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Canon PowerShot SD890 IS / IXUS 970 IS


Canon PowerShot SD890 IS
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS 970 IS is a compact digital camera with an elegant and stylish two-tone coloring. A new four-fold outer cover design slopes the front toward the grip. It features 10.0MP resolution, a 5x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer technology to reduce camera shake.

Canon claims its redesigned high-performance gyro sensor and IS control IC provide better image stabilization performance than previous models and gain around 4 stops.

There is a large 2.5-in. LCD with a high 230,000 pixels resolution with a wide angle viewing.

Canon Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB Technology automatically detects and sets the focus, exposure, white balance and flash automatically. In Shooting Mode, the Print/Share Button is used to engage Face Select & Track function where once the focus is fixed to a subject's face, the frame can be set to follow the subject within a certain range. By setting the AF frame to Face Detect, you can quickly check the focus on the subject's face by zooming on the AF frame.

Red-Eye Correction automatically searches for and corrects red eyes in the image when the flash fires.

Motion Detection Technology detects camera shake, brightness of subject and background, and movement of face and subject. By consolidating and analyzing these parameters, it adjusts the intelligent ISO speed to reduce the effects of camera shake and subject movement.

In Auto ISO, the camera favours a lower ISO to ensures the highest image quality.

A new rotary Control Dial makes operation faster and more intuitive.

The Canon SD890 IS allows you to shoot a clip of 640x480 movie at 30fps until the SD memory card is full (4GB clips at a time or 1 hour, whichever is reached first). Time Lapse Movie allows you to record events from a fixed perspective, such as the spectacle of a flower budding over time, or view changing elements in a short period.

The bold lines of the Canon Powershot SD890 IS Digital ELPH makes it an elegant and beautifully designed digital camera that is fashionable, compact and built to Canon's exacting standards -- perfect as a high resolution take-anywhere camera.


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Canon SD890 IS / IXUS 970 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot SD890 ISUS | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Image Sensor Approx. 10 million (3648 x 2736 pixels)
1/2.3-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 10.3 million pixels)
  Lens Canon with Image Stabilization  
  Focal Length 6.6 (W)–33.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 37 (W)–185 (T) mm)  
  Maximum Aperture f/3.2 (W)–f/5.7 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 5x
Digital zoom: Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 20x in combination with the optical zoom)
  Focusing Range

Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.)–infinity
Macro: 2–50 cm (W) (0.8 in.–1.6 ft. (W))
Infinity: 3 m (9.8 ft.)–infinity (W/T)
Kids&Pets: 1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity (W/T)

  Auto Focus TTL autofocus
Face Detect*1 *2 /AiAF (9-points)/Center*3

*1 AF frame can be moved and fixed to specified face.
*2 If no face is detected, AiAF (9-points) is used.
*3 Size of AF frame can be selected.

  Image Stabilization Lens-shift type
Continuous/Shoot Only*1 /Panning*1 /Off

*1 Still images only

  Shutter Speed

1/60–1/1600 sec.
15–1/1600 sec.
(Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.

  Exposure Control Program AE; AE Lock  
  Shooting Modes

Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch assist, SCN*1 , Movie*2

*1 Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200
*2 Standard, Compact, Color Accent, Color Swap, Time Lapse

- Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap:
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec. LP)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*3 (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time*4 )
- Compact (can record for 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
_ Time Lapse (can record 2 hours)
640 x 480 pixels (1 frame/sec. (shooting interval: 1 sec.), 0.5 frame/sec. (shooting interval: 2 sec.)), (15 frames/sec. (during playback))
*3 Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC- 512 MSH recommended).
*4 Even if the file size has not reached 4 GB, the recording is stopped when the recording time reaches one hour. Depending on memory card capacity and data write speed, recording may stop before the file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches one hour.

Self-Timer: Approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay or custom

Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.2 shots/sec.

  Light Metering Evaluative*1 /Center-weighted average/Spot*2

*1 Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF.
*2 Fixed to center.

  Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  ISO Sensitivity

Auto*1 , High ISO Auto*2 , ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

*1 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to shooting mode and subject brightness.
*2 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to shooting mode, subject brightness and subject movement. However, the ISO speed is set relatively higher than Auto.

  White Balance Auto*1 , Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom

*1 The colors of faces (facial brightness) are evaluated in Face Detect AF.

  Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder  

2.5-inch type, TFT color LCD (wide viewing angle type), approx. 230,000 dots (Picture coverage 100%)

  Built-in Flash

Auto*1 , on*1 , off
*1 Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF.

Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro

Flash Range:
Normal: 30 cm–3.5 m (12 in.–11 ft.) (W)/30 cm–2.0 m (12 in.–6.6 ft.) (T)
Brightness of image periphery may reduce depending on shooting distance.

Recycling time: 10-sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

  Playback Modes

Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 images), Magnified (approx. 2x to 10x max.), Resume Playback, Image Inspection Tool, Jump, My Category, Movie Playback (slow motion available), Rotate, Slide Show, Red-Eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Sound (recording/playback up to 1 min.), Sound Recorder (up to 2 hours sound-only recording/playback possible) or Protect.


English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian

  Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card  

1. Battery Pack NB-5L (Rechargeable lithiumion battery)
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30 (optional)

Shooting Capacity: Still Image: approx. 320 shots*/800 shots (LCD off)

Playback Time: Approx. 420 min.

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

  Included Accessories

- SD Memory Card SDC-32M
- Lithium Battery Pack NB-5L
- Battery Charger CB-2LX*1
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (USB 2.0 High Speed)
- AV Cable AVC-DC400
- Wrist Strap WS-DC2
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

*1 The battery charger CB-2LXE is included with the camera in some regions.

  Dimensions (W x H x D) 95.4 x 57.3 x 27.4 mm /
3.76 x 2.26 x 1.08 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 155 g (5.47 oz.)  
  MSRP US $399 | CDN $429.99 | UK £299.99 (Digital IXUS 970 IS)  

All data is based on Canon’s testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

- Press Releases (Canada)
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