I recently bought this camera in anticipation of my Panama Canal cruise. My four-year-old Canon SD400 camera is still working fine, but it only has 5 mega pixels of resolution and does not have image stabilization functionality.
My new PowerShot SD940IS Digital ELPH is a 12.1 megapixel camera. It has a large, 2.7 inch LCD screen, which is crisp and bright. It shoots 720p High Definition (HD) video and has a HDMI output connector cable so that you can view the playback on your television. The SD940IS has a 28 mm wide-angle lens and 4X optical zoom (up-to 16X with digital zoom).
The camera is relatively easy to use. In addition to Automatic still photos, and HD Video, there are 20 'Shooting Mode' presets with optimized settings for situations such as Indoors, Sunsets, Macro, Fireworks, ISO3200, etc. Some of the menu structure has changed since the earlier PowerShot cameras, but once you get some experience, it is actually more intuitive. The image stabilization seems to work quite well on this camera.
I was torn between this camera and the Canon PowerShot SD780IS. The big selling point for the SD780IS was an optical viewfinder. The wide-angle lens and larger LCD pushed me towards the SD940IS - a decision which I don't regret. I was happy that I could buy it at Costco, since I like the ease of returns if there is a problem. Costco also included a bonus of 100 4x6 photo prints and a 2 Gigabyte SD memory card.
The SD940IS is available in Black, Blue, Brown, and Silver. It comes with a lithium-ion battery, charger, wrist strap, USB interface cable, AV cable, and Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM.
I am very happy with my new Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH camera!