Canon PowerShot SD890 IS

The Good Optical image stabilization; optical viewfinder; decent photos.

The Bad Poor shot-to-shot performance; small LCD; awkward design; no optical zoom in movie capture.

The Bottom Line A solid compact snapshooter, the Canon PowerShot SD890 IS nevertheless disappoints when compared with its predecessors and line-mates.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 8.0
7.2 Overall

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Review

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS

Whether human or camera, it's always hard following in the footsteps of a popular sibling, and the near-universally well-liked Canon PowerShot SD850 IS is a harder act to follow than most. Rather than simply bump up the resolution and zoom range for the SD890 IS--it's now 10 megapixels, up from 8, and 5x zoom, up from 4x--Canon chose to redesign the camera as well. The result is an almost completely different--and ultimately not as satisfying--compact point-and-shoot.

With its thick 2.3-by-3.8-by-1.1-inch body, the 6.5-ounce camera can slide somewhat comfortably into a loose pants pocket. The SD890 IS sports a much curvier design than its predecessor, including a gently sloping front where you grip the camera.

In addition to altering the overall design, Canon opted to replace its more-traditional four-way navigation switch with a four-way nav plus wheel. The wheel scrolls through some of the modes that you used to pull up via the function (Func) button, such as Stitch Assist, Color Swap, Color Accent, and Digital Macro, as well as the scene modes. The Func button sits in the middle and calls up exposure compensation, white balance, My Colors, metering, compression quality, and image size. Within this menu--and within the menu system in general--you can use either the nav switch or scroll wheel. A mode switch, which doubles as a thumb rest, toggles among automatic, manual, program exposure (scene), and movie-capture modes.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $350
  • Brand Canon
  • Digital Camera Type Ultra compact
  • Weight 5.47 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 10 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 11 mm (1/2.3")
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
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