• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 33.00mm - 132.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD790 IS advantages over Sony DSC-S980

  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.3 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony DSC-S980 advantages over Canon SD790 IS

  • Less expensive
    $149 vs $350 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    132 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Lighter weight
    135g vs 179g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX35

Canon SD790 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX35
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
Sony DSC-S980
Panasonic DMC-FX35
  • $149
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon SD770 IS

Canon SD790 IS
Canon SD770 IS
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less shutter lag
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $212
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony DSC-S980
Canon SD770 IS
  • $149
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $212
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon SD880 IS

Canon SD790 IS
Canon SD880 IS
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Sony DSC-S980
Canon SD880 IS
  • $149
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Pentax P70

Canon SD790 IS
Pentax P70
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Sony DSC-S980
Pentax P70
  • $149
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Olympus FE-4020

Canon SD790 IS
Olympus FE-4020
  • $201
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Sony DSC-S980
Olympus FE-4020
  • $149
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Wider angle lens
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