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Canon PowerShot SD950 IS / Digital IXUS 960 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 784 reviews of Canon PowerShot SD950 IS / Digital IXUS 960 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the lens and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the performance, and some have doubts about the size and usability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SD950 IS / Digital IXUS 960 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 466 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SD950 IS / Digital IXUS 960 IS from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the design. The battery also gets good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the portability. Some have doubts about the size.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Rik Fairlie (

Canon PowerShot SD950 IS


For those who don't mind paying top dollar for a point-and-shoot camera, the Canon SD950 delivers high resolution and truly impressive photos.

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

Expensive. Auto ISO Shift feature is weak.

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Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

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.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (

Canon PowerShot SD950 IS review


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.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Canon Powershot SD950 IS


Physical Views The SD950 compared to a standard CD disc. The 12-megapixel SD950 IS and the 8-megapixel SD870 IS . Continue on to Features & Controls PowerShot SD950 IS Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 million Image Sensor 1/1.7-inch...

Oct, 2007


Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

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...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Mike Pasini (

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...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Zach Honig (

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...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Cybernium (

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

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : J. Keenan (

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

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : jonathanb (

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...

Mar, 2008

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