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Canon PowerShot SD980IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Ultra Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD (Blue)
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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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|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|Flash Memory Type|
|Flash Modes Description||auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Item Dimensions||0.9 x 2.1 x 3.9 inches|
|Item Weight||0.29 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.7 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Aperture Range||2.8 - 5.9|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Viewfinder Type||optical viewfinder|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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). 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. With 12.1 megapixels of resolution and Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the SD980 IS produces brilliant, life-like photographs with rich color and stunning detail. With an equivalent zoom range of 24-120mm, Canon’s 5x Optical Zoom Lens captures everything from sweeping landscapes to telephoto action pictures. The SD980 IS captures beautiful, 720p HD video. From live concerts to family vacations, the SD980 IS is the HD Video camera that you can, and will, take with you everywhere. Connect the camera to your HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and enjoy your memories in 100% digital High Definition. Concentrate on your subjects - let the camera handle the pictures. Canon’s Smart Auto mode analyzes your shooting conditions with 22 pre-defined scene settings. From a wide, floral landscape to a night on the town with friends, the SD980 IS intelligently captures your memories – maximizing quality while minimizing effort.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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Top customer reviews
I got the camera to take on a backpacking trip because I wanted to go as light as possible-- but still wanted to get good pics. The camera exceeded my expectations and delivered great images. I was really happy with the colors it produced. There are situations that the sharpness is a litte soft-- especially with the zoom and/or if you are trying to crop into the shot tight, but over-all the images are great. The wide angle is awesome!
The touch screen UI worked well and was pretty cool. However-- I found it was quicker to use the dedicated buttons on the right for quicker/tactile access to common features. I love it that this camera still has these buttons compared to the newer model which is all touch-screen.
I was also very happy with the video quality. The 720p clips looks great. I cut them into my 1080i HDV footage and it's hard to tell the difference. Zoom while shooting is digital and should be avoided.
I bought several extra batteries too, but I was pleased that I really only needed one extra as each battery lasted 7 days (about 500 pics) while in the wilderness. NOTE: I used minimal flash and shooting video will zap the battery much faster than pics.
- Good/Great Images
- 24mm wide-angle is great
- Fast and accurate auto-focus
- Nice feature set and shot modes
- Touch screen cool, but...
- Still has vital physical buttons
- LCD is bright/vivid even outside
- Custom self timer (with multiple shots)
- Sharpness with zoom
- Touch screen can be accidently activated
- Not a SLR replacement (but fits in my pocket)
I have had this camera for over a week and must say I am pleased for the most part. I figure for $250 you are going to have to compromise in some areas. I don't expect this camera to make as good pictures as an SLR and I don't have any desire to carry a bigger camera around. I will leave the technical details to others as I know a lot more about making photos than I do about technology. Have been making photos for at least 55 years.
I plan to upload some photos to this site.
1. Uploading to the computer is lightening speed compared to my old camera and I love the software. Easy to use, you can edit out bad photos right there. Also it is very easy to view the pictures on the camera and easier still to delete a bad photo right away.
2. large LCD and touch screen capabilities are fun to use and easy
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. I took it out the first day and made photos without reading the pdf manual. Got some pretty good pictures actually.
1. I don't miss the viewfinder as much as I expected, except when all I can see in the LCD is myself reflected.
2. Macro capability is better than my former camera, not perfect by any means. I am learning to use it better.
3. nice wide angle
4. some fun settings I haven't learned to use yet.
5. kinda fun to have a blue camera
Not so surprising
1. Little hard to hold still with your arm extended to look at the lcd (sometimes everybody moves when I make the picture, I am sure it is not my fault)
2. Hard to keep the LCD clean
Not so good
1. I keep pushing the button that moves between review and photo by mistake as it is right where I put my thumb. I will learn.
2. Battery life....well I expected that didn't I?
3. Lack of manual excpt a pdf.
In the SD 980 IS, it seems Canon is trying to cram the equivalent of "Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery" into the camera. Presumably Canon thinks many new customers will not have a PC or Mac and they can sell these neophytes a camera and printer without an intervening PC with imaging software. This attempt results in a horribly complex User Interface in the SD 980. If the 30 days return date hadn't expired during the holidays, I would have shipped this camera back.
Now I have to decide if I want to spend several hours with the Tech Manual (comes as pdf on the CD-ROM, not printed) setting all the "automatic point and shoot" defaults to something that doesn't overwork the sensor or the internal camera controller chip. Other option just eat the difference, sell this donkey and find something that really comes closer to what I want. In conclusion, I'd say that my allotment of stars above is if anything, generous.