Canon PowerShot SD990 IS 14.7 Megapixel Compact Camera - Silver

2.5" LCD - 16:9 - 3.7x Optical Zoom - 4x - 32 MB Secure Digital SD Card Included - 4416 x 3312 Image - 640 x 480 Video - PictBridge - MPN: 3191B001
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When you're ready to experience a higher level of pace-setting technology and image brilliance, the PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH is ready for you. One glance at the sleek, sculptured profile, and you know this is a camera driven by design and features. Style without compromise is the perfect complement to the ELPH model's most advanced feature lineup - engineering leadership that opens your eyes and imagination to the real potential and boundless pleasures of photography.
Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Effective Megapixels 14.7 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
Lens Mount Fixed
Image Stabilization Optical
normalized-Optical Zoom 3.7
normalized-Weight 5.64
Expert Reviews
Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Review
4 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Jun 26, 2009

The 900-series of the Canon ELPH digital cameras is usually pretty deluxe, and the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a> doesn't disappoint. In addition to the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a>'s 14.7-megapixel sensor, 2.5-inch LCD, and 3.7x lens, this curvy little digital camera has a full Manual exposure mode that should pique the interest of photographers wanting a little more control. Image stabilization is of course standard on the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a>, as is face detection, intelligent auto, and intelligent contrast, but a new Quick Shot mode primes the camera to capture action when used with the optical viewfinder. Though it's small, the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a>'s images can be printed at up to 16x20 inches with good detail, thanks to the high-resolution sensor. Lens flare is a minor problem with the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a>, especially in daylight shots, so prepare to limit print sizes to 8x10 to avoid a slight glow around bright objects, but other than that, the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a> is an impressive photographic tool, full of interesting twists. <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Click</a> for our review of the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon PowerShot SD990 IS</a>.

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Camera Labs – Canon PowerShot SD990 IS ELPH review
4 Star Review  cameralabs.com - Aug 9, 2009

Canon’s PowerShot SD990 IS ELPH is a good solid compact camera with some strong features. With a considerable 14.7 Megapixels, it’s the highest resolution model in the ELPH range, and also the only one which offers manual control over exposure. Add to that a small but great quality screen, an optical viewfinder which can massively extend battery life, and Canon’s latest fast DIGIC 4 processor and you’ve got a good all-round performer. But you have to think carefully about how useful these benefits will be for you in practice, and whether a model with a different feature-set will be more appropriate, for example, a wider lens, HD movies or a bigger screen. In our review at Cameralabs we’ve compared the PowerShot SD990 IS against a number of key rivals offering alternative features which may prove better for your needs.

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Canon PowerShot SD990 IS (silver)
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Jan 15, 2009

THE GOOD: Excellent picture quality; very good shooting options for its size. THE BAD: Disappointing lens specs; mixed performance; high-resolution sensor adds little benefit; no HD video. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Canon PowerShot SD990 IS is a fine ultracompact camera, but its price-to-feature benefits are questionable.

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Best Digital Compact Camera for Printing Photos
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - May 11, 2009

If you want high quality prints from an ultra compact point & shoot camera, this is the one to get. The SD990 IS has a 14.7MP sensor that delivers extremely sharp pictures without...

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Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 980 IS
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 30, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 47 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 980 IS and the average expert rating is 79 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
You Get What You Pay For
5 Star Review   By member grant9621 - Nov 19, 2009   

Strengths: This camera out of the box has worked and have not had any problems. I take each day of the week between 175 to 225 photos of a job site under construction, photos are of buildings and details.

Weakness: Not that I have found

This has been a good choice and workes in sun, shade, interiors. Details pop out and it is so easy to move from one mode to another. Took on vacation with us and never used my SLR this camers has impressed all my frends and at work the results from it are stunning.

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Canon SD990 is One of the Best Compact camera
5 Star Review   By member Zaher2003 - Jan 3, 2009   

Strengths: Its image is brilliance,can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.New DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves Face Detection,14.7-megapixel Digital ELPH.

Weakness: If the LCD has 3inch it shall be better.

The PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH is one of the best compact NON SLR Cameras.The image of photography at its best, featuring megapixels that’s the highest resolution among Digital ELPH to capture .The SD990 IS Digital ELPH can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback. You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them. The SD990 IS Digital ELPH features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded to 3200 when you select ISO 3200 Special Scene mode. The advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

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Canon SD990 Is one of the Best
5 Star Review   By member Zaher2003 - Jan 3, 2009   

Strengths: Powerful 14.7-megapixel Digital ELPH,TiGreat Pictures,Very Nice Micro ,the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

Weakness: If the LCD is 3 inch it shall be better.

When you’re ready to experience a higher level of pacesetting technology and image brilliance.The Camera clear, sharp images every time.perfect complement to the ELPH model’s most advanced feature .The SD990 IS Digital ELPH incorporates Canon’s exclusive Optical Image Stabilizer.The very image of photography at its best, featuring megapixels that’s the highest resolution among Digital ELPH to capture every detail around you. New DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves Face Detection, adds Servo AF, Face Detection Self-Timer and Intelligent Contrast Correction . Canon’s proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds. iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon.iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance. A new Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. Intelligent Contrast Correction DIGIC 4 also makes possible the new i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The SD990 IS Digital ELPH features ISO 1600(ISO can be expanded to 3200)and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

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Canon SD990 is one of the top of the line camera
5 Star Review   By member Zaher2003 - Jan 2, 2009   

Strengths: Excellent image quality,Very sharp pics. According to tests, less noise that the Canon 8 Megapixel models. New Processor. Has manual controls.

Weakness: Video is only 640x480.

Well I purchased it after reviewing and compare it with SD950 which I gave it to my son, and I am pleased I did! The camera (I selected the silver model) is very sharp-looking and takes excellent pictures and video. It focuses sharp and red-eye is almost non-existent. I used the photos with Photoshop and it came well also. The previous one SD950 is also very good,I am using Powershot G2 and SLR 30D,it was Excellent,I am using Canon Cameras Since 1973.Usually i use the SD models as a pocket camera.

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Great pictures, bad movies
3 Star Review   By member tbuccelli - Oct 30, 2008   

Strengths: Pictures are clear, image stabilization works well. Happy with colors.

Weakness: Movies, Movies, Movies

We purchased this camera to upgrade from a Canon A5XX that the kids have started to use. We were very happy with the quality of the pictures, but EXTREMELY disappointed with the high-quality movie snippets that the camera takes. Unfortunately, Canon decided to switch to Quicktime for the format which does not seem to play well on PCs(even high end ones), though they do play fine on Macs. The movies "stutter" for lack of a better description, making the unwatchable. I tried a Quicktime alternative to play them and they were fine, but I cannot count on others that I share them with having anything besides the Apple standard. It is Apples right to make Quicktime perform poorly on PCs, but unfortunately users of this camera suffer for it. I will be taking this camera back and looking for one that has AVI movie output.

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Product Details
Description
When you're ready to experience a higher level of pace-setting technology and image brilliance, the PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH is ready for you. One glance at the sleek, sculptured profile, and you know this is a camera driven by design and features. Style without compromise is the perfect complement to the ELPH model's most advanced feature lineup - engineering leadership that opens your eyes and imagination to the real potential and boundless pleasures of photography.
Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 2.5 in
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Effective Megapixels 14.7 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
Lens Mount Fixed
Image Stabilization Optical
normalized-Optical Zoom 3.7
normalized-Weight 5.64
Summary
Product Title Canon PowerShot SD990 IS 14.7 Megapixel Compact Camera - Silver
Manufacturer Canon
Lowest Price $929.99 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.2 | 10 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 15000000
Image Sensor: CCD
Other Features
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
Flash: Auto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 3.7 X
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length: 7.70 mm to 28.50 mm
Max Aperture: 2.8 1/f
Storage
Removable Flash Memory Included: 32 MB Secure Digital (SD) Card
Dimensions
Height: 2.5 in
Weight: 5.64 oz
Width: 3.8 in
Depth: 1.1 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Optical
Battery Include: Yes
Product Series: SD
Product Line: PowerShot
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/1600 Second
Product Model: SD990 IS
Software Included: Digital Camera Solution
Brand Name: Canon
Battery Rechargeable: Yes
Maximum Image Resolution: 4416 x 3312
Number of Batteries Support: 1
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 fps
Battery Built-in: No
Camera Modes: Continuous Shooting:Approx. 1.3 fpsShooting Modes:AutoProgramManualQuickPortraitFoliageSnowBeachSunsetFireworksAquariumUnderwaterISO 3200IndoorKids & PetsNight SnapshotColor AccentColor SwapDigital MacroStitch AssistMoviePhoto Effects:VividVivid BlueVivid GreenVivid RedNeutralSepiaBlack & WhitePositive FilmLighter Skin ToneDarker Skin ToneCustom
HD Movie Mode: No
Frequency Band: Sensitivity:AutoHigh ISO AutoISO 80ISO 100ISO 200ISO 400ISO 800ISO 1600 equivalentLight Metering Method:EvaluativeCenter-weighted averageSpotDisplay Languages:EnglishGermanFrenchDutchDanishFinnishItalianNorwegianSwedishSpanishSimplified/Traditional ChineseJapaneseRussianPortugueseKoreanGreekPolishCzechHungarianTurkishThaiArabicRomanianUkrainianFarsi
PictBridge: Yes
Memory Card Type Include: Secure Digital (SD) Card
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Expert Reviews
Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Review
4 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Jun 26, 2009

The 900-series of the Canon ELPH digital cameras is usually pretty deluxe, and the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a> doesn't disappoint. In addition to the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a>'s 14.7-megapixel sensor, 2.5-inch LCD, and 3.7x lens, this curvy little digital camera has a full Manual exposure mode that should pique the interest of photographers wanting a little more control. Image stabilization is of course standard on the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a>, as is face detection, intelligent auto, and intelligent contrast, but a new Quick Shot mode primes the camera to capture action when used with the optical viewfinder. Though it's small, the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a>'s images can be printed at up to 16x20 inches with good detail, thanks to the high-resolution sensor. Lens flare is a minor problem with the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a>, especially in daylight shots, so prepare to limit print sizes to 8x10 to avoid a slight glow around bright objects, but other than that, the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon SD990</a> is an impressive photographic tool, full of interesting twists. <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Click</a> for our review of the <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD990IS/SD990ISA.HTM">Canon PowerShot SD990 IS</a>.

Read the full review »

Camera Labs – Canon PowerShot SD990 IS ELPH review
4 Star Review  cameralabs.com - Aug 9, 2009

Canon’s PowerShot SD990 IS ELPH is a good solid compact camera with some strong features. With a considerable 14.7 Megapixels, it’s the highest resolution model in the ELPH range, and also the only one which offers manual control over exposure. Add to that a small but great quality screen, an optical viewfinder which can massively extend battery life, and Canon’s latest fast DIGIC 4 processor and you’ve got a good all-round performer. But you have to think carefully about how useful these benefits will be for you in practice, and whether a model with a different feature-set will be more appropriate, for example, a wider lens, HD movies or a bigger screen. In our review at Cameralabs we’ve compared the PowerShot SD990 IS against a number of key rivals offering alternative features which may prove better for your needs.

Read the full review »

Canon PowerShot SD990 IS (silver)
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Jan 15, 2009

THE GOOD: Excellent picture quality; very good shooting options for its size. THE BAD: Disappointing lens specs; mixed performance; high-resolution sensor adds little benefit; no HD video. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Canon PowerShot SD990 IS is a fine ultracompact camera, but its price-to-feature benefits are questionable.

Read the full review »

Best Digital Compact Camera for Printing Photos
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - May 11, 2009

If you want high quality prints from an ultra compact point & shoot camera, this is the one to get. The SD990 IS has a 14.7MP sensor that delivers extremely sharp pictures without...

Read the full review »

Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 980 IS
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 30, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 47 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH / IXUS 980 IS and the average expert rating is 79 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
You Get What You Pay For
5 Star Review   By member grant9621 - Nov 19, 2009   

Strengths: This camera out of the box has worked and have not had any problems. I take each day of the week between 175 to 225 photos of a job site under construction, photos are of buildings and details.

Weakness: Not that I have found

This has been a good choice and workes in sun, shade, interiors. Details pop out and it is so easy to move from one mode to another. Took on vacation with us and never used my SLR this camers has impressed all my frends and at work the results from it are stunning.

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Canon SD990 is One of the Best Compact camera
5 Star Review   By member Zaher2003 - Jan 3, 2009   

Strengths: Its image is brilliance,can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.New DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves Face Detection,14.7-megapixel Digital ELPH.

Weakness: If the LCD has 3inch it shall be better.

The PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH is one of the best compact NON SLR Cameras.The image of photography at its best, featuring megapixels that’s the highest resolution among Digital ELPH to capture .The SD990 IS Digital ELPH can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback. You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them. The SD990 IS Digital ELPH features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded to 3200 when you select ISO 3200 Special Scene mode. The advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

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Canon SD990 Is one of the Best
5 Star Review   By member Zaher2003 - Jan 3, 2009   

Strengths: Powerful 14.7-megapixel Digital ELPH,TiGreat Pictures,Very Nice Micro ,the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

Weakness: If the LCD is 3 inch it shall be better.

When you’re ready to experience a higher level of pacesetting technology and image brilliance.The Camera clear, sharp images every time.perfect complement to the ELPH model’s most advanced feature .The SD990 IS Digital ELPH incorporates Canon’s exclusive Optical Image Stabilizer.The very image of photography at its best, featuring megapixels that’s the highest resolution among Digital ELPH to capture every detail around you. New DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves Face Detection, adds Servo AF, Face Detection Self-Timer and Intelligent Contrast Correction . Canon’s proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds. iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon.iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance. A new Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. Intelligent Contrast Correction DIGIC 4 also makes possible the new i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The SD990 IS Digital ELPH features ISO 1600(ISO can be expanded to 3200)and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

96% of readers found this review helpful.

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Canon SD990 is one of the top of the line camera
5 Star Review   By member Zaher2003 - Jan 2, 2009   

Strengths: Excellent image quality,Very sharp pics. According to tests, less noise that the Canon 8 Megapixel models. New Processor. Has manual controls.

Weakness: Video is only 640x480.

Well I purchased it after reviewing and compare it with SD950 which I gave it to my son, and I am pleased I did! The camera (I selected the silver model) is very sharp-looking and takes excellent pictures and video. It focuses sharp and red-eye is almost non-existent. I used the photos with Photoshop and it came well also. The previous one SD950 is also very good,I am using Powershot G2 and SLR 30D,it was Excellent,I am using Canon Cameras Since 1973.Usually i use the SD models as a pocket camera.

97% of readers found this review helpful.

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Great pictures, bad movies
3 Star Review   By member tbuccelli - Oct 30, 2008   

Strengths: Pictures are clear, image stabilization works well. Happy with colors.

Weakness: Movies, Movies, Movies

We purchased this camera to upgrade from a Canon A5XX that the kids have started to use. We were very happy with the quality of the pictures, but EXTREMELY disappointed with the high-quality movie snippets that the camera takes. Unfortunately, Canon decided to switch to Quicktime for the format which does not seem to play well on PCs(even high end ones), though they do play fine on Macs. The movies "stutter" for lack of a better description, making the unwatchable. I tried a Quicktime alternative to play them and they were fine, but I cannot count on others that I share them with having anything besides the Apple standard. It is Apples right to make Quicktime perform poorly on PCs, but unfortunately users of this camera suffer for it. I will be taking this camera back and looking for one that has AVI movie output.

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