As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD990 IS is also often compared to ultra compacts and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot SD990 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD300 and the PowerShot SD880 IS) and Sony (such as the CyberShot DSC-H300)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD990 IS compared to other compact competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (14.6 MP vs 9.8 MP) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (98×62×28 mm) vs compact (94×57×24 mm)) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS
similar age
$699

Significant advantages of the SD880 IS (vs the SD990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SD880 IS (vs the SD990 IS)

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

common strengths of the SD880 IS and SD990 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD990 IS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (2.5" vs 2"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (14.6 MP vs 3.9 MP), has a marginally larger sensor (1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm) and is newer (september 2008 vs september 2004).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact (98×62×28 mm) vs ultra compact (86×54×21 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (205 g vs 147 g).

Canon PowerShot SD300

Canon PowerShot SD300
4 years older

Significant advantages of the SD300 (vs the SD990 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD300 (vs the SD990 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD300 and SD990 IS

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD990 IS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (98×62×28 mm) vs large (130×95×122 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (14.6 MP vs 9.7 MP), is thinner (1.1" vs 4.8"), is significantly lighter (205 g vs 615 g) 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 significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
similar age

Significant advantages of the SX1 IS (vs the SD990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX1 IS (vs the SD990 IS)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (128×88×88 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Lower true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • Significantly thicker: 3.5" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the SX1 IS and SD990 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×88×88 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 615 g vs 205 g

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
5 years newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SD990 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SD990 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP
  • Much thicker: 4.8" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SD990 IS

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 205 g
  • Inexpensive: $139.98 vs $599.00