Canon SD970 IS / IXUS 990 IS Reviews

First published on: Monday, 13 April 2009

This post is a compilation of Canon PowerShot SD970IS / IXUS 990IS digital point-and-shoot compact camera professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, conclusions, ratings and feedback.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to conclude whether the SD970 IS / IXUS 990 IS image quality, and the camera itself as a whole, meets your standards.

Full attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

Canon PowerShot SD970 IS review at InfoSyncWorld

In the tests, the SD970IS / IXUS 990IS scored “GOOD” for image quality.

Mike Perlman, the reviewer, assigned a rating of 74% (GOOD) to the camera, and concludes:

Image quality was great in bright and low light, equaling the Canon PowerShot SD960 IS and PowerShot SD780 IS’s performances. We had minimal complaints with the PowerShot SD970 IS, and we’re sure you’ll feel the same way. Canon’s done it again!

Main feature differences compared with the SD960 IS

Jimr posted this SD970 IS vs SD960 IS comparison at DPReview:

SD 960 • 28 — 112mm (35mm equiv) • 4x optical zoom • F2.8-5.8 • Approx 0.8fps • 2.8” TFT SD 970 • 37 — 185mm (35mm equiv) • 5x optical zoom • F3.2-5.7 • Approx1.0fps • 3.0” TFT

Weight (inc. batteries)
• SD960 IS: 145 g (5.1 oz)
• SD970 IS: 160 g (5.6 oz)

• SD960 IS: 98 x 54 x 22 mm (3.9 x 2.1 x 0.9 in)
• SD970 IS: 96 x 57 x 26 mm (3.8 x 2.2 x 1 in)

For more information, refer to this comparison table at DPReview.

Canon PowerShot SD970 IS Hands on Review at Steves Digicams

Steve is extremely happy with the image quality of the samples he photographed with the SD970 IS, and concludes:

This year’s top of the line Digital ELPH, the PowerShot SD970 IS, is easy enough for anyone in the family to use while providing enough power and creative features to keep the novice photographer satisfied. Features like the 5x optical zoom, 12-Megapixel imaging sensor, Optical Image Stabilization and HD movie mode make the MSRP of US$379.99 worth the money if you are looking for a little extra power in your pocket.

Canon PowerShot SD970 Review at DigitalCameraReview

J. Keenan, the reviewer, finds the SD970 to have good image and video capture quality, and concludes:

Bottom line: this is an excellent camera overall and one that would be on my short list were I in the market for something of this class.

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