Canon Digital Ixus 960 IS compact camera
Plenty of pixels, but passable performance
Review The latest offering from Canon, the Digital Ixus 960 IS offers no less than 12.1 megapixel performance. But, as we shall see, offering more pixels means paying a price when it comes to certain aspects of performance.
We have to say, the Ixus 960 is one of the nicest cameras we’ve seen, with a titanium body and sleek finish – you just want to caress it gently in your hands. It’s also nicely balanced and most controls are intelligently set out. But on the other hand, it’s not the most compact camera around, measuring 95.9 x 59.9 x 27.6mm and weighing 165 grams without battery.
Ixus 960: one of the nicest cameras we’ve seen
Let’s put it this way: the Ixus 960 is certainly pocket-sized, but it’s more like walking around with 20 pound coins in your pocket.
The Ixus 960 comes with a fair sprinkling of accessories including battery pack, charger, and connecting leads, but once again Canon has skimped when it comes to the supplied SD memory card – you get a measly 32MB card, which can hold just five images at the highest resolution.
Canon seems to accept that it has been less than generous, because the instruction books apologetically states: "You may not be able to achieve the full performance of this camera with the included memory card." Duh.
Moving on, the Ixus 960 is very similar in design to the Ixus 860. At the front is the zoom lens and flash, while on top are a small power button and large shutter button. On the left side is a small cover for the AV out/mini USB out sockets, and this was a bit of a shock, as the cover is a plasticky affair that doesn’t feel very robust.
I don't see the point either
You can get a G9 for less than this, if you want a compact, or a 400/450D as John points out if you'd rather go a little upmarket. Or even an A650IS (very similar to the G9, but without RAW mode and a small number of bells and whistles, but MUCH cheaper).
I don't see what this offers, apart from being an IXUS with 12MP...
I don't see the point
Either spring the extra for a 400D (I love mine) or 450D, which can take pictures very quickly and can be used like a point and shoot, or get a smaller compact for half the price.
Canon do another range - with exactly the same features but less megapixel (for now), no viewfinder but 3" LCD, and no titanium body that can shoot at 28mm equivalent. It is the IXUS 870 IS (or maybe the 860, Canon's numbering differences between US, Japan and Europe are ridiculous)
36mm at the wide end? Not wide at all! Poor show from Canon.
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