Canon Powershot SD960 IS Review

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Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot SD960 IS

The screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons on screen indicate the exposure mode being used (AUTO), Flash is set to Auto, the battery level is full, orientation is horizontal (small camera icon at the top left), we are using Large Fine image quality, and there's enough space left on the SD card to take 1231 more pictures.



Canon Powershot SD960 IS

When you half-press the shutter you will see which of the nine AF points (green rectangles) were used for the focus lock. The aperture, shutter speed and ISO values are also shown along the bottom. The orange glow is from the AF-assist lamp.



Canon Powershot SD960 IS

Program exposure mode is like Auto in that the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture for a correct exposure, but you now have access to a multitude of more advanced Function and Menu options; like metering, ISO, White balance, etc.



Canon Powershot SD960 IS

Program mode Function options:

    Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Averaging, Spot
    My Colors - Off, Vivid color, Neutral color, Sepia, B&W, Custom (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation)
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash or Custom
    ISO - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600
    Exposure mode - Choose Program or one of the 17 scene modes
    Exposure Compensation - +/- 2.0 in 1/3EV steps
    Drive mode - Single or Continuous
    Image Size - L (4000x3000), M1 (3264x2448), M2 (2592x1944), M3 (1600x1200), S (640x480) and Wide (4000x2248)
    Image Quality - Fine or Normal JPEG compression





Canon Powershot SD960 IS

Program mode MENU options:

    AF Frame - Face AiAF or Center
    AF Frame Size - Small or Normal (Center Frame mode only)
    Servo AF - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Off, Standard, 1.5x, 2.0x
    AF-Point Zoom - On or Off
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Flash Settings - Red-Eye Correction and Red-Eye Lamp On or Off
    i-Contrast - Off or Auto
    Review - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
    Blink Detection - On or Off
    Display Overlay - Enable or disable Grid lines, 3:2 Guide, Off or Both
    IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning, Off
    Date Stamp - Off, Date or Date & Time




Canon Powershot SD960 IS

The Scene Modes are accessed via the Function menu. You can choose from: Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Long Shutter, and Stitch Assist.



Canon Powershot SD960 IS

You can record movie clips with audio at a variety of resolutions. The SD960 offers Standard Definition movies at resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 as well as a High Definition mode at 1280x720. The frame rate for all three modes is 30fps. For those of you who are a bit more creative, there are also options for Color accent and Color swap. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, but can be preset before hand. These clips are captured in QuickTime format and saved as .MOV files.

Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading. The SD960 is one of several models we have seen from Canon that now offers HD video output via a HDMI port.



Canon Powershot SD960 IS

Movie Func. Menu:


    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom Mode - Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
    Resolution - 1280x720, 640x480, 320x240


Canon Powershot SD960 IS

Movie Record Menu:

    Digital Zoom - Off or Standard
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Display Overlay - Off, Grid Lines
    IS Mode - Continuous, Off



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