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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS: Wide-angle, pocket-sized | StuffGeeksWant

Canon SD870 ISThere’s a ton of moderately priced, pocket sized digital cameras on the market. So many, in fact, that picking out your point-and-shoot is probably more daunting than actually learning how to use the thing.

We’re big fans of Canon’s PowerShot Digital Elph series, which are consistently well constructed, pack good performance, and have the best user interface among this class of cameras.

Canon’s PowerShot SD870 IS is particularly attractive, primarily because it offers something few competitors do: a built-in wide-angle lens.

The 28-105mm range means you won’t have to be as far away from your subjects to fit everything into the frame, which for most people probably happens more often than the need for an ultra long zoom. Still, the 3.8x optical zoom makes the SD870 IS plenty capable of snapping subjects from afar, and the optical image stabilization means those long-distance shots have a good chance of coming out clear.

Other great features:

  • 8-megapixel CCD
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 15-1/1600 sec. shutter speed
  • DiG!C III processor
  • Face detection auto-focus

Another great thing about the SD870 IS is that it’s not part of Canon’s latest line-up of cameras, which means you can save big money without sacrificing much performance (and it’s still the best Elph with a 28mm lens). Amazon stocks the silver version for $247 and the black one for $261. Both prices are roughly $200 less than what the SD870 retailed for it when it first came out last year.

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