Canon SD960 IS

 
Canon PowerShot SD960 IS front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 145g - 98 x 54 x 22mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Other Name is Digital IXUS 110 IS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
27
Overall
32

Canon SD960 IS overview

Canon SD960 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera first released on February of 2009. The camera features a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is known as "Digital IXUS 110 IS" in some markets.

The SD960 IS ranks at #159 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #1042 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can try our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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Canon SD960 IS family

The Canon SD960 IS comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can look at all older and latest models along with main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SD960 IS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SD960 IS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
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Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SD960 IS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SD960 IS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SD960 IS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SD960 IS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SD960 IS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SD960 IS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SD960 IS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SD960 IS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SD960 IS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SD960 IS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SD960 IS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SD960 IS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SD960 IS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SD960 IS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SD960 IS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SD960 IS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SD960 IS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SD960 IS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SD960 IS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SD960 IS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SD960 IS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SD960 IS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SD960 IS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SD960 IS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SD960 IS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SD960 IS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SD960 IS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SD960 IS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SD960 IS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SD960 IS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SD960 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon SD960 IS based on aspects that are often seen as useful in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
comes with face detection focusing
comes with HDMI socket
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8")
cannot use external flash
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.8)
no moving screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Canon SD960 IS Sensor specifications

The spec of the sensor on the Canon SD960 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so you have less margin for error.

The picture below shows the SD960 IS's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The SD960 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Canon PowerShot SD960 IS sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SD960 IS dimensions

Canon SD960 IS weighs about 0.32 lbs (145 gr / 5.11 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 98mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Canon SD960 IS is lighter when compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon SD960 IS next to a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot SD960 IS dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button arrangement on the SD960 IS.

Canon PowerShot SD960 IS topview buttons dials

Canon SD960 IS Lens specifications

The SD960 IS provides a built in lens featuring a focal range of 28-112mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not perfect however it will surely be invaluable in some circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f2.8 making it rather slow and not ideal in low light circumstances and you will probably find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to up the ISO setting which causes noisy files. With the tele end, 112mm comes to f5.8 making it very sluggish and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Canon SD960 IS Connectivity

The SD960 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer pictures and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon SD960 IS Video specifications

The highest video quality on the Canon SD960 IS is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You really should go for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone jack so you have got little control over your sound. It is probably best to shop for a different camera if you require good sound in your video clips.

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Canon SD960 IS Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Canon SD960 IS so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Canon SD960 IS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon SD960 IS features a 2.8 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Canon SD960 IS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy for bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Canon SD960 IS Shutter specifications

Canon SD960 IS has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Canon SD960 IS Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon SD960 IS has got only built in flash without external flash ability.

Canon SD960 IS Autofocusing specifications

Canon SD960 IS has got just Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & accurate when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be valuable for taking photos of people.

The AF system features 9 focus points to pick from. Canon SD960 IS has no manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be useful for low light occasions or you require more accurate focus control.

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Canon SD960 IS Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

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Canon SD960 IS for varying styles of photography

The following illustration shows a summation of the Canon SD960 IS for varying styles of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon SD960 IS Portrait photography features

The Canon SD960 IS has a score of 27 which is terrible, meaning that it is not really very good for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files & ability to utilize external flash.

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features face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Canon SD960 IS Street photography details

Having a moderate points tally of 57, the Canon SD960 IS is relatively suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Sports photography with Canon SD960 IS

A terrible sports photography points tally of 26 suggests the Canon SD960 IS is not really very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have fantastic autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Canon SD960 IS as a Travel photography camera

Weight is super critical in picking a camera for travel. All things considered, the Canon SD960 IS gets a modest 58 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively adequate to buy for your journeys.

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built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
megapixel count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Canon SD960 IS Landscape photography details

For those who are looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SD960 IS with it's terrible grade of 37 as a landscape camera is not really very good in the current market.

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relatively wide (28mm)
good sized screen (2.8")
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Canon SD960 IS Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a moving screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Canon SD960 IS is not really very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible rating of 31.

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rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic jack

Canon SD960 IS Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the SD960 IS, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart just below provides you a bird's eye view of the SD960 IS vs it's top scoring competitors mentioned earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may check out as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SD960 IS
Also called
Digital IXUS 110 IS
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2009-02-18
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
1600
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-5.8
Macro focusing range
2cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.8"
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
145 grams (0.32 lb)
Physical dimensions
98 x 54 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.9")
Other
Battery ID
NB-4L
Self timer
Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD /MMCplus
Card slots
One