Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Review

The Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH has a retractable lens and a tiny, elegant housing that makes it ideal for carrying in a pocket. The edges of the cover have been rounded off. The Canon SD950 features a built-in imager with a resolution of 12.1 megapixels and a size of 1/1.7 inches, as well as a 3.7x optical zoom lens manufactured by Canon. It has a range that is very ordinary, going from a moderate wide-angle to a moderate telephoto, and it has an equivalent focal length of 35–133mm.

Special Features

  • Canon’s exclusive Perpetual Curve design is molded into the shell of pure titanium.
  • DIGIC III image processor, which is equipped with facial recognition technology
  • ISO settings that can be adjusted up to 1,600, in addition to Auto and HI settings, and a Scene mode that can go up to 3,200 ISO
  • option for capturing still images in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • There are five Movie modes that include sound, the highest of which is XGA at 1,024 by 768 pixels and 15 frames per second.
  • Mode de prise d’images en continu
  • 11 preset Scene modes
  • Panorama mode with stitching assistance
  • Modes of focus include infinity, macro, and digital macro.
  • Settings for “My Camera” that may be customized
  • Self-Timers of two or ten seconds for delaying the release of the shutter, as well as a programmable timer with a multi-shot function
  • There is an option to record sound memos for captions.
  • options for adjusting colors under the heading My Colors
  • Features such as unusual color accents and color swaps, which may be used to create extraordinary effects in still photos or videos
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compatibility as well as PictBridge compatibility
  • A USB cable that may be used to connect to a computer (driver software included)
  • A video and audio cable that may be connected to a television set.

The camera has a completely automated exposure mode, but the user has the ability to adjust it with 2.0 EV of exposure correction and four different metering modes to tackle challenging lighting conditions. Additionally, the camera has a generous 11 Scene modes that make it user-friendly for novices. The Canon SD950 IS features a long-exposure mode that allows you to manually set exposure times of up to 15 seconds.

Additionally, the camera features a large 2.5-inch LCD display in addition to an optical viewfinder, which is rather uncommon on digital cameras these days but is a convenient alternative for framing images.

Essential Attributes

  • 12.10-megapixel sensor
  • 3.7x optical zoom (35-133mm equivalent)
  • Up to a 4x digital zoom is available.
  • Optical as well as liquid crystal display viewfinders
  • LCD of 2.5 inches
  • ISO 80 to 3,200
  • The speed of the shutter ranges from 1/1500 to 1/1500 of a second
  • The wide-angle lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.8, while the telephoto lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.8.
  • Three types of exposure metering: spot, center-weighted, and evaluative
  • Adjustment of the white balance using seven different options, one of which is the Custom setting
  • Integrated lighting system with seven different modes
  • storage on SDHC and SD memory cards

The Canon ELPH SD950 has a rather extensive ISO sensitivity range, ranging from 80 to 1,600, and it also has a specialized scene mode that provides an equivalent of ISO 3,200 for improved performance in low-light conditions.

Canon not only produces cameras but also a line of photo printers, and the company takes great pleasure in the high degree of synergy that exists between its cameras and printers. Because it has PictBridge capability, the Digital ELPH SD950 is able to print directly to any printer that supports PictBridge, eliminating the need for a computer to act as a middleman in the printing process.


Look and Feel

It may be constructed like a brick, but it does not have the feel of brick at all. The PowerShot SD950 IS feels as smooth as silk when you palm it and slide it out of your pocket, despite the fact that it is somewhat more substantial than the sliver-like ultra compacts offered by some of its rivals. Additionally, it is somewhat more compact than it appears to be.

The PowerShot SD950 IS is extremely similar to the design of the PowerShot SD900 in terms of the body, with the exception of the door that leads to the battery compartment on the bottom. Instead of being hinged along the front edge of the case, that door is now hinged near to the mount for the tripod.

The shell of the Canon PowerShot SD950 IS is curved in a slightly different manner, notably at the bottom, and it has one more button on the back as a result of the Playback mode being relocated off of the Mode dial and onto its own button.

Why? You may set it up such that it automatically switches to Playback mode (which is the default), that it runs a slide show, or that it records a voice memo. The last two are only transient advantages; on a permanent basis, they are a source of greater disadvantage. On the other hand, to my utter joy, I discovered that pressing the Playback button may really power the camera off in addition to turning it on. There’s some genius at work there.

There are a handful of points to remark (or dispute over) with the PowerShot SD950 IS’s design. The first issue is that the standoffs on the shorter end are a little on the thin side, which makes it easy for the camera to shake when placed on an uneven surface (like bricks). It’s a good thing the outside is made of durable titanium. Another issue is that the chrome rubber lid that covers the USB port on the Canon 950 IS does not open all the way, making it impossible to attach a USB cable to the device. You will need to be persistent.

Although it isn’t the lightest ultra-compact available, we like having a little bit of weight in a camera that’s this size. When you click the shutter button on the PowerShot SD950 IS, it assists in stabilizing the camera.

It is comfortable not just to carry but also to shoot with, and it can be readily operated with just your right hand. This is similar to earlier ELPH models. The Canon SD950 maintains the same mode dial design as the Canon SD900, which features a sculpted face that makes it simple to switch modes with only your thumb.

In addition, the Touch control dial’s sensitivity may be adjusted so that it responds to only a little touch on any of its control points, making use with one hand somewhat simpler. That is something that is appreciated by not everyone, but I do.

The Display button on the PowerShot SD950 IS has been relocated such that it is now located right below the Touch control dial with the Menu button. In addition to the Share and Print button, there is now also a Playback button located just above the Touch control dial.

The shell of the Canon SD950 is designed with a slight but helpful thinning in front and raised lettering, while on the back the Mode dial actually slips under your thumb with a couple of semicircular grips. Despite the lack of a true front or back grip, the Canon SD950 is designed to be comfortable to hold in both hands. Therefore, even if you are unable to see the grip, your hand will automatically find it, and you will be able to feel it. Quite dexterous.

The huge shutter button of the PowerShot SD950 IS, which is ringed with the Zoom lever, is one of my favorite features of this camera. Although it does not stick out, it is never difficult to locate. If I were the king, I’d make it a rule that all cameras must have enormous shutter buttons that are surrounded by massive zoom knobs.

The Canon PowerShot SD950 is an excellent point-and-shoot camera, but it is also extremely well suited for use when traveling (which is a bit more demanding). It is not very often necessary to be concerned with the available exposure options (unless, like me, you have modified them). After you have charged the battery, loaded it with a huge SD card, and attached the wrist strap for the Canon SD950 IS, you are ready to go. You’ll always come back with some spectacular photographs.


A big LCD, as well as an optical viewfinder, is an unusual pairing in modern cameras, yet both are included in the Canon SD950 IS. There is no denying the benefits that come with using an optical viewfinder. In strong sunlight, when you can’t see what’s on the LCD (this can happen even with the SD950 IS), or in dimly lit locations where a bright LCD would be inappropriate, an optical viewfinder enables you to take the picture.

Although the optical viewfinder of the PowerShot SD950 is “yet another genuinely terrible optical viewfinder from the Canon SD series,” as Luke pointed out when he was taking the test photos, having a viewfinder is preferable to not having one at all. Although it only displays around 80% of what the sensor is capable of capturing, this is sufficient for accurately centering the subject and taking the photograph.

Despite this, I will freely admit that I have never made use of it. It just does not provide as much information about what is happening as the LCD does.

The resolution of the 2.5-inch LCD on the Canon SD950 is the same as that found on its predecessor. It comes in at 230,000 pixels. That is some encouraging news. The fact that you can still see the entire color image on the LCD even from such a wide viewing angle is also a positive development. It comes close to being 180 degrees, which is obviously impossible to achieve, but it allows you to hold the camera above your head or drop it below your waist while still being able to compose your photo. That is something that is not possible to achieve while using an optical viewfinder.

Although the PowerShot SD950 IS does not have a live histogram display, it does include a grid display that can assist users in properly aligning their horizons. In addition, a histogram display is available when using the Playback mode.


The lens of the Canon SD950 is unique to the ELPH family and features a 3.7x optical zoom. This gives the camera a bit greater reach than its predecessors, with a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 35 to 133mm. When shooting wide-angle, the maximum aperture is a generous f/2.8, however, when shooting telephoto, the aperture is just f/5.8.

However, the most significant improvement may be found within the lens of the PowerShot SD950, which now has optical image stabilization. There are two benefits that come along with having your images stabilized. When used at great telephoto focal lengths, it stabilizes the image (in this case, the 3.7x optical plus the 4x digital zoom). However, it is most likely much more helpful in low light, as it enables you to hold the camera by hand at shutter rates that would ordinarily result in camera wobble.

When you consider that the PowerShot SD950 IS has a wide-angle focal length of f2.8 and an ISO sensitivity of 1,600, it becomes clear that this is a significant achievement. Canon is responding to the challenge posed by Panasonic by equipping its whole product range with optical image stabilization. This comes at a time when other competitors are attempting to market digital alternatives that only boost ISO and activate the flash. Bravo to Canon.

One evening, I decided to demonstrate the image stabilization capabilities of the PowerShot SD950 IS by taking a series of pictures using the camera. Only lights with 60 watts of power were used to illuminate the space (well, the fluorescent equivalent, which is a lot lower).

The ISO was changed to High, and the maximum allowed was 800. And I was able to get crisp images with shutter speeds as low as 1/15 of a second, which is something I am unable to do while hand holding the camera. Even while I was shooting in macro mode (like the one I took of the Grape Goddess), I got crisp results.

That’s easily a two-stop increase, and it’s a wonderful reason for upgrading to the PowerShot SD950 IS. Considering the best I could manage with the Canon SD900 was 1/60 of a second, that’s a terrific argument for upgrading.


Once you become familiar with how the game is played, the Canon controls and menu system are simple and straightforward to use (which seems to change a little on each model). When you are in Auto mode, you do not need to concern yourself with the buttons at all. To display your shooting options when using Manual mode on the Canon SD950, just press the Function button. To access the general camera settings options at any time, use the Menu button.

When the Touch control dial of the PowerShot SD950 IS is enabled, a miniature representation of the dial itself is displayed on the LCD. It will magnify the active choice, which is whichever one your thumb is now on. This is a significant benefit of having a procedure that only requires one hand.


If there is one thing I continue to dislike about ELPHs (and it’s true, there is), it’s that the Manual option is really simply an Auto setting with some little adjustments made. On an ELPH, there is no manual mode available. You are unable to control the aperture as well as the shutter speed on your own. I used to believe that wasn’t such a big deal because there weren’t that many f-stops to experiment with anyhow; however, there are more and more of them available now. And a good number of different shutter speeds as well. However, if you want manual controls, your best bet is to investigate the G-Series or the A-Series of Canon cameras.

Your pictures can be converted using the My Colors feature, which is accessible through the Camera M mode of the PowerShot SD950 IS. This feature offers a variety of conversions, including lighter skin tone, darker skin tone, positive film, vivid blue, vivid green, and vivid red. Neutral, sepia, black and white, and positive film are also available. You also have control over the White Balance and EV settings.

In addition to Auto and Camera M, the Canon SD950 IS has 11 other Special Scene settings that you may choose from. These modes are Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, and Night Snapshot. You also gain access to Movie mode, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, and Stitch Assist in addition to the aforementioned features.

Both the Storage and the Battery For picture storage, the PowerShot SD950 IS requires the use of an SD or SDHC card. Additionally, it is able to read MMC, MMC Plus, and HC MMC Plus memory cards.

A 128-megabyte memory card can store around 23 JPEGs of very high quality or one minute of video of broadcast grade. Therefore, you should get a significantly larger one. At least two gigabytes.

According to Canon, a full charge of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery found in the Canon SD950 IS allows for around 240 photographs to be taken. That number goes up to 580 if you turn off the LCD, which is an option given that you also have an optical viewfinder. Therefore, if the battery power is going low, turn off the LCD to increase the amount of time that may be spent shooting. According to Canon, playback can last for up to six hours. That is a far better performance than I had for a whole day of shooting.

There is an AC adaptor that may be purchased separately if desired. If you shoot a lot of photos with a tripod, the AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30 can come in handy for you.


The Canon SD950 IS, much like its predecessor, boasts remarkable performance numbers. When compared to other entry-level digital cameras, it had better than average startup and shut down times, combined wide-angle and telephoto autofocus lag (both of which were relatively close), pre-focus lag, and download speed (due to USB 2.0 High Speed), LCD size, and overall performance.

The flash had a recycle time that was slower than usual, which was 7.4 seconds, but consider this to be nothing more than an indication of how intense the flash was. Both the optical zoom, which is just 3.7 times, and the weight received only middling evaluations.

Those are extremely strong results across the board, the kind of report card I’ve come to anticipate from Canon digital cameras. As well as the fact that our shooting expertise was uninteresting to them.

When I go through my collection of photos taken with the PowerShot SD950 IS, I realize that I was very demanding of the camera. When shooting from an airplane, in the dim light of a restaurant, in broad sunlight but with an ISO of 1,600, when it was completely dark (and Macro mode). What was I pondering at the time?

I had the impression that this lightweight camera could tackle any task. I’m going to ignore everything I’ve learned up until now, enjoy myself, and watch to see what develops.

There were some positive outcomes

Even the errors were entertaining to look at (and I made sure to include a couple of them in the gallery). However, I do want to make it clear that I am the one who is responsible for the errors, and not the Canon SD950 IS. It was my messing with the camera that resulted in the strange effects; the PowerShot SD950 IS did not produce these effects on its own; it was fully automated.

Nevertheless, it causes one to ponder whether the word “automatic” should not be reexamined. When you have access to such a broad variety of ISO settings as well as clever focusing features like face identification, just metering a scene and selecting the aperture and shutter speed won’t be adequate. Wouldn’t it be great if the camera itself choose the Scene mode to use instead of the photographer or another person?

In the meantime, let’s return to the real world: the PowerShot SD950 IS features an exciting wide screen mode with a resolution of 4,000 by 2,248 pixels, which I truly wish was also accessible in movie mode. But it’s simply for stills. This time around, though, my scenarios asked for a more conventional aspect ratio of 4:3, so I went with that. That aspect ratio is one that I choose rather frequently. Perhaps one day Boeing will manufacture an airplane that has windows with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

As I previously stated, the aspect ratio for movies played in Movie Mode is always 4:3. The PowerShot SD950 IS is capable of recording movies with a resolution of 1,024 by 768 at 15 frames per second (which is a good enough frame rate and saves card space). In addition to that, you have access to a 4x digital zoom that is completely quiet. However, that will not fill the screen on an HDTV since the aspect ratio is 16:9. Therefore, what exactly is the point of all that resolution? Not very good at all.

When it comes down to it, you might as well simply shoot at 640×480. It is a picture that moves. You can’t just sit there and examine every frame in minute detail like that. The aspect ratio is significantly more crucial. Unless, of course, you intend to extract individual stills or frames from the movie at a later time.

The time lapse option in Movie Mode, which captures a picture every second or two, is one that I found most appealing (your choice). If I were to win the throne again, I’d make sure that every camera captured that moment. You may make effective use of your tripod by doing so.

The new approach to checking your image that the Image Inspection Tool offers when it is set to Playback mode is another one that I particularly enjoy. Let’s assume you choose to autofocus the image using the face detection feature of the PowerShot SD950 IS, and it found three different faces in the picture.

When you are in the Playback mode, press the Display button until you see a thumbnail of your image in the upper left corner, with boxes covering the three faces, and a magnification of what is in the active box in the bottom right corner. You may zoom in on the inset by pulling the Zoom lever while simultaneously pressing the Set button to toggle between the several boxes (or faces).

You can also navigate the inset by using the arrow keys to move around it. This makes it much easier to examine an image on the moment, allowing you to address any issues immediately after discovering them.

The Quality of the Image

Regarding the image quality provided by the Canon SD950 IS, I truly do not have any significant concerns of any kind. I sincerely wish that every digital camera was as excellent as this one. I was really happy with how the colors were captured in some intense settings, which included anything from glowing signs to a storm brewing in the distance.

“That wraps it up!” After reviewing the photograph on the LCD, I would say that. And then, later, when I was looking at it on the monitor, I’d nod my head in approval, which is something that doesn’t often happen.

However, one thing I picked up is that the outcome might be unpredictable depending on the ISO setting you choose. When I was photographing the interior of a chapel using Auto High as the ISO setting, the camera was tricked into trying to capture detail in the shadows when what I really wanted to capture was detail in the stained glass’s highlights.

In order to achieve the results I desired, I had to turn the exposure compensation dial all the way down to -2 on the Canon SD950, and even then it was increasing the ISO to 400. I was able to get the color I wanted, but I think I could have done better if I had used Auto ISO, which would have limited the ISO to 200.

Even though I was pleased with the color, the luminance was a different story. However, I suppose you could argue this about any sensor with an excessively high megapixel count whose data is handled automatically within the camera.

You may see what I mean by looking at the file named SD950IShSLI0100.JPG. The white braided fabric doesn’t really have that much attention to detail (bottom right). Contrast that with the shot taken with the Canon G9, which retains a great deal of information.

The chromatic aberration in the corners may be seen when looking at the test photos labeled SD950IShMULTIW.JPG and SD950IShMULTIT.JPG respectively. At least in the laboratory, that is a matter of some grave concern. Are you able to recognize it in a live setting? Yes, if you look at YIMG 3710.JPG, you’ll notice that the upper right corner has a good deal of purple fringing all around it. Is that anything that truly presents a problem, though? In my opinion, that is not the case.

The presence of a purple border around the yellow leaves only serves to emphasize the stark contrast that exists between those leaves and the cloudy sky. Inside the boundary of the item, it acts as a replacement for black, much like a painter might do. According to our extremely cautious estimation, the resolution is excellent at roughly 1,700 lines, and there is no sign of extinction at 2,000 lines.

The Canon SD950 IS is capable of taking photos in light that is rather dim since it has an ISO sensitivity of 1,600 when the whole picture is captured. If you want to avoid camera shake, you should use the High ISO option rather than the Auto ISO setting because it allows the camera to go up to ISO 800.

You may squeeze even more performance out of the SD950 IS by manually picking a high ISO (like 1,600). This will produce photographs with significantly increased levels of noise, but it will also provide you with the greatest possible depth of field in addition to a secure shutter speed.

Noise reduction is possible with the right software. I intended to print a few portrait photos, so I downloaded the Noiseware Professional plug-in by Imagenomic and used it to remove the background noise. If you create tiny prints of your high ISO photos as well, your printer may smooth down the otherwise gritty appearance caused by the high ISO. Therefore, refrain from making a snap decision to dismiss them.

I have the impression that Canon anticipates you will address the noise tradeoff between color and detail in the program on your own. With the PowerShot SD950 IS, they have reduced the amount of color captured in order to capture the maximum amount of detail. When you pull that up on your screen, it seems to have a lot of grain to it (the word “horrible” would not be too severe). But what you’re actually looking at is information on the brightness.

If you want to test it to yourself, you should shoot in black and white mode, since this will reduce chrominance noise. A very accurate portrayal of a scene may be obtained at an ISO that color film was never able to attain by applying a little noise reduction to your color images and optionally altering the levels to bring back some color.

The photograph of the great-grandmother feeding the infant from a bottle is my favorite illustration. I used an ISO setting of 1,600 on the PowerShot SD950 IS camera and took a few photos without drawing attention to myself. In a normal situation, I would have to utilize the flash, which is upsetting to newborns since they are unable to concentrate and have no idea what the flash (or anything else) is.

And what’s more, it irritates great grandparents to no end since they are well aware of what you are doing. But a high ISO managed to capture both of them in fine focus, with sufficient luminance data to run Noiseware on the image and produce a letter-sized print that was perfect for the purpose. If I were to make a criticism, it would be that the face of the infant appeared to be too smooth. However, you could say that anyhow (out of jealousy), in all honesty.

When utilizing a high ISO setting such as 1,600, you run the risk of forgetting to reset the setting. It is something I am capable of doing without putting any thought into it. I purposely left some of my errors in the gallery so that you could see the effect they had. In daylight, the camera was required to utilize a shutter speed of 1/1,287 and an aperture of up to f/14 to achieve this effect. It is remarkable that such a small camera can even accommodate an f/14 aperture setting.

The PowerShot SD950 IS, much like the Canon SD900, features a Scene mode with an ISO setting of 3,200. The key is that it takes a rather modest picture with a resolution of 1,600 by 1,200 and then does some of its own averaging. However, if it allows you to obtain the shot, you have no right to complain about it. I found that shooting at 1,600 and dealing with the noise later was more comfortable for me. I just got better photos doing it myself.

It has just occurred to me that this goes against the ELPH grain. It is automatic because it is. But if that is the case, you shouldn’t be concerned. You probably won’t be viewing the majority of your high ISO photographs at their native resolution very often. They will be resampled and shrunk to fit your screen in preparation for a slide presentation or for viewing on Flickr online. You’re going to really like them when viewed on the LCD. If you do a chance to view them in full resolution, though, there is no need to worry.

My zoom range images demonstrate that the resolution of the PowerShot SD950 IS, which is generally fairly outstanding, did not do particularly well when subjected to digital zooming. Even though the weather conditions were less than ideal, I had hoped that my camera, which has a resolution of 12.1 megapixels, would allow me to capture more detail than I really did.


Anyone who doesn’t want to concern themselves with shutter speeds and apertures in order to take nice images should look at Canon’s Digital ELPH series of cameras. In the event that the Auto mode does not adequately address the situation, there are 11 Scene options available to choose from. White balance and exposure value compensation are two of the fundamental controls that may be accessed through the Camera M mode.

This simplicity of use is also represented in the finely carved titanium shell of the PowerShot SD950 IS, which gives the appearance of having an unseen grip, and in the camera’s straightforward control arrangement. In addition to that, it has functions such as optical image stabilization, face detection autofocus, and a unique scene mode that operates at ISO 3,200.

The Canon PowerShot SD950 is an exceptional performer in every regard; it has superior focusing capabilities, good performance even in low light, and a strong flash, all of which work together to make it a standout. You couldn’t ask for a finer traveling buddy than one that has a battery that lasts for a whole day.

In the Box

The following accessories are included in the package with your purchase of a Canon PowerShot SD950 IS:

  • Body for the PowerShot SD950 Digital ELPH.
  • Battery Pack with Lithium, Model NB-5L
  • Charger for Batteries CB-2LX
  • MMC Plus Card MMC-32MH (MultiMediaCard)
  • Wrist Strap WS-700
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • Interface Cable for USB Devices IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable Model Number: AVC-DC300
  • Accessories Highly Recommended
  • Memory card with a large capacity either for SD or SDHC. 
  • At this point in time, 2–4 gigabytes represent an acceptable cost-to-capacity ratio.
  • Protect your camera while you’re out and about with a small carrying case like the PowerShot PSC-55 Case.
  • An external flash with High Power, Model HF-DC1
  • Case WP-DC19 is waterproof and can withstand shooting at depths of up to 130 feet.


Sensor• 1/1.7″ Type CCD
• 12.1 million effective pixels
Also known asPowerShot SD 950 IS Digital ELPH
Image sizes• 4000 x 3000
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 4000 x 2248
Movie clips• 1024 x 768 @ 15fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 15fps
• Time Lapse (640 x 480 @ 0.5/1fps, playback @15fps)
Maximum clip length• 1024 x 768, 640 x 480, 320 x 240: 4GB or 1 hour
• 160 x 120: 3 mins
• Time lapse: 120 mins
File formats• JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• DPOF 1.1
• AVI (Motion JPEG + WAVE)
Lens• 36-133mm (35mm equiv)
• 3.7x optical zoom
• F2.8-5.8
Image stabilizationYes (Lens-Shift)
Conversion lensesNo
Digital zoomup to 4x
AF area modes• Face Detection AiAF
• 9-point AiAF
• 1-point AF (center)
AF lockYes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lampYes
Focus distanceClosest focus distance 5cm
Metering• Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center)
ISO sensitivity• Auto
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
AE lockYes (on/off selectable)
Exposure compensation+/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shuttter speed15-1/1600 sec (longer than 1 sec available in Long Shutter Mode only)
Modes• Auto
• Manual
• Digital Macro
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist
• Movie
• Special Scene
Scene modes• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Aquarium
• Underwater
• ISO 3200
White balance• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Self timer2 or 10sec, custom
Continuous shootingApprox 1.5fps until card is full
Image parametersMy Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Flash• Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Range (Auto ISO): 50cm – 4.6m (wide) / 2.4m (tele)
LCD monitor• 2.5-inch P-Si TFT
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• 15 levels of brightness adjustment
Connectivity• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliancePictBridge
Storage• SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus , HC MMCplus compatible
• 32 MB card supplied
Power• Li-Ion battery pack NB-5L
• Optional AC adapter ACK-DC30
Weight (no batt)165g (5.8 oz)
Dimensions95.9 x 59.9 x 27.6 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1 in)


The Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH is a digital compact camera that has a body design that is ideal for traveling and features a 12.1 megapixel CCD, a 3.7x optical zoom lens, and a user interface that has been thoughtfully created. The exposure is kept under automated control, and the camera has 11 different scene settings that might assist when photographing difficult scenes.

It is a very sensitive camera, with a minimal shutter lag in daylight circumstances and great shot-to-shot rates. The Canon SD950 IS is available now. Additionally, it has an outstandingly long battery life, an effective Movie mode, and a very fast download speed. Last but not least, Canon produces a variety of accessories, one of which is a slave flash, and even an underwater casing for the camera itself, giving you access to a wider range of alternatives than you would often anticipate from a tiny digital camera.

The general design and structure of the SD950 is user-friendly and hassle-free, and the bright 2.5-inch color LCD panel is perfect for framing and evaluating photographs. In addition, the SD950 offers a high resolution. The printed output is astoundingly fantastic, creating pictures that are stunning at 16 by 20 inches, and even images taken with ISO 400 look decent at 11 by 14.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Above average performance rankings
  • Excellent clarity in the macro
  • Good quality 3.7x lens
  • Two stops are gained with the image-stabilized lens.
Need Improvement
  • feet that are unsteady on the left side
  • The optical viewfinder is quite inaccurate.
  • Only poor resolution is offered for the ISO 3,200 setting.
  • USB cover that is uncooperative

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