Canon PowerShot SD970 IS
by Stephanie Boozer
Review Date: 12/10/09
Canon’s Digital ELPH series of cameras has long been a favorite among consumers, as these compact models offer pocketable dimensions backed up by great image quality, good color, and excellent overall performance. Among the newer additions to the line is the PowerShot SD970 IS, which offers a 12.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens, an updated DIGIC 4 image processor, and the newest versions of Face Detection, Blink Detection, and Motion Detection technologies.
Biased toward telephoto rather than wide-angle performance, the Canon SD970’s zoom ranges from 37 to 185mm (for the comparable PowerShot biased toward wide-angle, try the SD980, whose wide end starts at 24mm).
The Canon PowerShot SD970’s smooth contours and small size make it easy to stash in a purse, backpack, diaper bag side pouch, or really just about anywhere you want to take it. Gentle curves ensure it won’t snag on pockets, and an included wrist strap provides a little added security when you’re on the move. Minimal external controls make the Canon SD970 IS easy to maneuver, while its range of intelligent automatic settings yield great results even when you don’t want or have the time to twiddle with the controls. No less than 18 preset shooting modes are available to choose from, or you can let the Smart Auto mode do that for you as well. New to Canon’s standard preset scene offerings are Zoom Blur and Creative Light Effect modes, which will no doubt provide some refreshing creative tools for consumers.
More advanced users will appreciate the small range of exposure options that the Canon SD970 does offer, including ISO (up to 3,200), white balance, and metering mode, among others. The Canon SD970’s Playback menu offers an iContrast mode, which automatically adjusts the tonal distribution if necessary (you can let the camera be the judge here, or select the amount of correction you think you need). Other impressive offerings on the Canon SD970 IS include the 3.0-inch PureColor LCD monitor with Active Display and an HD movie capability with HDMI output.
Ready to hit the town or country, the Canon PowerShot SD970 IS weighs in at just 6.7 ounces (189g) and measures just 3.7 x 2.2 x 1.0 inches (95 x 57 x 26mm). The Canon PowerShot SD970 is currently available at a suggested retail price of US$379.99, but be sure to check our links for the best price online!