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Canon IXUS 990 IS - Test Shots - Exposure Evaluation

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera's overall image quality, including dynamic range, colour rendition and the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image.

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The wide angle setting is equivalent to 37mm, barely wide enough to get the whole Custom House in the frame.

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The long end is equivalent to 185mm, a useful short telephoto.

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The automatic I-Contrast feature boosts shadow detail in difficult lighting conditions.

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Colour rendition is good, but it does have problems with skin tones.

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The AF system is very quick in good light.

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The image stabilisation is fantastic. This was shot hand held at full zoom at 1/8th of a second.

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Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 5
  • Image Quality 9
  • Build Quality 10

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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