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Canon Powershot SD880 IS
Canon Powershot SD880 IS

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Canon Powershot SD880 IS

We've given the SD880 IS a grade of B.

Editor's Review

The Powershot SD880 IS continues in the proud tradition of solid Canon ultracompact cameras, mixing excellent image quality and remarkable features with a comfortable and portable design. The SD880 IS is an update of the successful SD870, with a 4x optical zoom, wide-angle lens, 3-inch LCD display, and superior 10-megapixel sensor.


  • 10 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Lens-shift image stabilization
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • Secure digital memory storage
  • 28-112mm wide angle lens
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: PowerShot SD880
  • UPC: 999000010038
  • Release Date: Oct 01, 2008

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Canon Powershot SD880 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SD880 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
I too got the Black Screen of Death just 1 month after 1yr (Nonac Retah — 01/08/2010)

It happened while on a trip in Spain. The battery is full, yet nothing is displayed on the LCD viewer. What gets me is that it happens just barely pass the 1 year.

I too am not buying another Canon for my replacement. Garbage QA.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lemon (David — 12/08/2009)

Had less than a year, I take care of my stuff, costing me $100.00 plus dollars to fix a lense motor problem. Beware!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wow! (Paul — 05/14/2009)

Wow. I took some test pictures indoors and out and the colours are amazing. Sharp, clear images, fantastic screen, and so easy to use. Metering seems brilliant. Even the one I took through a glass window in bright sunlight came out well.
If you're a pixel peeper though who loves to zoom in miles on the screen or enlarge to A1 it may not be adequate as the noise reduction results in less ultimate sharpness than my old fuji F30. The fuji has super CCD, only 6MP and that does make for almost non-existant noise levels at low ISOs.
The canon has more megapixels crammed into a smaller sensor.
Much easier to take a good picture on the canon though thanks to better metering and image stabilisation. Plus menu's are better.
If you want SLR quality pictures from a compact buy a 2nd hand fuji F31 (improves metering over the F30). Be prepared to tweak saturation, and muck around with exposure settings.
If you want very good pictures when viewed so the picture is as it was taken (not a tiny bit of it enlarged) or to print out on A4/A3 then this will more than suffice.
Miles better than the Z100FD fuji I had before, and a considerable improvement on Ixus 950 which was softer and less punchy. If you don't like the punchy colours which make the sky look phenominal it has natural colours option and you can change contrast and sharpness and saturation to your taste using the in camera menu.
Its very new but so far I'm very impressed.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Won't Even Turn On.... (Craig — 05/01/2009)

Just received a brand new SD880, charged up the battery....and the camera won't even turn on!!!!
Beware the black screen of death! Don't waste your time or money with this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best little camera (Sara — 04/22/2009)

After cycling through several cameras over the last year or so, I've settled on the Canon 880. There are several reasons:
1. There is the cool face detection thing that enlarges the face that it detects, and allows you to get the shot at just the right time.
2. The auto focus is generally right on (btw, this is not something that I would normally recognize, but it is clear when it does not focus correctly).
3. It's small enough to keep in your purse or pocket, it doesn't have dangle around your neck like the larger cameras.
4. It takes very good pictures. I can compare them to the Panasonic TZ3 and Sony H50, etc. that I've previously owned, and you can immediately tell which one was taken with the Canon.
5. And finally, it is fast. I lowered the picture quality a bit, to about 6MP and the camera (and I guess the SD card) work faster. I can't complain about the start up time. The flash recycle time is way to long, though.
6. Oh! Almost forgot the most useful thing that I found! You can zoom while using the video! How many times have I started to film with a camera, found that I was too far away and had to stop the filming, zoom in and restart the video? Can't count. Funny, I find this feature more handy than an extended zoom!

I am enjoying this camera, and happy that I've finally found one that I can keep for a long time.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon sd 880 is (Frank Meloski — 04/20/2009)

I got the black screen of death. It will not turn on and the battery is fully charged. I will never buy anything made by Canon again. It's totally useless.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Black Screen of Death! (Seth H — 03/17/2009)

I was on the trip of a lifetime to Rome and on the 2nd day there I also got the screen of death. Thanks for ruining all the picture taking Canon! I am sending mine back to Amazon ASAP.

  • 1.0 out of 5
They wouldn't honor warranty (colleen — 02/23/2009)

I was extremely careful with my camera. I took it out of the padded case that I always kept it in to take a picture and it was broken. When I sent it in under warranty, they said that it showed signs of impact. There was never any impact. I asked to be emailed photos of the damage and no one that looked at those photos could see any damage. It cost me $129 to get it repaired. They gave me a 3 month warranty on the repair. I think I will buy Nikon from now on. Took great pictures though.

  • 3.0 out of 5
LCD broke in my pocket=$120 (laopan — 02/17/2009)

The LCD broke—just sitting in my pocket! -- after only a couple of months use. Not warrantable, $120 repair—2 months after buying.
They need to design this thing better, it's a pocket camera. My old 5M elph lasted 3 yrs, same use.

  • 5.0 out of 5
One of the Best (Steve — 02/09/2009)

I have owned a number of point and shooters, including but not limited to the Elph S300 and S500. They were all great, especially for their time, and they still work very, very well. But this is the best all round camera I've ever had. The menu is pretty straightforward it does everything I need, and the pictures are beautiful. I love hearing about all the technical mumbo-jumbo and I want my camera to be at or near the top, but the bottom line is, it takes great pictures with ease.
I will own this camera and love using it for years. High quality makes it a great value.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Better than the SD1100IS, but not by a lot (Deepak — 01/18/2009)

I've owned the SD1100IS, found the image quality to be not up to expectation, and got the SD880IS just a few hrs ago. I was hoping for a drastic improvement, but the difference is hard to see and minimal at best. When zoomed in the SD880IS retained more sharpness while the SD1100IS had less noise artifacts. SD880IS also has a better flash and the wide-angle lens is a nice touch. Still undecided about which one to return, but I'd say both are good buys.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best in its class! (Matt — 01/04/2009)

I find this camera to be the best in its class, at a pretty great price too! It has its ups and downs, most of which can be fixed by changing the manual settings, like how most people complain that it doesn't get true colors like the SD990, but all you have to do is change the coloring to vivid and its pretty much fixed! This is the best camera I have ever owned, and I highly recommend it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
black screen problem! (jc — 01/01/2009)

This camera WAS great. Its picture quality, functionality, and user-friendliness rivaled the bigger, more expensive Canon cameras that I have used or owned in the past twenty years. BUT it stopped being great or even functional when it stopped taking pictures—the infamous "black screen" problem happened (after about 1000 pictures were taken.)

This is very surprising and disappointing considering that the "black screen" problem, from my quick internet search, has been around for a few years and this is a just-on-the-market camera—one of the best offerings from the reliable Canon, and perhaps the best on the market. Also from the search, the black screen problem may be due to a defective CCD imager problem, and it was so wide spread that it involved class action lawsuit(s).

Other than the black screen problem, it is a top camera. But if you can't take pictures—especially if you're on a trip of a lifetime, say visiting a remote, exotic part of the world that you may never visit again and you don't have a backup camera—the black screen makes the camera useless.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointed with SD880 (Eileen — 12/30/2008)

I purchased SD880 after read all the positive reviews. My 3rd Canon! But the images are not clear, fogy, blurry & not easy to hand hold it. I am returning mine to & don't know if I should buy one from local store for easy returning?!

  • 3.0 out of 5
EXELLENT CAMERA! (Jayna — 12/30/2008)

this camera is probably the best compact digital camera i've ever used.
it takes clear pictures, has fun and easy to use settings, and is an overall easy to use camera. the shutter is quick, and the pictures are always crystal clear.

  • 1.0 out of 5
blurry blurry BLURRY! in many cases (JamesJank — 12/21/2008)

Check your particular unit before giving it to someone for a gift because my story is that I bought 2: one for my Dad's Xmas gift and the other for me. After I opened mine and found that it was 100% and unfocused on everything but Macro shots, I opened my Dad's too and found that his was at least mostly OK. So... the situation appears to be that quality control is lacking there. I bought mine from Newegg and no refund is being offered on these (I guess they know what's going on), so I'm hopping on the RMA carousel. Wish me luck. Oh, and BTW, do a google (and flickr) on 'sd880is' and 'blurry' and you'll get all the details.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Sadly disappointed (Carla — 12/19/2008)

I am a canon girl...from the Elf to the SLR 40D. That said, I'm sad to say this one delivers terrible picture quality. Yes, it is sleek which I love, it has a turn wheel which is extremely convenient, love the wide angle lens, love the large LCD screen, etc etc...but what is all of that with bad picture quality. The majority of the problem can be summed up with one word...noise. Lots of pixelation and noise in the pictures. With or without flash and even in sunset conditions the picture is not clear (especially when you zoom in or blow it up on a computer screen). Even when using the flash indoors the pictures appear overexposed and the colors are off. I sent mine back and am on the hunt for something that at the very least, produces great pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
SD880 quite good (Marko Strunk — 12/08/2008)

My new SD880 is very nice indeed. The button layout is better than my previous SD800 and the SD880 is more ergonomic. I particularly like the ability to take audio notes to go with each photo.

Macro is better than the SD800, but I don't think that the SD880 photos at long distance are as quite sharp as the six meg SD880. But the SD800 lens is sharper at the corners and has less distortion. Just not as sharp.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Surprisingly nice (Marko Strunk — 11/29/2008)

My previous compact camera was a Canon SD800 IS. I bought it for the wide angle lens. It took exceptionally good photos and I was a little disappointed when a friend talked me out of it.

I ordered an SD880 IS as a replacement and figured it would be about the same with some more unnecessary pixels. Boy, was I wrong.

The SD880 IS has a much better lens than the SD800 IS. The 880 lens is sharp in the corners at all lengths, whereas the 800 lens got a little soft at the edges. Photos are incredibly crisp.

The 880 also turns on faster and has a more congenial control arrangement. I also very much like the 880's ability to voice record a note in a .WAV file to go with a particular photo. I also prefer the 3" LCD screen and don't miss the 800's viewfinder at all.

Well done, Canon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Could nt ask for more!!!! (Anurag — 11/22/2008)

Excellent camera ..
My first camera and i am very happy

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT CAMERA! (mohamed — 11/04/2008)


  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect Point and Shoot Wide Angle Lense Camera (Darith S Yim — 10/18/2008)

Coming from the SD550 and SD870 IS, the SD880 IS is the best point-and-shoot ultra compact digital camera I've ever owned. I love how it has the jogger instead of the over-sensitive SD870 touch controls (which prevents me from screwing up the camera settings when I'm at an even or out on the night club). It was between the SD990 and SD880 IS, but the SD990 had a smaller LCD viewer and it did not have a wide angle lense. It is the best wide angle digital point and shoot camera on the market. The body design and build is more convenient than the SD870 with a thumb grip and an ergonomic design for the fore fingers. Video (640x480 at 30fps) and Audio (705kbps 16-bit 44kHz WAV) quality recording blows me away! I don't regret this purchase at all!

  • 5.0 out of 5
best ultra compact camera (mike j. — 10/13/2008)

Forget the technical jargon, specs, etc. I updated my sd870 to sd880 and it is by far the best camera in its class, period.