Digital Mom Review: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

I have an unintentional review of the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS digital camera. In typical Molly fashion, I returned my anniversary gift. My poor husband every year, err… every HOLIDAY goes out and buys me a fantastic gift. And what do I do? The crap of a wife that I am RETURNS IT. Thank God I am having his 3rd child and now really will have to pay if he leaves me (muhahahahha).

canon sd780 review

Anywhoo – for our 11th anniversary he bought me a Louis Vuitton purse. I just am not a Louis gal – and I know my friends would curse me if they knew that I returned this – but thankfully and hopefully they do not read this blog.

What does Molly buy with part of her return money? Another camera. Ha. I was going to buy a Flip Mino, but upon further investigation I thought – why not buy a Canon point & shoot that also shoots HD video. So that is what I did. Such a nerd – a camera over a Louis Vuitton, yes I am a geek.

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Review

I ended up with the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS I’ve had it for a few weeks now and love it. First- it’s a CANON. The Best Buy dude tried to talk me into some other brand that I am sure was cheaper and had all these niftier features – but I am a tried and true Canon loyalist (hoping this changes). 2nd – it’s RED! 3rd its small and works better than the iphone camera. The SD780IS is the cheapest that offered the HD video option.


The camera is very easy – my 6 year old has used it both video and for photos and has had no issues.


2.5 inch LCD screen


RECHARGABLE! A camera without a rechargeable battery is PAIN!


Since this my main use for this camera – I have to say I am impressed. The only thing I wish it has was a flip out USB plug like the Mino. Other than that I am satisfied with the video quality.

There are some fun video color features. You can shoot with various color features such as black and white as well as color accent.


Let’s face it, this is a point & shoot camera. I own and shoot regularly with my Canon 40d. This photos look nothing like what I get from the 40d – nor would I expect them to! It shoots 12.1 megapixels

The zoom offers a 3x optical/4x digital 12x combined zoom with optical image stabilizer system.

Shooting modes: Auto, Program, Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie

Photo effects: Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom

Self timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Detection Self-timer

Where to buy:

I bought my camera at Best Buy. 2 reasons:

1. I had a $15 gift card

2. I couldn’t wait to purchase


Amazon seems to have the best cost at: $207. I paid $229 (hey remember I had a $15 gift card that made it a little cheaper than this!)

In short:

The Canon SD780 IS is a great simple camera at a fair price. You will get great video and a good point & shoot. Plus its compact enough to travel every where with you. You’ll never have a OMG WHERE IS MY CAMERA (or CAMCORDER) again as long as you carry this puppy!

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