What the PowerShot SD980 IS does best is show off. Flipping through images with a swipe of the LCD or a flick of the wrist is sure to please a small crowd of friends and family. However, no camera is going to inspire any real “wow” factor if the images don’t look as good as the interface. The SD980 delivers dependable image quality whether or not you choose to utilize the touch screen.
The PowerShot SD980 won’t compete with Canon’s more advanced compacts, but it’s as good a performer as the popular SD1200. It hits a sweet spot between chic design and reliable performance. In the expanding world of touch screen cameras, the SD980 is as good as any we’ve seen thus far. It doesn’t offer the level of control that Panasonic’s Lumix FX580 does, but manual control is probably not what you’re after if you’re shopping for a touch LCD. If it’s reliable image quality with limited user input that you want, then the PowerShot SD980 is an excellent option.
- Good image quality
- Touch screen is fluid, responsive
- 720p HD video
- Captures 16:9 image at lower resolution
- 720p video is only average
- Flicking gestures tricky to master
- Somewhat expensive