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Canon PowerShot SD950IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 3.7x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Titanium)

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  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 3.7x image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.5-inch wide-viewing-angle LCD display
  • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
  • 18 shooting modes, including 11 special scene modes; Print/Share button
  • Powered by NB-5L lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD or MMC memory cards (32MB MMC memory card included)
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Technical Details

Style: Titanium
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: SD950IS
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3.7 x
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Product Details

Style: Titanium
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches ; 5.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V1VG2O
  • Item model number: SD950IS
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,905 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at August 19, 2007

Product Description

Style: Titanium

From the Manufacturer

The PowerShot SD950IS Digital ELPH, with its curved sleek titanium body, is as powerful as it is exquisite: There's a high resolution 12.1-megapixel CCD, an Optical Image Stabilizer, and 3.7x optical zoom. Face Detection Technology is also on board to automatically give you just the shot you're looking for. Auto ISO Shift and ISO 1600 let you command low light like a pro. There's even a high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD that makes shooting and playback a delight.

High Resolution, Extra Durabilty
Pure titanium 12.1-megapixel Digital ELPH redefines elegance and power in an ultra-compact "perpetual curve" design.

Ultra-durable, ultra-light pure titanium--it's what gives the PowerShot SD950IS Digital ELPH its look of distinction and sets it apart from the crowd. But tasteful good looks are only the beginning of what makes this Digital ELPH so extraordinary. Its powerfully curved design perfectly nestles in the palm of your hand, so you'll want to take this camera everywhere. Plus, the 12.1-megapixel CCD gives you the superior resolution you need to capture the world around you in opulent detail enabling you to print, enlarge, and even crop your images in any fashion you choose.

Catch Them in Motion
Optical Image Stabilizer Technology with an extended-range 3.7x optical zoom.

Life doesn't give you second chances to capture special times. That's why the elegant PowerShot SD950IS Digital ELPH is equipped with Canon's acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake, one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you'll be proud to shoot and share. And 3.7x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer Technology are so convenient with which to shoot subjects in distance. Just turn it on, it functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Canon Technology Maximizes Quality and Performance
Genuine Canon Face Detection sets the focus, exposure, and flash automatically, leaving you free to compose a group, capture an unguarded moment, or coax the perfect smile.

DIGIC III features Face Detection technology, giving you the best possible results in any shooting situation. Face Detection AF/AE sets the focus point and exposure for the faces of your subjects. Face Detection FE adjusts the flash to correctly illuminate your subject to provide the best balance between your subject and the overall scene, eliminating the common problems of over- and underexposed faces.

18 Shooting Modes, Including 11 Special Scene Modes

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions.

The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.

Camera M
The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.

Color Accent
Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.

Color Swap
Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.

Digital Macro
Shoot larger-than-life close-ups with one-button simplicity.

Stitch Assist
Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.

Shoot in High Resolution (1024 x 768 at 15 frames per second [fps]), VGA (640 x 480 at 30 fps/30 fps LP), and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour or 4GB, QQVGA (160 x 120 at 15 fps) for up to 3 minutes or Time Lapse (640 x 480 at 1 second/2 second intervals) for up to 2 hours.

Special Scene Modes

The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."

Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.

Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.

Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.

Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.

Achieve proper flash-free exposure and natural hues at indoor aquariums.

Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. (Note: Optional Waterproof Case WP-DC19 required for shooting any underwater images. Waterproof case not included--must be purchased separately.)

ISO 3200
Expands the user's ability to shoot in dark settings without using the flash.

Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.

Kids and Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.

Night Snapshot
Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.

See the Image in a Big Screen
Optical viewfinder plus large high-quality 2.5-inch PureColor LCD screen for bright, accurate color with great viewing from a wide angle and with an anti-glare, anti-scratch coating.

The camera's 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing, or showing off your images. This extra-durable, high-resolution screen with tough scratch-resistant coating on the anti-reflective, PureColor LCD screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback, and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

Canon Innovation Enhances Your Experience
DIGIC III Image Processor with red-eye correction for sharper images and improved functionality.

With DIGIC III, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What's more, DIGIC III enables Canon's Face Detection Technology and red-eye correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. Red eyes can be corrected during playback.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Red-eye Correction detects and corrects red-eye during playback. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode.

The PowerShot SD950IS Digital ELPH features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

The Complete Print Solution
Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers, CP, and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers.

The PowerShot SD950IS Digital ELPH's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SD950IS Digital ELPH to a Canon CP, SELPHY, or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button, and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printer.

What's in the box:

Canon PowerShot SD950 Digital ELPH camera, lithium battery pack NB-5L, battery charger CB-2LX, MMC Plus card MMC-32MH, wrist strap WS-700, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC300

Product Description

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH, with its curved sleek Titanium body, has a high-resolution 12.1 megapixel CCD, an Optical Image Stabilizer and 3.7x optical zoom. Face Detection Technology is also on board to automatically give you the best possible results in any shooting situation. Auto ISO Shift and ISO 1600 let you command low light like a pro. There s even a high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD that has a wide viewing angle, Night Display for easy viewing in low light, and an anti-glare, anti-scratch coating.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This is a wonderful pocket camera. The pictures are great. Would recommend it to anyone who loves getting the picture on the fly. Read more ›
I have had this camera for over 3 years now and its my best point and…The resolution is fantastic and the clarify of the pictures are as good as my Nikon D5100 (55mm lens). Read more ›
This camera is the best point and shoot. The pictures are clear and defined. Many point and shoots do not have the definition. Read more ›
The movies are fantastic!!! Who would think a camera for digital photos which are great, would also take great movies. Highly recommend. Read more ›
I have a Camera with 7.2 MP, and I bought this Cannon camera thinking I could have a…I'm dissapointed for this Cannon camera, the pictures are not great how I expected. T… Read more ›
Just pop out the SD card from the camera and stick it in the laptop for faster transfer. The image stabilizer works very well. Read more ›
I love the color swap and color accent options, they can give some pretty interesting photos. Takes great night shots and macro mode is awesome. Read more ›
There are enough features and options to get really technical about your photography, but the auto setting is good enough to take mindless snapshots and have high quality… Read more ›
It is a great snapshot camera, and the scene modes work well at their preset settings. Enjoy! Read more ›
This is a "high end" pocket sized digital which takes very nice pictures. The controls are intuitive for anyone with basic digital camera experience. It's size and weight… Read more ›
You can do almost anything you want. Nearly everything in the menu system is intuitive (very important). Read more ›
Camera was easy to setup and use. All features are well thought out. The lcd screen is larger which makes it easier to view. Read more ›
For being a compact camera this camera takes great pics. The features are easy to use and understand. The best feature are the 12 mega pixels the camera has. Read more ›
Great pictures and features. It's able to get great pictures at night, indoor or outdoors. easy to use. I'm very satisfy with my camara. Read more ›
I'm very happy with this camera. Easy to use and it was fun to try out the different functions. Read more ›
This camera is a perfect machine. Everything works, it's easy to use, eventhougt you have to spend a lot of time if really want to take advantange of all gadgets it has. Exc… Read more ›
I personally like the vivid color options to bring out the blue in the sky or water, etc... The menu is very easy to get used to as well as all the other functions. If this… Read more ›
Well made. Real easy to use. My kids are even taking videos with it. Read more ›
Image quality is fantastic. The face detection feature works as described, and colors are clear and vibrant. Read more ›
Instead, I…Sure, I would shoot 3 or 4 of the same scene and select the sharpest, but consistently, the array of images were sharp, colors excellent and exposure very good. Read more ›
But it works. Great viewscreen, and excellent color. What sold me on this one as opposed to the other models is the very short shutter lag. Read more ›
Of course we can not expect miracles from a compact camera, but it does do a great job. Image quality is excellent, colors are amazing and images are sharp. Thanks to the… Read more ›
Great camera for the size, fits in my pocket but I can still take great close up shots and fantastic true color high rez photo's. The pets and children setting was a surprise! Read more ›
To my amazement, the result was just the opposite. The detail, sharpness, clarity and color in the photos taken with the SD950IS were noticeably better. I don't intend to… Read more ›
Its super easy to use and produces beautiful pictures in all sorts of…The zoom is great and does not compromise picture quality or clarity even at its maximum range. Yo… Read more ›
I found out by accident that it works well with my Brother…I was amazed to see the 15X total zoom, which was much easier to use than any of my previous digital cameras. T… Read more ›
2) Menu easy to understand and deal with 3) powerful zoom 4) good battery life. Read more ›
Canons are great cameras - this one in particular has 12+ megapixels and an excellent optical zoom level. I was amazed to see how well the zoom worked and how clear the… Read more ›
Whether this is your first Digital Elph or an upgrade, you won't be disappointed: Beautiful color, high resolution and accurate auto focus, automatic lens cover, image… Read more ›
Just got back from Hawaii…The anti-shake feature is awesome for those zoom in's that traditionaly you would have to be perfectly still inorder to not get a blurry picture. Read more ›
--LCD screen is really small. The compact point and shoot with the large LCD is really nice for showing off photos in the photo view mode --When you zoom, everything is out… Read more ›
The camera turns on fast and also has a fast auto focus. The LCD is large, clear, bright, and very nice. Read more ›
Before I had to take low light shots with the timer to prevent shake just by pushing the shot…The screen resolution is excellent and viewable from good side angles. The… Read more ›
I've had a dozen different digital cameras from vivitar to…The lcd is big, bright and beautiful and it has a viewfinder as well and offers tons of little tricks. i love it! Read more ›
Finally, I dumped my Olympus Stylus 750 because…Before getting the Olympus, I had read on their site that the LCD was "bright" with new technology that would not wash out. Read more ›
This is a good camera for the price. Very good image quality, fast shutter speed, clear picture display. Just wishing it to be a 3" or 3.5" LCD, then it will be perfect. Read more ›
The special features for videos and…Best of all is the compact size which allows me to have it with me all the time to catch those special shots that are unplanned. Can… Read more ›
I use both a Canon 5D full size SLR (12 MP) and a Canon 1Ds Mark III (21 MP) and this little Powershot really impresses me for its size, picture quality and unbelievably… Read more ›
I love to capture those memorable spontaneous moments that can only be taken with a small, fast pocket sized camera, but I am not willing to accept poor quality photos to… Read more ›
It is an excellent, well-built and compact camera overall. It does most of things well for its size. No camera is perfect for all occasions. Read more ›
This camera is great! I love the small size and it takes really crisp, clear pictures with amazing color! I love it! Read more ›
I am not a professional photographer, but I have…I love the size, simplicity, and I have had to read the book to check out several features but they are not complicated. Read more ›
So…This camera takes beautiful photos - better out doors than indoors, but there are enough manual functions you can tweak to compensate, and the videos are awesome as well. Read more ›
I have been able to take pictures on the highest resolution and have enlargements done for 16x20 and the quality is still amazing. The video function is great as well. It's… Read more ›
If any concert lovers choose to…You can easily record an entire track with great sound and pretty decent video quality, with the ability to adjust the zoom while recording. Read more ›
This is one really great little camera. Takes very sharp pictures and video, and it is very user friendly. Read more ›
Great features and options. I us it underwater and love the video and photo capabilities. The sound capture underwater puts you in the action with the diver. Read more ›
I am giving five stars to this camera. I particularly love its video recording function. It is the best among all the digital cameras (DV's exluded, of course) I have ever… Read more ›
Up until then, I was extremely happy and satisfied with this camera. Its size is perfect to carry in a purse, and I keep it in a leather carry case to protect the LCD screen. Read more ›
I previously had a Sony Cyber-shot that I was very happy with easy to carry and very good pictures. But the light sensor went out at 2 + years the 5 year warranty turned… Read more ›
I am well pleased with my new camera. I love the look, the size and the camera bag included it makes it convenient to carry around. As for the pictures it takes excellent… Read more ›
I've been a Canon fan for a number of years and rely upon…The dslr provides me the range of photographic creativity I often seek however it is not convenient to carry 24/7. Read more ›
The camera is an unbelievable 12 MP and is wonderful to use, slim and silver and elegant. The case is distinctively Coach and very functional and beautiful to carry. The… Read more ›
I upgraded from a Canon Powershot S30 (awesome camera) to this about two…It is a very comfortable camera to hold and the buttons are easy to find and reach, not in the way. Read more ›
I liked this camera for the few days I had it. I thought the review button was an interesting new addition but it stopped working after a few uses. I returned it for a… Read more ›
The Canons SD770 and…Even though they were "only" 10MP, they had newer technology from Canon: Motion Detection and Infinity and cute buttons in all new small packages. Read more ›
PROS Well designed -- No weird power button issues SD850 has, flash is in the right place, great Canon interface, titanium feels very durable and light. IQ -- Excellent… Read more ›
Small, fast, and takes excellent pictures. Very intuitive user interface. Read more ›
As the owner of the progression of Canon digitals, this one is probably the best. And, the price is reasonable. Read more ›
How I loved this camera; too bad we couldn't find replacement parts at reasonable prices when it fell. I've purchased another Canon (PowerShot SX230 HS 12.1 MP) as a… Read more ›
amazon service was fast, accurate and the best price. other vendors prices were $100.00 or more for the product. Read more ›
But the quaility of the pictures that this camera takes is…I got a great price from the vendor on Amazon and the camera was delivered quickly during the holiday season. Read more ›
When I use this camera, people wanna look at it and hold it. It takes excellent pictures, is stylish, and was a great price for the newest technology in cameras. I would… Read more ›
The case is a nice genuine Coach brand bag, although made in China--I assume like the rest of the Coach line. The bag is very snug fitting which is nice, however, the metal… Read more ›
Bottom Line: Buy the regular(non-Coach) edition and use the savings to purchase a decent case that is easy to remove the camera from and which doesn't sratch the devil out… Read more ›
Was worried because I usually buy from amazon directly but was surprisely happy how quickly the package came in…Good price for the camera and the nice coach camera case. Read more ›
Our daughter has one and takes such good pics that we decided to get the same model. Love the titanium case and large LED display. Haven't taken anything but… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

221 of 231 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2007
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Got it 2 days ago and I'm impressed. Other reviews on net generally like the camera but think price is somewhat high and 12 MP is overkill. A) It is expensive; all new camera models are high for several months when they come out. If you can afford it without problem then you get it now. Otherwise your choice is perhaps the SD850 at $150 less or waiting a while for price drop. B) The same overkill thing was said when 5 MP, 6 MP, .... became widely available. 12, 8, 5, and lower MP settings are readily available without entering menu. I set mine on 8 MP and, if desired, will change to 12 MP if the thought occurs for special pics. Now that you can order poster sized prints for cheap prices on Shutterfly and SnapFish you'd be amazed by the ease, cost and quality of them. Also hard drive space has gotten cheap and you could keep 1000's of 12 MP files on $20 worth of hard drive space now.
The other reviews have it right on the quality of the camera and its results. The photos are sharp, color accurate and, in Manual mode, have many SLR, non-auto type choices such as WB, exposure setting, shutter speed (long exposure) setting, color accent, focus lock, .....; The movie setting is simple to use, gives you choice of HD (15 fps, sl. jerky at rapid movement but with quality sharpness or 30 fps standard). Easy to import into iMovie without added Canon software (don't know about PC ease). Manual is logical though 220 pages in English. Has few errors, particularly for long shutter speed it states pressing "menu" but should read "disp." Finally, I dumped my Olympus Stylus 750 because I absolutely could not take photos outside on sunny days due to LCD washout and NO VIEWFINDER. Before getting the Olympus, I had read on their site that the LCD was "bright" with new technology that would not wash out. That's why I did not consider the SD700, 800, 1000, ... which have no viewfinder. That said, the 950 LCD really works well outside though I've only used it a couple times outside thus far.
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148 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Dock on November 19, 2007
Style Name: Titanium
I am not too much into the digital camera world but I bought this one for my wife who previously owned a Sony DSC P100. After reviewing several web sites, especially one that only compares different pictures in different situations for a lot of cameras, the SD950 was the one that gave overall the best pictures. At least the review was not biaised by the impressions and subjectivity of the reviewer, just pictures taken by digital cameras.
I was first tempted by a Panasonic DCM-TZ3 which has on paper better specs. However, shots in low light are disappointing for the Pana and the flash is awful, the pictures taken are not at all balanced.
So to come back to the Canon Powershot SD 950 (Or Ixus 960 I believe, depending on your country):
=> I was first impressed by the quality that you feel when you open the box, presumably because of the titanium; but at this level of price, this is normal!
=> This is a very intuitive camera, the ergonomy is good: it is true that the on/off button is close to the shutter button but it was the same with the Sony: all it takes is a bit of habit. Also the movie mode is very easy to use, much easier than with the Sony. You can also basically post edit your film with the supplied software.
=> The pictures taken are great, I will not post some here, you can go to flickr. The 12MP can be a drawback, especially if you upload a lot of pictures but of course you can set-up your camera to take only 8MP pictures for instance.
=> The lens is bright for a point and shoot and the numeric noise is well mastered, even in low light conditions.
=> The Image Stabilizing feature works very well, Canon used here an optical solution, which is much, much better than a numeric IS found on cheaper cameras.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By SP3204 VINE VOICE on January 27, 2008
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I'm a Canon convert with this camera. I've had several small point and shoot cameras - this is hands-down the best I've owned. The previous one had some serious issues with the images, they were over-processed - detail was fuzzed out and there was nothing you could do about it. Some of the megapixel race cameras (that was 10mp) have issues because of that in-camera processing. This Canon has absolutely excellent quality images, and the camera is everything I could hope for in a camera this size. I'm amazed how well the SD950 captures the essence of light - previous cameras have been a compromise but this camera captures sunsets, clouds, vegetation, people with life-like colors. The face recognition technology makes amazingly good people shots. I like the tiny format for being able to take it with me all the time - I can bring my DSLR on planned outings, but the little Canon is always ready.

I have pretty big hands and this camera is easy for me to grip and handle - other reviews noted this and they are absolutely correct. It looks sleek and smooth, but it's nearly perfect in terms of gripping it and controlling it.

All-in-all, this seems to be the nearly perfect shirt pocket point and shoot camera!


Pocketable, viewfinder (small but better than not having one), bright and wide view LCD display, intuitive simple controls, nice telephoto zoom, image stabilization, easy menu operation, automatic modes almost always capture what you want, excellent - especially for a 12mp camera - images, superb movie mode, decent album and editing software, easy downloading.


Limited manual operation, while shooting, thumb can open battery door if you're not careful, USB door barely opens enough to get plug in.
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