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Canon IXUS 960 IS

Ralf Jurrien
IFA Report
Monday 20th, August 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Canon launches the new flagship model of its Digital IXUS range, the Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS. Sporting a stylish new curvature design sculpted in pure titanium, the Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS features a range-leading 12.1 Megapixel sensor. A new 3.7x optical Image Stabilizer zoom is complemented by Auto ISO Shift and high ISO 1600, offering Canon’s total anti-blur solution. With a DIGIC III image processor powering Canon’s Face Detection AF/AE/FE and improved Red-Eye Correction, the Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS comes fully equipped for superb people shots. Extensive movie options include XGA recording, Time Lapse Movie and Long Play modes.

Canon IXUS 960 IS

Canon IXUS 960 IS digital camera
“With the Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS Canon sets new aesthetic and technical standards for digital compact cameras,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “Its supreme titanium build quality and elegant design are complemented by powerful, innovative features that deliver premium-quality imaging. This is a camera that will appeal to consumers who demand the best.”

Canon IXUS 960 IS - Camera features
• Titanium body with Touch Control Dial
• 12.1 Megapixels (1/1.7” CCD)
• 3.7x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer
• ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
• DIGIC III with Face Detection AF/AE/FE and Red-Eye Correction in playback
• 2.5” high resolution PureColor LCD with wide viewing angle, plus optical viewfinder
• 18 shooting modes including ISO 3200 scene mode and My Colors photo effects
• Extensive movie options including high resolution XGA, Long Play and Time Lapse modes
• Safety Zoom and Digital Tele-Converter for extra telephoto reach
• PictBridge and Print/Share compatible

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Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS - Titanium IXUS design
The Canon IXUS 960 IS takes Canon’s unique Perpetual Curve design and renders it in a high quality, pure titanium shell, creating a more tactile and ergonomic photography experience. Used extensively in technologically advanced industries such as aerospace and medicine, titanium is stronger than steel but significantly lighter. Its strength and anti corrosion properties combine with the camera's high build quality to offer durability without compromising size or weight. A
Touch Control Dial offers fingertip access to all the camera’s key functions.

Canon IXUS 960 IS - Exceptional image quality
The Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS features a new range-leading 12.1 Megapixels of resolution, allowing users to create poster-size prints or crop sections of photos without loss of detail. Imaging power is furthered by an ultra-compact 3.7x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (IS), which incorporates Canon’s aspherical lens technology (UA) for maximum sharpness and clarity. Users can take zooming further with Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom - features which combine the benefits of digital zoom with a reduced risk of image quality deterioration. Captured images can be viewed on the high-resolution 2.5’’ PureColor LCD, with increased colour reproduction and a wide viewing angle for easy sharing with friends. For situations with difficult lighting or where added stability is needed, the Canon 960 IS features a real-image optical viewfinder. To provide a closer look at images, Canon’s improved Image Inspection Tool is also included. For the first time, this can be used in playback mode as well as shooting. The function incorporates Face Detection Technology for automatic close-up inspection of faces in shots.

Canon IXUS 960IS - Total anti-blur solution
The Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS includes a range of ISO features that combine with the camera’s optical IS to virtually eliminate the risk of image blur. Both optical IS and Auto ISO Shift deal with the blur caused by camera shake. When selected by the user, Auto ISO Shift boosts the ISO setting just enough to reduce the effects of unintended camera movement. Two further features - manually selected high ISO settings up to ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto - combat the blur caused by typical subject movement, as well as camera shake when poor light would normally require a longer exposure.

Canon IXUS 960 IS

Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS - DIGIC III image processor
At the heart of the Canon IXUS 960 IS is Canon’s DIGIC III image processor. As well as ensuring fast performance, superior colour reproduction and white balance, DIGIC III powers a range of features to improve the photographer’s success rate. Canon’s Face Detection AF/AE/FE locates up to 9 faces in any scene before automatically adjusting focus, exposure and flash for optimum results. The undesirable effects of flash are quickly removed with improved Red-Eye Correction during playback. This innovative system uses Face Detection Technology to automatically identify and correct red-eye - while ensuring that no other elements of the picture are accidentally altered in the process. Users also have the option of manually adding or removing Red-Eye Correction frames. Advanced Noise Reduction Technology, powered by DIGIC III, safeguards images against graininess when shooting at high ISO speeds while maintaining image detail.

Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS - Shooting modes
The Canon IXUS 960 IS incorporates 18 different shooting modes for stills and movies. Amongst these are several presets for tricky shooting environments - such as snow and beaches - and an ISO 3200 mode for producing flash-free shots at 1600x1200 resolution in low light. My Colors can be used to apply effects and enhancements in both shooting and playback mode. In addition, with Canon’s new Image Resize function users can downsize full-resolution images to 1600x1200, 640x480 and 320x240 sizes - perfect for instant uploads to blogs or auction sites.

Canon IXUS 960 IS digital camera - Movie capture
With the Canon IXUS 960 IS, users can capture movies with sound at an extra large XGA (1024x768 pixels) resolution at 15fps - the highest movie resolution in the Canon Digital IXUS range. Alternatively, VGA and QVGA quality movies can be shot at a smooth 30fps. Canon’s innovative Time Lapse Movie function enables users to capture changing scenes for accelerated playback as smooth VGA-quality movie clips. And for occasions when longer movies are required and storage space is limited, a new LP (Long Play) mode offers VGA movie capture at 30fps - producing movies at half the file size with no loss in resolution or frame rate.

Canon IXUS 960 IS

Canon 960 IS digital camera - Ultimate ease of use
The Canon IXUS 960 IS benefits from several enhancements aimed at creating a more straightforward shooting experience for all users. These include an image range selection feature, which allows users to easily select several images for printing, protecting, categorising or erasing; the addition of a 3 level battery indicator; and a small size AF frame option for more precise focusing on slim, distant or macro subjects.

Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS - PictBridge printing
The Canon 960 IS features a dedicated Print menu for quick access to direct print options. Full PictBridge support means users can print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer without the need for a PC. A Print/Share button allows one-touch printing and easy uploads to Windows or Mac systems.

Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS - Language
The Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS user interface supports 25 languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian and Ukrainian.

Canon IXUS 960 IS - Memory Card Support
In addition to SD, SDHC and MMC memory cards, the Canon IXUS 960 IS supports the new MMCplus and HC MMCplus card - a format for high-volume shooting that allows capacities up to 32GB. It comes supplied with a 32MB memory card.

Canon IXUS 960 IS - Software & iMAGE Gateway
The Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS comes bundled with the following Canon Software:
• ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 (Windows), ImageBrowser 6.0 (Macintosh): For organising and editing images, movies and slideshows, or creating and printing digital photo albums.
• PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows) and 3.2 (Mac): For creating panoramic photos from multiple images.
The bundled software supports Windows 2000 (SP4) XP (SP2) and Vista and Macintosh OS X v10.3-v10.4. The camera supports PTP for driverless transfer to Windows XP and Macintosh OS X, along with MTP for image and movie transfers to Windows Vista. Purchasers of the camera are eligible for membership of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, 100MB of online ‘personal gallery’ space for sharing stills and video with family and friends.

Canon 960 IS digital camera - Optional Accessories
An optional Waterproof Case (WP-DC19) allows users to bring the Digital IXUS 960 IS to a depth of up to 40 metres for compelling underwater shots. Specially designed Weights (WW-DC1) are available to control camera buoyancy. Other accessories include:
• High Power Flash (HF-DC1)
• Soft Leather Case (DCC-70)
• Digital IXUS Metal and Leather Neck Straps
• Compact AC Power Adapter (ACK-DC30)

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