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CanonPowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Gold)
 
4.6

(based on 182 reviews)

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    (122)

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    (54)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (127)
  • Large clear LCD (94)
  • Image stabilization (78)
  • Compact (66)
  • Good image quality (64)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (28)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • Lag / shutter delay (9)
  • Long lag time (9)
  • Poor in low light (7)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (153)
  • Travel (140)
  • Fun (64)
  • Landscape/scenery (51)
  • Low light (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (94), Photo enthusiast (54), Semi-pro photographer (21), Pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Take-Everywhere P&S

The key to success with the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS is to know how to use it within its limitations. This camera is best used by the serious amateur as a supplement to a...Read complete review

The key to success with the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS is to know how to use it within its limitations. This camera is best used by the serious amateur as a supplement to a DSLR kit. Of course, its a very nice choice for a rank novice who just needs a good point-and-shoot, but perhaps a bit of overkill for those photogrpahers. The SD780 fills a gap between no camera and the availability of very high quality photographs from a non-photographic event.

This morning, I had breakfast with my mother at a sit-down chain restaurant near home. I would certainly have never entertained the notion of going to the table with either of my DSLRs, but I slipped the SD780 into my shirt pocket and managed to get a very nice photo of me mum from just across the table. I turned off the flash and jacked the ISO up to 800, and no one even noticed I was taking pictures. I tweaked the image when I got home and had a beautiful 12 X 16 inch image. Color, sharpness and noise were all very good to outstanding.

The strength of this camera is its form factor. Its small and sparsely elegant. It reminds me of a Contax T3, but even more demure. The image quality is very good to outstanding. The optical viewfinder is not as useless as some reviews have suggested, but it is a means-of-last-resort option. I have no problem seeing the entire viewfinder while wearing glasses. The flash has a very short working distance; its adequate for its intended purpose (i.e. people just across the table), but I prefer photographing without using it. Shutter lag is virtually non-existant once focus has been achieved. In most lighting scenarios, AF is achieved just shy of instantaneously. The AiAF face detection feature seems to work well, but I'm old school and prefer the center AF sensor as the only active one. Write time is quick. I have not tested the burst rate capability, as my style of photography does not depend on that issue. Noise is well controlled up to ISO 800, I have not gone beyond that setting, and usually do not do so for any of my images on any camera. The LCD screen is useful even in bright sunlight. I turn off most of the options and bells-and-whistles features. That said, I do like the look imparted by the "Positive Film" My Colors selection.

A 1 or 2 GB SD card will get you either 300 or 600 +/- images, respectively. These smaller capacity cards will work with the old-style SD card readers, and I see absolutely no reason to go for a higher capacity SD-HC card for this camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sleek, but photo quality not that great

I bought this camera for my girlfriend's birthday. She loved how sleek it was, and the red color makes it very classy for a girl. The camera is very easy to use and...Read complete review

I bought this camera for my girlfriend's birthday. She loved how sleek it was, and the red color makes it very classy for a girl. The camera is very easy to use and fits easily in a pocket. However, when i looked carefully at the photos, i noticed that they are pretty grainy. So if quality matters to you (as it does to me), I would look for other cameras. My gf had an older hp camera, and she was always complaining about the quality, and this one didn't seem to be much of an improvement, although the 12 MP clearly helps. I have a Casio point-and-shoot that takes impeccable photos, but it's been discontinued a long time ago. I would have bought one of those instead if I could.

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5.0

view finder is excellent

By Rykke

from Annapolis, MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Red):

    excellent camera. The best part is the view finder that works well in the sun

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9

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    4.0

    Great video/still camera w viewfinder

    By DancinDi

    from Lansing, MI

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact
    • Viewfinder

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Red):

    The Canon sd780 is a wisp of a camera (I bought another because I lost the first). I use it for stills because it is tiny and easy to carry. The video capture is great, however, you can't zoom in-and-out while videoing. Set the zoom you want before switching to video. I have the underwater housing for this camera and have taken decent snorkeling videos. The sound is muffled, however. I recommend the Hero or an 'unsurrounded camera' if you want decent sound. The camera is great for family videos, sports plays, and dance rehearsals.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great product,[...]

    By ASchneid

    from Minneapolis

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Red):

      I had this camera before and got a speck of dust in the lense. Camera shops wanted to send it to Canon to be repaired, but it was going to cost $100. I bought a refurbished one here for [$]. It is the smallest camera I have ever owned, and it takes wonderful pictures. Red eye is infrequent, and the outdoor pictures are phenomenal. There is a very short lag between photos, and it is a very easy-to-use point and shoot camera.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great Camera

      By Texas Sailor

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • HDMI connector
      • Optical ViewFinder
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Great "on-the-go" camera

      Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Black):

      Great camera that integrates a lot of features into a very small package. I purchased this product as a Canon factory refurbished item. Could not find anything wrong cosmetically or functionality - it looks and works just like a new camera.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      ligthweight, gr8 shots!

      By appreciates a good shot

      from New York

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Case included

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Black):

      this camera was a gr8 purchase! the price was right and it's features are gr8, takes amazing clear photos easy to use and lightweight fits in use tightest jeans pocket!!!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      PowerShot SD780

      By Truckcamper

      from Southwest PA.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        Good small camera

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent for daytrips and Friends

        By Tim the teacher

        from Hudson Valley, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        I bought this camera because it was small and had a viewfinder. It is a great camera for traveling and I can easily slip it into my pocket. The picture quality is good, and It has a viewfinder, which makes it useable in bright light conditions that would create glare.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 6
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great little camera!

        By saint

        from AZ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Black):

          We really like the size and convenience of this camera. It takes great pictures with little effort on our part - perfect for a point & shoot.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Best of the (almost) current crop

          By HappyME

          from Gorham, ME

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            I bought this camera refurbished and chose it after I found that every new camera I could afford - and quite a few over my budget - no longer had view finders. This one does although it's so small one has to really need to use it. But it is there and that was a critical point in my choice.

            I love the images this camera takes. I've used Canon professional image stabilization lenses and have had other point and shoots with (and without) the feature. It makes images that were borderline quite usable. Since I rarely take a p&s shot with the camera rock steady, I can't imaging going without IS now.

            Another plus was the battery and I'm pleased to report that not only does it have a lithium ion battery but that battery holds up for quite a long time. Which is a good thing because I sometimes go quite awhile between shots.

            I like the feel of the camera. It's small but quite well balanced. For anyone familiar with Canon layouts, this one is reasonably intuitive. I've seen reviews that are critical of the flat buttons and I agree it would have been nicer if they'd been raised. But I feel very comfortable using them.

            It can be hard to find this camera new now although there are plenty available and I would consider them worth the value. I'd certainly recommend the refurbished model as well. I'm very pleased with it.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great photos, battery life is amazing!

            By Melissa

            from Maine

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Battery Life
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • NO MANUAL CONTROLS

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Red):

            This was an upgrade from the a540 for me.

            I love the rechargeable battery. When this camera was new and I had no dSLR yet, I used it constantly! So compact, I forget it's even in my purse. I did not have the charge the battery for 2.5 months of CONSTANT use! I charge it every now and again just in case the standby wears off, but I have had it since January 2010 I believe, and have only charged it a small number of times.

            I have gotten some amazing photos out of this camera, it has held up nicely. The macro is great.

            The only thing I miss that the a540 had is manual controls.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            great small camera!

            By tls

            from northern new jersey

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Red):

              pros- takes amazing outside shots, i set it for indoor when i want to shoot inside. great video, very crisp and clear. zoom, flash work very well. action shots need to be taken on a manual setting. auto will not capture them due to delay. easy to use- good flash choice for the most part. color shots outdoors is unreal, crisp and clarity

              cons:lag time can be long...especially when on auto. this is my only con.

              love this camera...my second canon product...drops easily into a pocket.

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              5.0

              Fabulous little camera!

              By Forest Hills gal

              from New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Body Color
              • Nice features
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Red):

                it's lightweight, easy to use (somewhat intuitive if you don't like reading manuals), pics are clear

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                4.0

                Great Product!

                By Sam Pratt

                from Bristol, CT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Red):

                    This camera is great its small and compact and has a bunch of different settings great camera!!!

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                    4.0

                    A cute camera.

                    By YONG

                    from NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Short Lag Time

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom
                    • Poor Image Stabilization

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                    It was hard to believe that this small pocket camera actually can take very nice pictures and HD videos.

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                    4.0

                    I would buy this product again

                    By ShutterBug Tom

                    from Bear Valley, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to handle
                    • Difficult to Use

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                    A professional photographer recommended this camera and B&H and was very glad he did. Takes some great photos closeup and distance which print out sharp and clear. If I had any concern, it was how small it is. One need some tiny fingers to assemble the camera and take photos. The leather case was made of rather stiff, thick leather, but should provide good protection to the camera once stored.

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                    5.0

                    Great produt

                    By Avi

                    from brooklyn ny

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                    bought as a gift for high school grad she loves the size and feel of it.

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                    3.0

                    replacement for SD400

                    By BB

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Image Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                      This replaces a 4-5 year old SD400. The pictures are not as sharply in focus, otherwise it is similar. I was looking for a camera with an optical eye piece in addition to the scree.

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                      4.0

                      Canon looks better in red

                      By Pokloy

                      from Chuuk FSM

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Red):

                        The camera is Ok, like the color Red. Except for one thing I'm not yet used to, the focusing switch by using the index finger.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Camera

                        By KC

                        from New York

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Short Lag Time

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                          Compact, very easy to use. Permits more creative flexibility when wanted. Perfect for vacation, family events and spontaneous photos.

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                          5.0

                          Top Notch

                          By Captain

                          from North Bend, WA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video

                            Comments about PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                            This camera is used for company business at an international logistics center.

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