Pros Starts up really fast. Autofocus is quick and accurate under all conditions. Servo-AF allows for action-photography. The 3" LCD is gorgeous; it allows you to zoom into your shots and scan through the entire picture. Controls are ecellent too.
Cons Noise performance is bad in low-light conditions. Noise reduction seems to kick in really early too. Pictures are not as crisp as I hoped for. They also took off the time-lapse which was present on its predecessor, the sd870.
Summary In several respects I really like this camera. It's fast, focusing is never an issue, and colors come out really nice. The excellent controls make it fun to play with, check the results of your shots and enable you to display quick slideshows. It has a time-zone option, allowing your photos to be marked with the local time when you're travelling. It has improved face recognition, and an auto-shoot function that is triggered by the recognition of an additional face - nice when you need to make a photo that should include yourself. The timer can also be manually set from 1 to 30 seconds during which 1 to 10 (theoretically) shots can be made.
As far as actual picture quality is concerned, it seems that they improved the quality of the lense (less barrel distortion, less corner softness). I have no complaints there. The only problem (as usual nowadays) is noise performance. I don't have the old model but considering the reviews on the sd870 it must be a better performer than this camera. A crime shame. They only slightly increased the sensor size on this camera to increase the number of megapixels by 25%. I can easily see noise on indoor shots at ISOs as low as 250 without doing 100% crops.
They took off the time-lapse which may have to do with the fact that they put in the DIGIC4 processor. The time-lapse option was a neat movie-function that will be missed by many users. I hope they can put it back in with a firmware upgrade but I don't know if that will be possible.
Although Canon addressed some issues on the sd870 with this upgrade, I'm not sure if the sd880 is really an improvement over its predecessor. It probably may perform better under some circumstances, but noise issues make it less of an allrounder. I see the price of this camera drop really fast in online-shops and it's not even that much more expensive than the SD870 anymore.
Pros Size, Picture Quality, Screen Size, Button Placement, Scene Modes
Cons Size makes it difficult to keep this camera perfectly still for night shots.
Summary We bought the Canon SD880IS mainly for travel as we have and regularly use a Nikon D80 with 18-55, 55-200, and 70-300mm lenses. The SD880IS' screen is big and bright in all light levels and it is obviously much more portable than the D80 with 3 lenses, remote flashes, etc. To test it, we took both cameras to watch the recent Space Shuttle Launch. The photos produced with this camera were almost as good as those produced with the Nikon at the same focal length (about 110mm is full zoom on the SD880IS). That says a lot, considering the SD880IS doesn't have many adjustments beyond the 12 scene modes. All in all, this is a great Point and shoot camera.
"Great Camera"on by Buddha1987
Pros Large view screen, it is great tp play with the ISO value for night shots, takes sharp pictures with great quality, compact, light, powerful zoom.
Cons The control dial is a little too easy to move and can move by accident when taking a picture, screen shows fingerpirnts easily.
Summary Excellent camera at a great price, bought it for a trip to Disney with the kids and it took great pictures in all lighting, day or night. I would by this one again.
Pros Colors better than the older Canons (reds not so hot)
Video can be shot without changing to video mode by setting the quick-print button to videos
Shorter lens for a 4x zoom creates less complications
Tons of pre-settings and easy manual settings
Cons Not as quick as the SD700-IS
Noise reduction causes lack of fine qualities in low light
Summary As far as bang for the buck, this camera is definatley worth a look. Granted it's not a high end SLR, but it is a solid camera that's easy to use for the beginners while having alot of adjustments for the advanced user. It's not as quick as my old SD700-IS mainly in dark light. It will focus then there is about a 1 second delay. I've seen similar results in some others in the SD series. In well lit areas there is very little lag from auto focus to exposure. Details suffer a little bit with the noise reduction software in the camera, but it is a 10 megapixel camera and those details would only matter when you are looking at it' 100% on you computer screen. It will take 4x6's and 8x10's without any problems. For the price, this camera is definately worth it. The only thing I see that my old SD700-IS had better than this camera is the slight delay in shots in darker light. As for everything else this camera has better features. It has face detection/AiAf, red eye reduction and fix inside the camera, and a really neat and useful feature is you can program the quick-print button to do a number of things. I set mine to video so I don't have to switch the programing switch at the top. It has been VERY useful to make a video right away without losing the seconds that I would have missed by switching the toggle switch. I recommend this to anyone. But I also recommend people doing their own homework because different cameras accompany different needs. As far as a good solid quick access camera that produces great photos, this camera accomplishes that. It's not a high end SLR, and to compare it to one would be rediculous. But this little guy can hold it's own against most point-and-shoots!!
Pros Big and Beautiful LCD. Many shooting modes to enhance shot. Image stabilization lets you turn flash off for most shots. Wide angle lens, yet a usable digital zoom (up to about 7X). Small, yet well built with a nice heft and feel. Good battery life.
Cons No viewfinder. A little small for my hands, although my wife thinks it's perfect.
Summary I bought this camera to use while traveling. I got tired of lugging around a bag with my Canon S3 IS, lenses, filters and adaptors. The wide angle lens is much better for getting tall subjects, yet with 10 MP you can go past the 4X optical zoom and go up to about 7X with the digital zoom and still get a good shot. If you want a great shot and a camera you can drop into your shirt pocket, this is the way to go!