"For its size, it's an impressive camera," says CNET's Joshua Goldman. As the tiniest Elph model, the SD780 IS has a depth of 0.72 inches and barely tips the scale at 4.06 ounces. Yet despite the SD780 IS's diminutive package, it's loaded with amenities. There's a generous 12.4-megapixel sensor plus Canon's DIGIC 4 image processor, which has motion and face detection, blink detection, intelligent contrast and red-eye correction. The SD780 IS also has Smart Auto, which uses 18 pre-defined shooting situations to choose the best settings. HD video (1,280 pixels by 720 pixels) is the icing on the cake, with an HDMI cable that connects directly to an HDTV for surfing photos and videos. The pocket-friendly SD780 IS also comes in four stylish colors: red, black, silver and gold.
The downside to the smaller chassis is smaller hardware and smaller buttons, which get a lot of complaints. The buttons "appear to have been designed for people with fingers as wide as toothpicks," Tim Barribeau at DigitalCameraInfo.com says. In addition, the LCD screen is 2.5 inches compared to the 3-inch size found on many compacts. Performance-wise, the camera holds its own among many larger class rivals. Video quality rates well, even without optical zoom capabilities. Barribeau says the HD video is generally sharp, with good color. Photo quality is excellent, but with some softness. In Barribeau's tests, sharpness is best at the center of the lens and softer at the edges, as is common with compact cameras. Shooting speeds garner mixed reviews. Test results show the camera is ready to go in just 1.5 seconds from startup, while the flash takes five seconds to recycle between shots.
Technology reviewers at CNET and PC World, along with photography experts at DigitalCameraInfo.com and DigitalCamera-HQ.com, test and compare the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS to class rivals. Owner opinions at Amazon.com show how the SD780 IS fares with daily and extended use.
"If you need an ultra-compact camera for your pocket or purse, strongly consider the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS," says CNET's Joshua Goldman. Like other experts, Goldman finds the handling and performance of the SD780 IS to be a bit of a mixed bag. But its small size, combined with simple operation and HD video, make a great value.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS, Joshua Goldman, May 12, 2009
While definitely not the best choice for aspiring photographers in need of manual controls, Barribeau considers the point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD780 IS a worthy contender -- especially for anyone wanting an affordable ultra-compact that delivers solid image quality.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera Review, Tim Barribeau, July 17, 2009
"The primary selling point of this camera is without a doubt its size," says reviewer Brenda Paro. While smitten with the tiniest member of the Canon Elph series, she agrees with other experts that the control buttons are "for nimble fingers only." Still, in the big picture, the SD780 excels with a decent feature palette, good low-light abilities and HD video.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Review, Brenda Paro
4. PC World
"Quite possibly the most fashionable of the point-and-shoot cameras out right now, the sleek, solid-colored Canon PowerShot SD780 IS… isn't just a looker," says Moynihan. In tests, the SD780 IS cranks out respectable results, with low noise and accurate color.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera, Tim Moynihan, July 13, 2009
With 600-plus owner reviews and counting, the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS nets good scores from most. Many users praise its features, image quality and HD video capabilities. Most consider the trade-off in size for some functionality to be worth it. As one owner sums up, "the portability is what gives me the opportunity to document those moments, that would otherwise be missed."
Review: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS, Contributors to Amazon.com