Canon PowerShot SD980/IXUS200 IS

Last update (23 March’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DPInterface

Canon PowerShot SD980 (aka IXUS 200) IS is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot camera features 5x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-120 mm) with image stabilization, 720p HD movie shooting capability, and a 3.0-inch wide touch panel PureColor System LCD with a cool cutting-edge interface, plus an updated Active Display for quickly switching between images during playback with a shake of the camera. The camera measures 3.93 x 2.10 x 0.90 in/99.9 x 53.4 x 22.9 mm and weighs approx. 4.59 oz./130g.

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

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD980/IXUS200 IS Reviews

DPinterface reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“Image quality produced by the camera was pretty good in terms of noise and detail. The camera’s processing likes to keep noise reduction low whenever possible (a good thing) and doesn’t smudge details as much as the competition at higher ISO levels, making even ISO 1600/3200 suitable for generic small 4 x 6 prints (though you surely can’t discern fine details like hair). However, you will get issues related to the ambitious zoom range used on this lens, such as barrel distortion, edge softness and prominent color fringing.”
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“There are only a handful of models that offer a field of view as wide as that. Together with the camera’s 3in display, 720p video and exceptionally good image quality, it’s a combination that’s hard to beat.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 shots are usable at 16×20, but really look better at 13×19. ISO 200 shots hold up well at 13×19 from arm’s length, but again detail looks tighter at 11×14. ISO 400 shots are good at 11×14 inches too. ISO 800 shots are good at 5×7, except in low-contrast areas, where detail is softened by noise suppression. These images respond well to sharpening, though. ISO 1,600 are surprisingly usable at 5×7, and ISO 3,200 shots are usable at 4×6.”
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“What the PowerShot SD980 IS does best is show off. Flipping through images with a swipe of the LCD or a flick of the wrist is sure to please a small crowd of friends and family. However, no camera is going to inspire any real “wow” factor if the images don’t look as good as the interface. The SD980 delivers dependable image quality whether or not you choose to utilize the touch screen..”
Rating: N/A

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“IXUS 200 IS is very nice to use and the active screen technology is great, particularly when selecting the focus point on the screen or the vertical shutter trigger. Image quality and movie picture quality is excellent and so, overall, the Canon IXUS 200 IS should be high on your list possible cameras to buy if you’re in the market for a compact such as this.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“We like: Good zoom range; decent lens quality; effective touchscreen controls. We don’t like: Black borders on the LCD display when shooting stills; over-sensitive rear control dial; weak definition at high ISOs. CNET UK judgement: With the Digital IXUS 200 IS, Canon seems to have aimed for steady evolution rather than technical innovation. The 200 is a perfectly decent camera, but it’s far from a must-have”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“Apart from the noise issue, the camera is pretty fast, takes sharp pictures and is responsive. For that reason, the Canon IXUS 200 IS is a perfectly decent camera to own. If you’re part of the innovation crowd that need the newest stuff first or something that has a novelty feature, then you should get this camera..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

BuyNShoot reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“Often, images are pin sharp, vibrant and well exposed, particularly outdoors under natural lighting conditions, while indoors and under lower light conditions image noise become more obvious and some heavy in-camera processing results in a loss of detail and sharpness.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS is a very good touch-screen camera for those on the fence about using a touch-screen camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 200 IS does a decent enough job for a pocket camera. It has a good balance of features, appears to be well made and has a touch of style to it. Key features include an extreme wide angle lens and High Definition movies.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.Asia reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“Pictures from the Ixus 200 IS generally looked decent with accurate colors and vibrant hues. Digital artifacts were kept to a minimal and we liked how the noise reduction engine cleaned up the image without introducing too many speckles…Pictures taken at the base ISO of 80 looked clean with almost no smudging of details.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“starting lower than most point and shoot compacts courtesy of an ISO 80 setting, the IXUS 200 IS does rather well, keeping noise at low levels until ISO 800 and delivering a relatively ‘clean’ shot also at ISO 1600 setting, albeit with an overall softening of detail.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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PCMag reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
” the center of the SD980’s image is very sharp, averaging 2231 lines per picture height. By comparison, the Panasonic ZR1 is also sharp, but averages only 2029 lines.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“We really like the Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS camera. Even for a DSLR photographer, it is a pleasure to carry around a camera without constantly being aware of it in your pocket. The ease of taking a picture and the fun of operating the camera contribute to the overall positive feeling we have about the IXUS 200 IS..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“Performance is very good, and we only found a few minor issues including the weak flash, and small amounts of noise in the dark areas of all our images. Overall it is a great ultra-compact camera that can be stored away in a pocket or purse with absolutely no trouble.”
Rating: N/A

HardwareZone reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“The IXUS 200 IS has a far more appealing design and appearance. As a point-and-shoot, the IXUS 200 IS manages to give above average imaging quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

KenRockwell reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“If you know what you’re doing, you can shoot just about anything with a little camera like this. The only thing it can’t do well is shoot moving things like kids, sports and action, but if your subject holds still, you’re good to go so long as you brace it on something for longer exposures.”
Rating: N/A

TechRadar reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“Top stuff. A few more manual features wouldn’t go amiss, but we’re willing to trade them off for the gorgeous body and excellent pictures.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon SD980/IXUS200 IS and writes;
“Good: Touchscreen is responsive • Nice interface • Good pictures with punchy colours. Bad: Poor performance compared to other compacts • Why does a touchscreen camera have a whole host of buttons? We’re confused”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SD980/IXUS200 IS

The Best In Its Class! | Rating: ★★★★★
“..Overall I give this camera a 5 because it’s excellent in image quality and ease of use, battery life isnt too bad either. I also gave it a 5 since I think people who gave it a 1 is not being fair to the camera. This camera can easily take the top standing in its class. “ – by T. Lee

Didn’t expect this from Canon | Rating: ★★☆☆☆
“Before i bought this camera i had a very good opinion on Canon. But it was a big dissapointment now.I was tempted by the features and the brand ofcourse but it was awful.The design was good and HD video and HDMI port are cool. But that is it. The photo quality is terrible.
i tried shooting in different modes with different settings but the result was same.”
– by Kiran

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Canon PowerShot SD980/IXUS200 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot SD980/IXUS200 IS Specifications


SD 980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS


• $329
• €339

• £329


• 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 12.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 4000 x 3000
• 4000 x 2248
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944

• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240

Movie clips • 1280 x 720 @ 30fps

• 640 x 480 @ 30fps

• 320 x 240 @ 30fps

Maximum clip length • HD: Up to 4GB or 10 mins
• L and M : Up to 4GB or 1 hour
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]
Lens • 24-120mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 4.3 – 21.5 mm
• 5x optical zoom

• F2.8-5.9

Image stabilization Yes (Lens-Shift)
Digital zoom up to 4x

Auto focus :TTL
• 9-point / Face Detection AiAF

• 1-point AF fixed to centre
• Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track

AF area modes

• Single
• Servo AF/AE

• Touch

AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 3 cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)

• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center)

ISO sensitivity • Auto

• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600

AE lock Yes
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed • Auto (1 – 1/3000 sec)
• 15-1/3000 sec

• Auto
• Program
• Portrait

• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Sunset
• Creative Light Effect

• Fireworks
• Long Shutter
• Beach
• Aquarium
• Foliage
• Snow

• ISO 3200
• Digital Macro
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist
• Movie

White balance

• Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent

• Fluorescent H
• Custom

Self timer • 2 or 10 sec

• FaceSelf Timer

Continuous shooting • Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/500 sec
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Range (Auto ISO):50cm – 6.5m (wide) / 2.5m (tele)
LCD monitor • 3.0 inch PureColor LCD II (TFT)
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

• HDMI mini connector
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)

Print compliance PictBridge
Storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L
Weight (no batt) 130 g
Dimensions 100 (W) x 53 (H) x 23 (D) mm

One Response to “Canon PowerShot SD980/IXUS200 IS”

  1. Icool says:

    720p HD movie shooting and 3.0 inch wide touch panel PureColor System LCD is nice feature. I interest blue color, it’s beautiful camera compact size.

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