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Canon Digital IXUS 970 IS Compact Camera - Silver (10.0 MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.5 inch High Resolution PureColor LCD II (discontinued by manufacturer)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Exclusive Digital IXUS design with Multi Control Dial
  • 10.0 Megapixels
  • Canon 5x optical zoom with enhanced optical Image Stabilizer (IS)
  • Motion Detection Technology, High ISO Auto and IS for the total anti-blur solution
  • Enhanced Face Detection Technology with Face Select & Track and white balance control for great people shots
  • Red-Eye Correction in shooting and playback
  • Fast response times and superb image quality with renowned DIGIC III and iSAPS technology
  • 2.5" high resolution PureColor LCD II and optical viewfinder
  • 18 shooting modes including Sunset scene mode
  • 30 fps VGA movies with Long Play and Time Lapse Movies
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 9.6 x 2.7 cm ; 154 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 2567B006AA
  • ASIN: B0015RXA1S
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Mar 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,859 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description


Inspired by the smooth curves of the human form, the moulded body of the Digital IXUS 970 IS fits comfortably in the hand and incorporates Canon know how: intelligent automatic features that produce flawless snapshots. Canon know how includes the brand new Motion Detection Technology feature, which determines the movement of the camera and subject so that everyone can say bye-bye to blur.

The Digital IXUS 970 IS incorporates other leading technologies including a
2.5” PureColor LCD II screen, DIGIC III image processor and 5x zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (IS). Together with enhanced Face Detection Technology and Auto Red-Eye Correction as an option in shooting mode, these features offer a significant step up in technologies.

IXUS 970 IS Highlights

10.0 Megapixels

The number of megapixels determines the amount of sharp detail a digital camera can record. With more megapixels, you can print at larger sizes, plus crop and enlarge without sacrificing quality. IXUS cameras provide all the resolution you need for finely detailed, photo-quality prints with plenty of scope for post-shoot cropping.

A full 10.0 megapixels of resolution ensure rich depth and detail, and lets you enlarge and crop images freely.

5X Optical Zoom

The camera's Genuine Canon 5x Optical Zoom not only gets you in close, but performs with all the clarity and brilliance you'd expect from the world's leader in advanced optics technology.


Optical Image Stabilizer

Any slight shake while hand-holding a camera can cause blurred photos. Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology ensures crisp, clear images by detecting and correcting this camera shake. The camera is able to microscopically adjust its own lens with absolute accuracy up to 4,000 times every second, so the image you see is the image you capture. Image Stabilizer is especially useful at full zoom, which exaggerates camera movements, and in low-light settings that call for slower shutter speeds.

Motion Detection Technology / High ISO/IS

Canon’s Motion Detection Technology uses several methods to detect camera and subject movement and set exposure accordingly. The brightness of subject and background, movement of the subject (based on comparison of frames over time) Face Detection information and camera shake information from the optical Image Stabilizer (IS) gyros are all taken into account. Where motion is detected the camera automatically selects the appropriate ISO level to achieve a shot with minimal noise and zero blur.

Face Detection Technology

Utilising the power of DIGIC III, Canon’s Face Detection Technology ensures superb people shots by automatically detecting subjects in the frame and setting the correct focus, flash level and exposure.

Red Eye Correction

This popular feature can now remove red-eye automatically during shooting, as well as in playback mode.


The massive processing capacity of DIGIC III paves the way for advanced features such as Face Detection Technology and Red-Eye Correction, while exceptional processing speed delivers outstanding responsiveness, fast and accurate auto focus and extended continuous shooting. Linking all key camera functions for maximum efficiency, all DIGIC processors achieve brilliant image detail, clarity and colour reproduction,while delivering long, high quality movies and more shots from a single charge.

2.5" LCD Screen

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 II screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient.

Sunset Scene Mode

“Sunset” is added to the Special Scene Modes. This mode optimizes settings such as exposure and white balance, thereby making it possible to reproduce brilliant sunset shots.


30 FPS VGA Movies

Shoot super-smooth, VGA -quality movies with sound. In-camera editing gives you creative control
and slow-motion playback highlights every precious moment. Choose Long Play mode for stronger compression that allows twice as much video to be stored on your memory card.

Additional Features

Optical Viewfinder
The viewfinder can be used to conserve power by turning the LCD monitor off while shooting. Use the LCD monitor to compose close-ups in macro mode since images composed with the viewfinder may be off-center.

Like a built-in photographer’s assistant, iSAPS is determining the optimal settings for each image even before you take a shot. It analyses the scene using PhotoSpace – an in-camera library of photographic data about the way people take pictures. It then controls the exposure, focus and white balance to ensure you get the best from every shot.

My Colours
Add a personal touch to your image or movie with Canon’s My Colours. Choose from vivid blue for the sky, antique sepia for the portrait or classic black and white for the landscape. These creative options and many more – normally available only on a computer – can be applied directly from your camera, before or after the shot.

Canon Image Gateway
Open up a world of online digital photography with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY1. Register your new Canon digital product today and start enjoying 100MB of online space for sharing photos with friends and family. Create themed photo albums with customised layouts and backgrounds. Order photo prints directly from your online photo album. Get hints, tips and ideas, plus customise your camera with great start-up images and sounds. With CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, you can.


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Box Contains

  • Digital IXUS 970 IS
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC2 (grey)
  • 32MB Memory Card
  • Battery Pack NB-5L (with Terminal Cap)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LXE
  • AC Cable
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (for USB)
  • User Manual Kit.

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.7 out of 5 stars
    4.7 out of 5 stars
    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance! 21 Nov 2008
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    I upgraded to this from my older ixus sd400. I was more than happy with my old camera, it was tiny and took great photos - it was starting to show signs of age and neglect so I treated myself.......... and what a treat!! The 970is is slightly bigger than some previous ixus models, but the extra size is worth it for the increased optical zoom. I have taken photos of my friends wakeboarding and been amazed at the results - shaking boat, moving target, bright sun, water and sky - tricky photgraphy normally but this camera has taken some beautifull shots.
    All the extra features are great fun and very arty too - colour accent and swap are great - you can change the colour of things - such as turn the sky green, or take black n white photos with one extra colour such as a red car to a black n white background.
    great camera, easy to use, brilliant photos.... buy one!!!
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    93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a camera.... 3 Oct 2008
    It is not often that one falls in love with an object, but I have.I used to have a manual Nikon SLR back in the "good old days" and thought for the last 20 years that nothing could replace it. I was wrong. Technically this gem is phenominal, the zoom is astounding and for me a 50 year old highly suspicious of all things digital , it is a revelation. Linking up to the Canon site you can easily download your images, work on them, creat your own albums and send them to freinds. I use it as a visual diary. My only complaint is that the Canon site limits you to 100mb but I am working on that.It has opened doors for me which I thought were technically truly closed.Brilliant
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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful camera! 13 Feb 2009
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    I thought it was time to upgrade my 8 year old digital camera which had become obsolete and so set about exploring which camera to get for the money I had. I chose the IXUS 970 IS because it has everything on it that I need and plus the bonus of a x5 optical zoom made it even more appealing to me.

    I had read a number of reviews about how because of the shape of the camera tapering off at the right hand side, it made it hard to hold but I have to say that for me with big hands, it fits into them perfectly.

    Overall the camera looks and feels very high quality. The menu and navigation of it are very simple to use and I would say that anyone who has a basic understanding of digital cameras could pick this one up and use it in full auto mode or the scene mode without any problems at all.

    There is a manual setting which I've yet to get into.

    Also another reason for buying this camera was because I want to use it to take movies. Most digital cameras now have this feature. The one thing I would like to have seen would be the ability to pause while filming rather than just start/stop. This isn't something major, just something I had on my old camera which I miss on this one.

    Picture quality is amazing! The camera reacts fast and in a split second has auto focus, white balance and ISO sorted for you so all you need to do is press the button and capture your scene.

    I bought SANDISK EXTREME lll SD 8GB memory card for the camera. On advice taken by someone who knows her cameras it is suggested that a class-6 (speed) card is used if you're going to be making movies as you need that extra transfer speed for a smooth operation.

    Nothing else to say other than to summarise that if you're looking for a compact camera which is easy to use yet feature packed, a camera that will give you great results, I recommend that this could be the camera for you.
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    74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A superb camera. 19 Sep 2008
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    Apart from its excellent design, solid feel, ease of use and brilliant results where this camera scores over the competition is that it has an optical viewfinder. The LCD screen on most cameras is useless in bright sunshine. The results so far have been most impressive. Also I must once again congratulate Amazon on its superb service I ordered the camera on Monday and it arrived Wednesday.
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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Canon IXUS 970 IS compact camera. 3 Feb 2009
    By C. Head
    Verified Purchase
    Have owned Canon cameras for many years now and they have never let me down. I always carry a camera with me and this one is an ideal size to carry on my belt. It is simple to use with many optional functions if you wish to become more adventurous. I mainly use the LCD panel for composing my photos but opted for this one with a viewfinder for use in very bright daylight. It has enough megapixels to produce good size enlargements. I have used it a lot since purchase and can find no fault with it yet.
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    67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars difficult-to-operate on/off button 18 Sep 2008
    I have just acquired an IXUS970, but haven't used it much yet. It seems fine, but potential purchasers should be aware that the on/off button can seem difficult to operate until you get the knack (push and hold in with something solid (eg your fingernail) until it turns on/off; merely pushing it in with your finger is unlikely to do the trick). Initially, i thought the camera was faulty, but then read some expert reviews which confirmed this quirk (one review suggested that this is a negative aspect of the camera, though it's no doubt designed to prevent accidental turn on in pocket/bags etc).
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning compact camera 10 Mar 2009
    By Nanou
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    In search of a good quality replacement for my old Fuji Finepix, I've chosen the Canon IXUS 970 IS, bought from Amazon. As an amateur, my requirements were: good quality camera, light/easy to carry, and simple to use. I haven't been disappointed at all! It takes absolutely beautiful pictures in all conditions. Its image stabiliser allows you to take great photos of fast moving animals, or at concerts or at sporting events.

    I'd recommend taking some time reading the booklet to familiarise yourself with all its features, because there are very interesting artistic features should you use the manual controls: panoramic photography, colour/black & white, face recognition, plus excellent close ups (macro) & a stunning quality zoom.

    A few comments about the flaws listed in the above reviews:
    - the ON/OFF button isn't tricky to use at all. Just press it!
    - there is a manual control to stop the flash if needed.
    - The ISO can be set manually to maximise quality of night scenes/dark rooms.

    DO buy an extra card, as the one provided will only allow to save about 10 pictures. Most camera manufacturers don't provide large storage cards, so Canon isn't different from its competitors on this issue.

    I'd also highly recommend buying the case, because it does protect the camera from scratches & damage, plus it's very useful to attach to a belt.

    The metallic surface of the camera is very smooth & slippery indeed (especially when it rains), so make sure to tie the strap (included with the camera) securely around your wrist at all times to avoid dropping the camera.

    It's an excellent camera for this price range. I'm extremely happy with this item. Thank you Amazon!
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