Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS reviews and prices: Compact camera

59 customer reviews

+ This digital camera scores high on build quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 59 reviews.
Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS: 14.7 MP (Megapixels), 3.7x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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shan, Norfolk

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
If you've owned an Ixus previously then this will be very familiar to you as it has a lot of the same features. The image quality is superb being nearly 15mp. You can clearly see the detail of objects in the background without even having to zoom in. I particularly like this camera compared to my old Ixus 55 because you start off with a wider image meaning you dont have to stand miles back if you want to take in the view. The manual settings are also a plus if the auto settings arent doing what you'd like.
The camera is a little chunkier than the Ixus 55 but you hardly notice it due to the overall quality of the product. Definitely well worth buying this camera. I spent ages researching this item and found it to be a lot cheaper on this website.
Bad points:
The round switch tends to flick to other settings easily so you have to double check before taking a photo.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jul 2009

Andy, Suffolk Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very high build quality, easy to use, great camera for the price.
Bad points:
Instructions came on a CD, but photocopy booklet was included. No case.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Aug 2009

kay, dartford Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great compact camera that has it all!
Bad points:
Need to read up on how to use the many many options.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Size. Manual controls
Bad points:
Image noise
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Sep 2009

Martin, Winchester

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very small and light. Sharp lens and high pixel count are adequate for selective enlargements. A4 prints are sharp edge to edge, A3 prints are pixel free. Manual (etc) options make it very flexible for creative shots. Feels well made. Surprisingly good flash coverage. Joy of joys, it has a viewfinder.
Bad points:
Pictures display vingetting (dark corners). Delayed reaction when pressing the shutter - even if pre-focussed. PIctures seem to lack sparkle and most are improved by 'auto correction' on a PC. Digital zoom (only) on video gives unacceptable results. The viewfinder is not very clear and does not show the whole of the image. Menu navigation is not intuitive (to me). Lens cover 'leaves' do not close flat every time.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Aug 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This camera has lots of features, we particularly like the colour accent setting. The picture quality is very good and easy to take good pictures.
Bad points:
The dials are a but fidly and the menus take a bit of working out, if you've had a canon before it only takes 10 minutes with the manual and you can see where all the more advanced settings are.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Aug 2009

Brian, Cramlington Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Image Quality above all, great build quality, excellent features
Bad points:
for a pocket camera - none
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Aug 2009

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 4416 x 3312
Optical zoom ratio 3.7
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Silver
Colour Black
Colour Multi
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Media format MMC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 160
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1600
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 62.2x96.7x27.9
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.8-5.8
Release date 2008-10-07
Height in mm 6.2
Width in mm 96.7
Depth in mm 2.8
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 133
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 36

Also known as: Canon IXUS 980 IS, Digital Ixus 980IS, Digital Ixus 980 IS

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Manufacturer's Description

The 14.7 MP Digital IXUS 980 IS blends technical excellence with a unique, stylish black or silver design. Powered by Canons latest DIGIC 4 processor, it combines advanced auto features with Manual control.


  • 14.7 MP Digital IXUS in black or silver
  • 3.7x optical zoom, optical IS
  • Manual Control and 20 other modes
  • DIGIC 4
  • Face Detection Technology
  • Anti-blur Motion Detection Technology
  • i-Contrast
  • 2.5 PureColor LCD II plus OVF
  • Multi Control Dial, My Menu
  • VGA movies

Exquisite Style. Exceptional Performance.

14.7 Megapixels
With an incredible 14.7 Megapixel sensor for stunning high-resolution shots, the Digital IXUS 980 IS provides abundant detail for huge prints and creative image manipulation.

High Style
The Digital IXUS 980 IS offers exquisite styling and a premium build quality, finished in a choice of two colours: black or silver.

Advanced optics
A high quality lens with 3.7x zoom ensures versatility and superb results when shooting both stills and movies. Canons renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology counteracts camera shake for outstanding image quality.

Take control
The first Digital IXUS with Manual Control, the Digital IXUS 980 IS allows shooting in more demanding conditions, or creative experimentation. A further 20 automatic modes include QuickShot, for extra-responsive shooting of fast moving objects or fleeting events.

Incorporating the latest in image processing technology, DIGIC 4 delivers extraordinary noise reduction. The result is richly detailed, clean images, even when shooting at high ISO speeds. DIGIC 4 also drives exceptional processing speeds and responsive operation.

Face Detection Technology
Great people shots are assured with the latest Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, even for faces on angles and far away. Face Select & Track optimises settings for a chosen person, while FaceSelf-Timer waits for you to enter the frame for great group shots. Auto Red-Eye Correction eliminates red eyes during shooting and playback.

Abolish blur
The Digital IXUS 980 IS combats blur with High ISO Auto and Motion Detection Technology, which ascertains movement of both camera and subject to set the optimum ISO. Servo AF tracks moving subjects to ensure they remain in focus.

Optimum contrast
i-Contrast boosts brightness in dark areas of an image. The result is improved contrast with retained detail in tricky lighting conditions.

Large LCD
The 2.5" PureColor LCD II offers exceptional contrast and colour rendition, plus a wide viewing angle for easier framing, playback and menu navigation even at angles and in bright sunlight. An optical viewfinder offers choice when framing shots.

Easy access
The Multi Control Dial provides fast, convenient and accurate access to menu items, functions and images during playback. Customise the menu system with My Menu for rapid access to the functions you use most.

Shoot spontaneous, high-quality 30fps VGA movies with sound.

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