Review: Canon Powershot SD780

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH

As I scroll through my last set of pictures on the Canon PowerShot SD780, I watch in amazement as shot after shot is shown in vibrant colors on the small, yet satisfying 2.5 inch screen Here are the specs for the Canon Powershot SD780:

Cost: $170 Amazon

Type 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 12.4 Megapixels
Focal Length 5.9-17.9mm f/3.2-5.8 (35mm film equivalent: 33-100mm)
Digital Zoom 4x
Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch TFT color LCD widescreen with wide viewing angle (PureColor LCD II)
Shutter Speed 15-1/1500 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes Auto, Program, Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom

I can only describe the Canon PowerShot SD780 with one word:  small.  In your hands, this sleek camera manages to be lightweight without feeling cheap.  The black matte finish feels and looks great on this camera.  Canon also rounded the edges on this camera giving it a smoother look to it.  This camera comes in four different variations of color:  red, black, silver, and even gold.

One feature on this model is a viewfinder, which is very rare to find on modern digital cameras, and especially one of this size.  This feature is extremely useful in bright sunlight when it is difficult to see the screen due to the glare.

This camera is the slimmest  of its line, but that does not compromise the quality.  The Canon Powershot SD780 fits easily into your jeans without being remotely noticeable.  It’s great for everyday use when you are unable to bring a bulky SLR around with you.  The quality of these pictures are as good, if not better, as some of the much larger models of its line.

But wait, the game changer on this sleek Canon Powershot SD780 is HD video.  Yes, this camera boasts shooting HD video in 720p.  I have taken several videos with this feature, and the final videos are phenomenal.  Crisp. Clear. And also not that bad of an fps rate.  Putting HD video on this camera was brilliant because you combine video with portability, and the product is an extremely portable and great quality video camera.

A couple of features on this camera I found to be disadvantages were the lowlight performance and the function buttons.  In low light scenarios, the picture image has a lot of image noise.  This is not a huge problem because it is, in fact, just a point and shoot camera, so you cannot expect as much as a professional SLR.  Another disadvantage was the buttons on the back of the camera.  Although this is not a problem for me, since I have small fingers, the buttons are flush against the body making them a bit difficult to press, and would present a problem for people with larger fingers.

With all considered, I highly recommend CanonPowershot SD780 IS Digital Elph. The price is relatively low, and well worth it.  CanonPowershot SD780 IS Digital Elph manages to have a viewfinder, keen quality, but also HD video contained in a sleek, slim, and great looking body.  Canon, keep up the good work.

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