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Canon IXUS 990 IS - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.

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Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.

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The level of fine detail is excellent despite the overcast weather, and the low compression rate preserves a lot of it.

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The lens is nice and sharp, but there is some distortion at wide angle.

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Centre sharpness is superb.

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There is a little blurring in the far corners of the frame, and also some traces of chromatic aberration.

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joose

August 11, 2009, 2:15 pm

It would of been good to see some portrait shots to compare Auto and other settings if there is an issue with this camera.

Cliff Smith

August 11, 2009, 4:05 pm

I have just such a shot, but I don't have the subject's permission to publish it. I'll see if I can get some others before the camera has to go back.

joose

August 11, 2009, 4:41 pm

Great stuff. Thanks.

TheMonkeyHead

August 11, 2009, 10:14 pm

Sometimes things just fall into place. I have limited manual dexterity, £260 burning a hole in my pocket and bit of a soft spot for My Little Pony.

andersemanuel

August 13, 2009, 12:22 am

reviewers comment on ixus being as much about looks as about the photos it produces, falls flat on it 's face when you have used and compared all the competitors, and still come back to this series. Just the picture quality and how canon handles light and dark areas are reasons enough. good looks is just a bonus. and "optical viewfinder a much requested feature" c'mon.. on a pocket camera most prefer a larger screen.. keep up the good work!

GulfFish

August 14, 2009, 8:29 pm

Purchased an SD990IS from Amazon four weeks ago. The design and build quality are excellent as you point out. The image quality is not up to par. Did a series of test shots with the SD 990 and my Fiji F30, same subjects and conditions. The F30 images in all cases were superior. The reproduced colors were closer to true and less grany when pushed to zoom at 125%.And, as you would expect, the F30 is vastly superior in low light, high ISO conditions. The 990 went back to Amazon. Just not worth the money.

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