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Canon Powershot SD990 IS
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Canon Powershot SD990 IS

Canon Powershot SD990 IS

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We've given the SD990 IS a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Canon Powershot SD990 is another superlative ultracompact ELPH digital camera, this time packing a tremendous 14.7-megapixel CCD sensor. It's the pinnacle of digital camera technology, with a small, lightweight body that isn't lacking in power and poise. The SD990 IS contains a 14.7-megapixel sensor, this year's upper limit for pixels, and is sure to turn heads in the coming year.

Specifications

  • 14.7 megapixels
  • 3.7x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Lens-shift image stabilization
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • Secure digital memory storage
  • 3-inch LCD display
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: SD990ISK
  • UPC: 689466081312
  • Release Date: Oct 15, 2008

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Canon Powershot SD990 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SD990 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
digital camera (andy jimenez — 06/28/2009)

this camera is pefect for every occasion

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Good (N.P.Viswanathan — 06/01/2009)

Very good and with excellent features in this catogary- N.P.Viswanathan

  • 5.0 out of 5
CANON SD990 AWESOME!! (cameracrazylover — 05/11/2009)

THIS CAMERA IS AWESOME, IT HAS MANY FEATURES SUCH AS COLOR SWAP, UNDERWATER, AQARIUM, ETC. THE QUICKSHOT IS ABLE TO CAPTURE SHARP MOVEMENTS WITHOUT BLURRING THEM. THE VIDEO IS CLEAR AND THERE ARE BUILT IN SPEAKERS SO YOU CAN LISTEN BACK. YOU CAN ALSO ZOOM IN WHILE YOUR FILMING AND THERE ARE NO STUTTERS AT ALL, IT'S CLEAR AND IT'S PERFECT. SD990 ALSO HAS A MOTION DETECTOR SO WHICH EVER WAY YOUR HOLDING THE CAMERA THE PICTURE FOLLOWS. BUT THE ONE I HAVE IS FROM JAPAN SO THE MANUAL BOOK IS IN JAPANESE, SO DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN DOWNLOAD THE MANUAL BOOK IN ENGLISH VERSION?
I RECOMMEND THIS CAMERA FOR ALL PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS AND ENJOY!
P.S THE PRICE ISNT THAT MUCH, IT'S VERY AFFORDABLE.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Small.. and Powerful. Great camera! (Ben — 05/11/2009)

I just picked up the SD990 IS and it's the perfect camera for me. I previously owned the SD870 and I wanted something similar if not better. The 990 is fully manual and that is something my former camera lacked. I like having the option to be lazy and just point and shoot, as well as having the ability to control it like an SLR with out the bulk. It would be nice to have more F/stops, minor details though. Highly recommend this camera, you will not be disappointed. Unless, of course, if you want the camera to do all the work so you don't have to... which it does that too.

  • 5.0 out of 5
blown away (Al — 05/08/2009)

Just started looking at some images taken on my new SD990.
I was actually blown away. I always do post processing in PS-CS3. I was surprised how little I had to do with contrast, tone, sharpness, etc. Using the live histogram is a plus in getting good shots off of the SD card.

With 14+ megapixels I was more than pleased when zooming in on photos taken at the highest resolution. Once zoomed in, one could pan around and get good "macro" looking shots. Could never do that before with acceptable results with my other point and shoot cameras. Exceedingly pleased with the SD990 so far.

  • 5.0 out of 5
One amazing camera (Anis — 03/22/2009)

I bought this camera from Circuit City during their liquidation sale. Before buying it I did a good amount research and this camera is great for novice photographers. The only tweaks I would like to make is the addition of a HD video and probably a better lens (with more F-stops, better low light). Those are very minor things though. The camera takes great pictures you have to hold the camera relatively still when using the manual mode even though it has the image stabilization. Pictures come out great, make sure you get a nice 8GB SDHC card or if you want 16 or even 32. All in all you will not be disapointed in this camera. Well worth the money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic; Your search may very well end here (MD2012 — 02/02/2009)

Everything I was looking for in a small camera. I had been looking for a camera that would require minimal effort on my part to take quality pictures in low-light settings (such as night clubs), and so I took the plunge and got this one. The photos are fantastic, and I have ZERO REGRETS purchasing it. Battery life is surprisingly long making it very convenient.

I would recommend this camera to any user looking for a simple, compact, and high quality camera. I have no problems to report from it. Just make sure to order a memory card. I almost think it's a joke that Canon ships this camera with a 32 mb card... memory is so cheap these days.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Save money for it! Its well worth it! (Eric Reyes — 01/02/2009)

Now that we all are experiencing global crisis, but if you think that you really really need a digital camera Go for it! It may be quite costly but, if you decided to buy this, your every hard earned penny will be well worth it. Personally, it will take many many years for me to think in buying or upgrading this digital camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
SD990IS Comes Out on Top (Cruiznbye — 01/01/2009)

I purchased both the SD880IS and SD990IS in early November and took hundreds of shots with each one. Amazingly the SD990IS captured clearer, cleaner, lower light photos better than the SD880IS in all but one side by side shot.

Excellent cropping ability, making the 3.7x zoom much more useful. Small viewfinder allows shooting without the LCD in situations that demand it and it's manual controls over shutter and aperture make stop action or blurred action easy to do with a few turns of the control dial. It fits into a larger pocket and carries easily so that you never are without a camera.

The Achilles heel of all small sensor cameras is low light shooting. The SD990IS manages to keep noise down and details up in lower light settings and mixed light settings better than the SD880IS. ISO up to 400 is no problem and going higher is possible as a last resort as detail is preserved, even as noise becomes more visible.

Scene modes work well for easy settings for those not comfortable with manual settings. And even the Program mode gets it right most of the time. When it doesn't a quick spin of the control dial adjust exposure compensation, white balance, color saturation, and more.

Controls are easy to navigate and after a few minutes become pretty intuitive. Seasoned Canon users will be right at home immediately.

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack holds up well with about 250 shots per charge using a mix of flash and non-flash. The 2.5" LCD is bright, has grid lines and 4x6 curtains for composition help. All camera settings can be displayed on the LCD so you know what the camera is thinking before you take the shot.

Canon's DIGIC IV is the latest offering for in camera processing and it increases the speed and ISO handling ability over DIGIC III.

In side by side comparisons, the SD990IS comes out on top. The only weakness I found was that it came with a 32MB SD card. Just be sure to purchase a much larger one before you head out the door for some fun shooting. 2GB recommended as a minimum.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best elph yet (David — 12/28/2008)

The sd990 is my second elph. Even though my 700 is still going strong, I decided to upgrade to the 990. I carry it as a back up to my DSLR. Image quality is very good for a point and shoot. It is ideal for social occasions with it's convenient small size. The camera has very good low light capability and the 14.7 megapixel sensor permits great cropping possibilities.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent (elena — 12/14/2008)

excellent!
bought in N.Y.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best Powershot Yet (John Platanitis — 12/12/2008)

This is my 5th Canon Powershot and it is wonderful! The pictures are crisp and sharp. 14MP allow for excellent cropping ability. Even the ISO 3200 has let me produce usable shots! Unbelievable! And now with Manual Control (albeit somewhat limited). I would recommend this SD990 to anyone.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Even better than the previous powershots (Adam — 10/09/2008)

I've owned a half dozen different models of previous Power Shot models including the SD850IS and SD1000, both of which took excellent pictures. This one is even better! Controls are simple, auto settings are spot on, I love the vivid pics it takes! Bravo again, Canon!

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