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CanonPowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 53 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large clear LCD (45)
  • Simple controls (37)
  • Easy to setup (35)
  • Strong construction (27)
  • Great picture quality (26)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (8)
  • Long lag time (5)

Best Uses

  • Fun (42)
  • Travel (42)
  • Family photos (23)
  • Art (9)
  • Photojournalism (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (13), Enthusiast (12), Casual user (4), Professional (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Improvement from earlier Elphs

Of all the Point and Shoot cameras I reviewed in the 8-13 MP range over a 3 week long photo vacation, this SD890 IS had the best zoom capabilities (manual and digital zoom...Read complete review

Of all the Point and Shoot cameras I reviewed in the 8-13 MP range over a 3 week long photo vacation, this SD890 IS had the best zoom capabilities (manual and digital zoom combined). The closest competitor with this camera was the Sony DSC-300W with 13.6 MP. While the pictures on the Sony's camera screen appeared much better in low light, when printed, several of the photos appeared grainy and a bit blurry even when not at the highest ISO values. I would have to admit that the image stabilization on this Sony camera was vastly overrated and the zoom capabilites was not even close to the Canon. This is just further proof that more megapixels doesn't necessarily mean better, more vivid pictures. In fact, unless you are planning on printing 18x24 inches or larger, the difference in image clarity between 8MP and 12MP cameras will be essentially non existant.

When many of my pictures were reviewed on the Canon, I found the image quality to be very good and I had far fewer issues with blurry photos on this IS version of the camera. In the realm of point and shoot cameras, you can't buy a much better camera than this one. You won't regret buying this camera if you are not looking to carry a DSLR around (or if you own this camera in addition to a DSLR).

I have only one minor complaint about the camera: The camera's on and off button is awkwardly placed on the back of the camera and is a bit hard to push. Canon would have done much better to leave it on the top of the camera where the button was on previous versions.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I dont like it

I like that it is small enough to fit in my back pocket. I use a Canon 20D and 40D on my job as a photographer for a local newspaper.
I dont...Read complete review

I like that it is small enough to fit in my back pocket. I use a Canon 20D and 40D on my job as a photographer for a local newspaper.
I dont like the on/off switch. Things I dont like about the switch is the location and amount of pressure needed to turn it on. I dont like how you have to erase a photo. I have the PowerShot SD450 which is easier to use easier to review a shot and easy erase feature. I also do not like the photos taken in low light situations.

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4.0

Powershot sd890

By PhotoCrazed Mom

from USA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Large zoom for a compact
  • Optical view finder

Cons

  • Poor Operation in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Family Photos

Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

I love my new camera! I am a mom & use this for family/kids photos. I am replacing an older model Canon Elph(SD400). There is a huge improvement in photo quality. I went from a 5mp>10mp. Which I don't need as I don't enlarge prints, but this was the lowest I could find in the current Elph line. It does take up a lot more space on SD card, I had to immediately replace my 1 gb (which had always been more than enough space) w/ 4gb. It will also have larger files on your computer so if you don't enlarge pix you may want to avoid larger mp models. Don't know why they increased, but sd cards are bigger & cheaper now so not a biggee. I am really enjoying a larger zoom on this particular model (from 3 to 5) & am extremely happy with this & do notice a marked difference in zoom. I enjoy a larger lcd screen & still have an optical viewfinder (not sure if I would miss this, but glad to have). The camera buttons & features are so similar to old model it made for a supereasy transition which I love. The only downside is picture delay and it doesn't work well in low light. (At least not using it in the auto modes most of us use, a camera saavy person might know ways around this by adjusting settings...too complicated for us point & snap families though!) My old camera had the same issue, I don't know that this is not a reality for compact point & shoot cameras in general. The improvement in photo quality over my older model is so significant & surprising it is worth repeating-wow! I am really thrilled to see the print quality from this camera & am extremely pleased w/ the product.

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5.0

I LOVE my Canon SD890 IS.

By SP Quilter

from Fresno, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy to Keep Clean
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

    Easy to use. Outstanding photos. Perfect.

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    5.0

    This camera is worth its weight in gold!

    By D Rock

    from Central, Pa

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright LCD
    • Comfortable Controls
    • Easy Setup
    • Easy To Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Fun

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

      My wife and I wanted to switch from our bulky SLR camera to a point and shoot. After alot of research on what was what in the digital camera world I ended up buying this camera. It arrived the day before my brothers wedding. We charged the battery and used it all day into the night and took over 200 pics with it. It didn't matter the lighting or the setting the camera took great pictures. My only con was some pictures that looked bad on the lcd screen actually turned out great. But those where all the pics down by the river with the sun reflecting off the water. I have no complaints we are happy with the purchase.

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      5.0

      GREAT SHOTS !

      By PowerShooter Rob

      from Missoula, MT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

          Very easy to use and the pictures are incredible, I had an Olympus before this camera that shot O.K. pictures and before that a Canon AE1 Program that shot wonderful pictures ... but the Canon PowerShot SD890 IS is a real treat for a camera and everything about it is easy and well ... GREAT !!!

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          3.0

          Crystal Clear

          By mantiposa

          from Fort Myers, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Fun
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

          I like to carry a digital "point and shoot" in my purse and was looking to replace a Casio Exilim which sadly, had gotten crushed. This Canon took great photos but wasn't the right fit for me. It's too wide and bulky for my purse and doesn't fit my hand well. The screen is also smaller than the one on the Casio

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          5.0

          SD890 Powerful features, great price

          By Cindy

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Easy Setup
          • Easy to Keep Clean
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Long Lag Time

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Fun
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

          -The 5x optical zoom is great
          -lots of powerful features
          -easy to use
          -the spin dial on back gets poor reviews, but I find it works out just fine
          - when wearing polarized sunglasses and looking at the screen when rotated vertically it goes black.. any annoyance
          -reload time between pictures is a bit slow
          -this is my 4th digital elph, and the best yet!

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          4.0

          Suprisingly Pleased

          By LTrain

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • 10 Mega Pixels
          • 5X Optical Zoom
          • Bright LCD
          • Controls color swap etc
          • Easy Setup
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Video quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Art
            • Family Photos
            • Fun
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

            I use my camera for everything from candids to formal shots. At first I was hesitant as the body of it is a little larger than my previous camera. That took some adjusting to. I chose this one because of it zoom capabalities and mega pixels were higher and had more potential than the other marketed camera.

              • Similar:
              • Canon PowerShot SD 450 Digital Elph, Nikon D60, 90 mm and 300 mm zoom lens

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              5.0

              Excellent camera!

              By Sue's Pix

              from Shelton CT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Easy Setup
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Fun
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                I love this little camera. It fits in my pocket and goes everywhere. It is also very easy to use. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to take great pictures with ease of use.

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                4.0

                Takes great pictures!

                By Maria the Printmaker

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Comfortable Controls
                • Easy Setup
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Art
                  • Fun
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                  I'm using this camera as a point-and-shoot for daily use and snapshots (I use SLRs and film to photograph my artwork). It was a replacement for an older Canon A80 I had that recently bit the dust. It takes great pictures, it's compact, and I found the controls easy to use. The colors and white balance are very good as well, and the 5x zoom is also a plus. There are a lot of preset options (there are even presets for fireworks and aquariums), which can be either helpful or annoying, depending on your perspective. My only two problems are that there is no way to manually adjust the aperture or the focus; and I find the scroll wheel control to be a bit clumsy to use.

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                  4.0

                  i'd buy it again

                  By alexia

                  from arg

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                        easy to use / small size / good product

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                        4.0

                        Great camera -Smal and Fast

                        By fredsamrane

                        from Belo Horizonte - MG - Brazil

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Comfortable Controls
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Easy to Keep Clean
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Fun
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                          The display is amazing bether than my A1100

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                          5.0

                          very reliable

                          By ninja 650 rn

                          from denver colorado

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Easy to Keep Clean
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Fun
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                            i got perfect photos of my baby cousin.evan when she moved, it auto focused. i love it

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                            5.0

                            Finally found the right replacement!

                            By Nhi

                            from St. Louis, MO

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bright LCD
                            • Comfortable Controls
                            • Easy Setup
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Fun
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                              I bought a few different point & shoot cameras to replace my last one just b/c I wanted to upgrade & this was the only one I was pleased with. Great for my casual use when I don't want to lug around my SLR.

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                              3.0

                              sd890 not as good as my old sd1000

                              By Awin

                              from ny ny

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Over all a good camra

                              Cons

                              • Controls not comfortable
                              • Poor Operation in Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Casual

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                              i bought a sd890 insted of my old sd1000,
                              i am not so happy with it, it dos have a much more slick look then the old one, but it is not as comfterble t use....

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                              4.0

                              Canon SD890

                              By MnWins

                              from Minneapolis, MN

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bright LCD
                              • Comfortable Controls
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Wide angle is limited

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Fun
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                              Versatile,easy to use, lots of features, great point and shoot, has a viewfinder although does not show full frame, on/off button a little cumbersome but overall an excellent value.

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                              5.0

                              Power Shot SD890 is digital elph camera

                              By baby

                              from jamaica NY

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bright LCD
                              • Comfortable Controls
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Easy to Keep Clean
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Long Lag Time

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Fun
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                              Thi is very nice to see ,handy , easy to handle or use it. I bought the camera & I think this is very good camera . the picture is very clear and bright.

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                              4.0

                              Great camera with poor body design.

                              By Karen the painter

                              from Shady Cove, Oregon

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bright LCD
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                              • Weak Construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Art
                              • Family Photos

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                              Powershots are wonderful. The 5x zoom on the SD890 IS is worth the extra money. My problem is with the curved right hand side. I was taking a photo of the foam in a hot drink in front of me when it slipped and the lens went into the mug. Yikes! After working to dry everything I could, it now has permanent spots inside the lens. I've taken tens of thousands of photos and have never had this happen before. When one is taking a photo and adjusting buttons, a squared corner allows for a surer grip. If you purchase this camera, I suggest gluing a thin rubber finger grip on that front side.

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                              5.0

                              AWESOME

                              By CA the Photo Enthusiast

                              from Kingwood, TX

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bright LCD
                              • Comfortable Controls
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Fun
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                                I had a Canon SD800. I was looking to replace it with a similar camera. I was very familiar with the settings on my previous camera and did not want to relearn. The Canon SD890 meets all my expectations and then some! The picture quality is fantastic along with the ease of operation.
                                Thus far I have no cons for this camera.

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                                4.0

                                Happy again!

                                By Danna

                                from South Plainfield, NJ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Bright LCD
                                • Comfortable Controls
                                • Easy Setup
                                • Easy to Keep Clean
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Weak red eye reduction

                                Best Uses

                                • Action shots
                                • Family Photos
                                • Fun
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                                I had another powershot camera and it got hit by a wave of water by a dolphin at Seaworld and shorted out the camera for good. I tried a different camera and hated it so I went back to the Canon Powershot and I am happy again. The only thing I don't like is the red eye. Sometimes it can't be corrected on the computer. That is the only complaint I have. I catches the shot you are going for. It takes great action shots. I'd buy it again.

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                                5.0

                                Amazing!

                                By Tifany74

                                from Germany

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Bright LCD
                                • Comfortable Controls
                                • Easy Setup
                                • Easy to Keep Clean
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Fun
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph Digital Camera:

                                  I bought this for my daughter and occasionally "steal" it for things since I'm an SLR user and sometimes don't want the big camera with me. This camera has great features that are easy to use. My 13 year old has been able to learn to use it including some advanced settings on her own. She loves the programmable self timer.

                                  The downside is that it's very narrow and tends to sit leaning a bit forward, so I highly suggest a small tripod for this.

                                  Love this camera. Would buy one for me as a second camera in a heartbeat.

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