Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS

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Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS

 

This new top of the range digital compact cameras is one of the very best available. Heres why.

 

Pros

Solid yet compact build with Titanium shell

Optical Image Stabiliser helps prevent camera shake

12.1 Megapixel sensor can provide excellent image quality, particularly at ISO 200 and below

3.7x optical zoom

Retains an optical viewfinder allowing you to turn off the screen and carry on shooting when the battery Is low

Great ergonomics makes this camera a joy to hold

Face Detection AF/AE/FE

Red-Eye Correction

Nice 2.5" LCD screen

XGA and Long Play VGA movies

Decent flash range for a small camera (better than the Sony T200 for example)

 

Cons

High Megapixel rating makes photos more prone to digital noise than similar 8 Megapixel models

Would have liked to have seen a 3-inch screen on this top of the range model

No fully manual mode

Cant use zoom whilst recording movies

Optical viewfinder is tiny making its use somewhat uncomfortable

Some competing have a better zoom range (Sony T200 has 5x optical zoom)

Cant save pictures in any uncompressed picture format.

 

 

This is an excellent camera for many reasons (optical image stabilisation, compact, excellent build quality, picture quality etc.), but we may be reaching the point where increasing the number megapixels in such a compact camera arguably may not provide increased image quality. It is no longer all about Megapixels. With this in mind, you should also consider the excellent Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS 8 Megapixel camera, with a useful 28mm wide-angle capability and fast operation, or indeed the Sony T200 reviewed here last month.

 

Competitive Internet price: £246.85 inc. VAT

 

Star Rating: 9 Stars  All things considered, this is still one of the best digital compact cameras ever made.