If you’re looking for a digital camera for yourself or as a gift, you might want to check out the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS. This is a slick, trendy, and compact 10.0 megapixel camera with 4x Optical Zoom. I always recommend an optical zoom over a digital zoom. The optical zoom is handled by the lens, while a digital zoom is calculated by the camera’s processor. There’s also an optical image stabilizer to reduce blurring in low light and on moving objects. The 28mm wide-angle lens can zoom to the equivalent of a 112mm lens on a standard camera.
The back of the SD880 has a large high-quality 3-inch color LCD with an anti-glare and anti-scratch coating. The camera back is essentially all screen. The camera image review controls take up a minimum of space, and there’s very little in the way of wasted metal and plastic surface.
If you use a camera’s timer to get yourself in the picture then you’ll love the Face Detection technology of the SD880 and its DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The Face Detection programming, in conjunction with the self timer, detects when another face has entered the scene before taking the picture. This will help alleviate “rushing” to get into the shot before the timer goes off.
The SD880 also has a Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers. (See Tuesday’s Digital Photo Printer post).
The camera comes with:
- Lithium-ion Battery Pack (NB-5L)
- A Battery Charger CB-2LX
- A 32 MB SD Memory Card
- A Wrist Strap
- A Digital Camera Solution CD
- A USB Interface Cable
- and an AV Cable for connecting to a television or other audio-video device
I’d recommend buying a 2 GB (gigabyte) SD Memory card along with this camera. The included 32 MB card will only hold about 6 images (at the highest setting). A 2 GB card will hold about 450 images. 2 GB SD cards can be purchased these days for around $10 or $20.
Special Offer from Dell and Skylarking:
The Canon PowerShot SD880 IS’s has a MSRP of $299, but Dell is currently selling the camera for $259. Skylarking readers can save an additional $40 from now until Dec.4 by applying the coupon code 6CJFK841QJCZVR at checkout (see picture at right, click to enlarge). That brings the price down to $219. This offer is good until 12/4 or for the first 500 readers. Just click the following link to access the Dell page for the SD880.
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