As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD890 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, super zooms, ultra compacts and entry-level DSLRs. The Canon PowerShot SD890 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD960 IS and the PowerShot S120) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS15 and the Lumix DMC-ZS3)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD890 IS compared to other compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a much longer battery life (320 shots vs 230 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.8"), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (march 2008 vs january 2013).

Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

Canon PowerShot SD960 IS
1 year newer
$312

Significant advantages of the SD960 IS (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the SD960 IS (vs the SD890 IS)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SD960 IS and SD890 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (98×54×22 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.2
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 320 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S120 and SD890 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS
2 years older

Significant advantages of the SD700 IS (vs the SD890 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD700 IS (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 320 shots
  • Lower true resolution: 5.9 MP vs 9.8 MP

common strengths of the SD700 IS and SD890 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (90×57×26 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Z33WP (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Waterproof
  • Significantly lighter: 110 g vs 195 g
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the Z33WP (vs the SD890 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the Z33WP and SD890 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (92×60×21 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SD900

Canon PowerShot SD900
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SD900 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SD900 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the SD900 and SD890 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (91×57×28 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the TG-830 iHS (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the TG-830 iHS (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Larger: Compact (110×67×28 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the TG-830 iHS and SD890 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD890 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (320 shots vs 200 shots) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (5x vs 30x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots).

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the ZS15 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the ZS15 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ZS15 and SD890 IS

  • Very small: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 208 g vs 195 g

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
5 years newer
$470

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 5x

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (110×64×35 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.4" vs 1.1"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S9700 and SD890 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×35 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 232 g vs 195 g

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600
5 years newer
$186

Significant advantages of the S3600 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly lighter: 125 g vs 195 g

Significant disadvantages of the S3600 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 320 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S3600 and SD890 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (97×58×20 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 125 g vs 195 g

Nikon Coolpix S6800

Nikon Coolpix S6800
5 years newer
$325

Significant advantages of the S6800 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S6800 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 170 shots vs 320 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S6800 and SD890 IS

  • Very small: Compact (97×58×23 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 145 g vs 195 g

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS
5 years newer
$397

Significant advantages of the IXUS 255 HS (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 255 HS (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 320 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 255 HS and SD890 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (97×56×23 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 144 g vs 195 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
10 months newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS3 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS3 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Larger: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DMC-ZS3 and SD890 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 229 g vs 195 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD890 IS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (95×57×27 mm) vs professional size (123×84×98 mm)), has a significantly longer battery life (320 shots vs 240 shots), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.9") and is slightly lighter (195 g vs 494 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.2 fps vs 7 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530
5 years newer
$344

Significant advantages of the P530 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the P530 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Larger: Professional size (123×84×98 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 320 shots
  • Significantly thicker: 3.9" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the P530 and SD890 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×84×98 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Light weight: 494 g vs 195 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 1.1"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD890 IS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.2 vs f/2.8), is slightly larger (compact (95×57×27 mm) vs ultra compact (94×55×15 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.6"), is significantly heavier (195 g vs 113 g) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Casio Exilim EX-S10

Casio Exilim EX-S10
similar age
$564

Significant advantages of the EX-S10 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EX-S10 (vs the SD890 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the EX-S10 and SD890 IS

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD890 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (95×57×27 mm) vs professional size (132×101×78 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.1") and is much lighter (195 g vs 555 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
7 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the SD890 IS)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Compact (95×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 555 g vs 195 g

common strengths of the T6i and SD890 IS

  • None found