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Canon PowerShot SD780IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Silver)
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Product Description

It may be the slimmest Digital ELPH Canon has ever created, but the impact couldn't be bigger. The PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH captivates the senses with bold saturated colors and a daringly original design that matches the intensity of Canon's most innovative camera technology. Even when picture-taking conditions seem pretty unforgiving, you've got Canon on your side. Plus, you've got an advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology and the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance. This technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed. The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. You'll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once. So the shots you used to miss are the images you'll now be sharing, and the movies you never took before will be HD unforgettable. Focal Length - 5.9-17.9mm f/3.2-5.8 (35mm film equivalent - 33-100mm) LCD Monitor - 2.5-inch TFT color LCD widescreen with wide viewing angle, Approx. 230,000 pixels ISO Sensitivity - Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent Continuous Shooting - Approx. 0.8 fps Compression Mode - Still Image - Exif 2.2 (JPEG); Movie - MOV (H.264) Storage Media - SD/SDHC Memory Card, Multimedia Card, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card Number of Recording Pixels - Still Image - up to 4000 x 3000 (Large); Movie - High Definition - up to 1280 x 720 (30 fps) Video Output - NTSC/PAL Dimensions - 3.43 (W) x 2.15 (H) x 0.72 (D) Weight -

  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 3x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
  • 2.5-inch widescreen PureColor LCD II screen; Face Detection
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)

Customer Reviews:

  • Awesome
    Awesome camera!! I am one impatient person. No problem with this camera. Turn this camera on and you are ready to snap pics in seconds. Second shot? No problem with lag time. It has and does everything I need. Plus, my favorite color is red. Easy to carry. Battery charges in less than 2 hrs. Software for the computer isn't the greatest but it does the job. Battery life is great. No regrets with this camera. Haven't even tried the HD video yet. I'm sold even if it didn't have that feature. That's how good it is....more info
  • great point and shoot
    Very easy to use out of the box. Not the best video quality but for a camera better than average. ...more info
  • What an amazing camera! Big camera performance, tiny package!
    I selected this camera as a "always carry" item. I own a Canon 20D professional camera with many lenses and other attachements, and it is HEAVY. So I don't take it unless I am on a photo shoot.

    The SD780IS has a very important feature: an optical viewfinder. This is really helpful in bright sunlight, when you will have great difficulty using the LCD to frame a photo.

    The image quality is great, the HD video is great, only complaint is that the mic is very susceptable to wind noise.

    The ability to apply filters and cropping/resizing in the camera is very nice.

    This camera is so small it is smaller than a credit card (only thicker). The flash works great, the focus light works great - I can take photos in complete darkness! The shutter lag is very very short.

    If you are looking for an absolutely GREAT camera that will disappear in your pocket (you will forget it is there), this is the one!

    The only limitations (in comparison to my "big" camera) is... no lens options (only built-in 3x zoom, with a very good digital zoom and image stabilizer function), and a slightly higher noise level in the image data (required because it uses a very tiny sensor). The noise is not visible for even very large prints (12 megapixels is a LOT of pixels). And, of course the adjustment options are limited (I like shutter priority, but can't do that on this camera). However, the exposure system is EXCELLENT!

    I usually shoot in Program mode, with -2/3 stop exposure. This is due to the fact that auto mode causes the image to often be slightly over-exposed (as viewed on the LCD). The image is usually NOT overexposed, just looks that way. Since I like to share the photos on the camera a lot, I use this to get great color on the LCD, not just on the computer. The additional image noise from this adjustment is very tiny.

    Great camera! HD video in the palm of your hand! Waiting for Canon to release the 60D so I can do HD on my big camera, too!...more info
  • Satisfied
    I've been waiting for this camera to come out. I absolutely love the size of it, I finally have a small camera that I can take with me anywhere. I've been satisfied with the picture quality so far. I think I need to mess around with the settings a bit more - my macro photos are looking soso. My only main complaint so far is that the screen is small (would have loved to see a large screen that takes up more of the back of the camera) and the buttons are so tiny, you need to hit them just right with part of your finger. But it's easy to use and I love the way it looks and the size and for someone who takes pictures like me (casually), it's perfect. And there have been a number of photos that have turned out beautifully, great colors....more info
  • Great small Canon SD 780
    This is the smallest camera from canon that takes excellent pictures. The view finder is too small to use but can be used in a pinch. The flash is not that good because only works in short distances and the colors are off with the flash. I have set the camera to never use flash since most situations do not need a flash. I have a bigger Canon for flash pictures and bigger optical zoom. The small size of this camera means I am most likely to carry it when I go out....more info
    now, dont get me wrong, i was a total Canon SD750 junkie. that is still an amazing camera, so much so that i kept buying them after i would lose one. so, with a high precedent set, i eventually tried to go outside canon. I got the kodak 1033. pictures were ok, VIDEO WAS SO BAD. HORRIBLE Sound. returned it. went back to the canon. And i shopped around wanting to go a step above and FINALLY they released this little devil. so slim, so compact and amazing HD video!!! LOVE IT! and CANON! I also had a flip camera and it was so annoying carrying around 2 things! this little devil does both!! so happy...more info
  • Great little camera
    I got the camera so that I would have something small that I could throw in my purse so I could take pictures whenever and wherever. I wanted something that would take a great picture, and be easy to use because I am not the greatest with technology. This camera is all those things and not a bad price....more info
  • Movie Feature
    Bought this camera mainly cause I thought with its OIS it would be more stable than my Vado hand-held.
    Turns out the Canon video shows plenty of noise, which makes me want to put it aside.
    Worse, for a PC Windows user, I have yet find a satisfactory way to edit this Quicktime movie format. Even bought Apple's Quicktime Pro, but this software is a bear of an application when it comes to make a movie out of several clips.
    Any ideas are welcome.

    Update: Used the ZoomBrowser software Canon provides with this camera to stich several video clips together into a large movie.
    Was astonished to realize the software transformed the Quicktime mov file into an "avi" file, one that can now be played with the Windows Media Player-very good video results too, a big surprise.

    Amazing Grace, Canon why are you not recording the videos in the "avi" format in the first place.
    Perhaps this newly converted file can now be edited with an ordinary Windows based editing software?...more info
  • Solid camera with very good video capability as a bonus.
    I'll give my observations of the HD video capabilities of this camera; I wouldn't consider this a full review. I just wanted to test the limits of the camera in terms of battery life and recording time.

    Procedure: I tested two times with a full charge and an empty 16GB card. I just put the camera on record and sat it on my desk.

    Canon estimated that my 16GB card was good for around 85 minutes of video. It was pretty darn close. Note that this is an estimate and will vary due to the variable bit rate. I found that a 16GB memory card is the perfect match for the battery life.

    Each video clip has a file size limit of 4GB due to the FAT32 limitations of current SD cards. There is also a 30 minute cap in recording time for each HD clip, although you will probably deal with the 4GB cap more often. There is an on-screen warning that the movie is getting close to either one.

    The battery outlasted my memory card, but not by much. I recorded around 88 minutes of video and used up the entire card (15GB). The battery still had some life left so I popped in my spare 4GB card and the battery finally died around 2 minutes later. The average running time of the videos that reached the 4GB file size limit was around 22-24 minutes. A spare battery is recommended if you have a larger memory card and want to use this solely for video.

    I hope you found this information helpful.


    - You can't use optical zoom while recording, only digital zoom. This is basically the only thing you can adjust once you begin filming.

    - Focus is set when you start recording and does not change until you stop and start again. You can preview focus with a half-press prior to recording.

    - You can use one of the three focus modes (macro, normal, infinity) for filming.

    - Image Stability does work on video recording.

    - The audio for recording is Mono. I don't see this as an issue. The sound quality is good, even if it is only one channel.
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  • Best in Class Ulta-Compact
    I read plenty of reviews and did much testing before deciding to buy this camera. Now that I've used it for over a month now and on several trips I can confidently say this is the best camera at its size and price. If someone can produce another camera at this size and weight with similar features and image quality with a lower price please provide a link to it. I tested Nikons and Panasonics and they all had worse IQ, and even other bigger Canons but disliked the bulk.
    The best feature of course is its size, it fits comfortably in my pocket with a cell phone too. The pictures are great and the shutter speed is amazing, especially if you turn off the picture review and want to take many pictures in a row but just not in continuous mode. The Auto works great for most anything, however indoors and in low light, its best to raise your ISO and use program mode.
    My minor complaints would be the display quality(noisy),audio quality, and only 3x optical zoom. I would love it with 5x optical zoom and better audio, but its not any worse then the audio on the Flip. This is the perfect compliment to my DSLR and I was very impressed with the camera's performance given its tiny size....more info
  • video noise
    I was very pleased with the image capture. The pictures were very clear and it almost always took a great picture even if the lighting was poor or I was moving around a lot.

    I was dissapointed in the video portion. The video itself looked great, but the audio that was recorded with the video has a lot of noise that is recorded from inside the camera somewhere. I recorded in complete silence, and the audio still had a humming that was quite loud....more info
  • Great pics and video
    My son is turning four and I wanted to get an HD video camera to capture his funny antics. I already had a nice Panasonic 8mm tape camcorder but for a variety of reasons rarely used it. The 780 is a perfect fit for me. It replaces my older powershot for photos and I can take decent HD videos too that I can immediately play back on my 52" Samsung HDTV. I found indoor low light performance to be quite acceptable with some graininess. Mind you my old 8mm camcorder's video quality is better than the HD video from this camera but the pros outweigh the cons. The one area where I see lots of room for improvement is when the video blurs as you move the camera itself quickly. Very slow movement is OK. The 12 megapixel pics are great but I expect them to be anyway. I'm taking a lot of videos now because its fun, super convenient, form factor is not at all intimidating and I can play back, record, upload with ease. It was funny though to see this very tiny camera perched on top of my big tripod at a recent family event. The 2-in-1 camera/camcorder convergence is a must have for me. I just could never lug around a camcorder in addition to a camera. The other tools I paid for are Quicktime pro for easy as ABC splitting/joining of (.mov) video files that this camera produces and Vimeo for uploading HD videos to share with family. Very happy with this Amazon purchase....more info