Canon Powershot SD960/IXUS 110 IS

Last update (15 October’09):
- Review & Sample Photos @ LetsGoDgital

Canon Powershot SD960 IS is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features a 28mm wide-angle 4x Optical Zoom lens (35mm film equivalent: 28-112mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer, ISO 80-1600, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, an accelerometer for accessing functions in the camera with a shake of the camera, and a Large 2.8-inch PureColor LCD II widescreen and wide viewing angle. The camera measures 3.85 x 2.12 x 0.87 in./97.9 x 54.1 x 22.1mm and weighs Approx. 5.11 oz./145g (camera body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon Powershot SD960 IS Reviews

LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon IXUS 110 IS and writes;
“If you are looking for a handy and, especially, a trendy design camera, you will soon spot the Canon IXUS 110 IS. The model stands out from the masses, which gives Canon a small lead over the competition. The quality is fine to excellent and will probably be appealing as a snapshot camera, preferably in good light circumstances. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

KenRockwell reviews the Canon Powershot SD960 IS and writes;
“The SD960′s lens is very sharp, as expected. You can use all 12MP, and if set down to 5MP as I usually shoot it, much sharper than cameras which are native at 5MP..”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon IXUS 110 IS and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 110 IS is probably destined to be an extremely popular camera. It offers fantastic build quality, an up-to-the-minute range of features, great handling and performance, and image quality matching a camera that costs nearly half again as much. There are a few cheaper alternatives, but none that are better. “
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Canon Powershot SD960 IS and writes;
“ISO 100 Printed results look good at 16×20 with good color and detail, except that the luminance noise is clearly visible where it could be a little smoother. This becomes less pronounced at 13×19 inches. ISO 200 looks good at 13×19, which is just about right for a 10-megapixel digital camera. ISO 400 shots are good at 11×14, though with some lost detail on close inspection; otherwise they’re good enough for wall display.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon IXUS 110 IS and writes;
“The camera starts up in 1.4 seconds and at first feels quite responsive. Then you come to take an image, and while actual shutter lag is fairly low, the delay between the camera taking the image and it being displayed on screen is rather lengthy..”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon IXUS 110 IS and writes;
“This camera scores very highly for picture quality. It is not cheap, but the stylish design will be attractive to many. High Definition movies are a draw too. The wide angle lens is useful for sweeping landscape shots.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon IXUS 110 IS and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS handled chromatic aberrations quite well during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon Powershot SD960 and writes;
“The good: Small; good lens specs; excellent photo color, exposure. The bad: Wide-screen LCD; odd controls or lack thereof; purple fringing in photos. The bottom line: While its design is less than thrilling, the Canon PowerShot SD960 IS still has great photo quality to fall back on.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

PCWorld reviews the Canon IXUS 110 IS and writes;
“The canon IXUS 110 IS is a great benchmark for compact point-and-shoot cameras. A versatile 4x zoom lens along with a noise-free sensor make for high quality images. It may be on the pricy side but it takes great photos.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Canon IXUS 110 IS and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS is a very cool-looking camera. You’ll probably fondle it so much that you’ll rub the paint off, but it’s really pretty ordinary inside. The HD movies are good, admittedly, but you could get the same still-picture quality from a camera that costs half as much”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the Canon Powershot SD960 IS and writes;
“At first look, colors were well balanced with or without the flash, but closer inspection showed that the outer regions of images were softer and had color fringing, when zooming in. Hair, faces, and flowers in the outer regions of the image were also blurry “
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon Powershot SD960 IS and writes;
“SD960 continues on in its predecessor footsteps, offering the latest and greatest of Canon’s legendary technologies, powerful features, speedy performance, excellent image quality, and loads of exposure options, all packed in a “Go Anywhere” frame”
Rating: N/A

InfoSync reviews the Canon Powershot SD960 IS and writes;
Pros: Highly compact and comfortable to grip. Great LCD and menu system. Solid image performance and excellent low light capability.
Cons: Flash made images look unnatural. Small shutter button zoom toggle. Some basic imaging flaws in certain shooting environments. “

Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR reviews the Canon Powershot SD960 IS and writes;
“this camera proved to be a capable point-and-shoot with plenty of features for the beginner or novice. If you don’t want to lug a beast around and want a stylish camera, the SD960 is a great option.”
Rating: N/A

Canon Powershot SD960 IS preview video by PCMag;

ePhotozine reviews the Canon Powershot SD960 IS and writes;
“The detail continues to be good while the images generally start to degrade properly at about ISO200. It’s tolerable and can only really be seen at full magnification so don’t worry about it too much. ISO400 is also good enough to use if you need that extra speed for a faster shutter. “
Rating: ★★★½☆


Canon Powershot SD960 IS Samples

- Canon IXUS 110 IS Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
- Canon IXUS 110 IS Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon IXUS 110 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon IXUS 110 IS Sample Photos @
- Canon IXUS 110 IS Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon Powershot SD960 IS Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Canon Powershot SD960 IS Sample Photos: 123 @ InfoSync
- Canon Powershot SD960 IS Sample Photos: 123 @ DCR
- Canon Powershot SD960 IS Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Canon Powershot SD960 IS Sample Photos: 123 @ Canon


Canon Powershot SD960 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon Powershot SD960 IS Press Release

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 17, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced 10 new PowerShot cameras that offer an array of photographic options for the entry-level consumer right up to the photo enthusiast. Whether on a family vacation, swimming in an ocean or out for a night on the town, the new line-up of PowerShot digital cameras enable consumers to customize their photographic experience to their personality with color, style and features galore.

Most PowerShot cameras for 2009 feature Canon’s exclusive DIGIC 4 Image Processor, with proprietary technology which accounts for the camera’s higher performance levels, including improved signal processing speed and higher image quality. This new chip paves the way for a host of features including Canon’s new Smart AUTO. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on the specific shooting conditions of each scene, ensuring that all images are accurately focused, exposed, stabilized and white-balanced before the shutter is even pressed. Using data derived from Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization, Genuine Face Detection and Motion Detection Technologies, Smart AUTO automatically adjusts a multitude of settings including brightness and hue, during various shooting situations. Another enhancement available with select PowerShot models is Blink Detection Technology, which uses the Face Detection function to display an icon after shooting with a warning that someone’s eyes were closed (such as when blinking) during shooting. Unlike other systems which prevent users from taking a photo, Canon’s Blink Detection Technology lets users know immediately whether there’s any need to reshoot the image, thus providing a far more intuitive experience.

A third technological advancement with select PowerShot cameras is Active Display, which is used for quickly switching between images during playback. Instead of culling through a long line of images, via a control dial, Active Display advances pictures simply with a gentle shake of the wrist, making the viewing and sharing of pictures more fun and enjoyable.

“The power of the Canon PowerShot series is its ability to enhance consumers’ enjoyment of photography through its unique combination of ease-of-use, affordability, and personalization,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “We are excited about this year’s PowerShot line-up because Canon’s cameras are loaded with advanced technologies and design options, thus enabling consumers to have the ultimate photographic experience.”

Canon PowerShot SD970 IS, SD960 IS, SD780 IS and SD1200 IS Digital ELPH Cameras
Whether the activity du jour involves dancing ’til dawn, attending a black-tie gala or a quiet evening for two, Canon’s colorfully clad Digital ELPH Cameras are there to capture the magic of the moment and preserve the memory for years to come. Their substantive and stylish box and circle design, and striking colors, are the perfect complement to any situation and offer both the fashion-forward and feature-hungry photographer an all-in-one must-have camera.

The elegance and beauty of the Canon PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH Camera epitomizes the ELPH series persona. The camera comes in four subtle hues, including silver, blue, pink and gold, and is equipped with a simple button layout, wide-screen 2.8-inch PureColor LCD II screen, new Active Display and an improved user interface which will intrigue both new and experienced consumers alike. Additional features include Smart AUTO, Blink Detection Technology, 12.1-Megapixel resolution, wide-angle lens (28-112 mm equivalent) and 4x Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization. Like the SD970 IS Digital ELPH model, the PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH Camera can shoot 720p HD video and it has an on-camera HDMI connector for easy playback of video and photos on an HDTV. The PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH Camera is scheduled to be available in early March for an estimated retail price of $329.99.

See also: Canon | Digital Camera

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Comment by sd960
2009-04-14 23:34:00

canon sd960is is lovely
blue color is beautiful camera
camera detail is good


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