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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS / IXUS 950 IS


Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS 950 IS is a compact digital camera with an elegant stainless steel "Perpetual Curve" design. It features Image Stabilizer technology to reduce camera shake and continues Canon’s tradition of providing top-tier imaging technology in a slim, compact and easy-to-use package.

The Canon SD850 IS has 8.0 megapixels resolution and features 4x optical zoom. Unfortunately it loses the 28mm wide-angle lens on the SD800 IS and instead the lens starts at a standard 35mm.

There is a large 2.5-in. LCD with 230,000 pixels resolution and wide viewing angle for easier on-camera viewing. The LCD also has a protective cover (stain-proof fluorine coating, scratch-proof hard coating).

Face Detection FE technology ensures the subject's face will be in focus and properly exposed, even when using flash. The Auto ISO shift feature is enabled merely by pressing the Print/Share button and will raise the ISO speed to record at a shutter speed that avoids the effects of camera shake.

The Canon SD850 IS allows you to shoot a clip of 640x480 movie at 30fps until the SD memory card is full (4GB clips at a time or 1 hour, whichever is reached first). Take night pictures with a long shutter speed of 15 sec., and Scene Modes automate exposure settings for 10 different shooting situations.

The Canon Powershot SD850 IS Digital ELPH is a perfect high resolution compact, take-anywhere digital camera.


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Canon SD850 IS / IXUS 950 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot SD850 ISUS | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Image Sensor 8.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Lens Canon with Image Stabilization  
  Focal Length 5.8-23.2mm (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)  
  Maximum Aperture f/2.8(W) - f/5.5(T)  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Focusing Range

Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
Macro: 0.79 in.-1.6 ft./2-50cm (WIDE), 1.3-1.6 ft./40-50cm (TELE)
Digital Macro: 0.79 in.-1.6 ft./2-50cm (W)

  Auto Focus
TTL autofocus, Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)/Face Detect FE
Low-light AF-assist Beam
  Shutter Speed

15–1/1600 sec.

The shutter speed varies depending on the shooting mode.

Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.

  Exposure Control Program AE; AE Lock is available  
  Shooting Modes

Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Creative Light Effect), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie

Self-Timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom

Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.3 fps

  Light Metering Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Program AE; AE lock available
  Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder  

2.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage 100%

  ISO Sensitivity

Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)

  Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard  

1. Battery Pack NB-5L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30

Shooting Capacity: Still Image: approx. 230 shots (NB-5L/LCD on)*; approx. 700 shots (NB-5L/LCD off)
Playback Time: Approx. 360 min. (NB-5L)

* The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.

  Included Accessories
SD Memory Card SDC-32M
SD Memory Card SDC-32M, Battery Charger CB-2LX
AV Cable AVC-DC300, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Wrist Strap WS-700
Software CD: Digital Camera Solution
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 90.4 x 56.5 x 26.4 mm /
3.56 x 2.22 x 1.04 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 165 g (5.82 oz.)  
  MSRP US $399.99 / CDN $630  

All data is based on Canon’s testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

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