Canon Powershot SD960 IS Brief Review


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  • 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
  • Release Date: 2009-03-15
  • Final Grade: 81 4.05 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon Powershot SD960 IS
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
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The SD960 is still a solid camera, but has been replaced by the SD1400, which does everything the SD960 can, in a smaller body for less money.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.

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