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Canon Powershot SD780 IS
Canon Powershot SD780 IS
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Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot SD1400 IS.

Canon Powershot SD780 IS

B-
We've given the SD780 IS a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

Good camera, but out of production and replaced by a newer model. Here's what we had to say about this camera when it was released in early 2009:

The Canon SD780 is a remarkably small camera, smaller than a deck of playing cards, but still manages to pack in high-end features like a 12-megapixel sensor and a high-definition movie mode. The SD780 is one of the smallest cameras you'll ever encounter, an easy-to-use powerhouse that is more than capable of fulfilling the needs of casual photographers who want to have a little extra fun.

Specifications

  • 12.1 megapixels
  • HD Movie mode with sound (1280 x 720 resolution, 30 minutes / 4GB)
  • JPEG file format
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Lens-shift image stabilization
  • Face-detection auto focus
  • ISO 80-1600
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • HDMI output
  • Part Number: SD780IS SL
  • UPC: 013803109580
  • Release Date: Apr 01, 2009

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Canon Powershot SD780 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SD780 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Ultra Compact. Sexy look. Killer Photos (Darenth — 05/13/2010)
I just got my SD 780 and I absolutely love it, pictures come out so crisp. Auto setting is pretty intelligent, beats previous camera's (owned a Panasonic Lumix and a Kodak). I played around with the Program yourself settings taking photos inside, outside and photos resolutions are perfect crisp with most settings. One of my favorite things is the Wide screen mode, pictures come out looking very professional and it would be perfect for scenery takes. DO read the manual and try out the many options you have so you soak in all its capabilities since it has so many. That's the number one mistake, people do not read the manual to really get the many camera's features. It's sleek, ultra compact and very sturdy looking body is the one thing that made me interested on this camera. The HD video image is just that, HD. For a point/shoot regular digital camera, its video capabilities are impressive, especially in such small package. Ladies and gentleman, this camera is the exact size of a regular business card. But don't let it fool you, the best things DO come in small packages ;) I highly recommend this camera!
  • 5.0 out of 5
LOVE (Suz — 01/05/2010)

I will admit to being a LOYAL Canon customer (everything I own from HD digital video to my SLR is Canon) This is the 4th Powershot I have had (thanks if part to sand in the lense from living at the beach and the replacemnt policy of Best Buy) I have used this to take shots from a moving car, HD video while snowboarding (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8XW1fii0co), and shots in low light school gyms... everything comes out great. Can't speak to the software that comes iwth it as I use a Mac for all my photos and digital video!

I LOVE THIS CAMERA

  • 5.0 out of 5
Loyal Canon Customer Loves This Camera (Suz — 01/03/2010)

I will admit to being a LOYAL Canon customer (everything I own from HD digital video to my SLR is Canon) This is the 4th Powershot I have had (thanks if part to sand in the lense from living at the beach and the replacemnt policy of Best Buy) I have used this to take shots from a moving car, HD video while snowboarding (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8XW1fii0co), and shots in low light school gyms... everything comes out great. Can't speak to the software that comes iwth it as I use a Mac for all my photos and digital video!

I LOVE THIS CAMERA

  • 2.0 out of 5
disappointed (Irene Scharman — 01/01/2010)

I have owned the powershot 1000 for a couple of years and although I love it I wanted to upgrade. The 780 pictures were quite inferior, especially in low light, very grainy, dark and with a lot of red eye. I had to return it as I was not at all pleased with the quality of the pictures. I am thinking of getting the 960.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good enough, but could use a viewfinder (mimi — 12/19/2009)

Good enough camera, sure...but could use a bigger optical (old-fashioned) viewfinder.
Other wise competent, though down time between shots is too long.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Slow shutter, otherwise excellent. (mimi — 12/18/2009)

Shutter is slow, but all the other features are EXCELLENT!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Bit of a disappointment (Chris Hinds — 09/24/2009)

We have had 4 Canon cameras and loved them all. Upgraded to this one while on a trip when our SD1000 was dropped. The camera size is great but too many trade offs. When shooting in sun on auto settings there is significant glare. The on/off button is so small it is hard to use. Lots of blurry shots, I think the size may be part of the problem. Face recognition doesn't seem to work right. It is very disappointing. Pictures are not horrible, but certainly not what I expect from a Canon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not as good as expected (Y Wai — 09/09/2009)

With the recommendation from the sales person and comparison with an old Powershot camera I am using, this camera is not as good as expected. I have a few issues with this camera including: (1) indoor pictures with auto setting flash are really yellowish; (2) the prefocus (shutter lag) takes quite a bit of time.

  • 4.0 out of 5
So far so good (Miranda Steward — 07/14/2009)

So i was a little worried about the blurry pics when things are moving...BUT I started reading and found if you use the manual settings like macro and they turned out PERFECT! Auto is awesome for all other pics like outside and indoors. LOVE LOVE LOVE this camera. Great for the girls cuz its SOOOO small

  • 5.0 out of 5
outstanding compact (kelyn presley — 06/17/2009)

tested in many conditions with excellent quality results . easy to use . I was hard pressed to take a better photo in the programme mode compared with AUTO and the quality of the video is brilliant

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Joe OSullivan — 06/01/2009)

This camera is great because it's strengths are so perfectly balanced for the persom looking to have the close to the best of everything. While there are probably digital cameras that do any one thing a little better, this camera is a B+ in every category. So while at the "purist" level it is not perfect, for the typial user it as close to perfect in each category as you would want or need to get. Especially with the bias towards a stylish very small size.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sd780 /IS (Mike Gardiner — 05/13/2009)

Nicely packaged budget/entry level camera. Good features, intuative controls - this is a good "guy" camera. You can operate this baby right out of the box without reading the instructions with ease. Provides sharp images, the movie feature is reasonable quality. Compact and very affordable. Liked the battery and memory card slot. Not so enamoured with the software package. However it is plug and play compatible, so you dont have to get loaded up with the usual crappy packaged software bundle. Not that Canon's offering is any worse than others, just some unnecessary stuff in there.
View screen is nice and sharp, there are no real bugs about this camera. I recommend it to anyone looking for a decent camera on a small budget.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera! (illu — 04/27/2009)

First off, this camera is tiny! When comparing it with other cameras in the store, it was obvious how small it was, which is awesome for portability. The build quality is great. So the overall look is excellent. I'm a regular consumer so for my needs, this device is exactly what I was looking for: a small digital camera with great picture quality which can also record 720p HD video. I initially wanted a Flip Mino HD but when I saw the SD780, the decision to go with the SD780 was a no brainer. For 30$ more than the Flip, you also get great 12mp pictures, a smaller device and a bigger screen. The video quality is very good, as long as it's fairly lit. Hands down the best camera I've ever owned and I highly recommend.

  • 5.0 out of 5
i so love my sd780!!! (leny jean — 04/24/2009)

it has great look.. great features. so handy.. the perfect cam ive' ever had.. =)

worth a penny! go and get urself sd780..