Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
Released September, 2009
The Pros:24mm wideangle is a bit wider than typical point-and-shoot models, great for landscape shots. Better corner quality at wider angles than most competing models, no vignetting. Noise reduction, especially at low ISO, outperforms many competing cameras.
The Cons:Macro mode is a bit disappointing because of a 5 cm minimum focus distance. Zoom function does not work while recording video. Lens reaction is slow, especially at the telescope end.
Canon's PowerShot SD980 IS is a higher-end compact point-and-shoot digital camera that has many features designed to increase convenience, and is similar in style and features to the PowerShot SD940 IS, with a few upgrades.
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It has a 5x optical zoom capability and a total resolution of 12.1 megapixels the SD980 is also stylish and has a metallic finish available in four different colors. It is compact and portable, and has 22 different preset shooting modes. AUTO mode automatically selects from among these, or they can be selected manually. The LCD screen is larger than the SD940's and measures 3.0" diagonal, and it is also a touch screen that allows photo navigation and selecting an autofocus point while taking an image. Like the SD940, the SD980 is capable of HD 720p video capture, and has a HDMI connection to playback videos on a compatible HD screen. Other features include PictBridge one-touch printing, rechargeable battery and self-timer. The main upgrades over the SD940 are that the display is both larger and a touch screen, and the extra zoom.
- DIGIC 4 Image Processor
- 12.1 Megapixel resolution
- 5x optical zoom
- 3.0"-diagonal LCD display
- Touch screen image navigation, shooting mode selection, and autofocus points
- Menu hints
- 720p video capture
- HDMI output
- 22 selectable shooting modes, including AUTO
- Available in purple, silver, blue, gold
User Reviews (1)
24mm wideangle is a bit wider than typical point-and-shoot models, great for landscape shots
Better corner quality at wider angles than most competing models, no vignetting
Noise reduction, especially at low ISO, outperforms many competing cameras
Menu interface is improved over older Canon models, more intuitive
Even without manual controls, adjustable settings can greatly improve image quality/variation over just Auto or preset modes
Macro mode is a bit disappointing because of a 5 cm minimum focus distance
Zoom function does not work while recording video
Lens reaction is slow, especially at the telescope end
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