Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS

Last update:Review by NeoCamera (25 September’08)

The Canon Powershot SD950 (Digital IXUS960) IS is a 12.1 Megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 1/1.7-inch CCD, DIGIC III Image Processor, 3.7x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 36-133mm) with a shift-type optical Image Stabilizer (IS) system and 2.5-inch LCD monitor with wide viewing angle. The camera measures 95.9 x 59.9 x 27.6 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.) and weighs approx. 165 g (5.8 oz.). (Full Specs)

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


Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Reviews

NeoCamera reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
” There is very little to complain about with the SD950. The lens actually shows a few more defects than we would like, such as pronounced chromatic aberrations, corner softness and slight barrel distortion at wide-angle..”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCAuthority reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“Absolute quality isn’t perfect – the camera applies a fair bit of noise reduction, which manifests itself as slight smearing of very fine detail – but you’ll only notice that at 100% magnification or with your nose half an inch from an A4 print..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“We’re not sure that paying top dollar for a 12 megapixel camera is really worth it for most people. Interestingly, the recently launched Ixus 970 is a 10 megapixel model with a larger zoom. Don’t get us wrong, the Ixus 960 is a very nice camera, but be sure to check out the opposition before handing over your hard-earned.”
Rating: ★★★★☆


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TrustedReviews reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The 960 IS has pretty much everything you need except a wide-angle lens. It is relatively expensive, but with superb design and bomb-proof build quality, exceptional performance and class-leading image quality you really do get what you pay for.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“ISO 80, 100 and 200 crops are largely indistinguishable, with real world photos even more so. Noise grows progressively worse in the crops at 400, 800 and 1600, with the largest apparent increase between 800 and 1600.”
Rating: N/A

DevHardware reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“When it comes to image quality, my research shows that the Canon SD950 IS is excellent…I found that the SD950 produces good quality images up to ISO 200, and then quality started to diminish once you hit ISO 400. At ISO 800, only very small prints are usable, while larger prints will exhibit lots of image noise. ”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyReview reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The 12-megapixel sensor is for real with 4000 x 3000 pixel images and great image quality. The excellent metering and image stabilized lens mean you can trust the SD950 IS to come through with great pictures in most circumstances. The camera does fall short for action photos, with noticeable shutter-lag and poor shot-to-shot time.”
Rating: N/A

PCMag reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“On our lab tests, the PowerShot SD950 delivered very strong performance. Daylight shots were awesome in their detail and clarity at ISOs of 100 and 200. At ISO 400, noticeable fuzziness crept in, and anything above that level was very noisy.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“Aesthetically and cosmetically, I am bowled over by the Canon IXUS 960 IS. I think it is a lovely looking camera with its fluid curves. The large sensor will produce images with great quality up to most size enlargements…If quality is a big priority for you and you want a brand name you can trust to deliver, The Canon IXUS 960 IS is a serious contender”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“Our test photos came out impressively sharp, with no distortion such as color banding and speckling (or noise). In most shots, images looked slightly underexposed, and colors weren’t as warm as we’d have liked. Overall, however, we were quite pleased with the results…At $450, the SD950 is pricey for a point-and-shoot, but if you’re looking for a compact camera that goes well beyond happy snaps, this is a heck of an attractive package.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SD950 is an excellent performer no matter what aspect you consider, with superior focusing and low light performance matched with a powerful flash. And with a day-long battery, you couldn’t ask for a better traveling companion… No question, the Canon PowerShot SD950 is a Dave’s Pick.”
Rating: N/A

Cameras.uk reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 960 IS is one of the better point and shoot digital cameras when it comes to picture quality. Shutter delay times in my tests are a concern though and it will make the camera less attractive if you are planning to use the camera to photograph active children.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhoto reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The camera’s autofocus worked well even in low light when used with the focus-assist lamp. Face Detection identified subjects easily, even at a distance of about 20 feet. The camera automatically focuses and exposes on faces in the frame when Face Detection AF is enabled in the camera’s setup menu. While Face Detection works well with head on shots, the camera is unable to recognize faces shot from the side.”
Rating: N/A

Unbeatable reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The images we achieved were very impressive too, vivid natural colours and sharp edges stood out to deep black levels. We found that image noise only started to creep in at around ISO 800 as before that setting it was very minimal and not visible on the print itself let alone on a PC screen. Battery life is also good at around 240 images from a single charge.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“As for our indoor results, the SD950′s flash did well during our tests when shooting from about 5 feet away using the mid telephoto end of the zoom range. The flash has an effective range of 15 feet at wide angle, which should be sufficient for most of your indoor needs.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS biggest image quality problem is noise – it produces noise-free images at ISO 80 and 100, but ISO 200 shows some noise and slight blurring of detail. ISO 400 has quite visible noise and the fastest setting of ISO 1600 is best avoided at all costs.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“With the ISO tests the Canon 950 really excels. ISO80 to ISO200 have no visible noise, and at ISO400 there is only a small amount visible on close inspection. At ISO800 a little more digital noise is starting to appear, and at ISO1600 there is pixelation in many areas of the picture..Simple enough to use, even for newcomers to digital, the IXUS 950 is a good all rounder that comes highly recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The good: Sleek design with titanium casing; great image quality; optical image stabilization; face detection; optical viewfinder. The bad: No manual exposure controls, slightly sluggish performance. The bottom line: Canon’s SD950 IS looks great and can take very nice images, but the digital camera’s whopping 12 megapixels will leave you waiting between shots. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“Image noise performance was also solid with the unit achieving a result of 0.67 per cent at ISO 100 which isn’t near the top of the pack but it is more than adequate. Our shots were smooth and speckle free, with little in the way of graininess. The image noise also scaled well as we increased the sensitivity, with even shots captured at ISO 800 being usable in a pinch at small print sizes.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Samples

- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ RegHardware
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ PhotographyReview
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Sample Photos @ CanonJP

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Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Press Release

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., – Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced two new compact PowerShot Digital ELPH Cameras – the top-of-the line 12.1-megapixel PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and the status-setting 8.0-megapixel resolution PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH. Both cameras still have the alluring charm and color that keep them ahead of the aesthetic curve, but now they are also loaded with advanced features and functions, making them perfect for the trend-setting techie. For the consumer attending a sunny backyard soiree, a relaxing respite getaway or an electrifying night on the town, these two Digital ELPH cameras continue to hold court as the perfect combination of beauty and brains. Canon’s PowerShot Digital ELPH cameras verify the adage that you can never be too (feature) rich or too stylishly thin.

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3 Comments »

Comment by sciagent Subscribed to comments via email
2007-08-30 08:41:51

No, this is just a mistake. An older model, Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS digital camera, was reviewed in that tarticle by ComputerActive

Comment by Dphotojournal com
2007-08-30 09:34:28

Thanks sciagent. We’ve updated this page and the ixus 950 review roundup page

 
 
Comment by hiendgadet
2008-09-27 04:02:51

I wanna get one… :)

 

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