Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Digital Camera (Silver)

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Digital Camera (Silver)

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Digital Camera (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • 12.1 Megapixels
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 3.0" Touch Screen LCD
  • Active Display Technology
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Smart Auto
  • HD Video Recording
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Canon SD980 IS Overview

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The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS offers natural, touch interface for intuitive control of camera features and settings. With the touch of a finger, you can select an autofocus point, change shooting modes, and fine tune exposure compensation. Enhanced Active Display Technology makes reviewing images fun and easy. With a tilt and a shake of the camera, you can quickly review your photos, no need for clumsy buttons or control dials.

The SD980 IS packs 12.1 megapixel resolution, a 5x optical zoom lens, and HD Video recording into a compact, easy to carry package. At just 0.9" thin, this slim and stylish camera body easily fits into your pocket and digital lifestyle. With its next-generation touch interface and fashion forward design, Canon PowerShot SD980 IS brings form and function together.

3.0" Touch Screen Pure Color LCD
Touch your finger to the large 3.0" Pure Color System LCD and select an AF point, choose a shooting mode, adjust exposure compensation, and more. Playback functions are also performed with the flick of a fingertip: switch between images, scroll, magnify a portion of a photo, and control movie playback. This new natural interface makes camera operations fun and easy.
High Performance Imaging
With 12.1 megapixels of resolution and Canon's latest DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the SD980 IS produces brilliant, life-like photographs with rich color and stunning detail.
5x Optical Zoom Lens
With an equivalent zoom range of 24-120mm, Canon's 5x Optical Zoom Lens captures everything from sweeping landscapes to telephoto action pictures.
HD Video Recording
The SD980 IS captures beautiful, 720p HD video. From live concerts to family vacations, the SD980 IS is the HD Video camera that you can, and will, take with you everywhere. Connect the camera to your HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and enjoy your memories in 100% digital High Definition.
Smart Auto Exposure
Concentrate on your subjects - let the camera handle the pictures. Canon's Smart Auto mode analyzes your shooting conditions with 22 pre-defined scene settings. From a wide, floral landscape to a night on the town with friends, the SD980 IS intelligently captures your memories - maximizing quality while minimizing effort.
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Canon SD980 IS Specs

Pixels Actual: 12.4 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 4000 x 3000
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens Effective Focal Length: 4.3 to 21.5mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 to 120mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) to f/5.9 (T)
Zoom Optical: 5x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 1.6' to Infinity / 0.49 m to Infinity
Telephoto: 2.9' to Infinity / 0.88 m to Infinity
Wide Macro: 2" to 1.6' / 5.08 cm to 48.77 cm
Digital Macro: 2" to 3.9' / 5.08 cm to 118.87 cm
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80 to 1600
Shutter 15 to 1/3000 Seconds 
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Program, i-Contrast
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual, Fluorescent H
Continuous Shooting Up to 0.8 fps for up to Exposures
Self-Timer 2 Sec
Remote Control None
Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, , Flash On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Effective Flash Range Wide:1.6 to 11' / 0.5 to 3.35 m
Telephoto:2.9 to 4.9' / 0.9 to 1.5 m
Built-In Memory None
Memory Card Type SD
HC MMCplus
Still Images per GB JPEG: 313at Max Resolution to 7684 at Min Resolution
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Clip Length Up to 4 GB or 60 Minutes

HD 1280 x 720 record 4GB or 10 minutes

Audio Recording With Video (Mono)
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 3" LCD (230,000 Pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity USB 2.0
Battery NB-6L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter ACK-DC40 (Not Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.9 x 2.1 x 0.9" / 99.1 x 53.3 x 22.9 mm
Weight 4.59 oz / 130.13 g (Camera only)

Canon SD980 IS Reviews

PowerShot SD980 IS Digital Camera (Silver) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 59.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from SD980 IS first thoughts This is used as a family snapshot camera. I bought it to replace a 1 year old SD880 IS that was damaged and couldn't be repaired. My first impressions are that I don't like the ergonomics of this camera as well as the 880. If you have large hands, find something else for a camera. It's a bear to turn on and off and the other control functions are tricky too unless you have fingernails and are fairly dexterous. The touch screen controls are a little iffy too. My wife can make it work most of the time but I struggle. It seems to be a great quality camera, but not handy for everyone.
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this camera I just jump from Kodak to Canon, I will recognize Kodak has the easy menu design, so probably that is why I found the menu a little confusing, specially when you try to dig around specific features, as pluses I will list the following: Excellent battery life Opportunity to play with manual settings Nice touch screen features Things that I do not like: Menu could be easy, specially to get color accent effects Continue shooting mode it is not easy to understand I think price is little high this camera should cost around 280-300 bucks. For sure,I will recommend this camera!!! Arath Palomera
Date published: 2009-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I got this for my daughter for Christmas. She has had two other cameras in the past. I wanted one that was of good quality and would last. We have purchased Canon products in the past and have been very happy. Now we will buy no other brand. We love the touch screen. Very easy to navigate the different screens. We are photochallenged. You can touch the menu screen and camera will take a picture based on the screen setting you input. No more guessing what the icons mean. I want one for myself!! I can't wait to take beach and fireworks pictures. The size of the camera is also a good fit.
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the right choice! I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this camera because I didn't want to end up wasting money on something I wasn't satisfied with, then having to return it again. I immediately fell in love with this camera when I tested out it's macro quality, you could literally put the camera less than 2 inches away from something and snap a clear bright picture, I was totally amazed! The picture quality was what I was looking for, the LCD screen is very bright and it's touch screen. You could buy a $150 Canon camera but you do get what you pay for, it will definitely not be as good as this one. I actually think the price for this camera is pretty cheap for such a great camera like this. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2010-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty nice camera for a point-and-shoot Bought this camera for my wife to be able to take pics and also shoot video. She found it very easy to use. Nice wide lens for group shots, and the video looks pretty good at 1280x720. I'm a pro videographer/photographer myself, and yet this little baby holds up pretty well. Haven't tried editing any of the footage yet so I'm not sure what the ingest/editing headaches might be as of yet. Only gripe so far is that it's not fantastic in low light (although it's good), and as a result it sometimes takes a long time to actually snap the photo. Overall, happy with the purchase.
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear Pictures Right out of the Box I reviewed the instructions for about an hour. After the battery was charged I installed the battery and memory card. Another 15 minutes applying the settings and I was ready to take pictures. The very first pictures I took were clear using the auto settings. The camera will be used in a test labratory to take pictures to include in test reports. Many of the photos will be close up shots to highlight surface details of test samples and docoment test results. I haven't tried all the modes yet but it already appears to be a great advance over the 5-year old Nikon it replaced.
Date published: 2010-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very versatile product I use this product for outdoor architectural detail as well as for interior color capturing. I love/hate the touch screen aspect to the camera as it is easy to switch from portrait to landscape shots in a flash, but it requires that you actually read the manual to get a good understanding of what features you are playing with. Whenever you touch the screen various images offer different features and if you are not paying attention you may activate something you did not intend to.
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice but not amazing. I bought the SD980 as a compliment to my 40D for those times when a full size camera just isn't practical. I like the touch screen feature but find that I tend to use the conventional controls just as much. The delete photo touch screen feature is the one exception. I find the touch screen, delete photo method much easier, although it doesn't always work the first time. I find that when I use this method it doesn't always recognize that I dragged down and then to the left to delete a picture. It just scrolls to the next picture as if I had just pulled my finger to the left only. I still can't get the camera to scroll through the pictures buy just tilting the camera. These features are nice but hardly necessary. The camera takes very sharp pictures in daylight, however it struggles a bit in darker settings. As long as you don't expect details as sharp as a DSLR camera you will be happy. I used to own the SD750 and this camera takes much better pictures.
Date published: 2009-10-24
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