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Canon IXUS 960 IS / PowerShot SD950 IS / IXY 2000 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1018 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and performance. The value for money and usability also get good comments. The zoom and features get negative comments, and views are divided on the focus.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 960 IS / PowerShot SD950 IS / IXY 2000 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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The Best Photo Gear for Summer Traveling


Canon's $399.95 PowerShot SD950 IS is a high-performance point-and-shooter that's perfect for photographers who want brilliant, crisp images but don't want to mess with manual controls. While this very capable 12-megapixel camera might strain your...

Loaded with features. HD video capability. Brilliant images with true color. Slick ergonomic design.

Expensive. Auto ISO Shift feature is weak.

The Canon SD950 delivers high resolution and truly impressive photos for a premium price.

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Canon Powershot SD950 IS


At the top of Canon's Digital Elph line, the $450 SD950 IS looks stylish and is a pleasure to use. Enclosed in a titanium shell, it should handle bumps and scrapes better than the average snapshot camera. At 3.75 inches wide and just over 1 inch thick,...

Sturdy titanium body ; Captures 768-by-1024 video

Large, for a point-and-shoot, and heavy ; Very expensive for a snapshooter

It's very expensive for a pocket camera--and is too large for many pockets--but it's quite well made and performs admirably.

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Canon PowerShot SD950 IS


Sometimes, when we find ourselves running full speed forward toward what we think is the pinnacle of achievement, we suddenly realize that we've flown closer to the sun than our wings can stand. In the current state of market-driven capitalism, we do...

Sleek design with titanium casing; great image quality; optical image stabilization; face detection; optical viewfinder.

No manual exposure controls, slightly sluggish performance.

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.


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Canon Powershot SD950 IS


The extended zoom range of the camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon's lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest...

The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low-light...


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CanonDigital IXUS 960 IS Review


The Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS is the brand new flagship model of the Digital IXUS range of compact cameras. Also known as the Digital ELPH SD950 IS, this is a 12 megapixel model with a 2.5 inch LCD screen and an...

The new flagship Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS is one of the first Canon compacts to feature a 12 megapixel sensor, helping the company to keep up with the megapixel race. Despite the slightly larger...

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Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH features a compact, stylish case with rounded edges and a retracting lens to make it pocket-friendly. The Canon SD950 includes a 12.1 megapixel, 1/1.7-inch imager and a Canon-branded 3.7x optical zoom lens. It...

Above average performance rankings ; Image stabilized lens gains two stops ; Good quality 3.7x lens ; Very sharp Macro images ; Compact ELPH design ; High ISO sensitivity preserves detail ; Face recognition sets focus, exposure and flash ; Helpful...

Unstable feet on the left side ; Uncooperative USB cover ; ISO 3,200 only available at low resolution ; Optical viewfinder is way off ; Mild chromatic aberration ; Some softening in the corners at wide angle ; Barrel distortion is somewhat noticeable...

The Canon ELPH SD950 sports a rather wide ISO sensitivity range, from 80 to 1,600 with a special scene mode offering ISO 3,200 equivalent, for better performance in dim lighting. Canon also manufactures a line of photo printers, and prides themselves...

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Camera Review: Canon PowerShot SD950 IS


The Canon PowerShot SD950 IS ($399, street) combines some of the best features of the Digital Elph line into one killer pocket digicam. An update to Canon's previous SD900 flagship Elph, the 12.1-megapixel SD950 IS offers a 2-megapixel gain on its...

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Canon Powershot SD950 IS Review


The Canon Powershot SD950 IS may be a bit larger than most ultra-compact but it makes up for it in image quality and performance. The 12 megapixels sensor here does show some image noise, even at ISO 200, but details are still well-kept until ISO 400...

Good preservation of image details, Nice image colors, Great white-balance, even on auto, Good image sharpness, Fast and responsive, Durable build quality

Images too contrasty and low dynamic range, Some corner softness, Above average chromatic aberrations, Noticeable distortion, Short battery life, Useless ISO 1600

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Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Review


When last I visited with a Canon SD camera wearing a 900-something number, it was the SD900 with a 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom and no stabilization.

Good image and color quality ; High resolution with typical class noise performance ; Viewfinder ; Solid construction and build quality

Wide angle end of lens could be wider ; Battery power decline can be rapid

Still, the question arises if the improvements are significant enough to cause folks who like the 900 to trade up, or attractive enough to bring new believers to the flock

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Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS


The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS IXUS / Digital ELPH is an 8 megapixel compact point and shoot camera with a wide angle 3.8x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization. The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS IXUS / Digital ELPH features … Continue reading →

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH Cameras are scheduled to be available in stores in September. Both new cameras kits provide everything a photographer needs to start enjoying these wonderful products as soon as they are...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH Camera is designed for the sophisticated point-and-shoot user looking for top-level functionality in a compact, elegant package. This camera continues the ELPH tradition with its full-body titanium good looks, featuring sinuous curves and advanced design, while standing on its own with optimal performance. The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH camera is equipped with upgraded features such as 12.1-megapixel resolution, 3.7x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer (OIS) for steady shooting and a next-generation version of Canon's Genuine Face Detection technology. This pure titanium powerhouse has a DIGIC III image processor, red-eye correction, an optical viewfinder and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD screen with scratch-resistant and anti-reflection coating for easy viewing at any angle.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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 / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/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:Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS)
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCardplus
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:SD950 IS Digital ELPH/SD950 IS Digital ELPH Coach Edition Gift Set
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.8
Max Focal Length:28.5mm
Min Focal Length:7.7mm
Optical Zoom:3.7
Type:Zoom lens


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

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 mm ( 1/1.7 ) / 14.9 mm ( 1/1.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

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
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Color Accent / Color Swap
Still Image Format:JPEG/JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical