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May 08, 2008 11:33 |  #1

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May 08, 2008 11:37 |  #2

I'd say that all depends on your girlfriend. If you think she is a "Bling Bling" girl you can make her happier if you buy her the latest camera model (and make sure you point that out to her ;) ) which in this case would be the SD790. On the other hand, if you feel that your girlfriend is knowledgeable about digital cameras and you don't want her to hammer your head for purchasing her a relatively inferior camera model, you'd almost definitely want to go for the SD870 (It's got it all style and horse power, not to mention the extremely high ratings and recommendations this camera holds in its share).

That's all, I hope I've been of some help.


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May 08, 2008 12:33 |  #3

Given that most people use their digital P&S out at arms length, IS is almost essential on any digital P&S. Since none of the three you're asking about have an optical viewfinder, your only option is to keep it at arms' length. Of the three, I think I'd favor the SD870 because it has a reasonably wide angle lens.


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May 08, 2008 16:18 |  #4

She doesn't care about what the latest thing is, but she's also not going to be nearly as critical as myself when it comes to IQ. She wants a small, easy camera that takes pretty good pictures with a big LCD.




  
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May 08, 2008 17:40 |  #5

SD870 then. Indoors she'll be able to get closer to people so the flash won't wimp out as fast.


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May 09, 2008 10:15 |  #6

SD870 simply because of the wide angle+IS. you cant get any better than that for a decent P/S


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May 09, 2008 10:17 |  #7

I bought the 750 a year or so ago, and I haven't had any problems with it. It takes great pictures imo. I'd save the cash and buy that one.


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May 11, 2008 01:27 as a reply to  @ post 5497573 |  #8

I've got first hand experience on the SD870IS and the SD790IS. Both are ok cameras as far as P&S goes. I also have a Rebel XT, so the picture quality on the two cameras can be disappointing sometimes... without proper lighting. Although, that's also true with the Rebel XT. Compared to other camera brands though, I think the image quality is much better... less blotchy when you look closer at 100% zoom.

Anyway, the SD790IS is one of the latest Canon models. About 6 months or so newer than the SD870IS. Both have 3" screens and both IS. But, the SD790IS, I think, has better or improved features.

As far as differences, SD790IS has more megapixels. It has "updated" features that the SD870IS doesn't have like in-motion face detection and an actual physical scroll wheel instead of something "touch" based. It also has this feature where it will zoom-in on the frame that you've focused on while you half-press the button. The SD790IS is supposed to set the white balance based on what the face detect has selected instead of the overall white balance of the frame.

I've had issues with dust halos on the SD870IS when using the flash at the widest angle (28mm). But, my biggest gripe though is images having a much warmer tone post-download than what I see on the camera's lcd screen. Although that could just be my laptop's screen, I think the Auto White Balance can be a little bit off. So, I've tried to go with Daylight WB as a base to go on or Custom WB settings (using white paper or a white card).

One thing it has going for it is, of course, the 28mm wide angle. But, you can always just take a step back or two to zoom out with the SD790IS. Of course, that would also affect the effective range of the flash.

I can tweak the SD870IS in manual mode to get the WB that I want. But, I think the SD790 has improved on the "Auto" WB features enough that your GF would appreciate that more. Anyway, for casual shots either camera will work fine. They're cameras you wouldn't mind taking with you everyday or anywhere. Just don't expect perfection. :)

As far as price, the SD870 is cheaper since its older, but I've seen the price of the SD790IS dip down to $279 on Amazon, although now it's hovering around $299-$307.

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Seems the updated face detection with white balance of the SD790IS is available on other cameras that debuted at the same time (including SD890IS, SD770 IS, SD1100 IS, A590IS, A580, and A470). Differences between models are megapixels, tele/zoom range, and screen size. Only the SD790IS and the SD890IS have 3" screens. The rest only have 2.5".. but some have viewfinders. So, pick a price point and maybe pick from one of the newer models.




  
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May 12, 2008 17:55 |  #9

The SD790 is the highest rated P&S on pcmag.com. I'm thinking of upgrading my SD1000 to it.


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