Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Review

Touchscreen technology has at long last been included in Canon’s products. In a move that was only right, they chose to introduce this innovative new feature on the PowerShot SD980 IS, which is one of the Digital ELPH line’s models that stands out for its particular characteristics. Because it is the first ELPH camera to sport a 24mm lens, the Canon SD980 is a one-of-a-kind device.

The Canon SD980 boasts a number of great features, including a CCD image sensor with 12.1 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom lens, a DIGIC 4 image processor, and the most recent iterations of Face Detection, Blink Detection, and Motion Detection. It also has a lot of other great specs.

Because of its streamlined design and compact size, the Canon PowerShot SD980 is very convenient to store. A wrist strap gives a little more security when you’re on the go, and the SD980’s strap includes a small pen to assist you with the new touchscreen if necessary. Gentle curves guarantee that it won’t snag on pockets, and a wrist strap provides a little added protection when you’re on the move.

When you don’t have the time to figure out exposure settings, you can still get fantastic pictures with the Canon SD980 IS thanks to its variety of intelligent automated settings, which can be used in conjunction with the camera’s minimal external controls. There are no fewer than 20 different shooting modes available for selection, or you may use the user-friendly Smart Auto mode, which chooses an exposure mode for you based on one of 22 different shooting scenarios that have been specified.

White balance, metering mode, image stabilization, and iContrast are just some of the exposure options that are available on the Canon SD980 IS. Other exposure options include ISO (up to 3,200 via a special scene mode), image stabilization, and iContrast. Advanced users will appreciate these and other exposure options.

or post-capture effects, the camera’s Playback menu also features an iContrast mode, which automatically changes the tonal distribution whenever it is required to do so (so you can let the camera be the judge before exposure, or select the amount of correction you think you need afterward).

Other noteworthy features included on the Canon SD980 IS are a 720p HD video capabilities with real HDMI output, as well as a wide-aspect 3.0-inch PureColor LCD panel with Active Display and a limited touchscreen function.

Design

Even though we aren’t often fond of touchscreens, we think Canon did a good job with this one by restricting the functions of the touchscreen and still providing some control buttons. The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS is the first model in Canon’s Digital ELPH line to have an LCD touchscreen.

The Canon SD980 delivers the same fantastic usability and performance that we have come to expect from the PowerShot family of cameras. This model is quite small and features an easy-to-learn point-and-shoot interface.

Look and feel

The Canon SD980 IS is one of the most compact PowerShot models, and because to its streamlined design, it fits well in the hand and is an excellent choice for carrying in pockets.

The Canon SD980 weighs only 5.4 ounces (152g) and measures only 3.9 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches (100 x 53 x 23mm). It is unquestionably compact enough to fit into evening bags, pant pockets, or shirt pockets.

Because the Canon SD980 has such smooth curves and is too small to have a handgrip, I highly recommend attaching and utilizing the wrist strap to avoid the camera slipping through your fingers while you’re using it. This will also save your hands from getting tired.

However, the Canon emblem on the front panel is slightly elevated, which provides some grip for the fingers as they cradle the right side of the device. However, this is about all you get.

Controls

The Movie, Program, and Full Auto modes may be selected using the switch in the shape of a triangle that is located on the top panel’s left side. The camera is activated by pressing a tiny Power button in the shape of a triangle that is located on the top panel of the Canon SD980. The starting time for the camera is around 1.7 seconds, which is somewhat faster than the industry standard.

The shutter button itself has a sleek silver color, and the zoom toggle is located around it. Every one of the controls on the top is within easy reach with only one hand, with the exception of the Mode switch, which is positioned a bit too far to the left. Your thumb rests in a little recessed region on the rear panel, which overlaps the Playback button. To the left of the button are two sculpted ridges that provide a small grip.

Assuming you’ll also use the LCD touchscreen, the back panel of the Canon SD980 features fewer external controls than the majority of ELPH designs do.

When shooting with one hand, the majority of the frequently used features may be reached by either the Multi-controller or the on-screen menus, and all of the controls are fairly flexible and adaptable.

The broad PureColor LCD monitor with a screen size of 3.0 inches gives approximately one hundred percent frame accuracy at both zoom settings. Additionally, the monitor’s touchscreen capability includes virtual buttons on each side.

Simply touching the LCD allows you to make changes to the shooting mode, exposure compensation, flash mode, and even the ability to shift the AF area target around. However, the Canon SD980 IS does not have touch access to its regular Record and Function menus; instead, users are required to navigate using the Multi-controller.

It is also important to point out that this model retains the LCD Active Display mode that was included in earlier iterations of the camera and allows users to flip between different playback pictures by just shaking the camera (not too firm, however, or a warning appears onscreen to be gentle).

In addition, the appearance of a Focus Checker frame can be triggered by rapidly moving the camera forward. You may stop or restart movie playing using the same operation in the Playback mode of the player.

A very small flash is located in the top left-hand corner of the front panel of the camera, and its operational modes may be operated by the right arrow on the rear-panel Multi-controller or by using the touchscreen virtual button.

The effective range of the flash on the PowerShot SD980 IS is approximately 11 feet when the camera is set to a wide-angle mode, and approximately 4.9 feet when the camera is set to telephoto mode. On the other hand, we discovered that the camera’s ISO needed to be increased to 250 for it to be eligible for the rating.

Lens

The 5x optical zoom of the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS delivers high quality and a better than usual zoom range for a digital camera of this size. This zoom range may cover an equivalent focal length of 24 to 120mm, which is rather wide. When shooting at full wide-angle, blurring in the corners is only a slight issue, but when shooting at telephoto, it is irrelevant. When the wide-angle lens is fully extended, there is some blurring, although it does not reach very far into the frame.

When using a lens with such a wide field of view, it is more probable that you may experience excessive perspective distortion. This occurs as persons who are in close proximity to the lens edges appear to be unnaturally stretched when compared to those who are in the middle of the frame.

The lens of the PowerShot SD980 IS utilizes Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology, which allows for reasonably blur-free photos to be captured even in poor situations or when shooting at the maximum telephoto setting.

The clever focusing mechanism of the camera takes into account the most recent iterations of technologies such as Face Detection and Blink Detection, in addition to Motion Detection for capturing subjects that are in motion.

When you utilize these features in conjunction with the self-timer, you may take self-portraits that are sharply focused on your face. This is because the camera will concentrate on your face as soon as it detects it in the frame.

Modes

The Movie, Program, and Smart Auto shooting modes may be accessed using the sliding mode switch located on the top panel of the camera, while the Playback mode can be reached via its own button located on the rear panel.

The Smart Auto mode chooses one of 22 predefined shooting scenarios based on a variety of factors, including lighting and subject contrast as well as faces and subject movement. Ultimately, it chooses the mode that it believes will handle your subject in the most effective manner based on its estimations.

Users who value the accessibility of a large number of automated settings but are unclear how or when to make use of such presets will find this feature quite helpful. In this instance, the Smart Auto function of the Canon SD980 has the intelligence to figure it out.

You have the option, when shooting in Program mode, to either keep the camera in its default Program AE shooting mode or to use your own discretion to choose one of the many preset scene settings.

Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Fireworks, Beach, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, ISO 3200, Digital Macro, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist (panorama), Creative Light Effect, and Long Shutter are some of the preset settings that are available on the camera.

If the user stays in the Program AE mode, they will have control over a number of exposure choices that are significantly more complex. These options include ISO, metering, resolution, quality and white balance, as well as image stabilization.

In movie mode, the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS captures high-definition video at 720p HD resolution and has a mini-HDMI port for use with HDTVs. The SD980 IS is capable of shooting at a frame rate of 30 frames per second and delivers video resolutions that may reach up to 1,280 by 720 pixels.

A Continuous shooting option is also available, although its performance is limited to 0.8 frames per second at most, which is significantly slower than the typical rate.

Menu

The Record menu that comes standard on the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS is uncomplicated and easy to browse thanks to its use of a plain system of tabs and list choices.

The menu of the SD980 IS will be recognizable to anyone who is already familiar with Canon’s normal menu design, and anyone who is new to Canon should quickly be able to discover the functions they need with only a brief read of the Getting Started Guide (a PDF of the full manual is included on a CD-ROM).

Shawn believes that it is a novel approach because the Record menu is not included in the touchscreen capabilities of the camera. This is because so many other cameras have a user interface that is difficult to navigate.

On the other hand, Stephanie believes that businesses should utilize touch screens to their full potential if they are going to employ them at all. It’s possible that your viewpoint will shift. Without a doubt, the most successful cellphones have transitioned almost entirely to touch interfaces.

The Canon SD980 utilizes the same Multi-controller that we have seen on earlier models, which consists of an external rotating dial that also scrolls through menu selections. This allows the user to navigate between menu screens with ease. In addition, you may browse the page by using the up, down, left, and right directional arrows.

The PowerShot SD980 IS has Canon’s new standard Function Menu, which can be accessed by pressing the Func./Set button located in the middle of the Multi-controller. This menu is available in addition to the conventional menu system that is found on most digital cameras. This is where you access options such as the shooting mode, the white balance, the drive mode, the resolution, the metering, and the ISO.

The display of the sidebar shifts as you scroll up or down, maintaining the primary selection’s position at the middle of the frame; you may make adjustments by using the left or right arrow keys on your keyboard. When compared to the previous version of the Function menu, the new one is laid out in the form of two rolling menus that appear on the left side of the screen. This makes it a little bit more difficult to operate.

In order to access the secondary menu and browse through it, you will need to hit the right arrow button on your keyboard. The previous layout filled the entire display, but you could use the left and right arrow keys to start moving in any direction, regardless of where the selection point was located, so you didn’t have to first jog right.

Using the older approach allowed you to view a greater number of available choices. It’s odd that Canon would roll out this brand-new Function menu at a time when so many other firms are busy trying to copy their previous one.

Both the storage and the battery The Canon PowerShot SD980 saves photographs on memory cards that can be either SD or SDHC compatible, with a maximum capacity of 32 gigabytes per card. That will be ample for most purposes with this camera; even a 4 to 8GB card should be fine, unless you want to capture a significant amount of video with the PowerShot SD980 IS.

The lithium-ion battery that comes with the PowerShot SD980 has a capacity of 1,000 mAh and operates at 3.7 volts; its model number from Canon is NB-6L. The square battery slides into position behind a sliding plastic door that has a metal hinge, and it is held there by a pressure switch that is rather tiny.

A single charge allows for around 240 bullets to be fired. That’s about par for the course, so if you plan on going on longer excursions, you might want to look into purchasing an extra battery and having it handy.

The PowerShot SD980 continues the history of excellence set by previous Canon ELPH models in terms of performance. It is a convenient companion when you are out and about due to its compact size, user interface that is typically straightforward, and comfortable control arrangement. Because I used the Canon SD980 to capture the birth of my most recent child, I have some experience using it in real-world situations.

Range

The SD980’s zoom range, which can be seen above with the Wide aspect ratio selected, is rather outstanding, especially for a wide lens, since it extends from 24 to 120mm. This is especially true when taking into consideration that the lens is wide.

The thin material that makes up the monitor’s touchscreen makes the huge LCD display more prone to smearing and scratches, in addition to having a high degree of reflectivity. You may simply clean it by wiping it down with a soft cloth, but of course the scratches will still be there, therefore I recommend getting a decent case for carrying the Canon SD980. Even when shooting in direct sunshine, you may get passable results from your framing.

When attempting to hold the Canon SD980 with one hand, the touchscreen was a bit of a nuisance because it was activated too frequently by accident. There is a propensity for the thumb to move onto the upper right corner of the LCD display. The Canon SD980 has the ability to frequently perceive this and disregard the press; however, this is not always the case.

A half-press of the shutter button, on the other hand, will take you back to shooting mode in the event that you inadvertently accessed the Mode menu. When the camera detects that you have touched the screen inadvertently, it will display a little exclamation point in a bright yellow color.

Shooting with the Canon SD980 in L mode, which has a 4:3 aspect ratio, is required in order to make full use of the camera’s 12-megapixel sensor. However, this results in black bars on the left and right sides of the widescreen LCD, making it more difficult to view items that are already relatively small because the camera has a 24mm lens.

It was far more comfortable for me to photograph with the Canon SD980 in Widescreen mode, as this mode matches the aspect ratio of the LCD, which is 16:9. The 16:9 aspect ratio provides a fresh perspective on the world, which makes photography a little more enjoyable. HD has done the same thing for the video recording industry; also, it was much simpler to check the focus before taking the shot.

The image that is produced in widescreen mode has 8.9 megapixels and appears to be of satisfactory quality to me. Additionally, the 24-millimeter lens contributes significantly to the image’s overall impact. When deciding to create in widescreen format, you should keep this fact in mind because printing and framing such photographs is more difficult than usual.

Warping one’s perspective

There is some distortion in this picture since I went without sleep for 36 hours, but most of it is due to the fact that I used a 24mm lens. The quality of the other photos was drastically worse.

Another problem that might arise is caused by that fantastic 24mm lens. It’s nice to have a lens that can take everything in, but you have to be prepared to cope with the spatial distortion that comes along with it. The initial photos that were taken of me with my new child were horribly distorted, making it appear that my head was at least 10 times larger than it should have been.

Because the nurse’s expertise lay in a different area, I could not have expected her to make the necessary change to the angle in order to prevent the occurrence in question; nonetheless, I would have done so myself. In hindsight, I can see that I should have given it to her with a tiny zoom.

Self-portraits taken with a handheld camera will, however, suffer as a consequence of this, since the person in the front will appear disproportionately larger than those in the background, typically with one eye appearing larger than the other.

Despite this, the Canon SD980 functioned brilliantly, taking excellent pictures of the delivery as well as the ensuing events. I shifted between taking still photographs and videos, and the 24-millimeter lens enabled me to get a single image that included the entire room, therefore uniquely recording our experience. And the telephoto end was powerful enough to reach all the way across the room to where they were cleaning the baby up. There is no doubt that it is a versatile lens.

Wide view

The nurse quickly transfers my newborn from the scale to the exam table while the 24mm lens on my Canon SD980 camera captures the moment in its entirety. As it turns out, this was an unapproved video, and as a result, I am only allowed to show you this abridged screen grab.

Even though it was simple to take video with the Canon SD980, there were no focus indicators displayed when you started recording by only pressing the shutter button halfway. The playback on the screen of the Canon SD980 is fluid and of high quality, but you will need a more powerful computer to avoid jerkiness when watching HD films on your device.

Since the computers in my house aren’t up to the challenge, I have to rely on machines with a higher processing power for playback and editing. In the meantime, I changed the resolution of the remainder of the movies I was recording at the hospital to 640×480, and those films played back without any problems.

However, because it was shot with a 24mm lens, the HD movies have a highly theatrical appearance to them, which is a perspective that I normally only see in documentaries. It has come to my attention that I was not authorized to record video in the recovery area where my daughter was being treated, which means that I am unable to upload those films here.

The zoom of the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS operates smoothly, although the camera’s reaction can be a little slow at times, especially when you initially press the zoom lever. It wants to zoom in huge blocks, which makes it a little bit more difficult to frame your photograph accurately, especially when dealing with things that are moving.

While the video is being recorded, the Canon SD980 can only zoom digitally, and the direction of zoom is always toward telephoto, regardless of where the lens is placed. It is recommended that you zoom the image instead of moving the lens; if you really need to zoom in or out, you should either use your feet or stop recording, zoom and then restart.

I almost forgot to mention that you can press anywhere on the screen to select the AF point you want to use, which is a new notion that really works very well. Naturally, I failed to mention it due to the fact that I was unable to identify any applicable real-world applications for it. It’s possible that I might utilize it if I had the camera placed on a tripod and if I needed to get a certain spot in focus, but since it’s so new to me, the idea didn’t come to me when I was out in the field.

Another peculiar feature of the touchscreen is the phantom button for releasing the shutter that emerges when you spin the Canon SD980 so that it is standing on its side. Our best estimate is that it operates more in the same way as a mobile phone; there we go again with the mobile phone comparison.

Because I was also curious about how the Intelligent Contrast mode operated, I snapped a few pictures to demonstrate that function as well, which can be seen on the right. It seemed to work very well, but given that it could potentially be applied after the capture, I would recommend holding off on doing so until later, just in case it was required. If the iContrast tool messes up your photo too much, you’ll still have the original to fall back on.

Playback

After the session, you will have many options available to see your photographs. Naturally, you have to start by pressing the Playback button in the beginning. You may browse between photographs by using the Control dial, you can use your finger to swipe left or right through one image at a time, or you can shake your device to go through the images (which I consider to be an unsafe practice).

The shake method is the one that requires the least amount of intuition, especially considering that it is not a good idea to shake any electronic device, let alone shake it hard enough to throw it; however, shaking the device is what is required in order for the accelerometer that is contained within the device to detect your intent. It’s also possible to start and stop movie playback by swiftly swinging the camera away from you, which is another terrible concept. The Control dial or the finger swipe are my two favorite options. However, each of them has its own unique charm, so select whichever one you like most.

In general, operating the Canon SD980 was a pleasurable experience. I believe that it is more beneficial due to the fact that it does not completely encompass the touchscreen. Maybe I prefer it more since you can still use analog controllers to make most of the same adjustments, but that’s just a theory. Even while it technically only records photographs with 9 megapixels as opposed to 12 megapixels, I really enjoy how the broad vision complements the huge screen.

That’s the only actual choice you have to make when using the Canon SD980: should you shoot in full resolution or widescreen? The broad LCD makes it more difficult to frame high-resolution images, which essentially reduces the size of the screen to around 2.5 inches. In addition, photographing at a wide-angle prevents you from realizing the sensor’s full capabilities.

It is a really beautiful LCD that you will want to use in the widescreen mode most of the time; however, you will need to be cautious not to touch it accidentally or damage it. This is because the LCD is quite sensitive to both of these things.

Swiping to navigate between photographs is something that the vast majority of people who are used to using touchscreen smartphones will already be familiar with, so the incorporation of touch controls should be an obvious choice. Despite some of its flaws, the Canon SD980 is one of the best cameras I’ve used this year in terms of its functionality.

Lens Quality

Sharpness

The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS has an option for a wide-angle lens, and when it is used, there is some blurring in the very corners of the frame. However, the blurring does not extend very far into the picture. Very nice performance for 24mm equivalent. The sharpness levels of the SD980 IS remain consistent from the frame’s center to each of the four corners even when using the telephoto setting. Excellent outcomes here.

Distortion of the Geometry

When the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS is set to its widest angle lens setting, there is less barrel distortion than usual (approximately 0.6 percent), but it is still visible in certain images. When shooting at telephoto, there is pincushion distortion apparent in only one pixel (0.1 percent), which is hardly noticeable in compositions like the one on the right. For such a wide-angle lens to deliver such acceptable distortion values, we have a sneaking suspicion that some smart processing is going on behind the scenes.

Aberration of Chromatic Color

In terms of the number of pixels, chromatic aberration is not very severe at either the wide-angle or the telephoto settings of the lens. However, the effect is more apparent at wide-angle because the pixels are bright, with colorful cyan and magenta pixels on each side of the target lines. This makes the effect more evident. When using a telephoto lens, the impact is far less obvious because the reddish pixels aren’t nearly as prominent.

Macro

In the macro mode of the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS, the camera catches an area that is 2.31 inches wide and 1.73 inches tall on average (59 x 44mm). However, there is obvious blurring in the edges of the image that goes rather far into the picture. The details are clear in the middle of the picture, which is about the printed corner of the dollar note.

(When used in macro mode, many cameras suffer from substantial blurring in the corners.) The exposure from the flash is not even; there is a powerful hot spot in the upper left, and there is a dark shadow cast by the lens in the lower right. Therefore, when shooting at close range with the Canon SD980, you should only use lighting from the outside.

Quality of the Image

Color

The color appears to be rather true as a whole, with just very tiny variations in saturation and hue. Bright reds are oversaturated, but the PowerShot SD980 IS does a nice job of keeping bright blues closer to how they appear in real life.

In terms of color, the cyans are visibly pushed toward blue, and some of the yellows are pushed toward green, but the effects as a whole are positive. Tones of red and pink have been subtly added to lighter skin tones, while yellow-orange undertones have been brought out in deeper complexion tones. Performance that is, on the whole, better than average here.

ISO

Noise and Detail

Noise is discernible at ISO 80 to 200, with substantial blurring beginning at ISO 400. Detail is well-defined at these ISO settings. At ISOs 400 and above, luminance noise becomes the primary concern, and at ISOs 800 and 1,600, fine detail becomes significantly more obscured.

At an ISO setting of 3,200, the camera is required to lower the maximum resolution in order to maintain whatever level of detail it can, however, the resulting images are still rather grainy.

Flash

Our tests, which were indicated by the manufacturer, reveal that brilliant results may be achieved at the wide-angle distance rating of 11 feet when the camera’s ISO is raised to 250. Again, the camera increased the ISO to 250 because the telephoto test likewise produced a brilliant result at 4.9 feet. If you keep your subjects within the recommended distances, the flash that comes with the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS will be adequate for the majority of the scenarios.

When it comes to our tungsten lighting test, choosing between the Auto and Manual white balance options is a bit of a coin flip. Incandescent illumination: The Auto setting produces the white values that are really the closest to being numerically right; nevertheless, the overall image does appear to be a little bit more reddish. Another option is the Manual setting, which has a very slight tint of green. (The Incandescent option has a very excessive amount of pink.)

The Performance of the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Shutter lag

The lag time for the full autofocus shutter is quite good, coming in at 0.46 seconds while shooting at wide-angle and 0.42 seconds when shooting at full telephoto. The prefocus shutter latency is 0.085 seconds, which is a very respectable time.

The length of one cycle

In single-shot mode, the cycle time is reasonable, with a picture being taken once every 2.29 seconds. The continuous mode of the SD980 is rated at 0.8 frames per second by Canon, which is a somewhat sluggish pace.

Recycle the flash

After a discharge at maximum power, the flash of the Canon PowerShot SD980 IS recycles in around 8 seconds, which is on the lower end of the spectrum.

In the Box

  • The following items may be found inside of the retail package:
  • Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Digital Camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC10
  • Charger for Batteries CB-2LY
  • Power Source: Battery Pack NB-6L
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400
  • IFC-400PCU Interface Cable is what you need.
  • Software Compact Disc ROM

Accessories Highly Recommended

  • A spare battery pack in case your trip is particularly long.
  • a covering for safety (Like the Canon Deluxe Leather Case PSC-2050)
  • Memory card with a large capacity for SD or SDHC. These days, 4 to 8 gigabytes represent a good balance between price and storage capacity.

Specifications

Body typeCompact
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 2248, 3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ProcessorDigic 4
ISOAuto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
Focal length (equiv.)24–120 mm
Optical zoom
Maximum apertureF2.8–5.9
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaSingleLive View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/3000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive0.8 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerNone
Storage typesSD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-6L rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)150 g (0.33 lb / 5.29 oz)
Dimensions100 x 53 x 23 mm (3.94 x 2.09 x 0.91″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Conclusion

Combining the well-known Canon Digital ELPH brand with cutting-edge LCD touchscreen technology is, without a shadow of a doubt, a potent combination in and of itself. The PowerShot SD980 IS is a very competent camera since it has a CCD with 12.1 megapixels, a strong DIGIC 4 engine, a 5x optical zoom lens, and image stabilization.

The Canon SD980 IS provides a high level of quality despite its little size by virtue of its excellent exposure and color in general, its small number of settings, and its overall ease of use. The Face, Blink, and Motion Detection technologies, together with the 22 different preset circumstances, may be used in conjunction with the Smart Auto mode to achieve the ideal exposure in a wide range of shooting scenarios.

There is a typical Program AE mode available on the Canon SD980 IS, which provides users with more familiarity with the camera with a number of exposure factors that may be adjusted. Handling of noise and lens distortion is not ideal, but they are not significantly worse than average, either. The Canon PowerShot SD980 delivers solid performance in most respects. There is a choice to be made between widescreen and 4:3 aspect ratios when it comes to the mode, but the incredibly wide-angle lens is fantastic for taking pictures of landscapes and the entire room.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Low levels of geometric distortion across the entire zoom range.
  • Extremely portable for a 5x zoom.
  • Optical image stabilization
Need Improvement
  • Recycle slow flash in camera
  • A little glimmer of light (common in subcompacts)
  • There is no optical zoom when the video is being shot.

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