Quite possibly one of the more fashionable point-and-shoot cameras out right now, the sleek, solid-colored Canon PowerShot SD780 IS (available in black, gold, red, and silver) isn’t just a looker. It also performs very well, with great image quality, a powerful flash, nice high-ISO shots in low light, a great selection of scene modes, and excellent optical image stabilization. In our lab’s jury evaluations, the 12-megapixel SD780 IS netted an overall image quality score of Very Good, earning some of the highest marks we’ve seen for a point-and-shoot this year for its lack of distortion, its color accuracy, and its image sharpness. In hands-on informal tests, I was amazed at the color accuracy and lack of noise in low-light shots at high ISO levels. The manual ISO settings (ranging from ISO 80 to ISO 1600) are complemented by a special ISO 3200 scene mode. There is definitely some visible speckling at ISO 3200 and ISO 1600, but low-light images taken at these settings with the flash turned off are impressively bright, crisp, and colorful.
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