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Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Review

August 18th, 2010

canon-powershot-sd780-is.jpgCanon is an enviable brand when it comes to amazing cameras and camcorders. Their technology and accuracy is one of the best in the industry, and usually a Canon is always on a Wish-For list among most photography lovers. However, with the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS, Canon has brought something truly useful for the common person. Priced at $159 on Amazon.com, the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS is very affordable, and, I would say, very practical. It has the perfect list of specs one would need in an easy-to-use-and-carry holiday and everyday camera. Apart from holiday and vacations, this is one of the perfect cameras for people like me, who also like to click everyday passing images.

The Canon PowerShot SD780 IS is very slim with less than an inch depth and a 3.4 x 2.1 inch body. It is a pocket camera, like a mobile phone or a PDA. With 12.1 megapixels, the image quality is great. On top of that, it has HDMI, which would let you view the images and videos on your computer or TV screen with uncompromised quality. With an Optical Image Stabilizer plus Motion Detection Technology, moving subjects, especially while driving down or running and having fun on a holiday are no more of a hassle. There are the Red-Eye Correction for flash-y times, and the Face Detection features, but they are coupled with extra ones like the Intelligent Contrast Correction and the Face Detection Self-Timer.

A 2.5 inch wide screen lets you view the images and videos in the camera easily as well. The 4x digital zoom is great for long-distance shots, and the Light Metering Method and the White Balance Control allow you to take great pictures without being an absolute pro at it. The PowerShot SD780 IS is designed for precise photography in challenging conditions like low light and the dark. Yet, indoor photography results in soft photographs unless you use the flash mode. However, the auto White Balance works well.

The twenty different shooting modes allow you to work the camera like a manual camera. The precision of a manual camera can be achieved with the different shooting modes provided in the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS along with a fast and reliable autofocus. Some of the shooting modes are as distinct as snow, beach, foliage, underwater, color accent, and digital Macro. The camera has auto-detection, meaning that it can flip between the different modes on its own. While close photography would take it to Macro on its own, another photograph will take it to Face-Detection, again on its own. That is quite an addition considering the fact that at times, we miss great moments because of the time taken for switiching from one mode to the other. The Auto mode enables extremely fast clicks for multiple photographs.

Unlike the usual switching on/off mode incorporated in the shooting mode, the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS has a separate on/off button on the top deck. The camera also has the HD Movie mode, which captures high-definition movies at 30 frames per second. The optical viewfinder displays a very small image, and the lens flare can damage contrasts in some pictures. To conclude, the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS is a good pick for the price it comes at with a choice of four colors – red, black, silver and gold.

This article was supplied by Nidhi Varma.

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