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Canon SD980 IS / IXUS 200 IS


Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS (IXUS 200 IS outside of N.A.) features 12.1MP resolution, a 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens (24–120 mm equiv.) with built-in Optical Image Stabilization, and a large 3.0-in. touch panel LCD (230K dots).

When shooting, you can choose an AF point, select a shooting mode, operate the flash, set exposure compensation and more. Playback functions are also performed at your touch: switch between images, scroll display, magnify a portion of an image and control movie playback.

With Active Display technology, a quick shake of the camera prompts images to play back, one after the other. When the camera is tilted while advancing the images, the advance speed changes according to the tilt angle. Additionally, by quickly moving the camera forward, you can jump between Focus Checker frames when reviewing still images. Using the same action, you can pause or restart a movie currently playing.

The Canon SD980 IS allows you to record video in high definition (1280 x 720 pixels) @ 30fps for a 4GB clip at one time. An optional mini-HDMI connector allows you to display photos and HD movies from the camera directly to your HDTV.

Smart AUTO makes the Canon SD980 IS easy to use. In addition there are 18 Scene Modes including the ever popular Color Accent, where you choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.

To guide you through the camera’s operation, the Hints & Tips UI provides on-screen explanations of the camera’s features during shooting, playback and in menus.

The Canon SD980 IS is sleek and slim, and now easier than ever to use with its touch panel interface. Available in Silver, Blue, Purple or Gold.


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Canon SD980 IS / IXUS 200 IS
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Canon PowerShot SD980 IS US | CAN | UK Jeans Pocket Certified
Image Sensor 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Lens 24-120mm equiv., 5x optical zoom with optical IS, f/2.8 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
Viewfinder N/A
Shutter Speed 15-1/3000 sec
Continuous Shooting 0.8 fps
Shooting Modes Auto, P, Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Long Shutter, Creative Light Effects, Movie
Exposure Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
Autofocus TTL Autofocus
White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
LCD Monitor 3.0-in. 230,000-dot, touch panel
Movie HD 1,280 x 720 30fps
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 99.9 x 53.4 x 22.9 mm /
3.93 x 2.10 x 0.90 in.
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 130g / 4.59 oz
MSRP US $329.99 / CAD $399.99 / UK £329.00 / €379.00

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- Canon SD980 IS Press Release
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Canon SD980 IS / IXUS 200 IS
Technical Specifications
Canon PowerShot SD980 IS US | CAN | UK Jeans Pocket Certified
Type of Camera  
Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical/4x Digital/20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Image Sensor  
Type 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 12.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length 4.3(W) - 21.5(T) mm f/2.8-f/5.9 (35mm equivalent: 24(W) - 120(T) mm)
Optical Zoom 5x; Digital Zoom: 5x
Focusing Range / Macro

Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity, 2.9 ft./90cm (T)
Macro: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (W)
Digital Macro: 2.0 in.-3.9 ft./5-10cm (W)

Auto Focus

TTL Autofocus

Viewfinder & Monitor




LCD Monitor

3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle

LCD Pixels

Approx. 230,000 pixels

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter


Maximum Aperture

f/2.8 (W) - f/5.9 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/3000 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.

Exposure Control  
ISO Sensitivity

Auto*, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
* Camera automatically sets the optical ISO speed according to the shooting mode and subject brightness. The ISO speed also varies according to subject movement and camera shake when the shooting mode is set in Auto.

Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AiAF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, i-Contrast; AE Lock

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance  
White Balance

Auto*, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
* The color of faces is evaluated in Face Detection AiAF



Built-in Flash

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

Flash Range

1.6 - 11 ft./50cm - 3.5m (W), 2.9 - 4.9ft./90cm - 1.5m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

Flash Exposure Compensation


Shooting Specifications


Shooting Modes

Auto, P, Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Long Shutter, Creative Light Effects, Movie

Photo Effects

My Colors
My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color


Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Detection Self-timer, Custom

Wireless Control


Continuous Shooting

Approx. 0.8 fps

Image Storage Media  
Storage Media

SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

Image Compression

Normal, Fine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Monaural))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 4,000 x 3,000 (Large), 3,254 x 2,448 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 4,000 x 2,248 (Widescreen)

Movie: HD 1,280 x 720 (30 fps) available up to 10 min. or 4GB per clip/640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 60 minutes per clip or 4GB

Playback Specifications  
Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index (4 - 130 thumbnails), Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image, i-Contrast
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Resume

Erasing Specifications  
Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, select range, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie

Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

Video Out


Audio Out



Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply


Power Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-6L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40 (optional)

Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 240 shots*

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

Playback Time

Approx. 360 min.

Included Accessories

- Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L
- Battery Charger CB-2LY
- Wrist Strap WS-DC10
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- AV Cable AVC-DC400
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Dimensions (W x H x D)

99.9 x 53.4 x 22.9 mm /
3.93 x 2.10 x 0.90 in.

Weight (Camera body only)

Approx.130g / 4.59 oz.

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