Canon PowerShot SD960 IS / Ixus 110 IS / Ixy 510 IS Review

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A quick review here of the Canon PowerShot SD960 IS, also known as the Ixus 110 IS and the Ixy 510 IS. The one I bought is actually the Japanese version, which is the Ixy 510 IS. But they’re all the same camera! Just with different names or numbers depending on where in the world they’re from.

This is quite an affordable camera, and suitable for anyone really. Click on the image of the camera at the right to view the cheapest price on Amazon.

I bought this camera myself for it’s 720P HD video capability. The HD video is recorded in the AVCHD format at 24mbs. This provides excellent image quality, better than any other brand of camera in it’s class. The frame rate of the video is 30fps and the audio quality is good too. Although living in Australia I prefer my videos at 25fps. I achieve this by slowing down the footage in Sony Vegas by setting the playback rate to 0.833 and disabling the resampling. It works well. I stretch the audio part of the video files separately and use the elastique pro timestretching algorithm. It leaves the audio sounding smooth without any of the usual timestretching artifacts.

Below is a photo of my actual camera.o

Compared to other Canon cameras: The newer version of this camera is the SD980 IS, also known as the Ixus 200 IS. The biggest differences are the 24mm wide lens and touch screen. The SD960 /Ixy 510 / Ixus 110 only has a 28mm wide angle lens and no touch screen. Apart from that they’re very similar. Other pricier models with the same HD 720P video capability include the SX200 and SX20. I used to own an SX200 which was a good camera, but not as compact, and had an inferior macro mode. I sometimes miss the 12x zoom. But as far as portability and usability, I much prefer this Ixy 510 / Ixus 110 /SD960. On this particular camera, exposure lock works by holding down the shutter button half way to focus and pressing the ^ button at the same time. The exposure is then locked and can be adjusted.

The good, the bad and the ugly. These cameras incorporate a CCD sensor. For me this is brilliant because it means I can swing the camera around and shoot handheld without ever having to worry about rolling shutter CMOS sensor skew that occurs with all Digital SLR’s capable of shooting video, along with most modern video cameras. The image you get from the sensor is very nice indeed. The only really downside is the vertical smearing that occurs when there’s a bright light in shot. Have a look at the Mr Zux video below to see this. The other downside is that it’s not exactly the best in low light, and you don’t have an option to set the shutter speed. But for the price I’m not complaining!

In conclusion this is an extremely usable and very portable video camera that can produce some amazing results. It has it’s limitations, but most of the time those can be avoided. Below I’ve included the first three videos I have shot with the camera. More are on the way. If you’re interested in buying one, you can find them here on Amazon. If you have any questions about the camera, feel free to post a comment below.

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