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Canon SD780 IS


$280.00 Released March, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Attractive. Easy to fit into a pocket. Small and light (115g).

The Cons:3x optical zoom. Doesn't include an HDMI cable. Utilizes an older Canon UI.

The Canon SD780 IS is an ultra-slim point-and-shoot digital camera from Canon's Digital ELPH series and is a step down from the SD960 for 2009.  Like the SD960, the camera features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, records HD video in 720p and has a mini-HDMI port to allow direct connection to an HDTV.

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 It includes a DIGIC 4 Image Processor that delivers face detection technology and has a face detection self timer for taking self portraits and group shots.  The SD780 IS offers 3x optical and 4x digital zoom with Canon's optical image stabilizer technology for clear closeup shots and is designed with a 2.5" PureColor LCD display compared to the 2.8" screen and 4x optical zoom of the SD960.  The camera also has an intelligent AUTO feature which analyzes the shooting conditions and selects the appropriate setting.  The SD780 IS is expected to be released in March 2009 in a variety of metallic colors including red, black, gold, and silver.

Features/Specs

  • 12.1 megapixel sensor
  • 2.5" PureColor LCD display with wide viewing angle
  • Face detection technology with face-detection self timer
  • Records video in HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 3x optical, 4x digital, 12x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Smart AUTO feature
  • Mini-HDMI connector
  • Available Colors: Red, Black, Silver, Gold
  • Ultra slim design
  • Weight: 115g

User Reviews (6)

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Pros
  • 5

    attractive

  • 5

    easy to fit into a pocket

  • 5

    small and light (115g)

  • 5

    records video in high definition 720p

  • 5

    affordable price

  • 4

    HDMI output

  • 4

    fantastic video quality

  • 3

    available in red, black, silver or gold

  • 3

    new program mode that saves your flash, exposure, and other camera settings

  • 3

    slimmer than predecessor with rounded edges

  • 2

    delayed flash produces some funky images at night, try it

  • 1

    Great Picture Quality

Cons
  • 4

    3x optical zoom

  • 2

    doesn't include an HDMI cable

  • 1

    utilizes an older Canon UI

  • 1

    black model is hard to see markings on body

  • 1

    requires a faster computer to play video than predecessor

  • 1

    camera has a hard time focusing when it's dark (at a club or restaurant) and pictures come out blurry time after time

  • 1

    needs a lot of light for decent video colors

  • 1

    extremely hard to find buttons when it's dark on the smooth camera body

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iDeal
iDeal: #canon_sd780_is I've had the Canon SD780 IS for a while now and I only have good things to say about it. As a camera it performs as you would expect a Canon to perform; the picture/video quality is very high (you'll be pleasantly surprised by the video quality). The automated settings are simple and easy to understand but allow a surprising amount of versatility. The thing I love the most however, is the physical camera itself. Its small enough to take anywhere! This is very important if you're like me and don't enjoy having your pockets bulging with stuff. Also the mat-black finish makes it feel much less prone to scratches and dings. It's not fun if you're always worried about your keys scratching your camera or where you can put it down. Great Buy! 5 gold stars! :) Oct 27, 10
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Erik
Erik: #canon_sd780_is I have the Canon SD770 IS, and my dad just bought the SD780 IS and I had a long time to play with this newer model. This camera is essentially builds off of the impressive SD770 IS by adding HD video recording (in H.264 720p HD .MOV quicktime format), a sleeker camera body, three colors, and some minor tweaks to the button layouts and some settings.

This camera is a fantastic buy as both a point-and-shoot and HD camcorder all in one. Save your money, and buy this. Forget about those standalone camcorders. You'll get much more use out of this, and the quality is great. Jun 23, 09
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