Canon Powershot SD780 IS Summary
Canon Powershot SD780 IS Assessment
The Canon Powershot SD780 IS distinguishes itself by being one of the slimmest ultra-compacts and by its HD movie-mode (720p). The remainder of its specifications are quite simple: a 12 megapixels sensor with ISO up to 1600 and a minimal 3X optical zoom lens. Given that few such smaller cameras do HD, the SD780 is work a look.
The pocket-friendly Canon SD780 is well built and does cover all features expected of a point-and-shoot plus a few extras such as AE-L (Auto-Exposure-Lock) and the choice of 3 metering modes. This one one of the most easy to use ultra-compacts out there, definitely easier and simpler than the Fuji Finepix F200 EXR which was reviewed here last. The F200 does have unique modes and image-quality beyond any ultra-compact, including the SD780, but this one is trivial to use compared to the F200.
Canon also has the Powershot SD1200 IS which looks quite similar to the SD780, except for a larger body. The SD1200 offers slightly less resolution, 10 megapixels, records VGA movies instead of HD and packs a more powerful battery.
|Low image noise at lowest ISO settings||Tendency to overexpose|
|Natural rendition of image colors||Loss of details starts at ISO 200|
|Above average white-balance performance||Limited use ISO 800 and 1600|
|Very fast and responsive||Severe edge softness|
|Excellent LCD visibility||Shutter lag when flash is on is too long|
|Excellent build quality||Limited dynamic-range|
|Too few zoom steps|
|Difficult to hold securely|
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Canon SD780 IS Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Ultra Compact||ISO 80-1600|
|3X Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/1500-15s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Custom white-balance|
|0.8 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Spot-Metering|
|1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|2.5" LCD 230K Pixels||Secure Digital High Capacity|
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