After using the Canon SD880IS, I have to say that I am extremely impressed by this digital camera. My previous camera was a Canon SD600. It’s very capable and took great pictures, but didn’t impress me. It was felt too small and light in my hand. The other reason is that it didn’t have an image stabalization system. I have really shakey hands.
Of course, with most modern Canon models, Image stabalization comes standard like power windows in a new car. The size of the Canon SD880IS feels right too. It’s significantly bigger than the SD600 while only weighing slightly more. The large 3 inch LCD is about the size of my old SD600.
The SD880IS has all the controls located on the right side of the camera. The send picture to printer button can be reassigned to something else, i.e. LCD off. There are very few manual controls, but that is to be expected in a point and shoot. If are an avid photographer and want full manual controls, I would suggest getting a digital SLR, the Nikon D90 or the Canon XSI. But as far as point and shoots go, the Canon SD880IS is at the top of the list as far as features and perforamnce. The breath-taking 3 inch LCD is the biggest feature people will notice first. With such a big LCD, there’s no room for a viewfinder, but who uses a viewfinder on a digital camera anyways. Okay, the viewfinder has a place for when the battery is running low and the LCD goes off. As far as I can tell, the battery life on the SD880 is pretty good. I’ve taken over 300 shots on one charge and still going.
Normally, Canon like to have a switch to toggle between camera, video, and play mode. The SD880IS is a little different. The switch toggles between camera, scan, and video mode. There is a dedicated play button to review all your pictures. The addition of a scroll wheel is a nice to scroll through all your pictures in a hurry.
Picture quality is outstanding. I wouldn’t expect anything less in that department. The SD880IS has the brand new DIGIC 4 processor, 4X optical zoom, capable of widescreen photos, and much more. The icing on the cake for me is that it’s made in Japan. It’s very rare to have electronics made in Japan now.
Now for the cons, if you can even call it that. There’s only one thing that I can fault the SD880 and that is the LCD. It’s large, which is good. But a large LCD can get scratched really easily. But a simple fix would be to get a screen protector at your local Wal-Mart or Target. The screen is supposedly coated with a tough anti-scratch material, but I’m not will to test that out.
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