The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS IXUS / Digital ELPH is an 8 megapixel compact point and shoot camera with a wide angle 3.8x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization.
The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS IXUS / Digital ELPH features a large 3.0 inch LCD screen and an ISO range of 100 to 1600. The camera measures 95.9 x 59.9 x 27.6 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.) and weighs approx. 165 g (5.8 oz.).
Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS Reviews
DevHardware reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“When it comes to image quality, my research shows that the Canon SD950 IS is excellent…I found that the SD950 produces good quality images up to ISO 200, and then quality started to diminish once you hit ISO 400. At ISO 800, only very small prints are usable, while larger prints will exhibit lots of image noise. ”
PhotographyReview reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The 12-megapixel sensor is for real with 4000 x 3000 pixel images and great image quality. The excellent metering and image stabilized lens mean you can trust the SD950 IS to come through with great pictures in most circumstances. The camera does fall short for action photos, with noticeable shutter-lag and poor shot-to-shot time. ”
PCMag reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“On our lab tests, the PowerShot SD950 delivered very strong performance. Daylight shots were awesome in their detail and clarity at ISOs of 100 and 200. At ISO 400, noticeable fuzziness crept in, and anything above that level was very noisy.”
ePhotozine reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“Aesthetically and cosmetically, I am bowled over by the Canon IXUS 960 IS. I think it is a lovely looking camera with its fluid curves. The large sensor will produce images with great quality up to most size enlargements…If quality is a big priority for you and you want a brand name you can trust to deliver, The Canon IXUS 960 IS is a serious contender”
PCWorld reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“Our test photos came out impressively sharp, with no distortion such as color banding and speckling (or noise). In most shots, images looked slightly underexposed, and colors weren’t as warm as we’d have liked. Overall, however, we were quite pleased with the results…At $450, the SD950 is pricey for a point-and-shoot, but if you’re looking for a compact camera that goes well beyond happy snaps, this is a heck of an attractive package.”
ImagingResource reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SD950 is an excellent performer no matter what aspect you consider, with superior focusing and low light performance matched with a powerful flash. And with a day-long battery, you couldn’t ask for a better traveling companion… No question, the Canon PowerShot SD950 is a Dave’s Pick.”
Cameras.uk reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 960 IS is one of the better point and shoot digital cameras when it comes to picture quality. Shutter delay times in my tests are a concern though and it will make the camera less attractive if you are planning to use the camera to photograph active children.”
PopPhoto reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The camera’s autofocus worked well even in low light when used with the focus-assist lamp. Face Detection identified subjects easily, even at a distance of about 20 feet. The camera automatically focuses and exposes on faces in the frame when Face Detection AF is enabled in the camera’s setup menu. While Face Detection works well with head on shots, the camera is unable to recognize faces shot from the side.”
Unbeatable reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The images we achieved were very impressive too, vivid natural colours and sharp edges stood out to deep black levels. We found that image noise only started to creep in at around ISO 800 as before that setting it was very minimal and not visible on the print itself let alone on a PC screen. Battery life is also good at around 240 images from a single charge.”
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“As for our indoor results, the SD950’s flash did well during our tests when shooting from about 5 feet away using the mid telephoto end of the zoom range. The flash has an effective range of 15 feet at wide angle, which should be sufficient for most of your indoor needs.”
PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS biggest image quality problem is noise – it produces noise-free images at ISO 80 and 100, but ISO 200 shows some noise and slight blurring of detail. ISO 400 has quite visible noise and the fastest setting of ISO 1600 is best avoided at all costs.”
ePhotozine reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“With the ISO tests the Canon 950 really excels. ISO80 to ISO200 have no visible noise, and at ISO400 there is only a small amount visible on close inspection. At ISO800 a little more digital noise is starting to appear, and at ISO1600 there is pixelation in many areas of the picture..Simple enough to use, even for newcomers to digital, the IXUS 950 is a good all rounder that comes highly recommended.”
CNET reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“The good: Sleek design with titanium casing; great image quality; optical image stabilization; face detection; optical viewfinder. The bad: No manual exposure controls, slightly sluggish performance. The bottom line: Canon’s SD950 IS looks great and can take very nice images, but the digital camera’s whopping 12 megapixels will leave you waiting between shots. ”
GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS and writes;
“Image noise performance was also solid with the unit achieving a result of 0.67 per cent at ISO 100 which isn’t near the top of the pack but it is more than adequate. Our shots were smooth and speckle free, with little in the way of graininess. The image noise also scaled well as we increased the sensitivity, with even shots captured at ISO 800 being usable in a pinch at small print sizes.”
Canon Powershot SD950 (IXUS960) IS News Release
Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced two new compact PowerShot Digital ELPH Cameras – the top-of-the line 12.1-megapixel PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and the status-setting 8.0-megapixel resolution PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH. Both cameras still have the alluring charm and color that keep them ahead of the aesthetic curve, but now they are also loaded with advanced features and functions, making them perfect for the trend-setting techie. For the consumer attending a sunny backyard soiree, a relaxing respite getaway or an electrifying night on the town, these two Digital ELPH cameras continue to hold court as the perfect combination of beauty and brains. Canon’s PowerShot Digital ELPH cameras verify the adage that you can never be too (feature) rich or too stylishly thin.
The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH cameras build on Canon’s original, iconic box and circle design while maintaining their own identity. The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH camera is sophisticated, sensual and strikingly elegant, while the PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera is sleek, sassy and serves as a fashion statement. Both Digital ELPHs are lightweight and compact, allowing them to fit unobtrusively into a small purse or shirt-pocket, and be whipped out easily to capture a memorable moment.
“Don’t be fooled by their stunning good looks,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH cameras are filled with top-performing features that deliver extraordinary results.”
The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH Camera is designed for the sophisticated point-and-shoot user looking for top-level functionality in a compact, elegant package. This camera continues the ELPH tradition with its full-body titanium good looks, featuring sinuous curves and advanced design, while standing on its own with optimal performance. The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH camera is equipped with upgraded features such as 12.1-megapixel resolution, 3.7x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer (OIS) for steady shooting and a next-generation version of Canon’s Genuine Face Detection technology. This pure titanium powerhouse has a DIGIC III image processor, red-eye correction, an optical viewfinder and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD screen with scratch-resistant and anti-reflection coating for easy viewing at any angle. All of this packs a powerful punch, but takes it easy on the pocketbook at an estimated selling price of $449.99*.
The PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH Camera is ideal for style-conscious photo enthusiasts with impeccable taste who want their substance to keep pace with their style. The PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera is built on a foundation consisting of one-part Canon technology – 8.0-megapixel resolution, 3.8x wide-angle optical zoom with optical image stabilization and a DIGIC III processor with Advanced Face Detection Technology– and one-part fashion accessory – with its smooth curves, sleek mode dial and the option of a black or silver lens ring that’s sure to complement any taste or style. This sassy shooter’s wide-angle zoom lens makes it a snap to capture large group shots at a favorite hang-out, the wide expanse of a sandy beach on a vacation or the throngs of people at a red-carpet event. The extra-large three-inch PureColor LCD screen with scratch-resistant and anti-reflection coating also makes it easy to view and review these great shots. All this great photo-creating fun is available for an estimated selling price of $399.99*.
New Canon PowerShot Digital Camera Lines’ Shared Technological Advancements
The "brain" of these new PowerShot cameras is DIGIC III, the gold standard on all new Canon digital cameras. The DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera’s higher performance levels, including faster start-up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long-lag competitors in the dust. The DIGIC III chip design improves image quality and offers more efficient power consumption, resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.
ADVANCED FACE DETECTION
With Canon’s new Genuine Face Detection technology, the camera can detect up to nine forward-looking human faces in a scene. The Face Detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure and flash to ensure the best possible results. Using Canon’s Face Detection, photographers can keep up to nine faces in focus at any one time no matter where they are within the image. Working in concert with Face Detection, the “Red-Eye Correction” feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. Images can be corrected manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. Canon’s new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture-taking moments, helping users ensure in-focus smiles, and assist in the elimination of over-exposed faces.
OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION
The extended zoom range of the camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon’s lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest hand-held shake is magnified to picture blurring proportions. Superior to electronic image stabilization systems that simply use software to mask movement, OIS actually shifts the lens proportionately to compensate for unwanted motion, making it easier to snap great images. The OIS found in Canon PowerShot digital cameras is based on technology developed for Canon’s renowned high-end professional EOS SLR cameras.
The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low-light conditions without a flash.
PRINTING MADE EASY
All Canon PowerShot digital cameras work seamlessly with Canon’s compact photo printers to deliver stunning high-quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer, press the Print/Share button, and moments later a brilliant, borderless 4” x 6” print begins to emerge; it’s that simple. Canon’s compact photo printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.
HIGH-CAPACITY MEMORY CARD CAPABILITY
As an added convenience, Canon PowerShot digital cameras also accommodate MultiMedia MMC and MMC+ memory cards, as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high-capacity SDHC memory cards. This way, consumers do not have to carry around multiple memory cards in order to be able to continue to save those special moments during extended vacations or high-photo-taking adventures. Canon PowerShot owners can travel in sleek style.
The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH Cameras are scheduled to be available in stores in September. Both new cameras kits provide everything a photographer needs to start enjoying these wonderful products as soon as they are purchased, including a rechargeable battery pack, battery charger, 32MB MMC memory card, and software as well as USB interface cable, AV interface cables and wrist strap.