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Canon PowerShot SD990 ISThe Canon PowerShot SD990 IS is a fine ultracompact camera, but its price-to-feature benefits are questionable.
>> Josh: Hi, I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor of CNET Reviews and this is the Canon Powershot SD990IS; it's the follow-up to Canon's SD950IS and shares its predecessor's body design. It's pocketable though not ultra compact slim. On back next to the 2.5 inch LCD there's a little directional pad for menu navigation and quickly changing settings and then there's a rotating ring which makes zipping through options fast it's particularly handy when shooting in special scene mode with its 16 shooting selections. Above the LCD's an optical view finder for those times when the LCD maybe impractical or for operating in the new quick-shot mode. In quick-shot mode the camera automatically adjusts focus and exposure for either faces detected in the view finder or otherwise whatever is at the center of the view finder. The purpose is so you can shoot without prefocusing with a half press of the shudder. Photo quality is consistent with other Canon SD series cameras, excellent. Colors are accurate and well saturated and exposures tend to be accurate even in some tough situations. Canon does an excellent job of keeping ISO noise under control through ISO 200 but typical of the high resolution cameras we've tested the performance is a bit mixed as the SD 990 is a little slow from shot to shot. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Canon Powershot SD990IS. ^E00:01:35