The SD800 IS impresses us not so much with its gee-whiz quotient as with its well-thought-out combination of features. First off, the optics: A zoom starting at 28mm, in this case a 28-105mm f/2.8-5.8, has always struck us as more useful, providing a true wide-angle view for big scenes and small quarters. And the SD800's zoom is equipped with Canon's standard-setting image stabilization.
Next, there's a big 2.5-inch LCD for you to shoot with -- or you can compose through the optical viewfinder, the forgotten virtues of which include steadier shooting and, when you turn off the LCD display, longer battery life. Besides standard movie mode, the SD800 IS can shoot 320x240 flicks at a fast framing rate of 60fps, for smoother action. Color fixes include lightening or darkening skin tone, accentuating single colors, and even swapping colors. Among various scene modes are settings for aquarium shooting and panorama stitching, and you can print ID-sized photos with little fuss on a Canon CP or SELPHY printer.