It's another viewer requested Gadget Pr0n and this time, Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip cover the Canon SD980 digital camera with 12.1 megapixel image sensor, ultra wide lens, 720 video mode and more for $330.
What You Need To Know
The camera is a little larger than most point and shoots by being 0.9" thick, 4" across and includes a 3" touch screen.
The touch screen also has buttons next to it, and this hybrid style doesn't work very well.
The screen is only okay: you can make certain gestures to do things like erase images or swipe between photos, but it's not very responsive. Canon should have just stuck with buttons.
You can also tilt the camera to change images, but you probably won't use this feature very much.
The image quality was lacking a lot: outdoor photos look good with detail and vibrant colors, but there's a little blur on the edge of pictures, maybe due to the ultra-wide 24mm lens.
Low light images were sub-par: there's a lot of blur even with the flash on.
The camera shoots 720p video at 30 fps.
The camera is more expensive than other digital cameras, and Canon should have waited to perfect their touch screen technology.