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Canon Powershot SD960 IS
Canon Powershot SD960 IS

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot SD1400 IS.

Canon Powershot SD960 IS

We've given the SD960 IS a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

The SD960 is still a solid camera, but has been replaced by the SD1400, which does everything the SD960 can, in a smaller body for less money. Here's what we had to say about the SD960 when it was released in March 2009:

The Canon Powershot SD960 is a mini-marvel, with a 12.1 megapixel sensor and smooth, rounded design. While it's fairly typical in most respects: 4x optical zoom, face detection, wide-angle lens, it does have a few tricks up its sleeve. Namely: HD video mode, in 1280 x 720 resolution and an accompanying HDMI output.


  • 12.1 megapixels
  • HD movie mode with sound (1280 x 720 resolution, 30 minutes / 4GB)
  • 4x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens
  • JPEG file format
  • Face detection auto focus
  • ISO 80-1600
  • 2.8-inch widescreen LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage
  • HDMI output
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: SD960IS SL
  • UPC: 013803109047
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2009

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Canon Powershot SD960 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SD960 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent camera. (P. Sam — 03/29/2010)
Plus: fantastic images in outdoor, macro, sunsets, night shots. Minus: indoor shots a trifle noisy. But compared to other cameras of this price, BETTER . Verdict: A great compact camera. Best image quality than sonys or nikon or pana, at this price point of $199. I have used them all in the past. This one is a hands down winner.
  • 2.0 out of 5
Lousy camera for the money (Jeff priorier — 10/05/2009)

This camera is not very good. The Automode gives you crappy grainy pictures. HD Video is adequate. Sound is top notch though.

Canon should put a decent lens in this camera for shaper clearer pictures. If it were 50 bucks, I would keep it.

There are many better cameras out there.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awsomness ; D (Grase — 09/02/2009)

Its my first camera, and i thoguht it was the best i have ever used . Even though i don't have an older camera to compare it with, i still would recommend it and i have no clue why the camera would take blurry pictures, cuz mine sure doesn't o.o" It has simple buttons, and easy to understand once u get the hang of it, and it only took me 1-2 days. its cute and very conveniant for travelling or going on vacation. (:
(yea um.. i have.. ALOT of.. spelling mistakes.. Lol.. yea.. whatever.. screw that XD)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Scott — 08/08/2009)

I've had this camera for about 2 months and think it takes fantastic pictures and movies. This is my third digital camera and it's by far the best one I've ever had. The color quality is great and the 28 mm wide angle (about as wide as you're get with a point-and-shoot) makes a real difference for inside shots. The HD movie is much better than I expected. Nothing like typical digital camera movies. I also have a digital camcorder and this certainly takes comparable movies. Still trying to figure out how to transfer movies to PC without choppy video/audio. The owners manual said this would happen but I've got to think there's a way to do this, maybe with a firewire. Other than that, I'd highly recommend the SD960 IS !

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect... (samomamo — 05/04/2009)

This is a High Quality camera dont review if u don't have it . The pictures are very sharp and lifelike, the hd video is very very good if u compair it to Sanyo Xacti HD700 and HD 1000 i have them, and they are HD camcorders. I have the Canon SD750 for 2 years its a very good Camera too. But this is by far the best all in one cam. It records in .MOV so you just take the SD card out and put it in the computer and thats it its ready u can connect to tv with HDMI and its perfect quality. Yes u can get camcorder Like HF10 for videos but the format of the videos is so huge that 90% of computers cant play the files nicely. Anyway if u need something small and has video and photo then get this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurry images- poor camera (Gary — 04/28/2009)

I'm very disappointed in this camera. I'm returning it. I gave it to my family to use in the auto mode at an indoor baby shower. Most of the images were blurred, all were inferior image quality. As a point and shoot it doesn't work. You have to learn how to use this camera and that's not what I wanted- I wanted a point and shoot.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible pictures (Pedro — 04/14/2009)

What´s the point of having cool resources, cool design, cool blablabla and taking AWFUL pictures?

My old Sony DSC psc120 takes MUCH better pictures, this Canon is a total waste of money

By the way, the digital video has a pretty low quality, actually. Another lie to sell the camera...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Good Camera, not perfect though. (JOhn — 03/30/2009)

Although I have has this camera for only a week, I can ensure you it is a better camera than the SD88o, or at least fir the most part. The biggest downfall to the camera is the video quality, which is an upgrade from the past but far from a camcorder like quality. The battery is better than I hoped it would last so over all I would recommend the camera, if your worried about the controls I have had it for only a week and have no difficulty what so ever. Oh and when looking for reviews, be sure to check if they actually own the camera or if it is just a speculation. Hope that helped :)

  • 3.0 out of 5
SD 960 IS could be much better and faster. (John V — 02/23/2009)

I've compared the 9
SD960 IS compared to the SD 880 IS and in specifications the SD880 IS is a much faster camera shooting a minimum of 1.4fps but feels like more 2fps. The SD960 IS shoots according to its specifications at a measly 0.8 fps. This is very very slow and causes camera lag which I hate. Though the SD960 has HD movie recording this is still just resolution based the optical quality may very than a true HD camera output. I would like to see the sample the SD960 IS puts out but one thing is for sure at 0.8 fps it is one of the slowest in their market line. The SD 880 IS is MUCH MUCH faster, only whish in had better movie capability.