• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD980 IS advantages over Canon G7X

  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 100 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 40 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    152g vs 302g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 14 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/3000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon G7X advantages over Canon SD980 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.8 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Newer
    4 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.20 vs 0.46 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.6 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very compact body fits in a pants pocket; Zoom lens is both brighter and further-reaching than anything offered by its enthusiast compact rivals; Selfie-friendly tilting LCD monitor; Intuitive touch-screen interface; Very good image quality for its class; Wi-Fi connectivity gets photos on your phone

  • No electronic viewfinder; Soft corners at wide-angle; Flare issues and fringing shooting wide-open; Weak performance when shooting raw files; Tendency to underexpose in low light; Limited battery life

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Canon SD980 IS
Sony RX100 III
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon G7X
Sony RX100 III
  • $574
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Canon SD980 IS
Panasonic LX100
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon G7X
Panasonic LX100
  • $574
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX48S

Canon SD980 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX48S
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Faster shutter
  • $259
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Longer exposure
Canon G7X
Panasonic DMC-FX48S
  • $574
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $259
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX580S

Canon SD980 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX580S
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • HDMI out
  • $303
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Longer exposure
Canon G7X
Panasonic DMC-FX580S
  • $574
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $303
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon SD960 IS

Canon SD980 IS
Canon SD960 IS
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Wider angle lens
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Canon G7X
Canon SD960 IS
  • $574
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
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