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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 (Gold)
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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:

  • Best camera we've ever owned
    Ok, granted, technology is improving every day but I can honestly say that this is the best camera we have ever owned. We are not photographers by any stretch of the imagination and my husband is always about a second behind the shot, however, today we got our money's worth out of this camera! We went to a friend's college graduation and my husband wanted to take pictures. I was nervous as we were representing her family and these would be the only pictures taken of the graduation. Every single picture came out clear, perfect outdoor color and she was in them - not just at the edge of the frame but really center of the pictures! I was so impressed that I came home and started searching for a bargin price for a second SD960 since I now know that I'll never get the camera out of my husband's hands. I also recommend the Zing Design accessory kit - not a bargin but a steal!!!!!...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
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Excellent Pocket Camera
    Pros: Excellent picture quality. Easy to use and set-up. Small and lightweight (About the same size as a Razr phone). 720p video.

    Cons: No viewfinder. Can only digital zoom while taking video.

    I bought this camera for my wife because she wanted a smaller camera to use then the current one we already own. I've always owned Canon cameras and love them for their picture quality. For a point and shoot camera, the SD960IS is great. The pictures this camera can take when it's set up in auto mode are better than any other camera I've had. Take an hour to read the user's manual and you'll know how to use every function of this camera. The manual is straight-forward and is well written. Once you read the manual, advanced options and manual settings are easy to set. Video quality is good for a camera this size, recording at up to 720p 30fps. Since my wife and I got this camera, she has taken it with her everywhere, and is taking loads of pictures. That's what this camera was designed for, and it does a fantastic job. Highly recommend....more info
  • Outstanding camera
    Perfect for my wife, she loves the color and the compactness of the body and it takes awesome images. I have a full sized digital SLR that is getting out of date, this camera has shown my why I need to upgrade to the lastest photographic tools! Love it!...more info
  • Excellent Point/Shoot HD camera
    I work in a graphics shop with professionals who deal with high res 1TB files. They have keen eyes. Everyone who saw the HD footage video from this camera was impressed.
    I already have a Canon DSLR but this is a great pocketable device that takes excellent P&S photos. It doesn't compare to my DSLR but that is not the point, it gives you fabulous images for anything under $500 in the size of a cellphone.
    In fact, the price of the camera is about the same price of a decent wide angle lens for my DSLR. Hence, the price of this camera was a no-brainer. 2.8 arpeture, 28mm wide angle lens. Enough said.

    The HD video worked great with my Mac workflow. Final Cut Pro handled the files with no problems. Again, I showed the footage to my friends in the professional broadcast industry and everyone was impressed.
    I second the recommendation that you should search Vimeo for some HD examples. Better yet, search for Cabel's review on the internet and download his original 720P Quicktime file.

    I only stumbled over this camera after watching 4-5 hour footage of Sonny Webby, VADO hd, Flip HD and Mino examples. I was not impressed with any of them except for the Vado. A single purpose HD camera or a HD/12 megapixel point-n-shoot?
    The other alternative is the Canon SD780IS bit for a little more money, you get a wide angle lens.



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  • Cannon Camera
    Cannon PowerShot SD960IS is a great little camera. Having previously owned Cannon cameras I wouldn't go with any other kind. As always, the take a great picture!...more info
  • Love it!!!
    Love this Cannon camera, able to use battery pack from my last camera I dropped and broke, (loved it too)....more info
  • Poor image quality for the Digic IV's....
    I wish Canon would get a clue and stop fighting the Megapixel war with the other manufacturers....they are all trying to cram too many mexapixel onto the tiny sensor and it shows with image quality. I'm a professional photographer and I've had several Canon point and shoots...my SD 870IS broke so I thought I would buy a new P&S. I bought this and tried it for a week and returned it. Image quality is okay in decent light, but really poor in low light. Waay too much noise. If canon had a clue they would step back to an 8MP camera and focus on high ISO performance. Stop trying to cram a professional amount of pixels into a cheap point and shoot already Canon! After i returned this camera I went online and bought a used SD 870 IS which is their BEST point and shoot of all time. Something happened when they went to the Digic IV on the 880 IS...

    If Canon would simply focus on image quality and high ISO with 6-8MP camera they would own the market. But instead, they'll continue to crank up the megapixels that no one needs and ruin image quality....I have a Large format 60" printer and I can take an 8MP image and blow it up poster size...who needs more? If you need more, then you'll own a professional digital SLR...

    I can't believe how much my old SD 870IS performs compared to all these new ones I've tried.

    Get a clue Canon...Shock the market and come out with an 8MP PS that performs instead of a 12-14 megapixel piece of trash!...more info
  • 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