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Canon IXUS 950 IS / PowerShot SD850 IS / IXY 810 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2037 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and responsiveness are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the focus and exposure. There are some mixed opinions about the sensor and low light performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 950 IS / PowerShot SD850 IS / IXY 810 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS


The SD850 IS (IXUS 950 IS in Europe) was first announced in May 2007 as a replacement for the Powershot SD700 IS. It constitutes only a relatively subtle upgrade. Visually the SD850 is virtually indistinguishable from the older model (only the color of...

Good resolution, excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, Useful zoom range (although no 28mm wide angle), Very clean results at lower ISO settings, Fast and accurate focus (although slightly slower in low light), Very responsive, Excellent user interface and...

Battery life when using LCD not brilliant, Slightly underpowered built-in flash, No 'A' or 'S' modes, generally little manual control, Auto White Balance performance under artificial light not brilliant, The usual problems of noise and noise reduction...

The SD850 IS is a typical example of what Canon does so well; a beautifully constructed, well designed and capable compact camera that doesn't break any new ground but does what it does with the refinement that comes from years of fine tuning and a...

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS


Sleek and silver, Canon's $350 PowerShot SD850 IS exemplifies its Digital Elph line: Solidly built, beautifully designed, and sweet to use. One of three Digital Elphs we reviewed together (the other two being the $450 SD950 IS and the $400 SD870 IS),...

Excellent build quality ; Effective image stabilization

Zoom button is somewhat uncomfortable ; Sibling model has wider lens, bigger LCD

The SD850 IS performs similarly to the newer SD870 IS but has a smaller LCD, a lens that isn't as wide--and a better price.

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PowerShot SD850 IS


The 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD850 IS combines several classic features of the Digital Elph line with new perks garnered mainly from a new image processor. The Digic III image processor brings with it face detection technology that can recognize up...

Great resolution on nicely sized LCD ; Camera body looks good ; Nicely organized menus ; Optical image stabilization ; Great Movie mode

Small, inaccurate optical viewfinder ; Horrible handling ; Tiny, crammed controls ; 230-shot battery ; Expensive at $399 ; Weak and spotty flash

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS


It rarely surprises me when I see market research stating Canon is the number-one global digital camera manufacturer. The company just knows how to make cameras that take photographs that are better than good. And although they charge a premium to...

Excellent portraits; all-around good photos

Few manual options; slow cycling with flash

If someone was to ask me which digital camera they should buy for everyday snap shooting, I would recommend the Canon SD850.

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Canon SD850 IS reviewed


Canon's SD850 IS may not have caused all that much of a stir when it was announced a few months back, but those still trying to make up their mind about it can head over to Photography Blog, which has just put the camera though its usual review...

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH


Canon's latest Digital ELPH offers optical image stabilization and face detection in an attractive, compact body.

Face Detection technology ; Optical Image Stabilization works well ; Nice LCD with ample resolution ; Intuitive touch-control dial

Pictures noisy at ISO 800 and 1600 ; Small mode dial is hard to turn

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Canon Powershot SD850 IS


The SD850's Optical Image Stabilization provides up to three stops of camera shake correction in shutter speed equivalent. When combined with the top ISO rating equivalent of 1600, 8-megapixel image sensor that further reduces image noise, and the fast...

This new Digital ELPH has many of the latest advances in Canon technology including the proprietary DIGIC III Image Processor. The processor enhances picture definition, vibrancy, and quality, while helping increase the speed of the cameras' startup,...

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS


Canon's SD series, also known as the Digital Elph line, is an exercise in slow evolution. Since the company has hit on a very successful design, these compact point-and-shoots typically see only minor tweaks from year to year. This year's follow-up to...

Great performance and image quality; solid image stabilization; face detection.

No manual exposure controls; on/off button a bit awkward; noisy images at ISO 1,600.

The Canon PowerShot SD 850 IS has just about everything you'd want in a point-and-shoot.


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Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS Review


The Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 2.5 inch LCD screen and an optical viewfinder (now an increasingly rare feature on compact cameras). The IXUS 950 IS ...

The flagship Canon Digital IXUS 950 IS admittedly looks a little expensive compared against its 8 megapixel rivals, some of which are more than 100 cheaper, but it doesn't seem to have halted Canon's inexorable ...

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS is an 8 megapixel update of the 6 megapixel SD700 IS. Among other improvements, the SD850 IS is equipped with the company's current DIGIC III processor in place of the older DIGIC II. The new DIGIC offers the latest...

Image stabilization ; 4x zoom ; Face recognition really works ; Fast start-up with virtually no shutter lag if you pre-focus ; Dependable auto white balance ; Flash recycles quickly when used to light up the average room ; Helpful Scene modes ; Good...

A bit bulky compared to other small digicams ; Optical viewfinder is not accurate ; No digital zoom in Wide Screen aspect ratio shooting ; No manual control over aperture or shutter speed ; Easily blows out highlights ; Chromatic aberration and coma...

The Canon SD850 IS can now record movie clips to a maximum of 4GB, where the previous camera was limited to 1GB. It should be noted, however, that the one hour clip length limitation of the SD700 has been carried over to the new model, so you'll only...

Product Specifications

The Digital IXUS 950 IS artfully combines refined style with formidable performance. A 4x optical Image Stabilizer lens and pioneering technologies make stunning photography effortless. A distinctive curved design and three-tone metallic finish set the Digital IXUS 950 IS apart from the crowd. The convenient Touch Control Dial makes it easy to select menu features when shooting or browse captured images in playback. Useful functions can be assigned to the Shortcut button for one-touch access. An 8.0 Megapixel sensor captures the fine detail in every scene, with enough resolution for photo-quality poster prints. The powerful 4x optical zoom lens incorporates Canon's renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology to counteract camera shake. An Ultra-High Refractive Index Aspherical (UA) lens element ensures exceptional clarity throughout the zoom range. Canon's DIGIC III processor provides lightning quick responses, superb image quality and advanced noise reduction for sharper, clearer images. iSAPS technology analyzes each scene to optimize key camera settings even before a shot is taken. Face Detection AF/AE/FE ensures superb people shots by automatically detecting the subjects in the frame and selecting the optimum focus, exposure and flash settings. My Category tags each image based on face detection and shooting mode for easy navigation, printing, deleting and more. During playback Face Detection Technology allows you to quickly and accurately correct red-eye. A high resolution (230000 pixels) PureColor LCD displays richer, vivid colors with sharp definition. An anti-glare, scratch-resistant coating adds extra protection against knocks and scrapes. Shoot clear, bright images in dim conditions with ISO 1600 - ideal for parties and restaurants or where flash photography is not allowed. Use Auto ISO Shift to avoid image blur with the touch of a button whenever camera shake is predicted. A choice of 18 shooting modes includes Creative Light Effect - an innovative feature that uses the optical Image Stabilizer to create shapes from points of light in the background of dark scenes. My Colors allows color effects to be applied to images and movies direct from the camera. Shoot 30fps VGA quality movies with stereo sound. Use the Time Lapse Movie function to capture changing scenes - a flower's bloom, drifting clouds or a bustling city street - for accelerated playback as smooth video clips.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-5L

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aquarium / Beach / Color accent / Color swap / Digital macro / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Underwater/Aquarium / Beach / Digital macro / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:950 IS/SD850 IS Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.5
Max Focal Length:23.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color Accent / Color Swap / Creative Light / Custom Effect / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / Neutral / Positive Film / Sepia / Vivid / Vivid Blue / Vivid Green / Vivid Red/Color Accent / Color Swap / Creative Light / My Colors
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical