Review Of Canon Sd880 Compact Camera

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With a new Camera packed with new and improved features hitting the market almost every week, making a decision to purchase felt to me like jumping off a cliff without a parachute.

I picked this camera because:
It has a wide angle lens, this can make it better for taking pictures in rooms as you can get more in the picture.
It takes video, I wanted to be able to make simple videos without having to drag a larger format video camera around with me wherever I go.
It records sound along with the video as well as simply acting as a sound recorder, this lets me record conversations without the need to always take notes.
It is ultra compact, this means I can carry it everywhere I go using a belt clip so I don’t miss snaps because I didn’t want to carry a camera. I’m lazy like that.
It is manufactured by a camera company and not a computer company, the implication being that the optics are in theory better.

On using this camera I discovered:
It lived up to all the above points and is also really easy to use, point and snap or get picky about specific settings.
The video is really high quality and with the 16Gb memory card I also bought, it can in theory take up to 4 hours of video.
The battery seems to last a long time. I bought a second which I keep just in case it’s needed in the case.
The picture quality is excellent, I certainly can’t fault it and the screen is remarkably bright and large.
The SD880 Canon Ultra comes with a charger that you plug the battery into directly. As the camera itself only comes with a 32Mb memory card, I purchased an additional card. This card came with a USB stick enabling me to plug it straight into my PC. Therefore I discovered I needed no cables at all though a download cable does come with the camera.

Although the battery life seems to be very good with this camera. I have learned that it always pays to carry a spare battery as there is nothing worse than running out of power at a crucial moment. Given that the Li-ion NB-5L batteries for this camera are ridiculously inexpensive (as low as $2.00 each) and fit inside a typical carry case I would not be without one.

Negatives:
Not much, I would have liked a jack for an external microphone.
There does not seem to be a wide screen Video mode, though there is for still photos.

Summary:
By the time I bought an extra battery, 16Gb memory card, leather belt clip case and a table top tripod I had still spent less than $300.00. I therefore think that this camera was a great deal.

Timothy Harpers
cannon digital cameras

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