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Canon PowerShot SD950 IS / IXUS 960 IS


Canon PowerShot SD950 IS
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH is a compact digital camera with an elegant ultra light and ultra durable Pure Titanium body with the "Perpetual Curve" design. It continues Canon’s tradition of providing top-tier imaging technology in a slim, compact and easy-to-use package.

[Canon camera naming scheme can sometimes be quite confusing: in Japan and Europe the Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH is known as the Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS. Do not confuse with the Digital IXUS 950 IS.]

The Canon SD950 IS has 12.1 megapixels resolution, 3.7x optical zoom with optical image stabilization, a F2.8 maximum aperture, and a shutter speed range of 15-1/2,000 sec. There is a large 2.5-in. LCD with a high 230,000 pixels resolution and a wide viewing angle, anti-glare, and anti-scratch coating for easier on-camera viewing.

Canon Face Detection technology sets the focus, exposure and flash automatically.

The Canon SD950 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 of shooting) Time Lapse Movie (without sound) allows you to record events from a fixed perspective, such as the spectacle of a flower budding over time, or view changing elements in a short period.

The Canon Powershot SD950 IS Digital ELPH is the flagship model in Canon's Digital ELPH Series and recommended for those who desire a durable, fashionable and high resolution compact, take-anywhere point-and-shoot digital camera.


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Canon SD950 IS / IXUS 960 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot SD950 ISUS | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Image Sensor 12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Lens Canon with Image Stabilizer  
  Focal Length 7.7-28.5mm f/2.8-5.8 (35mm film equivalent: 36-133mm)
  Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
  Optical Zoom 3.7x  
  Shooting Distance / Macro

- Normal: 50cm/1.6 ft.-infinity
- Macro: 5-50cm/2.0 in.-1.6 ft. (W), 40-50cm/1.3-1.6 ft. (T)
- Digital Macro: 5-50cm/2.0 in.-1.6 ft. (W)
- Infinity: 3 m (9.8 ft.)–infinity
- Kids&Pets: 1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity

  Auto Focus

- TTL autofocus
- Face Detect/AiAF (9-point)/Center*1
*1 Size of AF frame can be selected

  Shutter Speed

15-1/1600 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1-15 sec.

  Exposure Control

Program AE, Auto ISO Shift; AE Lock

  Shooting Modes

Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie

Photo Effects: My Colors - Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom

- Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec., LP)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*10 (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time)*11
- High Resolution
1024 x 768 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*10 (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time)*11
- Compact (can record for 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
- Time Lapse (can record for 2 hours)
640 x 480 pixels (1 frame/sec., 0.5 frame/sec.) (15 frames/sec. during playback)

*10 Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512 MSH recommended).
*11 Even if the clip size has not reached 4 GB, recording will stop at the moment the clip length reaches 1 hour. Depending on the volume and data writing speed of the memory card, recording may stop before reaching 1 hour or before the recorded data volume has reached 4 GB.

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

Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.5 fps (Large/Fine)

  Light Metering

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center

  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 with wide viewing angle; Approx. 230,000 pixels; 100% coverage

  ISO Sensitivity

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

  Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card  

1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-5L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30 (optional)

Shooting Capacity: Still Image: approx. 240 shots (NB-5L/LCD on)*, approx. 580 shots (NB-5L/LCD off)
Playback Time: Approx. 360 min. (NB-5L)

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

  Included Accessories

- Memory Card
- Battery Pack NB-5L
- Battery Charger CB-2LX*12
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Wrist Strap

*12 The battery charger CB-2LXE is included with the camera in some regions

  Dimensions (W x H x D)

95.9 x 59.9 x 27.6 mm ( 3.78 x 2.36 x 1.09 in.)

  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 165 g (5.82 oz.)  
  MSRP US $449 | CDN $549.99 | UK £369 (Digital IXUS 960 IS)  

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

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