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 much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), is much 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
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much smaller: Compact (94×57×24 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)

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

  • 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
  • Very small: Compact (94×57×24 mm) vs Compact (98×62×28 mm)
  • 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 much larger screen (2.5" vs 2"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (14.6 MP vs 3.9 MP) and is newer (september 2008 vs september 2004).

However, on average it is much larger (compact (98×62×28 mm) vs ultra compact (86×54×21 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8") and is significantly 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 much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (september 2008 vs february 2014).

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
  • Much larger screen: 2.8" vs 2.5"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

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