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Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS.

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

We've given the SD980 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

The SD980 is out of production and the cost is seeing a typical late-life spike. Check out a newer model, like the Canon ELPH 500 instead. Here's what we had to say about the SD980 in September 2009:

A small step up from the SD940, the Canon SD980 IS is a compact digital camera with a high-definition movie mode capable of shooting video in 720p resolution. It has a 12-megapixel sensor and slightly above-average 5x optical zoom.


  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom, 24mm wide-angle lens
  • "Smart AUTO" mode
  • HD movie mode (720p resolution)
  • HDMI output
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • SD/SDHC memory storage
  • Part Number: SD980ISSILVER
  • UPC: 4960999650593
  • Release Date: Sep 15, 2009

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Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Gimmicks versus Function (YankeeM — 03/03/2011)
Hi, My PS SD980 IS was provided as an alternate for a Canon that could not be repaired due to lack of parts. I did not have a choice in this offering. The SD980 IS has NO VIEW FINDER and that leaves the photographer the only option in viewing the image on the display....and there lies the major problem which becomes several problems. The display takes up almost all the rear of the camera....and there is almost no place to put your fingers when holding it. Also, one must really be on the ball with taking the picture as it needs a real serious analysis if your framed image on the display is what you want....a view finder is far more precise in this respect. The display is not as protected as what you might find on a Kodak or others, as they are somewhat framed by the camera structure..resulting in less exposure to damage. The "novelty" of tipping your SD 980 end to end to scroll pics.....and the delete function which can be done by "fingering" the display to get an icon, can be laborous and often incomplete....over and over again. It's not foolproof and requires one to really "handle" this's frustrating and would be better served with a "delete" button, period. The NO VIEWFINDER aspect of this camera is the real problem overall....and I would not recommend anyone to buy this camera for any price. Canon is tops in so many areas, that it surprised me that it didn't have the usual "tried and proven" personality that I'm used to. Management needs a swift kick on this one.