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.
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.
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 clearand 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.
Reviewed by 2 customers
This is a very good all around point and shoot camera.
I've been a Sony user for most of my life simply because Sony's stuff doesn't break. Since my last camera broke I decided to switch to this camera right here and I'm liking it so far. I love the wide angle lens (those who don't may want to reconsider as it defaults to it), the special effects (namely color accent, most Canon cameras has it), and how I am able to turn off the red light that tells people that you are taking a photo (AF-assist beam, I think). What I don't really like: 1.The protruding lens. Just saying if I were to take photos where I'm not supposed to (not that I do) this camera is really calling attention to itself and won't pull off as a cell phone. Of course I could always choose one without so I didn't deduct points for that. 2.The buttons. Personally I'm kind of used to the way you can view the previous photo by pressing "left," in this camera you have to press the view button which is fine just that the screen always prompts," Touch image to enlarge, touch movie to play back. Double tap for index."(Although I can turn it off I'm still waiting to see what other tips it can provide.) What's really bumming about the button: the view button turns on the camera so if you were to take "hit and run" photos and you accidentally pressed the view button while pulling the camera out, you'll be turning the camera off when you press the ON/OFF button. Then you'll lose the moment while really turning it on. 3.The buttons and the screen's spacing. I normally hold cameras with one hand (other hand to assist when it's dark). I have small hands but this is designed for people who have really small hands (or just people who use both, hey it's cold these days). I've been accidentally pressing the "P" on the screen since it is so close to where I place my thumb (the place with the two grooves). It's also impossible to set the mode back with my thumb since I can't reach that far on the touch screen. Other features. Flash, I don't use flash, sorry (they never look good anyway). Zoom, this camera can zoom in pretty far but it's really hard to use in dim light without setting the camera down. I don't really use zoom either. Movie, the quality is pretty good for a camera; it's cool how the "color accent" also works on movies, and no you can't zoom while filming :( . The touch screen, it's pretty cool just that you can't really zoom-in zoom-out the way you do on iphones, and you have to use the zoom-in zoom-out on the camera to change the display size and amount of photos. As far as the photos itself, the colors are pretty good (bright, you could change the white balance if you wanted). There are a lot of features I have yet to explore for now I would give this camera a 9 out of ten.