Canon Powershot SD890/IXUS 970 IS

Last updated:Review & Sample Photos @ TechTree (11 November’08)

The Canon PowerShot SD890/IXUS 970 IS is a 10 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features built-in flash, 5x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 37-185mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer, ISO 80-1600, and a 2.5-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle. The camera measures 3.76 x 2.26 x 1.08 in./95.4 x 57.3 x 27.4mm and weighs Approx. 5.47 oz./155g (camera body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS Reviews

TechTree reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“IXUS 970 IS is a good looking camera and comes packed with features that would appeal to the aam junta as well those who want to do a little more than point-and-shoot. It delivers above average results and works well in most conditions. But it has it’s share of shortcoming too, like the awkward On/Off button, the odd Control Dial, and the inaccurate optical viewfinder.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

InfoSync reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
Pros: Good all-around camera for portraits. Packs a bit more zoom than most compacts. Nice color features make for fun, artistic shots. Cons: Design problems make shooting, adjusting settings difficult. Lacks wide range of scene modes. Panorama not as robust as we like.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“Photo quality was very good in most situations. The SD890 generally took well-exposed photos, with pleasing, vivid colors. Sharpness was “just right”, save for the corners,.. Images are nearly noise free through ISO 400 in good light, though low light performance wasn’t nearly as impressive.”
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PCMag reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“The SD890 IS is responsive enough, but it’s not going to set any records. Boot-up time is fine at 2.7 seconds. Recycle time is decent at 2.98 seconds, though the SD890’s shutter lag, at 1.4 seconds… I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the SD890 IS for its ease of use, versatility, and impressive images.”
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DevHardware reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“Overall, the SD890 is a highly powerful, versatile camera for any casual user who wants to take quality photographs…. The camera is excellent quality and moderately priced; you cannot go wrong with the purchase of a powerful and stylish Canon PowerShot SD890 IS.”
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Canon Powershot SD890/IXUS 970 IS Video Review;

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“The outdoor quality from the SD890 was very good. The camera did an excellent job with the exposures and white balancing, allowing very vivid colors… Our indoor portraits were also very good. The camera produced pleasing results with nice exposure and accurate white balance with and without the flash.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“the Canon SD890 IS delivers better high ISO capabilities than most of the competition. High ISO quality combined with the highly effective image stabilization system will help ensure that low-light and indoor photographers will get their shots, and be able to make good prints, too.”
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DCR reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“Pros: AF performance remains a highlight, Clean, vibrant shots, even at higher ISOs, Almost too easy to use, New styling and interface (if you like it). Cons: Flash recycle/shot-to-shot times not improved, Initial price is predictably steep, Lens and white balance could be better, New styling and interface (if you hate it)”
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CNET reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
The bottom line: A solid compact snapshooter, the Canon PowerShot SD890 IS nevertheless disappoints when compared with its predecessors and line-mates.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“If you are looking for a stylish digital camera that takes a good snapshot this camera is as good as any. It has a bit more quality than most similar digital cameras. Build quality and picture quality really stand out..”
Rating: ★★★★½

RegHardware reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“The Ixus 970 performs well, but then so do many cameras at this price point. We’re not sure about the new design, and nor are we that thrilled with the features, even with a 5x optical zoom. On paper, the feature set looks pretty decent, but the lack of manual control and a wider angle setting at the smaller end of the focal range is a letdown.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Video review by TigerDirect; reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“Compared to the slick angles and chic lines of recent IXUS’, the bubbly, bulbous curves of the Canon Digital IXUS 970 IS have us nonplussed. We hate to judge a camera just on its looks, but the lack of features don’t give us much choice. Still, if you’ve fallen in love with this cheery snapper, you haven’t wasted your money.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“Build quality, performance and image quality are certainly up to the usual standard, and the extended zoom range is very useful. However the awful handling and horribly designed controls limit the appeal of what could have been an outstanding if rather expensive camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS and writes;
“Image noise is well controlled at all ISO’s up to ISO 400 after which things get a bit problematic as noise increases, so does noise suppression processing and this hits the detail hard. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon SD890/IXUS 970 IS Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 13 March, 2008: Canon today announces a powerful new addition to its Digital IXUS range of stylish compact cameras. The 10 Megapixel Digital IXUS 970 IS features a brand new 5x optical zoom lens – the longest ever zoom in the range – together with an enhanced version of Canon’s lens-shift type optical Image Stabilizer (IS).

The Digital IXUS 970 IS also features Motion Detection Technology, which works in tandem with IS to reduce blur caused by subject motion and camera shake. Face Detection Technology with Face Select & Track and Face Detection White Balance is also included. These features provide accurate, natural-looking people shots in all situations. As with all Digital IXUS models in the first half of 2008, auto focus is enhanced for darker conditions; it is now effective in situations approximately 1-stop darker than was possible in previous models.

A bright, clear 2.5” PureColor LCD II screen and new Multi Control Dial enhance the user experience, offering a greater degree of convenience. Thanks to Canon’s optical expertise, all these improvements have been made without sacrificing the iconic design that has made Digital IXUS the ultimate style camera brand.

“With its 5x zoom, the Digital IXUS 970 IS brings a new level of performance to Canon’s leading design brand,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “Once again Canon is using its optical expertise to deliver powerful compact cameras in effortless style.”


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