002LITT5Q
  • Item model number: SD980IS Silver
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,511 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 19, 2009

Product Description

Color: Silver

From the Manufacturer

Canon’s iconic ELPH has always been a show-off, with the looks and smarts that make you want to carry it out in the open for everyone to see. The PowerShot SD980 IS takes the concept even further with Canon’s first-ever touch panel interface. The camera that invented sleek and slim is equipped with a huge 3-inch PureColor System LCD screen that responds to your touch, delivering operation that’s as natural and intuitive as cutting-edge technology should be. Four opulent color options are the icing on the cake.

PowerShot SD980 IS Highlights

Large, 3.0-inch wide touch-panel PureColor System LCD
Just touch your finger to the huge 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD panel and the PowerShot SD980 IS responds--creating a fun, natural interface that’s just the way you want to interact with technology now. When shooting, you can choose an AF point, select a shooting mode, operate the flash, set exposure compensation and more. Playback functions are also performed at your touch: switch between images, scroll display, magnify a portion of an image and control movie playback.

Canon PowerShot SD980 highlights

The PowerShot SD980 IS’s 3.0-inch wide touch panel PureColor System LCD screen provides an alternative to dials and buttons. With Active Display technology, a quick shake of the camera prompts images to play back, one after the other. When the camera is tilted while advancing the images, the advance speed changes according to the tilt angle. Additionally, by quickly moving the camera forward, you can jump between Focus Checker frames when reviewing still images. Using the same action, you can pause or restart a movie currently playing.
Canon PowerShot SD980 highlights

720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
The PowerShot SD980 IS 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 thumbnails at once.

Canon PowerShot SD980 highlights
5x optical zoom in action
5x optical zoom with ultra-wide 24mm lens, plus Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer and 12 megapixels
The PowerShot SD980 IS gives you the creative flexibility to get up close or go wide, for impressive images framed just the way you want them. Despite its slim profile and tiny body, the camera is equipped with a 5x Optical Zoom--no more sitting on the sidelines with the action too far away. The lens is ultra wide-angle, with a focal length of 24-120mm (35mm equivalent). That puts more image in every shot for visual excitement and a high-end feel. And the best part? Even at the long end of the zoom, images are clear and steady thanks to Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization that controls camera shake. And with 12.1 megapixels, the PowerShot SD980 IS provides amazing image resolution.

Improved Smart AUTO

Canon PowerShot SD980 highlights
Just set the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS 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 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. Even if your subject is moving, Canon’s advanced detection technologies capture the action as it happens.

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.

What's in the Box

  • PowerShot SD980 IS Body
  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC10
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400

Product Description

Touch your finger to the large 3.0" Pure Color System LCD and select an AF point, choose a shooting mode, adjust exposure compensation, and more. Playback functions are also performed with the flick of a fingertip: switch between images, scroll, magnify a portion of a photo, and control movie playback. This new natural interface makes camera operations fun and easy.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Live view for photography is not great Read more ›
Just returned from a week in Austria with the Canon. I took a wide variety of shots (people, buildings, scenery) and I must say the results are very good. I used program… Read more ›
The SD980 camera is…Because it doesn't have any significant protrusions, it is easy to take it out of the pocket without accidentally pulling out other things as well. I… Read more ›
Love the picture quality, portability and handling! Take it everywhere without the bulk of my SLR's and as a backup or for quick shots I might have otherwise missed. The… Read more ›
Wanted a small , easy to carry camera that would take great pictures. This is it! Read more ›
I was looking for a compact point and shoot in the $200 range that took sharp pictures with good image stabilization. My old Canon Powershot SD750 (which I was very happy… Read more ›
They were getting better and better. This last model is a huge step back. Read more ›
At first glance I was like this is much larger than my Canon 5mp Elph (which is…But once I started handling it and playing with it's features I was pleasantly impressed. Read more ›
I am not a photography geek who needs to change picture settings constantly. I need the auto mode to work well. Glad I read reviews this time. Read more ›
I have had it for over two years and i love it, it takes great pictures and has great features.. Read more ›
I still hold a strong bias toward Canon products but i would steer clear of this model. Read more ›
One of the most amazing features, which I use a lot, is the HD video. This little camera shoots beautiful video, as long as the lighting is good - low-light video is, as… Read more ›
It's useful, practical and easy to work with. The touch screen is great, as are all the features and settings you can play around with. Read more ›
The new features including the touch screen is kinda cool but when you take photos, the touch function can actually be more cumbersome, leading to unintended changes of… Read more ›
No optical viewfinder. Again who cares, the LCD screen is very clear, it does not seem drain the battery that much. I don't miss the viewfinder. Read more ›
I bought this for one of my friend and I heard only good reviews about this camera from him. He liked the quality as well as touch screen feautre. Read more ›
Camera has great constuction (I love the feel of this camera), great touch screen navigation option, good 720P video. One feature stands out: picture quality up on closer… Read more ›
this camera is awesome. It takes good picture, it has good touch screen and I think it worth the money. I think the battery lasts about 100 pictures. Read more ›
This camera has so many useful features. It's simple to use and the image quality is WONDERFUL. The macro setting works wonderfully. Read more ›
It has no flaws, it is just perfect. Easy to use, stunning functions, lots of features. Everything that I would ever want. Read more ›
This canon camera is easy to use and produces a quality picture. I have had a canon camera for years but this one is by far the best. Read more ›
Have had several Powershot models from Canon but this one by far takes the best pictures. It is extremely compact, has a large viewing screen and is fairly easy to use. The… Read more ›
I have an old Canon that I love so when it was time to get a new dgital…This camera is very easy to use, takes great pictures and even the touch screen works really well. Read more ›
It was perfect for this trip. The touch screen makes it easy and fast to use in all types of settings. Anyone who has used an iphone will have no problem using this camera. Read more ›
The slow lens speed and small…The 720p video is awesome, however be advised that you can not rotate wide screen movies if you take them portrait versus landscape format A… Read more ›
It's definitely grainier than other Canon cameras I've had. - But the HD videos are amazing, and hooking it up to an HDTV with a mini HDMI cable makes for a fun presentation. Read more ›
There is no option for fast shots in the non-Auto/Manual mode. The video quality is good. I would recommend going with a 8GB card. Read more ›
The pictures are great, (probably because most are of my Granddaughter) and the \ video is awesome. Would I buy one for me? Read more ›
I owned the older version of this camera for 5 years, and have owned this one for almost 2 years. It also takes great video. Read more ›
I have not taken lots of video with this camera mainly because I love my Canon HF S10 which takes amazing video. So my recommendation here is only on taking still pictures. Read more ›
I love the…The colors were great, photos had good detail, the street lights sparkled and most of the photos came out relatively sharp thanks to the stabilized lens. I… Read more ›
Just about every…I took the same photo from my SD800IS and the SD980IS and the 800IS was better every time, the colors were deeper, lines more crisp, and it was in focus. Read more ›
I tried and tried to like this camera, but I can't. The quality of the pictures, even outside in day light are really bad and without vivid color. The auto mode it is a… Read more ›
I love the wide angle lens (that's why I got this model),pictures have great quality and beautiful colors, touch screen is very handy and makes operating this camera so… Read more ›
Good optics, Wide angle great for interiors and landscapes, excellent features, the menus and on screen viewing make for easy access and encourage the use of the options,… Read more ›
3) If you want more vivid colors and have the choice use sRGB instead of Adobe RGB. While you get fewer colors they are distributed over a wider range. Read more ›
- The touchscreen for other features (not focus) is great. In an evolving world where we fondle our technology (think smartphones), it makes this camera cutting edge. Read more ›
The…I had some problems with certain kinds of pictures, but when I figured out the difference between the face focus and the fixed frame focus it has been much easier. Read more ›
1. Usable touch screen although it takes some getting used to. The Touch Focus is a good feature. 2. Macro Mode. Read more ›
It can set Flash, ISO, Long Shutter, EXP Compensation, Slow Sync, Shooting mode, metering, WB, Macro with touch focus is NICE, you can even set how long the long shutter… Read more ›
Pros: On the plus side, the camera has many very nice features (eg, touch focus), what seems to be a good optical system, and a wide angle range that should make this… Read more ›
is still dynamite - starts quick, zooms quick, great image - this one not so much - don't like mushy pixel structure - more pixels does not equal better overall image… Read more ›
3. speed is much improved over my last digital! 4. Small size is easy to handle and comfortable for my arthritic hands. 5. Ease of use. Read more ›
Many of the negative reviews posted on this site are unjustified and come from not taking the time to read the…Considering the small size, this is one spectacular camera. Read more ›
I upgraded from the Canon SD800, which I loved so much that it became a…The SD980 is a nice size, weighs very little, and is easy to put in a jacket pocket or my purse. Read more ›
The photographs that this camera takes are fantastic with a mininum of effort. The camera is a nice shape and size and feels like a quality item. I bought the reccomended… Read more ›
From the back, the overall design and specifically the button area…It has a nice size and weight to it (though it is slightly longer and more narrow than other cameras). Read more ›
I think the touch screen is fine, the aspect ratio is fine, but I…The key here is the 24mm wide angle, the generally compact size and the general speed of 2009 powershots. Read more ›
I have own a few small digital camera all Canon and the last one…I also own a couple Rebels with 4 expensive zoom lens > $500 each and one professional zoom lens >$1000. Read more ›
Drop tested & survived! I wanted a new camera with a good wide angle lens & HD video picture-taking quality that allowed zoom while filming. I was on my way to Thailand for… Read more ›
Granted, as I've only used a Canon 30D DSLR with pretty decent lenses for the last few years, but I didn't think that the pictures from my 7-year old 4MP Konica KD400Z were… Read more ›
Am a Canon SLR kind of guy, love telescopic lenses. Always wanting closer pictures. Read more ›
I couldn't be happier! I asked a friend what camera they used because their pictures were always so crisp and clear and I loved the wide lens option. They told me it was… Read more ›
I liked the HD video idea, loved the wider lens - however.... I got one and sent it back realizing the IS really doesn't work. the 870 was amazing hand held at 1". Read more ›
May be the camera corrected some of the color distortion in ISO 100 and thus introduces a little bit more noise. For 4 inches by 6 inches prints all ISO values are great. Fo… Read more ›
And it's small/compact size makes it easy to carry/stash in a pocket or purse. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a wonderful camera for a decent price! Read more ›
Would definitely recommend. Great value!! Read more ›
As a note, I am a major fan of Canon so I bought an…After using it for a while now, it gets 5 stars for super pictures, ease of use (and holding!), and exceptional value. Read more ›
I returned that camera because I was not satisfied with its picture quality. My search continued and I found the SD980 at a very good price. I was a little hesitant to buy… Read more ›
I am disappointed that I have been unable to find a backup battery for it at a decent price. The battery life is pretty good (I played with the camera daily for 8 days… Read more ›
The rear wide screen is really excellent, both in size and picture quality, plus…The zoom is good, although it can't be zoomed during videos, which is a bit disappointing. Read more ›
In the past, my one gripe with Elphs has been the limited zoom. This model redeems itself with a great 5X zoom that works well in tons of situations. I like the touch… Read more ›
CONS: - Sharpness with zoom - Touch screen can be accidently activated Read more ›
I have own a few small digital camera all Canon and the last one…I also own a couple Rebels with 4 expensive zoom lens > $500 each and one professional zoom lens >$1000. Read more ›
is still dynamite - starts quick, zooms quick, great image - this one not so much - don't like mushy pixel structure - more pixels does not equal better overall image… Read more ›
For a Point and Shoot Camera, This Canon offers good image quality, the large zoom make it…The Battery life is very good and the best part is the portability of the cam. Read more ›
The battery life is pretty good (I played with the camera daily for 8 days before it needed a recharge) but I have active children, so I always like to have an extra… Read more ›
3. Very compact and portable. 4. Battery life is good. 5. Good outdoor images. Read more ›
- Lithium battery with it's own charger, great battery life. Read more ›
It's fast, it's colors are accurate and the pictures are sharp, the battery life is GREAT, the touchscreen is so much better than on the Sony DSC 290 or the Nikon S60 (both… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

398 of 408 people found the following review helpful By Radu Privantu on September 11, 2009
Color Name: Silver
The SD980 camera is pretty small, and will fit in almost any pocket. Because it doesn't have any significant protrusions, it is easy to take it out of the pocket without accidentally pulling out other things as well. It feels good in the hand, and I personally don't have a problem with the lack of a hand grip or viewfinder. The body is almost all metal, and has a nice feel.

Without boring you any further, let's see the cons and pros of this camera:

The pros:
1. 24 mm wide angle. This is very impressive, and very few compact cameras have it. What 24mm means is that you can take pictures in tighter spaces, take pictures of large groups without moving back too much, and nice landscape shots.

2. The corner sharpness is great. Almost all of the other cameras that I viewed picture samples of have very soft corners at wide angles. Soft corners means that the details in the 4 corners of the picture are poor, and if you view the image at 100%, or if you need large prints, this will show.

3. At ISO 80, the picture is pretty clean. Now you have to understand that most if not all the cameras that use a 12MP 1/2.3" sensor use the same sensor, probably made by Sony. So everything else being equal, the noise is the same for all of them. What is different is how the camera tries to remove the noise (noise reduction). Even at the base ISO (80), there is some noise reduction, which gets rid of most of the noise, but with it some of the detail is lost as well. Canon generally does a pretty good job keeping most of the detail and remove most of the noise (again, at ISO 80). Each camera manufacturer does it differently, and I like the Canon way best. At higher ISOs, even at 200, the detail start disappearing, and more noise is visible.
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191 of 200 people found the following review helpful By T. Le on September 17, 2009
Color Name: Silver
Ok so after reading so many negative reviews about this product, I decided to get my hand on one to find out. Lucky for me a close friend of mine bought it and I got a chance to run through it for a while. After playing with it for hours, I figured out that most of the negative reviews on this product are simply ridiculous and make no sense at all. So here is what I manage to work out with this spectacular camera.

Starting with the EXTERIOR:

The body of the SD980 is sleek, stylish, narrow and thin just like that of the SD960. It feels quite firm and durable for its size. Nothing less than SD800 or SD880 since some people mistaken this body as plastic but it is NOT plastic. The front cover and back is metallic and only the rims around camera has a rubbery feel to it. The buttons got cut short to only 2 buttons for playback and menu along with a dial like all recent SD series. So pretty much after a few minutes I got use to this camera like I was on any of the SD800 or SD880 and SD960. For those with larger hand, holding this camera with 1 hand is definitely will be somewhat of a challenge. There is a slight wavy grid near the playback button that suppose to serve as a grip but it only works for those with smaller hands. My hands are not too big or too small so I could actually use this camera with one hand without any problem.


Canon has replaced their menu with something new. Quite simple, pretty clear where everything suppose to be. All the shooting mode are together, ISO is easy set. Also has custom white balance nearby for those who know how to use it. Everything is push to the left side of the screen and all you have to do is scroll up and down and enter the sub menu to adjust the setting.
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156 of 176 people found the following review helpful By M. Banas on September 18, 2009
Color Name: Silver
First of all let me just say that I really wanted to love this camera. The design looks great, it feels solid in your hands, the wide-screen touch screen is fun to use, and the ultra wide angle lens opens up tons of creative possibilities. Sadly I fell out of love very quickly after taking some test shots with this camera.

I compared my test shots to my previous pocket cam, a 6MP Casio which produces satisfactory photos in good light and poor photos in low light conditions.

I love the twilight photos I was able to take with this camera while walking around Union Square in San Francisco. The colors were great, photos had good detail, the street lights sparkled and most of the photos came out relatively sharp thanks to the stabilized lens. I was thrilled that the photos were much better than what I was able to produce with the Casio.

Indoors in the evening the camera work just as well for such a small camera, I took very few flash photos, but all the available light photos I took in a dimly lit living room turned out very well for such a small camera. Sure there was plenty of noise if you looked at the low light photos up close, but over all the immages were ery pleasing to the eye when viewed on a 1080P, 52" HDTV.

Then I took the camera outside on a sunny day. Colors were decent, but the photos were very soft as if the lens were dirty. This was especially noticeable when taking photos of trees, flowers, grass.... anything detailed looked blurred, buildings and people looked fine. Daytime photos also lacked contrast, giving them a very flat quality. I tired different settings, I activated the enhanced contrast setting, it helped a little.
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