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Canon IXUS 960 IS Digital Camera - Titanium (12.1MP, 3.7x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Exclusive titanium body with Touch Control Dial
  • 12.1 Megapixels
  • 3.7x optical zoom UA lens with optical Image Stabilizer (IS)
  • Total anti-blur solution with ISO 1600, Auto ISO Shift and IS
  • DIGIC III for lightning fast response and superb image quality
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE and Red-Eye Correction in playback
  • 2.5” high resolution PureColor LCD with wide viewing angle plus real-image optical viewfinder
  • 18 shooting modes including ISO 3200 plus My Colors photo effects
  • Extensive movie options with high resolution XGA, VGA with Long Play (LP) and Time Lapse Movie
  • Safety Zoom and Digital Tele-Converter for extra telephoto reach
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6 x 2.8 cm ; 163 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 2084B006AA
  • ASIN: B000V9D6GK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Aug 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,936 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

DIGIC III processor and iSAPS for lightning fast response, superb image quality and advanced noise reduction;Large, high resolution PureColor LCD with wide viewing angle plus real-image optical viewfinder;ISO 3200 and My Colours photo effects;Optional waterproof and soft leather cases

Manufacturer's Description


960Rear Front
  • Titanium body with Touch Control Dial
  • 12.1 Megapixels
  • 3.7x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer
  • ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
  • DIGIC III with Face Detection AF/AE/FE
  • Red-Eye Correction
  • 2.5" PureColor LCD
  • 18 shooting modes and My Colors
  • XGA and Long Play VGA movies

Sophisticated in every aspect.

Advanced Titanium
Inspired by the smooth curves of the human form, the moulded titanium body of the Digital IXUS 960 IS fits comfortably in the hand. The Touch Control Dial offers fingertip access to key camera functions.Pixel

12.1 Megapixels
A massive 12.1 Megapixels resolution delivers enough detail for huge poster-size prints and creative image manipulation.

Sophisticated optics
The Digital IXUS 960 IS incorporates a 3.7x zoom lens with Canon’s renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology to counteract camera shake. The ultra-compact lens incorporates an Ultra-High Refractive Aspherical Index (UA) element for the capture of high quality images throughout the zoom range.

Total anti-blur solution
In tandem with IS, user-selected Auto ISO Shift offers enhanced protection against camera shake. High ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto target the blur caused by typical subject movement.


DIGIC III with Face Detection AF/AE/FE
Canon's DIGIC III processor provides lightning quick responses, superb image quality and advanced noise reduction for sharper, clearer images. Face Detection AF/AE/FE and iSAPS analyse the scene, detect subjects in the frame and select the optimum focus, exposure and flash settings.


Red-Eye Correction
When operating in playback mode, Face Detection Technology allows you to quickly and accurately correct red-eye without affecting the rest of the image.


PureColor LCD
A high resolution (230,000 pixels) PureColor LCD displays richer, vivid colours with sharp definition. An anti-glare, scratch-resistant coating aids visibility in bright light and adds extra protection against knocks and scrapes.

Shooting Modes and My Colours
18 shooting modes including Beach, Indoor and ISO 3200 aid the capture of still images in tricky lighting conditions. My Colors in-camera photo effects can be applied both during and after shooting.


Movie Options
Movie modes include Long Play (LP) for VGA (30fps) clips that use half the normal memory card space, and Time Lapse Movie, which captures changing scenes - such as a flower’s bloom or a bustling city street - for accelerated playback as smooth video clips.

Safety Zoom and Digital Tele-Converter
Safety Zoom takes advantage of the camera's 12.1 Megapixels to offer extra zoom magnification without affecting image quality. The Digital Tele-Converter adds extra telephoto capability - just like adding a tele-converter lens to the camera.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
276 of 278 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Review !! 21 Sep 2007
Sorry to have to rattle, but stupid comments like you can get a dslr for this money!!
1. you would struggle to get dslr for 256 and 2. which dslr fits in your top pocket ?!!!

Now I've got that off my chest the 960 does fit in your top pocket very nicely. To look at the 960 is very well put together and feels solid. Lots of very nice shiny bits which unfortunately capture you finger prints. Start-up is very quick from switch on the camera is ready to shoot in under 2 seconds. Focusing speed is above average for this type of camera, but not the best I've ever seen. The zoom range is very usable for most general shooting applications. Picture quality is excellent for a pocket camera, in low light the noise is more than acceptable and gets even better if you use the scene settings appropriately. Skin tones are natural even using flash produces good tones.
The camera is packed with features, Face detect, and optical image stabilisation are newer features to the compact market and both work very well is this camera. It's the first time I've ever seen face detection actually helpful! Lots of cameras boast this feature but I tried Sony & Nikon models and not been very impressed with the results.
The menu access / access to settings is fairly easy although I'm not entirely impressed with the navigation, I cant quite put my finger on the problem I just feel it could be improved. There is a cleaver touch sensitive scroll wheel feature which I find a bit twitchy. But there are other ways to select the same thing so your not forced to use the scroll feature if you don't want.
Best Bits.
Build quality, Good speed of operation, Excellent picture quality for compact digital. Digital zoom pictures are actually some use ( never thought I would say that ).
Worst Bits.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp 28 April 2008
By Eolake
Just a quick note: the lens is uncannily sharp. Really, A2 prints as sharp as anything I've taken ever.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill so far 18 Sep 2007
Ordered this camera off Amazon last week and received ready for a football tournament in Milan.

So far so good. Pictures are super sharp, colourful and crisp. Movie quality is very good, even in 1024 x 768 resolution. The red-eye correction after the photo has been taken is a feature I used quite alot after taking night time shots...and it works really well. Neat touch adding in a sensor so when you tilt the camera horizontally or vertically the playback responds to show you how it should look properly. The face detection is clever, though I still need to get to grips with all the features the next time I go away.

Immense bit of kit! Coupled with a 2gb Sandisk Extreme III SD, you can't go wrong really.

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ixus by far 22 Nov 2007
I was one of the first to buy a this model and have given it a thorough road test over the last few months and have to to say that I am very pleased with my decision to stick with the Ixus brand. I have owned five different models now and when I compare this 960IS with the first an Ixus V its like comparing a mini with a 5 series BMW, and in real terms it is far better value for money. I must admit, I was tempted to go for a change this time and looked hard at Panasonic and Sony products but I am so pleased I stuck with Canon.
Of course there are compromises to be made and no camera is going to do everything you want it to but here you almost have it all with high MPs and high quality movie too. (I dont even bother with my camcorder anymore). The only grumbles I have are the Titananium case is very slippery and I have almost dropped it a couple of times and the smooth lines of the case dont help either. Also the the SD card supplied is such a waste of time I dont know why they bother including one.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far impressed 19 Sep 2007
Only had it for a couple of days, and so far only tested it indoors. But very impressed with the picture quality. The menu system and ease of use is the same as previous canon powershots (very good). The stabilizer works well, and the image recognition software work very well if you don't zoom digitally too much. The digital zoom by the way is very good. i.e. once you go beyond the optical zoom, the digital zoom is still impressive in quality.

Overall very happy with my purchase so far, but it's early days still...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't put yourself through the hassle 1 Jan 2009
By sm81
As other people have reported, there's a common problem with this camera - it stops being able to turn on. I used mine for a few months, treated it nicely, and then in the middle of a holiday it ground to a halt and wouldn't turn on anymore. I had it repaired under warranty, and then after a month, without any further use, it refused to turn on again. I've had other Canons I've been very impressed with - but this one I really would NOT recommend. Save yourself the hassle.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Bought the 960 to replace my excellent Ixus 400, a camera that had been excellent over 3 years of use.
The 960IS appears to be the ideal replacement, more pixels, great features and a 40m waterproof housing available.
The image quality is acceptable, not DSLR standards, but great for a compact digital. The 640x480 video is outstanding, superb detail and high frame rate, great for home DVDs.

There are a couple of things that are not good.
When videoing in bright sunlight, say water reflections, my camera is displaying hundreds of vertical white and green lines. Looks line an old 8mm recording. I have never seen this on any other camera.
But, the main problem is the lens, couple of days ago I heard a "clunk", then the lens wouldn't retract fully. The camera displayed "Lens Error, restart camera". After about 6 attempts and another "clunk" the lens returned to normal. It hasn't lasted though, today the lens has just jammed out. Not good when you're in the middle of a snorkelling trip! This time it appears to be more drastic, the lens will not move more than 3mm.
So now I'm now in Fuerteventura, on holiday, with a 250 titanium paperweight.
I've contacted canon by email, no reply yet.
If you look on the net, you can see quite a few people have had similar problems with the newer Ixus cameras.

I hope this can be sorted as it's a great camera, when it's working!
The camera is a 5* piece of kit, but I can only give it 2* for breaking after 1 month.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Lens Error, restart camera
A long time loyal Canon user, like several other people, I have had the dreaded 'Lens Error, please restart' come up - for me it was halfway through my sister-in-law's wedding. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Paul E. Reddington
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Bought this product several years ago. Performance was average, as some of my pictures turned out to be blurred even though the setting was on automatic.
Published on 20 May 2011 by Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Get to know it!
This camera was one of if not the best in IXUS range when it was released. It did cost 379. And that was 3 years ago. I purchased it when I was so drunk I don't remember that.... Read more
Published on 13 May 2011 by Tomasz T. Kuczaj
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
I bought this camera to replace an old point and shoot camera that I used to supplement my DSLR.

I have not been disappointed. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2009 by Travelling Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars not reliable
Having been a fan of Canon cameras for as long as I can remember, this is the second Canon digital compact i have purchased. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2009 by A. J. Leslie
2.0 out of 5 stars Good camera, until you need to fix it
If I had of wrote this review a couple of months ago, I probably would have given the camera 4 stars at least. Brilliant picture quality for point-and-shoot amateurs like me. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2009 by Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Really love this camera
I really really really love this camera. I have owned it for about 8 months now and couldn't be happier. Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by J. Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon IXUS 960 IS
A fantastic camera with a total zoom of 15X, which coupled with its 12MP means you get excellent pictures.
Published on 8 Mar 2009 by Mr. David Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars You'd be nuts not to buy this
I bought this camera as un upgrade from my trusty Ixus 500.
I've been using this for a couple of months and so far I am very impressed. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2009 by B. Bharaj
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamite in a small package
Bought this camera on sale as I have been desperate for a digital for ages.

Its a great camera, not as small as some digital compacts but worth every penny. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2009 by urbAN fuNK
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