Canon's PowerShot SD880 IS is a compact point-and-shoot digital camera.

Part of Canon's Digital Elph family, the camera shoots 10Mp photos, has 4x optical zoom, and supports ISO settings up to 3,200. The "IS" designation at the end of the name refers to the camera's optical image stabilization mode.

Easy-as-pie to use, the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS includes 11 special shooting modes, including Aquarium, Fireworks, and Snow. There's also a high ISO setting for shooting action in low light situations without flash, though noise in the images becomes more noticeable as you use the higher ISO settings. The camera also includes macro modes that allow you to focus on objects as close as 0.8in away from the lens.

This small, sturdy Canon PowerShot SD880 IS fits easily into a shirt pocket is attractively designed; the one we tested has a silver front and black back. It's also available with a gold-colored front instead of silver.

The Canon PowerShot SD880 IS has a large and vivid 3in LCD with a wide viewing angle. The photos looked great both on my display and in prints, with our standard test prints showing the camera able to capture both excellent colours and lots of detail.

We found that the camera performed well in low light situations, and along with the image stabilization, we were able to forgo the flash in many situations - we found the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS' flash to be a bit harsh in many shots. We were also able to go a few days between charges with the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS' rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

The Canon PowerShot SD880 IS also records video at 640 by 480 resolution, up to 30 frames per second. The movies look good, though nobody would mistake them as being from a decent camcorder. The movies are imported into and can be watched in iPhoto, and you can bring the movies into iMovie without needing a third-party QuickTime plug-in.

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Canon PowerShot SD880 IS: Specs

  • 10M0
  • 5-20mm
  • 3,648x2,736
  • 4x optical zoom
  • SD/SDHC Card Slot
  • 3in LCD
  • 640 x 480 (VGA) video
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Auto Flash, Flash Cancel (Off), Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Speed Sync
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus, Video - Component Video
  • 57x94x24mm
  • 0.15kg
  • 10M0
  • 5-20mm
  • 3,648x2,736
  • 4x optical zoom
  • SD/SDHC Card Slot
  • 3in LCD
  • 640 x 480 (VGA) video
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Auto Flash, Flash Cancel (Off), Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Speed Sync
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus, Video - Component Video
  • 57x94x24mm
  • 0.15kg

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for a good quality point-and-shoot camera. consider the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS. It's easy to use and small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, while delivering high-resolution photos with great colour and detail.

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