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Canon PowerShot SD900
Canon PowerShot SD900

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Canon PowerShot SD900

We've given the SD900 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Canon PowerShot SD900 stuns with its shiny, titanium ultracompact body and gigantic 10-megapixel sensor. The SD900 takes the diminutive size of cameras like the SD550 and 700IS, and stuffs it full of megapixels. Canon is all about 10-megapixel cameras this season, it seems, and the SD900 is a remarkable addition to this ever-growing class of cameras.


  • 10 megapixels
  • Movie mode with sound
  • JPEG file format
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Auto focus, auto and manual exposure
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital card storage (32MB card included)
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 1267B001
  • UPC: 843477006485
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2006

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Canon PowerShot SD900 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD900 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing product (Karolina — 01/09/2009)

I have owned this digital camera for three years now, and I have never had any problems with it. It has a long battery life and it is very easy to charge. It takes AMAZING pictures and has tons of options. Great product. I would recommend it to anyone! Plus, I got an amazing deal on it. I bought it for $300 new!
They don't have it anymore for that cheap, but it's worth the price even if it costs more!

  • 4.0 out of 5
exellent camera (fred — 06/01/2008)

I had the S series 4MP one beforr the SD900 & that was good. But this one WOW its nice it performs exellent.
I would recommend this camera to anyone perfect buy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not a reliable product (Carol — 09/28/2007)

After owning the camera for 2 months it just completely
died. Luckily Costco has a three month return policy and
replaced it with another. After researching the product on
line i was appalled at the problems(E-18) that these
cameras have and the horrible horror stories people have experienced with Canon's customer service. I have decided to return the product for a full refund before i end up with a costly repair bill.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Happy to own (Dave — 09/05/2007)

very compact easy to use and takes great shots......only drawback that i can think of is when the camera tells u have a low battery.....u would only then have enough shot for about 4 or 5 shots.....but anything else it's a great camera

  • 3.0 out of 5
SD 900 camera (alex — 08/26/2007)

I bought the canon camera SD900. I like the camera but I don't know how to use it properly. I can't take clear pictures , for ex. if the object is further away the pictures are blurry. I guess I have to set it up properly. Who can help or advuise me ? Please mail me !

  • 5.0 out of 5
I am SO happy with Canon! (Yaz — 08/02/2007)

I went to buy a digital camera for my trip in two weeks. I was looking for something without AA batteries, rather the normal batteries that are charged in a charger. I was afraid the AA batteries would need constant replacement.
So I bought a Olympus Stylus ( I forgot the model) for 200 dollars...I brought it home and tried it out and i was SO disappointed- all the images were grainy and fuzzy.
So, I returned it and went back. I figured that cheap cameras are cheap for a reason. I knew Canon was a remarkable brand, because we had a digital camera from them many years ago. The 10.0 MPs sounded really good to me, and it had a normal battery. So, I chose the Canon SD900 10.0 MP, 3.0 Digital Zoom for 350 bucks plus 50 bucks tax.
I tried the camera out- BEAUTIFUL IMAGES- crystal clear!!!!
I was SO happy. I took the camera on the trip, and the images were great. The biggest con was that:
The images were SO large (2-3 megabytes EACH!). That was because of the 10.0 MP feature!
If you buy this camera, be sure to change the image quality from Super High and Super Fine to Normal, in the options menu. Otherwise, it will fill up your camera super fast.

This camera is also very expensive- it's because of the 10.0 MP option. If you don't have the need for the 10.0 MP, try the earlier models of the CANON Digital Elph Series (7.0 MP, etc. ) Those work just as well, because we used to have a Canon Digital Camera 4.0 MP that was crystal clear as well.

I am in love with my digital camera- I don't regret buying it for the high price, but if I had known that there were 7 MP cameras from Canon as well, I would have saved my money and bought those.

Nevertheless, if you're looking for a digital camera, GET CANON- they're super high quality and very reliable.

I hope this helps you in your search. =)

  • 4.0 out of 5
canon sd950 (bill w — 07/16/2007)

Lots to like and lots to dislike, but over-all a great camera.

What I like:
sharp crisp lens.
good shutter lag time
decent battery life
stylish design
durable titanium body
accessible controls
good usable ISO range 80-800 usable
good overall exposure
decent macro performance
10 mp resolution

What I Don't Like:
No battery level until it's almost dead
needs more manual controls (shutter speed, aperture)
chintzy battery/sd card comparment door
can only take "landscape" oriented in video mode
Poor ISO 1600-3200 performance
an IS feature would be helpful

I don't really use the color-sway software much, but it's an interesting toy to play with. Turns in good pictures. If I had to replace it, I'd probably go with the SD850 IS, because of the image stabilization feature. If there were an sd900 IS model, I'd get it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fast (Lisa — 04/21/2007)

Fast action, lots of settings, good userability. Clear picture, and very fun!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't get sucked in (Jack Rogers — 04/18/2007)

I did own an SD700 IS that shot great photos. I gave it to my daughter and orders the SD900 for the so called increased features and better camera. WRONG!!! Cannon sucked me in to buying this camera with out have the IS so any time you shoot with the zoom and the camera is not on a tripod you get garbage for a photo. It you shoot in low light ... garbage. Cannon new better but in their quest for our money they forgot about delivering a quality product to the loyal customer base. Good by Cannon for me!!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best I have owned to date (Adam — 04/17/2007)

The cannon sd900 is the best point and shoot I have ever used (Hardware quality and photos). I have owned 5 other point and shoot digitals. Picture quality is fantastic!

On the negative...
Steady shot would be nice.
The gripability of the camera body is lacking to say the very least. It seems as if it was designed by someone without any product development experience.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it so far! (Michelle — 02/23/2007)

I used to own the Canon SD400 and I loved it! LOL this one has so many more features and lol it's gonna take me a while to use it, but took some pictures last night and wow i was so suprised how great it took the pictures in low light! I didnt even focus and i just pointed and shooted and it took a really clear picture of my entertainment center and you could see the woodgrain very good! I'm sure I'll fall in love with it very much when i learn how to use all the features even more! I love the new Titanium shell and how it feels in the hand. Not a bad thing to say as of now!

  • 2.0 out of 5
SD 900 (kirk — 02/02/2007)

Don't buy this camera!! Canon's marketing boys are up to their old tricks again, and there will be an Sd 9xx produced with all the missing features that this model lacks.

1. No "IS"! This feature extends your USEABLE iso range by about two stops. Anybody trying to take unobtrusive pictures will really miss the is ability of the sd 800is. Forget available light pictures unless you try to use the gimmicky iso 3200 setting and don't care about the level of noise in your picture. Lots of museums allow pictures, but no flash allowed (NO TRIPODS either), so you are stuck looking like the village idiot jamming the camera against any available solid object to steady it enough to take pictures. Then if the camera times out, the flash defaults to on, and your next picture has the guards hassling you for taking a flash picture.

2. Poor battery condition indicator. Every other digital camera I have owned has had a prominent battery charge indicator that lets you know in plenty of time that you are running out of charge, and this camera takes proprietary canon lithium batteries at $45 a pack.

3. No wide angle lens (35mm equivalent instead of the more useful 28mm of the sd 800is). Family shots, landscape pictures, etc. can't be done unless you use the stitch feature in the camera... lots of unnecessary fiddling while you could be taking more pictures.

4. Lack of raw ability. You are forced to save your pictures as jpegs, with all the artifacts that they cause. Instead of a wide angle shot saved with no compression and cropped in your computer, you have to compose through the 3 to one lens and hope for the best.

5. No internal memory! Instead, some pinhead insults the buyer's intelligence by including a 32 meg sd card that isn't even high speed! This is for a 10 meg camera that averages 3.5 to 4.5 meg per file!! This camera takes HD spec movie files, and needs all the speed a fast card can offer. To put it into perspective, I just bought a 1 gig card locally for $20. Canon paid more for their label they pasted on than the cost of the 32 meg chip.

6. Poor 3 to 1 zoom range instead of a more usable 4 to 1 that the sd 800 has. This camera should have had a 4 to 1, or even a 6 to one zoom range so that you could bracket your shot, choose the best one, crop it in photoshop, and print it!

7. Forget about "face recognition". Half the time it finds tree branches, bushes, hats, dogs furniture, etc. that seems to meet the criteria for the program, so you miss your shot while trying to turn the "feature" off.

8. No way to vary the noise reduction level, or sharpening amount. Instead, you are able to choose from a number of idiotic noises your shutter, etc. can make. This is a $450 camera that the average beginner, who likes those noises, will not buy, and an experienced user will never use.

9. Special programming that just doesn't work, ie. the night scene won't take pictures by street lights unless you change your exposure compensation to plus 2, but then your white balance is off so you have to set it also (I use my white sock so I don't have to carry a card with me.) Take a flashlight so that the auto focus can do its' thing, because the focus illuminater is very limited in range.

10. No histogram available while composing your picture!! Once you start using a good histogram, you will really miss it when you can't see it when setting up your shot. Canon lets you see it AFTER the picture is saved. Great if you're doing still life shots... useless in a dynamic situation.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The best P & S camera (Rick Gallaghan — 01/29/2007)

I got my Canon SD 900 few weeks ago; it's feel like a one solid piece of pure metal (titanium) made for one of the best cameras/lenses maker. Image quality is superb in every situation and environment, intuitive controls and easy to learn menu. Someone said sd 800 "is" with wide angle? well... not everybody needs a wide lens unless you gonna take a full view of a bridge. The 900 looks beauty and expensive ——a lot more than 800 is——. Moreover I couldn't find a great "improvement" on image stabilizing of the 800 considering that I haven't no problem at all taking pictures using zoom at night with my SD 900 —-with no IS—- getting very nice shots. In fact efective antishake feature is included in most cameras nowdays. For sure a it's little bit expensive but the SD 900 it's outstanding among others (including sd 800 is) and worth in each of it 10 megapixels.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Works well, takes good pictures (Male Single User — 01/10/2007)

Good for taking pictures to display in electronic photo display.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Little "Portable"! (Jerry Brendle — 12/24/2006)

I own a Canon 10D and shoot professionally at times, but just wanted a small compact "keep it with me" camera for all those times I see a great shot and never have a camera. Bought a Sony DSC-N2 first, which wasn't bad, but a little strange on flesh tones and had considerable JPG artifacting. Took it back and got the SD 900 and have been well pleased.
I do wish it had a little more manual controlability and could record RAW images, but you can't have all these things in a point & shoot camera I guess. The 10 megapixel resolution is pretty incredible though, sharper than the 10D at 6.2 megapixels I'm afraid!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love my elph!!! (Olena — 12/21/2006)

I bought sony T10 at first didn't like it. Now I got sd 600 snd absolutely love it. Is small, fits in my paket and pictures are exellent!!!
grate buy...

  • 5.0 out of 5
No regret! (NK — 12/11/2006)

Owned it for 2 weeks. Used it extensively to shoot whatever subject thats interesting. Yes, purple fringing problem exist but its NOT that severe. Paid around $500 with 2GB card, mini tripod, Case. Could have got it cheaper online but was too happy with the performance that I had to buy it on the spot!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Alvaro — 11/17/2006)


  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes an awesome picture! (Rodney — 10/13/2006)

I recently purchased this camera for home use. I'm an amateur photographer so, I needed something easy to manage yet allowed for professional quality photos.

It takes crystal clear photos. You can blow the photos up and they still look absolutely stunning. The menu is user friendly and packs a myriad of features.

This is a top notch camera.