Canon SD790 IS Review
by Mike Pasini, Siegfried Weidelich, and Stephanie Boozer
Review Posted: 09/05/08
The Canon PowerShot SD790 IS is smaller than a deck of playing cards, yet conveys a sophisticated and substantial look and feel, thanks to its solid, streamlined and modern digital camera design.
The Canon SD790 IS Digital ELPH features a 10-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD imager and a Canon-branded 3x optical zoom lens with image stabilization, which covers a fairly standard range of 35-105mm equivalent — a moderate wide angle to a moderate telephoto. Exposure is fully automatic, but you can tweak it with 2.0 EV of exposure compensation and four metering modes to handle difficult lighting, including a mode which ties metering to the camera’s face detection system. Twelve scene modes keep the Canon SD790 approachable for beginners. A long-exposure mode in the Canon SD790 IS ELPH lets you set exposure times as long as 15 seconds manually, and a large 3.0-inch PureColor LCD II display helps when framing images, leaving no space for an optical viewfinder. The Canon SD790 derives its power from a proprietary NB-5L lithium-ion battery pack, and is rated at 330 shots per charge with the LCD on (CIPA method).
Canon SD790 IS Pricing and Availability
The Canon PowerShot SD790 IS Digital ELPH ships from late March 2008, and is expected to retail for about US$350. Be sure to check our shopping links for better prices.