Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti

Last Update: Review by TrustedReviews (added on 6 July’07)

Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/IXUS 900Ti is a point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 10.00 effective megapixels CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom (37 – 111mm equivalent), Titanium Body, and a 2.5- inch, 230,000-pixel, color TFT LCD screen with a wide viewing angle.The camera is measuring in at 91.2 x 59.6 x 28.2mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 1.1″), weighing 165.0 g (5.8 oz), and running on Lithium Ion NB-5L rechargeable battery. The Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH will be available in September 2006 for around US$450.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

>> REVIEWS (last updated: 06.07.07)

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 900 Ti may have a tough and attractive exterior, but inside it has a fairly straightforward specification, with little in the way of unique features. Its impressive build quality, class-leading performance and excellent picture quality are undeniable, but there are other models in the Canon IXUS range that offer these same qualities plus more, but for less money.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacUser.UK reviews the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and writes;
“Canon’s excellent nine-point AiAF seems faster than ever, and the face recognition option works with up to nine people, simultaneously optimising exposure and focus for the principal subjects. In our tests, both on a single sitter and with a large stationary group, individual faces were promptly pinpointed with a tiny AF frame. Impressively, every AF box locked on to each face allowing slight adjustments in framing with ease. And it worked just as easily under incandescent lighting, albeit with slight white-balance errors. Using the 3200 ISO scene mode, the resultant images were pin-sharp, too.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and writes;
“There is very little bad to say about the Canon PowerShot SD900 digital camera. This 10-megapixel compact camera is a hard worker, and yet is still comfortable to handle and easy to use. The design is well thought-out, and the features are impressive… This is the highest megapixel level of a digital ELPH, and it’s got some impressive features. This is the right camera for the photographer who wants to take pictures to the next level.”
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ITreviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and writes;
“The DIGIC III has improved Noise Reduction too, so you can shoot at ISO 1600 comfortably in low light and the shooting modes have been expanded to 18 to include ISO 3200 …If you’re a semi-pro or enthusiastic amateur with a predilection for style, this ultra-cool IXUS is undoubtedly for you. The 10MP CCD also means improved sharpness in larger prints, but otherwise the features are very similar to the considerably cheaper 850 IS.”
Rating: N/A

PCWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and writes;
” I noticed significant amounts of noise in the SD900′s shots as I increased its ISO sensitivity above 400, but it performed better than the S80 at the same ISO settings (the S80 tops out at ISO 400). The 30D was far superior: Its noise level at ISO 3200 was comparable to the SD900′s at ISO 400. That’s probably because the 30D’s sensor is much larger. You’d be wise to save the SD900′s higher ISO settings for when you’re forced to take a low-light shot, regardless of the results. Or you could use a high ISO when you have plenty of light and want to eliminate movement by using a faster exposure time; normally, you’d simply increase the camera’s shutter speed to achieve this result, but the SD900 doesn’t let you adjust shutter speed.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and writes;
” I observed very good color accuracy and saturation in my test pictures. There was just a bit of purple fringing. In my real-world shots of trees against a bright blue sky, I found a tad more fringing, but it still wasn’t too noticeable. Overall, the photos were very sharp. Even so, the flash’s illumination was good but slightly uneven. This resulted in the left side of the image being brighter than the right side. I didn’t find this problem evident in my real-world shots, though. ”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DigitalCameraReview have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“The SD900 produced accurate color reproductions to my eye throughout a range of daylight and flash conditions. ..”I got about 250 shots using the monitor, with nearly 80 of those including flash as well. I did change the camera power saving settings to minimize on time for the various systems….The Canon SD900 is a compact, stylish shirt-pocket-sized camera that can produce high quality images in file sizes that lend themselves to big enlargements and/or cropping to achieve the desired result.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“There’s so little to criticise on Canon compact cameras these days it’s almost getting boring, and the Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti is no different. It looks good, responds well, is for the most part easy and intuitive to use, and, thanks to that standardised (across the IXUS range) 9-point AiAF, delivers sharply detailed images that will more than satisfy its target market. Battery life is fair to good, although sharing a compartment with the SD memory card at its base means that you won’t be able to switch cards easily if using a tripod. Still, most of the Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti’s users will be shooting handheld, so it’s hardly a decision breaker. The Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti narrowly misses out on that fifth star through the fact that there’s no on board image stabilisation, but other than that (and the high-ish premium you’re paying for that oh-so-sexy titanium finish) it’s pretty much the perfect general use point and shoot style camera; for now at least…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
” The bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the SD900 is user-friendly and hassle-free. If you’re looking for a good, take-anywhere camera with great versatility and good color and tonality, the Canon SD900 deserves a close look. No question, a Dave’s Pick in its category.”
Rating: N/A

LaptopMag have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“The startup time and time between shots were fairly speedy. We didn’t experience more than a two-second delay when shooting images in rapid succession. Turning on the flash slowed things down by about a second. The SD900 also captures acceptable 30-fps VGA clips and clear 15-fps XGA movies. You can’t zoom while filming in higher-definition, but we had no problem getting closer in Standard mode. The Canon PowerShot SD900 packs a lot of megapixels into a good-looking design. And while it produced good results, we prefer the 10-MP HP Photosmart R967 and the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000, both of which offer the same or better performance for less money.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“The overall image quality of our 10-megapixel SuperFine images is awesome for a consumer model. Outdoors, it captures images that are sharp, show good exposure and pleasing color balance. Noise levels are low from ISO 80 – 800, becoming much more predominant at ISO 1600….Canon’s PowerShot SD900 is a welcomed addition to the very popular Digital ELPH line. With robust performance, awesome image quality, loads of user-friendly exposure modes, and a durable Titanium outer shell, the SD900 is sure to stand the test of time and be a very popular model this holiday season. And, with 10-megapixels of resolution, the printing possibilities are almost endless. At an MSRP of US$499, we feel it offers a great value for a 10-megapixel model in the “ultra-compact” digicam class. ”
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CamerasUK have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“The Canon IXUS 900 Ti is a high quality digital camera. It also has a high price! Picture quality and build quality are impressive and this is also a very stylish camera. Although I am not a big fan of ten megapixel, consumer digital cameras purely for printing purposes Canon have added worthwhile features with the Digital Tele-Converter and safety zoom…The Canon IXUS 900 Ti is an impressive digital camera. It has a very stylish design and with its titanium body the build quality is excellent. There are also 10 megapixels packed inside. Picture quality is up there with the very best for this type of camera and I would be more than happy to own one. Recommended. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPInterdace have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“This stylish camera performs quite well, and though not as fast as I expected, still above average. There is a noticeable performance increase when using a high-speed card. The SD900 has a nice VGA 30 FPS movie mode with an improved limit and unlimited continuous shooting at 2 FPS.Image quality was good: Nice photos paired with low noise below ISO 800 as well as almost no color fringing. And unlike the SD700 and SD800 IS, this camera doesn’t suffer from corner softness…The SD900 is a camera which I’d definitely recommend to those who want style, high resolution, great performance and simplicity, as long as you don’t mind using the tripod at lower shutter speeds. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“After having tested the Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti for a considerable amount of time, our final judgement proves unanimously positive. We have to say this didn’t exactly come as a surprise; Canon IXUS cameras generally perform very well indeed, and a top model like the IXUS 900 Ti isn’t likely to be an exception. The camera is user-friendly and offers an excellent quality. However, it isn’t a camera for the photographer that wants a small compact camera on the side to unleash his creativity through manual exposure. The Canon IXUS 900 Ti is in fact a camera for the user that is looking for design, ease and user-friendliness packaged in the most compact possible housing. The fact that he or she will actually get a titanium housing should without question be regarded as a bonus. The Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti may deservedly be called the top model of the IXUS line! ”
Rating: ★★★★☆ have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“Image quality was, on the whole, extremely good. Colours were strong without being saccharine and detail was well captured right into the corners of our test images…Pros: 10 megapixel resolution; excellent image quality; clear, detailed close-ups. Cons: Only a 3x optical zoom; expensive. Overall: The Canon Ixus 900 Ti is another top performer from the Canon stable, but it’s expensive and fails to truly excite”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH/ IXUS 900Ti and write;
“The camera generally produces very solid photos. They’re extremely sharp in the center, though like many competitors’ shots, there’s severe softness around the edges of the frame, which can result in glowy edges on objects. Colors are a little cool but nicely saturated….The good: Small and comfortable; responsive performance; decent images. The bad: Few manual controls; noticeable fringing. The bottom line: A very good compact camera, the 10-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD900 nonetheless falls short of its faster, more full-featured, albeit lower-resolution competitors.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 06.07.07) | back to top

- Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
- Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900T Sample Photosi @ ImagingResource
- Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti Sample Photos @ CamerasUK
- Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti Sample Photos @ DPInterface

>> USER MANUAL | back to top

- Download Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti User Manual

>> DRIVERS/SOFTWARE | back to top

- Download Canon PowerShot SD900/IXUS 900Ti Driver/Software

>> PRESS RELEASE | back to top

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2006 – America’s love affair with Canon’s Digital ELPH cameras is heating up once again as three streamlined new sisters join the PowerShot Digital ELPH family – just in time for the popular camera line’s tenth anniversary. Reprising the discrete, petite profiles, curved bodies, smooth lines, and lustrous eye-catching allure that define the outer-design of Digital ELPH camera models, the 10.0 megapixel PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH and the 7.1 megapixel PowerShot SD800 IS and PowerShot SD40 Digital ELPH cameras take the marriage of style and substance to a new level. They do it with an array of new user-friendly features, innovations and enhancements ranging from a dramatically faster response time to a new face detection autofocus system that keeps subjects in focus no matter where in the frame they appear.

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