Canon Powershot SD890-IS Digital Elph Camera, 10.0 Megapixels, 5x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom, 2.5" LCD Display

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About Canon

Canon 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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (17),Great picture quality (12),Large clear LCD (11),Simple controls (10),Easy to setup (9),Strong construction (7),Good battery life (5),Easy to keep clean (4),Zoom range/performance (4),Great resolution (3),Nice features and settings (3)
Cons:
Poor in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (14),Family photos (11),Fun (11),Everyday photos (4),Art (3),Home (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (10),Photo enthusiast (9)

Canon Features

  • Advanced 10.0 Megapixel Digital ELPH with curved silhouette design.
  • Packed with a powerful 5x Optical Zoom Lens and Optical Image Stabilizer to reduce blurry images.
  • Improved Face Detection Technology sets the focus, exposure, flash and white balance automatically, allowing greater freedom of shooting before, during and after taking the image.
  • Stand out in a crowd with an edgy, stylish design combined with a cool new button configuration for great operability.
  • 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II screen for bright, accurate color with great viewing from a wide range of angles.
  • DIGIC III Image Processor for superior image quality and improved functionality.
  • Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers.

Canon Specifications

Type of Camera
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash
Optical Zoom
5x
Digital Zoom
4x
Megapixel
10
Focal Length
6.6-33.0mm f/3.2-5.7 (35mm film equivalent: 37-185mm)
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
Macro: 0.79 in.-1.6 ft./2-50cm (W)
Digital Macro: 0.79-3.9 in./2-10cm (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder
Real image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor
2.5-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle (PureColor LCD II)
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 dots
LCD Coverage
100%
Maximum Aperture
f/3.2 (W) - f/5.7 (T)
Shutter Speed
1/60-1/1600 sec., 15-1/1500 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF, Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
Program AE; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
Built-in Flash
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
12 in.-11 ft./30cm-3.5m (W), 12 in.-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time
10-sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
N/A
Shooting Modes
Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie
Self-Timer
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control
Not available
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 1.2 fps
Storage Media
SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,648 x 2,048 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes, 640 x 480 (up to 2 hours at 0.5 fps/1 fps), 160 x 120 (up to 3 min. at 15 fps)
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, RAW, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, select range, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
NTSC/PAL
Audio Out
Monaural
Other
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source
1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-5L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30 (optional)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 320 shots/800 shots (LCD off)
Playback Time
Approx. 420 min.
Operating Temperature
32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity
10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.76 x 2.26 x 1.08 in./95.4 x 57.3 x 27.4mm
Weight
Approx. 5.47 oz./155g (camera body only)
Warranty
Canon Warranty
Mfr #
2566B001
SKU
ICASD890IS

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 20 reviews)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent camera

This is a great camera. It's easy to use, takes high quality photos, and is small enough to carry around anywhere. I keep it in my purse so I have it with me wherever I go. I upgraded to this camera from the Cannon SD450 (similar model, about 3 years older) and this has been even better. The 5x optical zoom is really useful. The camera has tons of features but the automatic mode is so good that it's great for casual users too. The camera's anti-shake and face-detection features are useful an...

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This is a great camera. It's easy to use, takes high quality photos, and is small enough to carry around anywhere. I keep it in my purse so I have it with me wherever I go. I upgraded to this camera from the Cannon SD450 (similar model, about 3 years older) and this has been even better. The 5x optical zoom is really useful. The camera has tons of features but the automatic mode is so good that it's great for casual users too. The camera's anti-shake and face-detection features are useful and intuitive. Battery life is quite good. I bought the package deal on an NB-5L extra battery, travel charger, and small tripod, and all three have been very handy. The screen is very visible and has multiple brightness settings. You can turn off the LCD display to extend battery life, which is great if you're going hiking and taking pictures infrequently over a long time period. It has great special scenes modes too. Portrait mode, night snapshot, fireworks, time elapse, they all work beautifully. The manual does a good job of explaining the features and options in clear language. Only two very minor negatives with this camera: 1 - like most cameras it comes with a ridiculously small memory card (you can fill 32 MB with approximately 10 very high-quality pictures) so you'll need to buy a better memory card. It takes all sorts of cards, including the Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards. 2 - the camera is so light that with the lens extended it almost overbalances, so be careful if you put it down with the lens extended.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

it broke down

it refused to turn on after about two weeks of casual use. I was away in India at the time. [...]Now I have to figure out how to ship it back to Canon for repair, as if I want this thing, repaired, when it barely functioned as a new item.

Reviewed by 20 customers

 
4.0

Great Camera for the $$

By

from Decatur, GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchased as a Mother and Father's day gift for my parents before they travel to Ireland. They love the ease of the camera, the size is perfect and the picture quality is great.

 
5.0

Great everyday camera!

By

from Vernon, AL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have a Digital SLR and prefer to use it, however; it is not convenient to have at all times. I wanted a camera I could just drop in my purse and have with me for those "wish I'd had my camera" shots. This one is perfect. Even though it is a compact, small camera it still has some of the same creative/manual features that my DSLR has.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I like it but

By

from chicago il  -  Casual Photographer

its a good camera but i accpected more. except its larger mega pixels the functuallity is very poor and too complicated. it takes a lot of memory room when you download it to your computer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent camera

By

from Gaithersburg, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great camera. It's easy to use, takes high quality photos, and is small enough to carry around anywhere. I keep it in my purse so I have it with me wherever I go. I upgraded to this camera from the Cannon SD450 (similar model, about 3 years older) and this has been even better. The 5x optical zoom is really useful. The camera has tons of features but the automatic mode is so good that it's great for casual users too. The camera's anti-shake and face-detection features are useful and intuitive. Battery life is quite good. I bought the package deal on an NB-5L extra battery, travel charger, and small tripod, and all three have been very handy. The screen is very visible and has multiple brightness settings. You can turn off the LCD display to extend battery life, which is great if you're going hiking and taking pictures infrequently over a long time period. It has great special scenes modes too. Portrait mode, night snapshot, fireworks, time elapse, they all work beautifully. The manual does a good job of explaining the features and options in clear language. Only two very minor negatives with this camera: 1 - like most cameras it comes with a ridiculously small memory card (you can fill 32 MB with approximately 10 very high-quality pictures) so you'll need to buy a better memory card. It takes all sorts of cards, including the Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards. 2 - the camera is so light that with the lens extended it almost overbalances, so be careful if you put it down with the lens extended.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good buy

By

from san francisco, ca  -  Casual Photographer

N/A

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Buy more Canon cameras

By

from melbourne, FL  -  Casual Photographer

Best Product in Powershot series!

 
4.0

No regrets

By

from Central Massachusetts  -  Casual Photographer

I bought this to replace a Canon A75 that I loved. With double the pixels, it gives very sharp pictures and it is relatively easy to learn. I took it on a trip to the Caribbean only a week after purchase and I am pleased with the results. It is lighter and has a bigger LCD display. I will probably use the scene settings and manual options more than I did with my old camera as the controls are more intuitive. Zoom is much improved.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camera [...] Thanks,

By

from San Diego, CA  -  Casual Photographer

Great camera [...]

 
4.0

Small-camera happy

By

from Washington, DC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Not able (or willing) to take my Nikon D200 on regular business trips, I was recently frustrated being unable to shoot an abandoned building in Houston. I bought this camera after reading numerous reviews, and thus far I think the choice has been a good one. The display is very clear and bright, and photos outdoors and indoors, with and without flash have been excellent. The 5X zoom was important, as I will not use the digital zoom. I have the camera with me always. Needless to say I needed to purchase a much larger SD card than the 32 MB one that comes with the camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great images from a small camera

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have replaced an SD 500 Elph with this one as my "always carry" camera which I wear in a Canon belt pouch. It is as small and unobtrusive as the 500 but with the added 5X zoom, 10 mega pixels, faster focus and bigger screen. I hope it proves to be as bullet proof as the 500 which has provided a number of salable shots over the years. So far it's performance has been impressive.

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