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The camera also has an intelligent AUTO feature which analyzes the shooting conditions and selects the appropriate setting.

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Pros

affordable price

5 agree

records video in high definition 720p

5 agree

easy to fit into a pocket

5 agree

attractive

5 agree

small and light (115g)

5 agree

HDMI output

4 agree

fantastic video quality

4 agree

available in red, black, silver or gold

3 agree

new program mode that saves your flash, exposure, and other camera settings

3 agree

slimmer than predecessor with rounded edges

3 agree

delayed flash produces some funky images at night, try it

2 agree

Great Picture Quality

1 agrees
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Cons

3x optical zoom

4 agree

utilizes an older Canon UI

2 agree

doesn't include an HDMI cable

2 agree

needs a lot of light for decent video colors

1 agrees

black model is hard to see markings on body

1 agrees

camera has a hard time focusing when it's dark (at a club or restaurant) and pictures come out blurry time after time

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requires a faster computer to play video than predecessor

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extremely hard to find buttons when it's dark on the smooth camera body

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The Canon SD780 IS is an ultra-slim point-and-shoot digital camera from Canon's Digital ELPH series and is a step down from the SD960 for 2009.  Like the SD960, the camera features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, records HD video in 720p and has a mini-HDMI port to allow direct connection to an HDTV.  It includes a DIGIC 4 Image Processor that delivers face detection technology and has a face detection self timer for taking self portraits and group shots.  The SD780 IS offers 3x optical and 4x digital zoom with Canon's optical image stabilizer technology for clear closeup shots and is designed with a 2.5" PureColor LCD display compared to the 2.8" screen and 4x optical zoom of the SD960.  The camera also has an intelligent AUTO feature which analyzes the shooting conditions and selects the appropriate setting.  The SD780 IS is expected to be released in March 2009 in a variety of metallic colors including red, black, gold, and silver.

Features/Specs
  • 12.1 megapixel sensor
  • 2.5" PureColor LCD display with wide viewing angle
  • Face detection technology with face-detection self timer
  • Records video in HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 3x optical, 4x digital, 12x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Smart AUTO feature
  • Mini-HDMI connector
  • Available Colors: Red, Black, Silver, Gold
  • Ultra slim design
  • Weight: 115g
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iDeal
10/27/2010 12:38

I've had the Canon SD780 IS for a while now and I only have good things to say about it. As a camera it performs as you would expect a Canon to perform; the picture/video quality is very high (you'll be pleasantly surprised by the video quality). The automated settings are simple and easy to understand but allow a surprising amount of versatility. The thing I love the most however, is the physical camera itself. Its small enough to take anywhere! This is very important if you're like me and don't enjoy having your pockets bulging with stuff. Also the mat-black finish makes it feel much less prone to scratches and dings. It's not fun if you're always worried about your keys scratching your camera or where you can put it down. Great Buy! 5 gold stars! :)

Erik
06/23/2009 09:54

I have the Canon SD770 IS, and my dad just bought the SD780 IS and I had a long time to play with this newer model. This camera is essentially builds off of the impressive SD770 IS by adding HD video recording (in H.264 720p HD .MOV quicktime format), a sleeker camera body, three colors, and some minor tweaks to the button layouts and some settings.

This camera is a fantastic buy as both a point-and-shoot and HD camcorder all in one. Save your money, and buy this. Forget about those standalone camcorders. You'll get much more use out of this, and the quality is great.

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