Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS Review
(also known as the Canon Digital ELPH SD950 IS)

Review Date: October 1st 2007
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR  
Type 1/1.7 CCD
Effective Pixels Approx.12.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
IMAGE PROCESSOR
Type DIGIC III with iSAPS technology
LENS  
Focal Length 7.7 - 28.5 mm (35mm equivalent: 36 133mm)
Zoom Optical 3.7x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom). Combined approx. 15x
Maximum f/number f/2.8 f/5.8
Construction 7 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical elements including 1 double-sided UA element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)
FOCUSING
Type TTL
AF System / Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed centre)
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 5cm
EXPOSURE CONTROL  
Metering Modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* AUTO, High ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
SHUTTER
Speed 15 1/1,600 sec
(Shutter speeds of 1 sec. and more available in Long Shutter Mode only)
WHITE BALANCE  
Type TTL
Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
VIEWFINDER
Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
LCD MONITOR  
Monitor 2.5 P-Si TFT, approx. 230,000 pixels
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of fifteen levels
FLASH
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE
Built-in Flash Range 50cm - 4.6m (W) / 2.4m (T) (at ISO AUTO equivalent)
External Flash Canon's High Power Flash HF-DC1
SHOOTING  
Modes Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene (Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200)
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.5 fps (until memory card becomes full)
RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION
Image Size (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 2592 x 1944, (M3, Postcard Date Imprint) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 4000 x 2248. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Movies (L1)1024 x 768, 15 fps
(L2)640 x 480, 30fps/30fps(LP)
(M)320 x 240, 30fps
(S)160 x 120, 15fps
(Time Lapse) 640 x 480, 0.5/1fps (Playback 15fps)
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour (L1, L2 and M)
Up to 3 mins (S)
Up to 120 mins (Time Lapse)
FILE TYPES  
Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)]
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)
DIRECT PRINT
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes
OTHER FEATURES  
Red-Eye Correction Yes, in playback
My Camera Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Sound Memo Up to 60 sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian
INTERFACE
Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
MEMORY CARD  
Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus. 32MB memory card supplied
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
PC Macintosh Windows 2000 SP4 / XP SP2 / Vista
Mac OS X v10.3 - 10.4
SOFTWARE  
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Drivers TWAIN (2000)
POWER SOURCE
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 240 shots
Approx. 360 min. playback
AC Power Supply Optional, AC adapter kit ACK-DC30
ACCESSORIES  
Case Soft Leather Case DCC-70, Digital IXUS Metal or Leather Strap
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC19, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Operating Environment 0 40 C, 10 90% humidity
Dimensions 95.9 x 59.9 x 27.6mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight (body only) Approx. 165g
   
Zoom Depending on the image size selected
Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording
Modes Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200
Continuous Shooting Large/Fine with LCD monitor off
Depending on memory card speed / capacity
Movie Length Depending on memory card speed / capacity
Battery Life Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
   
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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