As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms, digicams and ultra compacts. The Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX610 HS and the PowerShot A3500 IS) and Pentax (such as the K-5 II and the Optio P80)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 980 IS compared to other compact competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (14.6 MP vs 9.7 MP) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (98×62×28 mm) vs super compact (98×56×20 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.3 fps vs 12 fps).

Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

Canon PowerShot A3500 IS
4 years newer
$277

Significant advantages of the A3500 IS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (98×56×20 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the A3500 IS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A3500 IS and 980 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (98×56×20 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Canon IXUS 115 HS

Canon IXUS 115 HS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the IXUS 115 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×56×20 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 115 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 115 HS and 980 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (93×56×20 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS

Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the 960 IS (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 960 IS (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 960 IS and 980 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (96×60×28 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Fujifilm XQ2

Fujifilm XQ2
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the XQ2 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the XQ2 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (100×59×33 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the XQ2 and 980 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (100×59×33 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon IXUS 310 HS

Canon IXUS 310 HS
2 years newer
$133

Significant advantages of the IXUS 310 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 310 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 310 HS and 980 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (101×55×25 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon IXUS 220 HS

Canon IXUS 220 HS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the IXUS 220 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 220 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 220 HS and 980 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II
4 years newer
$1,094 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-5 II (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 II (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 II and 980 IS

  • None found

Canon EOS 760D

Canon EOS 760D
6 years newer
$768 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 760D (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 760D (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 760D and 980 IS

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 980 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.6), takes slightly higher resolution photos (14.6 MP vs 9.7 MP) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (98×62×28 mm) vs compact (100×58×23 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (september 2008 vs january 2014).

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
6 years newer
$254

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.8
  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX610 HS and 980 IS

  • Very small: Compact (105×61×27 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 191 g vs 205 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3
1 year newer
$352

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZX3 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much smaller: Compact (98×55×26 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZX3 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Lower true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1300 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-ZX3 and 980 IS

  • Very small: Compact (98×55×26 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Very light: 159 g vs 205 g
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
3 years newer
$199

Significant advantages of the A4000 IS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much smaller: Compact (95×56×24 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A4000 IS (vs the 980 IS)

  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A4000 IS and 980 IS

  • Very small: Compact (95×56×24 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Very light: 145 g vs 205 g
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30
1 year newer
$220

Significant advantages of the DMC-FS30 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Smaller: Compact (100×56×28 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FS30 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Lower true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DMC-FS30 and 980 IS

  • Very small: Compact (100×56×28 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Very light: 178 g vs 205 g
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot IXUS 170

Canon PowerShot IXUS 170
6 years newer
$371

Significant advantages of the IXUS 170 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much smaller: Compact (100×58×23 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 170 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 170 and 980 IS

  • Very small: Compact (100×58×23 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Very light: 141 g vs 205 g
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
5 years newer
$117 - $118

Significant advantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-W830 and 980 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Very light: 122 g vs 205 g
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 980 IS compared to digicam competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.5" vs 1.5"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (14.6 MP vs 1.2 MP), has a marginally larger sensor (1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/3" 5.27x3.96mm) and is newer (september 2008 vs march 1998).

Canon PowerShot A40

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the PowerShot A40 (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot A40 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.5"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower true resolution: 1.9 MP vs 14.6 MP

common strengths of the PowerShot A40 and 980 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Nikon Coolpix 900

Nikon Coolpix 900
10 years older

Significant advantages of the Coolpix 900 (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix 900 (vs the 980 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower true resolution: 1.2 MP vs 14.6 MP

common strengths of the Coolpix 900 and 980 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.4 vs f/2.8
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.1"
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 980 IS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), takes significantly higher resolution photos (14.6 MP vs 7.1 MP) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (98×62×28 mm) vs ultra compact (86×54×19 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (september 2008 vs august 2010) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.7").

Canon Digital IXUS 1000 HS

Canon Digital IXUS 1000 HS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the 1000 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 1000 HS (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1000 HS and 980 IS

  • None found

Canon Digital IXUS 70

Canon Digital IXUS 70
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Digital IXUS 70 (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Digital IXUS 70 (vs the 980 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Digital IXUS 70 and 980 IS

  • None found