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Canon Powershot SD790 IS
Canon Powershot SD790 IS

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Ultra Compact Digital Cameras category.

Canon Powershot SD790 IS

Canon Powershot SD790 IS

We've given the SD790 IS a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

The SD790 is a old Canon model. You should take a look at a newer model, like the SD1300. Here's what we had to say about the SD790 when it was released in March 2008.

Along with the Canon SD770 IS, the SD790 IS is a welcome addition to the brand's line of competent ultracompacts. The SD770 IS provides a 10-megapixel sensor with lens-shift image stabilization, at a lower price than the comparable SD890 IS (which is more expensive because of its longer zoom). The SD790 IS is roughly identical to the SD770 IS, except it has a larger LCD screen (3-inches, instead of 2.5-inches).


  • 10 Megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Face detection auto-focus
  • Lens-shift Image Stabilization
  • Movie mode with sound
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • 3.0-inch LCD monitor
  • Secure Digital card storage (32MB card included)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 2554B001-BN
  • UPC: 013803090703
  • Release Date: Mar 13, 2008

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Canon Powershot SD790 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SD790 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Do I still need my DSLR? (Scott Wagner — 01/03/2009)

I bought this camera to replace an old 2MP point and shoot I used to carry as a back up to my Canon XTI DSLR. It's nice to have a small camera sometimes so you don't have to drag along a camera bag and all the gear. When I started looking I just wanted something relatively inexpensive, and that would have decent photo quality. I also wanted to stick with Canon since I already understood the interface, controls, and menus.

After reviewing many cameras I decided to get the Canon Powershot SD790 IS. I chose it because of the features like extra large view screen, 10MP, and video capability. My first pictures with this camera came out really well, and I recently took it with me on a trip to Mexico along with my DSLR.

I carried the SD790 IS in my pocket while I kept my DSLR in hand to take shots and at first just used the SD790 IS to take some shots that would otherwise require a lense change with the DSLR, or for short video clips. Before long I started leaving the DSLR in the hotel room, and took most of my pictures with the SD790 IS. After returing home and reviewing the pictures I was amazed at the quality the SD790 IS provided, and that they were actually pretty close to the quality provided by my DSLR.

Now, don't get me wrong... the DSLR has features a point and shoot will never have, but if you are looking for something to carry in your pocket this is a great choice.

I can't say enough good things about the SD790 IS. Great view screen, battery life, interface/controls, and videos (with sound!) etc. The only real limit I see is the zoom capability, 3X is pretty short and the digital zoom beyond that reduces quality a bunch. (this is true of almost all compacts).

If you want to see some pictures check them out on my webshots page in the 7 mexico albums. When reviewing a picture if you scroll all the way down past the photo you will see an area on the right hand side of the screen that provides "camera data". Then you can see if I took the picture with the SD790 IS or my XTI DSLR.


  • 5.0 out of 5
What a great pocket rocket camera. (VaDon — 12/13/2008)

My compact Fuji did a 3 foot fall and met an untimely death. I loved it as a pocket camera and use a Canon S5is as my best camera with it's 10x optical zoom.

Having liked the Canon, I took a look at both the SD790is and the SD1100is. Close call but glad I got the SD790is - Costco had super deal on it at $179.

The 790 is all metal and feels great. The pics are super and just as good as the S5 when taking identical shots. In fact, I suspect I'll use the 790 95% of the time!

The menu wheel takes some getting used to and wish it had a rougher texture to it to make it a tad easier to use.

Only complaint is that some indoor flash shots are not as good as the S5 as they are sometimes darker - but other times just as good.

The 3" screen is super bright and I thought I'd miss the viewfinder that the 1100s had but now I don't.

As with other Canons, the user's manual is a pain. Like using a dictionary to look up stuff. It's in there, just hard to find.

Add a sheet of protective screen film. I also added a Flipbac - a mirror screen protector that allows you to take low and overhead shots.

Also buy extra ion recharge batteries. I found TWO generics on ebay for $10. One store wanted $60 for ONE! I'm sure it was better but you can't go wrong with $10!

All in all an excellent pocket rocket camera and you won't regret the purchase at all!

  • 4.0 out of 5
good but.... (Alireza Famili — 08/30/2008)

3x zoom and it's poor manual mode keeps it from can only set up iso up to 1600 in manual mode and you can't set the sutter speed and the width of the diaphragm manually.