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Canon PowerShot SD960IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch LCD (Light Blue)
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Product Description

Immediate gratification is the pulse of today, and the PowerShot SD960 IS with its streamlined appeal wastes no time at reminding you. "Here's a camera unlike any other." But it's the excitement of ongoing discovery - the way this camera captures the vibrant spontaneity of the world before you - that defines the lasting rewards of the PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH, and the new level of pictures and HD movies that await you. Plus, you've got an advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology and the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance. This technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed. Just set the camera to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment to photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images. LCD Monitor - 2.8-inch TFT color LCD widescreen with wide viewing angle, Approx. 230,000 pixels Maximum Aperture - f/2.8 (W) - f/5.8 (T) ISO Sensitivity - Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent Shooting Modes - Auto, Program, Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie Continuous Shooting - Approx. 0.8 fps Compression Mode - Still Image - Exif 2.2 (JPEG); Movie - MOV (H.264) Storage Media - SD/SDHC Memory Card, Multimedia Card, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card Number of Recording Pixels - Still Image - up to 4000 x 3000 (Large); Movie - High Definition - up to 1280 x 720 (30 fps) Video Output - NTSC/PAL Dimensions - 3.85 (W) x 2.12 (H) x 0.87 (D) Weight - 5.11 Oun

Features:
  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 4x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle lens
  • HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
  • 2.8-inch widescreen PureColor LCD II screen; Face Detection
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)

Customer Reviews:

  • Got what I expected from SD960IS
    Great pictures as I expected going from 4mp to 12mp. Confusing to learn all the buttons, expecially for reviewing pictures. Video is ok, but not great. Love the wide screen and clarity of pictures, so I rated the camera well. Could have probably bought something cheaper since I won't use the video portion much....more info
  • Very good, but Macro needs help.
    I just upgraded from a SD630. The Macro on the SD630 would give a very detailed photo about 1 inch away. The SD960 needs about 3 inches. I use this underwater while on scuba and macro life underwater doesn't give enough detail at 3 inches for very small stuff. I did discover that I could get nice results with the zoom in macro however. Overall it's a great camera, but just has it's own way of getting good results.
    The video is also great. I did some wreck video in B&W and some large animals with HD set. The detail in the video is much better than the SD630. I would buy it again, if I was asked....more info
  • Just an Average point and shoot
    Background: I'm a loyal canon user and have owned many canon digital cameras, both powershots and SLR's.

    Review of Canon SD 960IS

    Pros:
    1. HD movies at 720p. Great movies with image stabilization.

    2. Wide angle. Equivalent to 28mm. Great for taking pictures of yourself and friends/family as well as landscape shots.

    3. Attractive design.

    Cons:

    1. Focus issues: You must press the shutter button halfway before each shot for properly focused pictures. This is no problem when the owner is shooting, but if you are asking a stranger to take your picture (when traveling this happens a lot), you will get blurry shots.

    2. Button layout: Too easy to accidentely change the setting for flash, etc. without knowing it. I lent this camera to my parents who accidently turned off the flash and couldn't take any nightime pics for the whole weekend. The old SD870is was better in this regard.

    3. Movie modes: the time lapse movie mode is no longer available on this model. This was a fun mode that was available on previous models.


    Conclusion:
    Decent camera with HD movies and wide angle.
    Just be aware of it's drawbacks before you buy it....more info
  • Pink Canon
    I bought this camera for my girlfriend. I have many Canon products and stand behind them. It takes very nice and crisp pictures. A great point-and-shoot camera. Will be very impressed with the image quality. ...more info
  • As advertised, a good point and shoot
    Got this camera a month ago just before the Coachella festival, where I shot ~4GB worth of jpgs and ~2GB of video. I used max resolution for both and did not use the fully automatic modes and other gimmicks. Being an all day festival in the desert, I had plenty of opportunity to test the camera under harsh light, shadow, twilight and artificial lighting at night.

    Video wise no complains; this is not a video camera and whatever you get out of it is a plus IMHO. I got usable footage of bands at night, with reasonable sound quality, and I suspect the image stabilization improved the shots, since I don't have very steady hands.

    Still photography is another matter. I got plenty of purple fringes under sunlight and way too much noise under low light. Going beyond ISO 400 is reckless, and the lens stops down too much as you start zooming, making matters worse. 12MP is a marketing gimmick; you'll seldom get good enough quality shots that you can enlarge where such resolution would be needed; half the pixel density and much lower noise would yield plenty more enlargement worthy pics.

    Controls are limited, you can tweak exposure compensation and sensitivity and that's about it. The flash is best for harsh sunlight situations. Having said that, this is a very compact point and shoot, with a very nice LCD and good focusing; a good camera for snap shots and 4x6 prints.
    ...more info
  • Wonderful compact wide-angle camera
    Takes great pictures in low light situations, though with a bit of grain. Easy new navigation system (I"ve owned other Canon Digital Elph cameras before.) Excellent video capture. Wide angle means you can fit more people or other objects in one shot....more info
  • A Great canon camera
    I got this camera as a gift and I must said it is one of the best camera's I ever own. works great takes great pictures and video.
    12.1MP is also a plus and the HD video is great to.
    The canon power shot sd950IS is my number one camera and this one is pretty close to being my new number one camera....more info