Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS

Last update: Review by PCWorld (20 November’07)

The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS (announced 07 May’07) is a 8 million effective pixels point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 7 May’07) features DIGIC III processor, 4x Optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 35 – 140mm), Image Stabilization, and a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera measures 90 x 57 x 26 mm, weighs 165 g and running on Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. (Full Specs)

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Deal Info


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Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Reviews

PCWorld reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“mages shot with the SD850 IS were a bit underexposed, but still pleasing, and all looked sharp. Landscapes had good color saturation, though the color balance was a touch on the bluish side. That’s easily fixed by using one of the camera’s many built-in color enhancement tools, or its capable image editing and management application.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“The SD850 is a very responsive camera, with low shutter lag in daylight conditions, and good shot-to-shot speeds. It also sports very good battery life, a very capable Movie mode, and excellent download speed. The bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the SD850 IS is user-friendly and hassle-free.”
Rating: N/A

Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS video review by TigerDirect;

PhotographyReview reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“I believe the SD850 IS has the best image quality I’ve ever seen in a pocket digital camera. I’ve tested a few point-and-shoot cameras this year and the SD850 IS is definitely the best of the bunch…The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS goes anywhere in my pocket and takes great pictures almost all the time. It’s the best all-round point-and-shoot digital camera I’ve used yet.”
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DCRP reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“The SD850 turned in a pretty good performance in our macro test. The colors are nice and saturated, though the blacks aren’t terribly black. The camera captures plenty of detail, yet retains the “smooth” look that Canon’s cameras are famous for…I highly recommend checking out the PowerShot SD850 if you’re in the market for a stylish ultra-compact camera.”
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Cameras.UK reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“I was able to take a single shot in 0.31 seconds and five shots in 7.65 seconds. With the flash turned on times increased to 1.02 seconds for a single shot and 16.91 seconds for five… I am happy to recommend the Canon IXUS 950 IS. It is one of the best point and shoot digital cameras you are likely to find. It looks good, takes a good photo and has a few extra features than you find on most smaller, compact digital cameras. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“We tested the Video mode of the SD850 IS by recording footage of our color test charts under bright studio lights. We shoot our video color tests with auto white balance, and the colors were far from accurate. The camera had a mean color error of 24.5, and saturation of 136.8. However, this is very normal for camera video. Aside from the horrendous color error, the noise was quite low, at 0.54 percent.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“This is a point-and-shoot 8-megapixel camera so if you’re looking to shoot sports or running kids, this digicam may not be the right one for you…If someone was to ask me which digital camera they should buy for everyday snap shooting, I wouldn’t hesitate—the SD850 IS is the pick. It’s compact, light, easy-to-use, has optical image stabilization and—most of all—takes very good photographs.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The photos from the camera are sharp and very colourful, though detail in highlights – for example, embroidery on a white shirt – is lost in bright sunshine… And if you want to avoid image noise when taking snaps without flash, stick to ISO400 or below.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“In short, if well saturated, flatteringly colourful and healthy images straight out of your camera are what you’re looking for from a snapshot digital compact, then the Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS doesn’t disappoint – with the results looking particularly vivid to this reviewer, having come off the back of reviewing the much more naturalistic results from the likes of Olympus E-410 and E-510 DSLRs.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWUK reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“Video recordings, although limited to a standard 640×480 resolution, are of exceptionally high quality with superb clarity and colour. The new 2.5in Purecolor LCD viewfinder is also excellent and easy to view in varying light conditions, making the Ixus 950 IS one of the best ultra-compacts we’ve seen… Pros: Excellent image stabilisation; image quality; face detection. Cons: Small control buttons and mode dial. Overall: A wealth of creative features and superb image quality ”
Rating: ★★★★★

KenRockwell reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“The SD850 appears to have less noise (grain) at ISO 400 and above than the SD700, but the SD700 is sharper at those ISOs due to less NR…The colors rendered by the SD850 are identical to my SD700, which I use daily. I love the colors. ”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“As usual with Canon cameras the AF system is extremely fast, in fact it’s one of the fastest AF systems I’ve ever seen on a compact camera, locking on in under half a second, and sometime much quicker…There are many other cameras that can beat it’s specification and features list for less money, but few that can match it for sheer all round class. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

LaptopMag reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“Overall video quality, though not on the same level of a camcorder, was quite good for a camera this small…It has some image-quality issues, particularly with excessive noise when shooting at higher ISOs. But for everyday shooting, the Canon SD850 IS is a winner. It offers everything point-and-shoot users need, and in an elegant design. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“Between ISO 80 and ISO 200, images are clean but under magnification, there is slight noise evident in images of single colour such as blue skies even at ISO 80! Up to ISO 400, noise is acceptable but beyond ISO 800, it becomes noticeable but not distractingly so. Noise suppression starts to kick beyond ISO 400 with only a limited impact on detail, which is great however, at ISO 1600, the top sensitivity setting, things become quite poor. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“..our movie results were good with minimal compression artifacts and the AF system does well with moving subjects…Bottom line – With 8-megapixel of resolution, the printing possibilities are almost endless, from tightly cropped 4x6s to huge poster size prints! With and MSRP of US$399 or less, it may seem a but more expensive than many other 8- megapixel modes, however, I feel it offers an outstanding value for such a versatile pocket-rocket.”
Rating: N/A

RegHardware reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
” I think that the average photographer out there will be happy with this one. Even professional photographers looking for a pocket camera back-up would be happy with the SD850. The 8.3 megapixel CCD, 4x optical zoom, face detection technology, and excellent image quality make this camera a winner.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS and writes;
“Images from the SD850 IS are very impressive. Colors look accurate, there’s plenty of sharpness, especially for a compact camera, and at its lowest ISO settings, we saw no appreciable noise. In fact, noise doesn’t even begin to encroach until you reach ISO 200. Even then, it’s just a very light covering of off-color splotches that’s barely visible on computer monitors and won’t show up at all in prints. Noise remains similar at ISO 400, with a just-perceptible increase that still won’t mar your prints much, if at all. At ISO 800, noise becomes more pronounced, robbing some finer image detail, and adding filmlike grain to prints….The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot SD 850 IS has just about everything you’d want in a point-and-shoot.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Samples

- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ KenRockwell
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ RegHardware
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Sample Photos @ Canon USA

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Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS User Manuals (PDF)

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- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS User Guide Basic (PDF – 5.17 MB)
- Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS User Guide Advanced (PDF – 9.25 MB)

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Canon PowerShot SD850/IXUS 950 IS Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 07 May, 2007: Canon today launches the 8.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 950 IS, an upgrade to the award-winning Digital IXUS 800 IS. Sporting a three-tone metal finish with distinctive curved lines, the Digital IXUS 950 IS comes equipped with a 4x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer and the DIGIC III image processor. Along with faster processing and advanced Noise Reduction, DIGIC III powers Canon’s Face Detection Technology and Red-Eye Correction for superb people shots.

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7 Comments »

Comment by Kim Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-04 00:39:51

I could not get the links to the manual pdf for the sd850 to work.

Comment by Dphotojournal com
2007-09-04 00:57:18

Kim, thank you for your note..
We have fixed the download links, please try again..

 
 
Comment by ray Subscribed to comments via email
2008-04-02 03:40:15

I could not get the links to the manual pdf for the sd950 to work

 
Comment by John
2008-05-24 22:28:38

I also could not get the link to the Canon IXUS 950 IS to work? The page could not be found was all I was ever getting! If I right click and save as it windows could not open the site was the other response!

So how do I aquire a PDF users manual?

 
Comment by john peters Subscribed to comments via email
2008-06-25 12:31:46

the link doesn’t work
please help

Comment by Dphotojournal com
2008-06-25 22:18:45

The manual links have been updated (again)…
Thanks for your info.

 
 
Comment by shanu
2009-04-30 21:39:51

pls send me a PDF user manual of canon IXUS 950 IS

 

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