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Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces two new Digital ELPH digicams
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 00:01 EDT)

Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS and PowerShot SD990IS digital cameras replace the prior SD870 and SD950 models respectively.

The Canon SD880 is a ten megapixel camera with a 4x stabilized zoom lens. The PowerShot SD880 has a 3.0" LCD display, a restyled body that's just slightly smaller than its predecessor, and increases the telephoto power just slightly as well. ISO sensitivity in the Canon SD880 IS ranges from 100 to 3,200 equivalents, and other features include face detection, contrast correction, and an H.264 movie mode with sound. The Canon PowerShot SD880 draws power from a Lithium Ion battery, and stores images on SD cards. It will ship in October, priced at $300.

The Canon SD990 meanwhile is a 14.7 megapixel camera with a 3.7x stabilized zoom lens. The PowerShot SD990 has a 2.5" LCD display, a restyled body that's no smaller but plenty curvier. ISO sensitivity in the Canon SD990 IS ranges from 100 to 3,200 equivalents, and it too offers other features including face detection, contrast correction, and an H.264 movie mode with sound. The Canon PowerShot SD990 includes the same Lithium Ion battery as its predecessor (and indeed, as the SD880), and stores images on SD cards. It will ship in October, priced at $400.

For more details, read our Canon SD880 preview or Canon SD990 preview.

Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH
Canon's PowerShot SD990 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Canon
Model Number SD990 IS
Dimensions 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1"
96.7 x 62.2 x 27.9mm
Weight 160.0 g
5.6 oz
Planned Price $399.99
Planned Availability Oct 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.7" CCD
15.00 megapixels (total)
14.70 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 4416 x 3312 (14.6 megapixels)
4416 x 2480 (11.0 megapixels)
3456 x 2592 (9.0 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Real image optical zoom
LCD 2.5", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Canon Zoom Lens
3.7x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 7.7 - 28.5mm (actual)
36 - 133mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
Focusing System Contrast Detect with Face Detection with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - 20" (5 cm - 50 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200 requires special scene mode
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/1600 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Evaluative, Center-weighted, Spot (center), Face Detect AE
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro
Range: 1.6-15 ft./50cm-4.6m (W), 1.6-7.9 ft./50cm-2.4m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 1 - 30 seconds
Movie Format MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: PCM) with audio
Max. clip length: 3,600 seconds () / 3,600 seconds ()
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC
File System FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NB-5L
Product Bundle
Software Canon software suite
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary NB-5L Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 32.0MB SD Memory Card SDC-32MB
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
More Photos
Canon's PowerShot SD990 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH
Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Canon
Model Number SD880 IS
Dimensions 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.9"
93.8 x 56.8 x 23.6mm
Weight 155.0 g
5.4 oz
Planned Price $299.99
Planned Availability Oct 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.3" CCD
10.30 megapixels (total)
10.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2048 (7.5 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.0", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Canon Zoom Lens
4x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 5.0 - 20.0mm (actual)
28 - 112mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
Focusing System Contrast Detect with Face Detection with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.8" - 20" (2 cm - 50 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200 requires special scene mode
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/1600 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Evaluative, Center-weighted, Spot (center), Face Detect AE
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro
Range: 1.0-13.8 ft./30cm-4.2m (W), 1.0-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 1 - 30 seconds
Movie Format MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: PCM) with audio
Max. clip length: 3,600 seconds () / 3,600 seconds ()
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC
File System FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NB-5L
Product Bundle
Software Canon software suite
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary NB-5L Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 32.0MB SD Memory Card SDC-32MB
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
More Photos
Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

FASHION MEETS FUNCTIONALITY IN CANON'S NEW POWERSHOT SD990 IS AND SD880 IS DIGITAL ELPH CAMERAS

Feature-Rich Canon PowerShot Cameras Offer Consumers Cutting-Edge Technology Packaged within Digital ELPH Signature "Sleek" Design

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced, the PowerShot SD990 IS and PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH cameras. Loaded with a host of advanced features, such as Optical Image Stabilization and Canon's new DIGIC 4 image processor, these cameras are ideal for the trendsetting techie looking for functionality or style-conscious photo enthusiasts who want their gadgets to keep pace with their style. In addition, to commemorate the 100 millionth compact digital camera manufactured, Canon created a limited-edition PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH camera in red.

"The introduction of DIGIC 4 imaging processing and a variety of color creations, continues to build on Canon's mantra of incorporating substance and style into everything we create," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "We recognize that if we continue to make digital cameras easy to use and easy to take along wherever one goes, people will carry them, not just for their style and compactness, but because of the image quality."

Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH Camera
The PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH camera showcases enhanced specifications such as 14.7-megapixel resolution, 3.7x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilization and Canon's new Quick Shot Mode for even faster shutter speed.

Reminiscent of a sporty race car, with its curved design and brilliant metallic topcoat, the PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH camera is available in black or silver. Still small enough to fit in a shirt pocket or suit jacket, this compact, cutting-edge camera is an anytime, anyplace must-have.

Limited-Edition Red Digital ELPH Camera
To help commemorate the manufacture of the 100 millionth PowerShot camera,, Canon has produced a limited-edition red PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH camera. This camera can be exclusively purchased on the Canon U.S.A. eStore at www.canonestore.com while supplies last.

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH Camera
The successor to Canon's widely popular PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera, the PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH camera boasts improved specifications such as 10.0-megapixel resolution and 4x wide-angle Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilization. In combination with the latest DIGIC 4 image processor and Motion Detection Technology, the wide-angle zoom lens has been improved, enabling consumers to capture large and small group shots with ease, while on vacation or attending social gatherings.

Available in stylish two-toned body colors of black and silver or gold and brown, the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH camera functions as a fashion statement, as well as a feature-rich powerhouse. Additionally, four large and distinctive convex buttons are positioned to the right side of the large 3.0-inch PureColor LCD II screen to make camera operation and menu navigation even easier. The LCD screen's contrast ratio has been greatly improved as well, offering more accurate color and viewing from any angle.

Canon DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor
The newly upgraded DIGIC 4 image processor, a proprietary technology, accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including significantly improved signal processing speed and higher image quality.

One of the most important new features made possible by the DIGIC 4 image processor is Servo AF, which is a form of continuous focus tracking for moving subjects. By pressing the shutter button half-way, the camera can track subject movement up to the instant of exposure, resulting in sharper photographs. Additionally, the processor's high ISO speed noise reduction processing has improved substantially to enable consumers to shoot high-quality images, even in extremely dark situations without the use of a flash. The new Intelligent Contrast Correction function automatically improves image quality in high contrast shooting situations.

The Genuine Canon Face Detection technology has evolved even further, thanks to DIGIC 4. Improved features include the ability to recognize human faces at most angles. Another innovation is the Face Detection Self-Timer, which automatically takes a photo two seconds after a new face enters the scene.

Availability and Pricing
Scheduled to be available in October, the Canon PowerShot SD990 IS Digital ELPH and PowerShot SD880 IS Digital ELPH cameras will have estimated selling prices of $399.99* and $299.99*, respectively. Kit contents will include a memory card, battery, charger, wrist strap, USB and A/V interface cables, Canon Digital Solutions Software CD, and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/pressroom.

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All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.
* Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008

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