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Canon Powershot SD780 IS Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

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PROS CONS
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
Poor battery-life
AverageAverage Average

Related Information

Sister Models
Canon Powershot SD1200 IS - 10 Megapixels, Normal 3X Optical Zoom, VGA Movie-mode
Canon Powershot SD960 IS - 12 Megapixels, Wide 4X Optical Zoom, 2.8" LCD, 720p HD Movie-Mode
Previous Models
Canon Powershot SD1100 IS - 8 Megapixels
Canon Powershot SD970 IS - 12 Megapixels, 5X Optical Zoom, 3" LCD, 720[ HD Movie-Mode
Canon Powershot SD990 IS - 15 Megapixels, 3.7X Optical Zoom
Canon Powershot SD880 IS - Wide 4X Optical zoom, 3" LCD
Canon Powershot SD780 IS
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By Neocamera on 2009-05-18

Canon SD780 IS Highlights


Ultra-Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 80-1600
3X Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-15s
Built-in StabilizationCustom white-balance
0.8 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesSpot-Metering
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
2.5" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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