As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS and the mju 720 SW Digital) and Canon (such as the PowerShot S200 and the PowerShot A1300)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 990 IS compared to other compact competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is slightly smaller (compact (96×57×26 mm) vs compact (98×62×28 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and is slightly lighter (160 g vs 190 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.2 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 28 mm), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS
3 years newer
$596

Significant advantages of the TG-2 iHS (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.2
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the TG-2 iHS (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much larger: Compact (112×67×29 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly heavier: 230 g vs 160 g

common strengths of the TG-2 iHS and 990 IS

  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1"

Olympus mju 720 SW Digital

Olympus mju 720 SW Digital
3 years older

Significant advantages of the 720 SW Digital (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×56×20 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1"

Significant disadvantages of the 720 SW Digital (vs the 990 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

common strengths of the 720 SW Digital and 990 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (95×56×20 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1"
  • Light weight: 190 g vs 160 g

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
5 years newer
$232

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.2
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the 990 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S200 and 990 IS

  • Very small: Compact (100×59×26 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 181 g vs 160 g

Canon PowerShot A1300

Canon PowerShot A1300
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the A1300 (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the A1300 (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much larger: Compact (95×62×30 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the A1300 and 990 IS

  • Very small: Compact (95×62×30 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Very light: 174 g vs 160 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1"

Canon IXUS 220 HS

Canon IXUS 220 HS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the IXUS 220 HS (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 220 HS (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the IXUS 220 HS and 990 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1"

Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS

Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS
5 months older

Significant advantages of the 980 IS (vs the 990 IS)

  • Higher true resolution: 14.6 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the 980 IS (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Compact (98×62×28 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Heavier: 205 g vs 160 g

common strengths of the 980 IS and 990 IS

  • Very small: Compact (98×62×28 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to travel zoom competitors the Canon 990 IS has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (february 2009 vs january 2015) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
5 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the 990 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX710 HS and 990 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX240 HS (vs the 990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX240 HS (vs the 990 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX240 HS and 990 IS

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 990 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 990 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3200 and 990 IS

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 990 IS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none) and is slightly lighter (160 g vs 280 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (february 2009 vs august 2012).

Nikon 1 J2

Nikon 1 J2
3 years newer
$237 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J2 (vs the 990 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the J2 (vs the 990 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the J2 and 990 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Compact (96×57×26 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 1"
  • Light weight: 280 g vs 160 g