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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 (Light Blue)

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  • 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)
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Color: Light Blue
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: SD960IS Light Blue
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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Product Details

Color: Light Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.9 x 2.1 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001SER47E
  • Item model number: SD960IS Light Blue
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,639 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2009

Product Description

Color: Light Blue

From the Manufacturer

Immediate gratification is the pulse of today, and the PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH with its streamlined appeal wastes no time 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. Immediate satisfaction. Day-after-day delight. What could be better?

PowerShot SD960 IS Highlights

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
12.1-megapixel resolution, 4x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
Canon’s commitment to innovation defines the excitement of the PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH. 12.1-megapixel resolution is more than a number, it’s your cutting-edge link to the outstanding clarity and quality you’ve always wanted in your images. Think bold and big, because razor-sharp, oversized prints are a breeze. And think way beyond the typical picture format thanks to the 28mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom. Get the picture? It’s absolutely brilliant.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
The PowerShot SD960 IS 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 Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is so convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
The PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.

Widescreen 2.8-inch PureColor LCD II and wide viewing angle
The PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH gives you a large and wide 2.8-inch LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. Canon’s PureColor LCD II offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even when viewed at an angle. The screen is highly durable and easy to see in any light with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light--a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.
Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights


Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 20 Shooting Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

New Active display technology for quickly switching between images
Active Display is a fun new feature powered by an accelerometer built into the PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH. When browsing through your images in playback, just give the camera a quick shake to advance or return images one frame at a time. Tilting the camera will activate continuous image advance, and tilting at a further angle will make the images advance more quickly.
Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Simply tilt the SD960 IS to advance images


A World of Advantages with Canon’s Technology

DIGIC 4 image processor has evolved Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects and lets the shooter enter the frame seamlessly with the Face Detection Self-Timer.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, delivers evolved Face Detection Technology that keeps every face in every photo looking its very best. The 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.

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 advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

A Face Detection Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include the photographer’s face in a group shot, there’s no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, specify Face Detection Self-Timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer’s face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection tracks moving subjects in a much larger range, and the Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject after the shutter button is pressed halfway--allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Intelligent Contrast Correction
DIGIC 4 also makes possible the i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH can even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures. 1) Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken. 2) The PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback. 3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH features an ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded to 3200 when you select ISO 3200 Special Scene mode.

What's in the Box
  • PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH body
  • Lithium-ion battery pack (NB-4L)
  • Battery charger (CB-2LV)
  • Wrist strap (WS-DC7)
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB interface cable (IFC-400PCU)
  • AV cable (AVC-DC400)

Product Description

Canon PowerShot SD960 IS Digital Camera - Blue 3578B001 Digital Cameras

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This one is again, the best for the purpose of…Picture Quality is awesome & you can print as much as large as you can and get the same feel as seeing on a Computer. Read more ›
I developed them and framed the pictures. Everyone that sees the pictures think I had them professionally done because the quality was so amazing! It is so simple to use… Read more ›
It takes better video than my camcorder. The pictures are very crisp and the colors amazing. My only complaint is that you can't zoom in and out when taking a video, so… Read more ›
I like it. It's small, takes nice pictures, works well. The whole "shake to advance photo viewing" feature is fun to play with at first, but mostly useless in the long run. Read more ›
Shoots excellent underwater pictures with a strobe attached. Very clear pics on land, as well. Read more ›
Not the greatest for portrait photos, but good for landscapes photos & videos, and takes really good macro (close up) photos - perfect for anyone who need to take clear,… Read more ›
It takes almost a full second before the LCD shows a non-fuzzy picture after hand movement. -Video files are in Quick Time (.mov) format. Since my previous Canons store… Read more ›
I have a pic I wanted to share of my lil one on his big day at Chuck E Cheese. The video is great also! I video taped him eating his personalized cake from publix. Read more ›
the night shots are not very good. The video is good. the day shots are great Read more ›
My only complaint about all of the Canon ELPH cameras I've tried is…All in all, I'm happy with the SD960IS, and for the price, the ability to shoot HD video is a plus. O… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Overall it's a great camera, but just has it's own way of getting good results. The video is also great. I did some wreck video in B&W and some large animals with HD set. Read more ›
It's Quite easy to use. The Controls are well laid out. Don't know why people give it a bad rating based on GUI/menu/controls. Read more ›
Looks very stylish. Setting are easy to understand and I highly recommend that you utilize the different setting for taking different pictures in different environments. The… Read more ›
I travelled with someone who had the 780, and we frequently traded the same shot with both…The controls were easy to navigate, the viewscreen very wide/ large on the 960. Read more ›
3. Controls are easy to use once you get used to them. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
The headline more or less says it: bought this for my wife - she hated it because she could never find simple functions she needed. Also, the pictures, even at midday, were… Read more ›
There are too many steps to get it set where you want it. It is not simple to use, but I do like the choices once I remember how to get to them. I would not reccommend it… Read more ›
Had my previous Canon SD1000 stolen and wanted to replace it with a camera that had the same…This camera is more solid and easier to use than the SD1000 which I did like. Read more ›
No issue, I ran out and got another card. Once I started taking pictures, I expected that this easy to use camera would produce high quality images. Not so. Read more ›
Easier to use than higher grade models like a Panasonic LX-3, and smaller than a Canon G10/11. Read more ›
You can't go wrong with Canon. This camera is compact, easy to use and takes great pictures. Read more ›
Easy to use, great picture quality, nice features, HD video was main reason I went with this! Read more ›
We bought this camera 12 months ago and have been very pleased with the quality of the photographs it takes. The color balance is very good, and the sharpness is excellent. I… Read more ›
Although it would appear to be…And then after using the macro, I have to reopen the menu and go back to "kids and pets" to get decent color on my regular pictures. On… Read more ›
Can't say enough about it, compact, nice solid feel, extraordinarily sharp pictures, great color. The one negative thing I might say is when shooting wide angle, objects on… Read more ›
That being said, I have been impressed time and…The resolution is incredible, it handles light well, and has plenty of fun little color balance presets to play around with. Read more ›
They were impressed with the sharp image, stability, color and so was I. Read more ›
The pictures are amazing. They are extremely clear and the colors are vibrant-- not like my old Sony Cybershot (though it was kind of old) where the picture colors were dull. Read more ›
I'm extremely pleased with the quality of both pictures and video. The wide screen format is excellent for both pictures and video. Read more ›
The flash is best for harsh…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. Read more ›
Great camera. Especially like the wide screen and absolutely love finally being able to put the date on the bottom right of each picture. That's why I bought this camera. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Cons: Does not optically zoom when video recording, not stereo recording like v1253, screen size not as big as v1253. Battery is at 760 mAh versus Casio's 1300 mAh batteries. Read more ›
I was really looking for a >3x optical zoom (4x isn't a huge improvement, but it's enough for a 12.1mp camera) I actually really like the layout on this one, the huge… Read more ›
She took it to London for two weeks on vacation and it took…The battery life is excellent - although we had a backup battery she only needed to use it a couple of times. Read more ›
The kids-and-pets mode is wonderful for capturing my cat, who likes to move when I try to snap a…The battery life is good, not great but I can't expect much with that. I… Read more ›
The battery life is good, not great but I can't expect much with that. I don't think any camera's battery life is great these days. Read more ›
My wife loves this camera (it was her gift). The battery capacity is great. I cannot think of a con maybe with the exception of the color (my wife loves pink). Read more ›
Battery Life was outstanding. I would generally take over a hundred pictures a day and shoot several minutes of video and I never felt the need to carry an extra battery. Read more ›
-Transfer speed to the computer was very fast, especially since I am comparing it to my last camera that was the S550. -Battery life was great as well as compared to my S550. Read more ›
The battery life is excellent - although we had a backup battery she only…This has to be one of the best point and shoot cameras available, and the price was amazingly low. Read more ›
The underwater shots are REMARKABLE CLEAR!!! Lot of camera for a reasonable price!!!! Read more ›
* 1280x720p HD video. Not full HD, but still decent for the price * video image is sharp and bright (if well lit) Read more ›
Also, the shutterspeed is nice and quick. Best of all, Amazon had by far the best price around. If it didn't we would not have bought it here. Read more ›
Do not, however, mistake this power of the DIGIC IV processor to be perfect and free of…Compared to its class, however, the results are just great for the price point. Read more ›
I absolutely love it! The wide-angle lens is great for capturing landscapes, and is by far my favorite part of this camera. The picture quality is superb, the button… Read more ›
Good quality HD video, wide angle for up close work. I would like a stronger telephoto lens. Read more ›
It doesn't compare to my DSLR but that is not the point, it gives you…In fact, the price of the camera is about the same price of a decent wide angle lens for my DSLR. H… Read more ›
All are great cameras with pluses, but still searching for a camera that takes excellent photos for a pocket size camera, decent wide angle lens, and takes excellent hd… Read more ›
Samsung 24hd 24mm : good oled screen, good hd video stitching but poor picture quality, Kodak v1253 hd : good photos, good video, 37mm lens not wide, glitchy camera software, Read more ›
I don't expect professional quality from a camera like this, but it…Vibrant colors, good in lots of lighting conditions, decent zoom, good depth of field on basic settings. Read more ›
I saw my friend's cameras from different brands and nothing is like Canon. Easy to upload to the computer, great pictures, great colors, optical zoom, everything. Read more ›
I think it is a very good buy which suits all my purpose. HD Video, High resoloution images, decent zooming and a compact camera which i can carry. Read more ›
It is better than some camcorders I have tried. The only thing this camera is not very good with is zooming...lots of noise. If you use the macro for closeups and flowers… Read more ›
A better zoom would be nice, but it's OK for most things. I don't like the digital zoom so I never use it. Read more ›
VEry nice pictures outside..inside with flash is decent as well. My camera makes noise...when it's on..even the day i took it out of its package!!! Read more ›
For its ease of use, a variety of settings regarding light and color (including black and white and sepia), a decent little flash (which I almost never use) and for its… Read more ›
This is one electronics I…The research I found showed off an example portrait shot done under a bridge: bright back-light, yet the peole had great lighting (without flash). Read more ›
As an avid Canon user (Canon AE-1, S500, and S550), I decided it was finally worth the effort to upgrade out of the world of slow compact flash and go with the latest and… Read more ›
Using flash, I could never get rid of the red eye, and things looked harsh. I don't like flash with this camera. I've been reading about the Canon S95 and its low light… Read more ›
The pictures it takes are very clean and vivid. The size is perfect. My wife loves this camera (it was her gift). Read more ›
For its ease of use, a variety of settings regarding light and color (including black and white and sepia), a decent little flash (which I almost never use) and for its… Read more ›
I have a dedicated hard drive where I save originals, and for…That software can greatly reduce the size (e.g., 3 Mb to 200 Kb) without visibly damaging photo quality. Y… Read more ›
Perfect for my wife, she…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! L… Read more ›

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237 of 248 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on July 3, 2009
Color Name: Pink
My old tiny Casio Exilim 5 MP camera died- I loved that thing because it was so tiny and I took many more pictures because it fit in my pocket- and I had to get something for my trip to France. First bought the 970 thinking, ooh, 5x optical zoom. For someone used to ultracompact, that thing was huge and I didn't notice much difference between the 5x and the 4x or 3x zoom. I returned it and got the 960, which I stuck with. It is much smaller than the 970 though bigger than my old camera (won't fit in pants pocket too comfortably), but the wide-angle zoom makes a huge difference to the photos. I travelled with someone who had the 780, and we frequently traded the same shot with both cameras, and the picture quality was much better with the 960, though it is larger than the 780. The controls were easy to navigate, the viewscreen very wide/ large on the 960. The video quality is amazing. Aside from the size, the only downside was that it is a little slow to take repeat shots in action situations. However, the motion control is excellent and you can take shots while jogging without blurring. Sadly, I lost my new 960 at the airport (thankfully, I had downloaded the photos). I decided to replace it with the 780 because I'm not a photographer, thought having the very small camera would make up for the difference in picture quality. After 250 photos on the 960, and 2 days with the 780, I miss the wide-angle zoom and am considering getting another 960. It's not that much bigger than the 780, and the picture quality difference is significant.
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151 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Producer NY on March 24, 2009
Color Name: Silver
The true market for this camera is someone who wants to have one device that is compact, shoots excellent quality pictures, and has the capability of capturing 720P HD movies.

It's a Canon, so the image quality is a given. Tons of examples on Flickr if you simply search for "canon SD960" or "IXUS 110". Colors are true, not highly sharpened, low chromatic aberration, and rich with detail. Do not, however, mistake this power of the DIGIC IV processor to be perfect and free of noise at high zoom or ISO above 400. Compared to its class, however, the results are just great for the price point.

But the odds are you are looking at this camera not just for its stills ability, but the fact that it can also shoot HD movies.

So how does the HD perform. Here, the optical stabilization and optical zoom make this a far better choice than it's nearest hybrid competitor, the Flip HD. The Flip is a fun, very easy to use device, but the lack of image stabilization in camera makes the output very choppy and prone to a "jello" wobbling effect. The Canon has a much smoother output. A strong performer in low light (but expect more noise) and a really excellent result in natural light. For samples, my best recommendation is to search Vimeo -- they have the best HD streaming of uploaded videos, and looking at results on Youtube (even if "HD") doesn't do the camera justice.

In practice, Mac users will be happy to see that iPhoto can handle the whole offload process -- stills and movies. Launch iPhoto, turn on camera and load what you'd like. The movie files are H.264, and can be quickly edited in iMovie or Final Cut.

One worthy note on shooting movie and zoom. You frame your shot and set focus with a half push of the shutter button.
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101 of 112 people found the following review helpful By A. Soler on May 11, 2009
Color Name: Silver
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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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By HiDef Cineza on July 17, 2009
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
Unfortunately after 30 days of review and over 1000 pictures later I am returning this camera.

As an avid Canon user (Canon AE-1, S500, and S550), I decided it was finally worth the effort to upgrade out of the world of slow compact flash and go with the latest and greatest. What I found was a major disappointment.

PROS:
-Size of the camera is great for your pocket. It slips neatly away and is easy to retrieve.

-When pictures are clear, they look great for a point and shoot.

-I enjoyed using the wheel interface along with the actual UI that is on the camera.

-The HD movies were great both on the computer and played directly to my 46" Samsung LCD

-Transfer speed to the computer was very fast, especially since I am comparing it to my last camera that was the S550.
-Battery life was great as well as compared to my S550. At least twice as much use from the 960.

-The HD video constantly adjusted the white balance during capture which was very nice.

-Screen was clear and well integrated into the body of the unit.

NOTE: I didn't hear any strange sounds when zooming in/out using the movie mode (during playback).

CONS:
-Bright daylight images would show purple fringing around diffuse edges such as hair, trees, water, etc... Was made even worse if zoomed.

-In AUTO mode the camera constantly thought it should go into MACRO mode and pictures consistently were blurry. This was even worse at night, and absolutely HORRID if you gave the camera to a 3rd party to take a picture. 3rd parties usually don't use the method where you hold the button halfway so the camera can figure out what's going on.
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