Canon Ixus 970IS reviews and prices: Compact camera

62 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 62 reviews.
Canon Ixus 970IS: 10 MP (Megapixels), 5x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description
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Claire, Leeds Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small, lightweight yet many features. Good quality image with good auto functions on ISO and focus. I really like the colour swap and highlight features too.
Bad points:
Yet to find any!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2009

Hilary, Cheltenham/Gloucester

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This camera does virtually everything my husband's very expensive Canon Digital SLR does except having the facility to change lenses, but being smaller is much more portable. It must be good - I now have 2 of them (one for my daughter and one for me)!
The biggest bonus though is the VIEWFINDER as the real-time screens on most cameras are very difficut to see in bright sunlight. However the screen on this model is better than most.
Bad points:
The lense drive mechanism is a bit delicate so be very careful to keep fingers away from it as any obstruction to it's movement can jam it.
It was so good that my daughter fell in love with mine, so I ended up buying another one for me which doubled the cost!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality and build quality v. good. Colours very realistic.
Bad points:
Fiddly on/off switch.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
High quality poicture;p good close up facility
Bad points:
None yet, but early days!
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 6.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I like the viewfinder
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 Jun 2009

Mike, Penrith

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Picture and build quality excellent.
Battery life brilliant.
Useful - if simple viewfinder.
Bad points:
Handling a little slippery.
Mode dial very strange to get used to - no feedback when rotating
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use, compact and with good features
Bad points:
The only drawback is that you can't charge the battery while it's in the camera, you have to put it into a charger. Most of the time this isn't a problem, but it adds to the luggage on a trip.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jun 2009

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Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3648x2736
Optical zoom ratio 5
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Silver
Media format MMCplus Card
Media format MMC Card
Media format SDHC Card
Media format HCMMCplus
Media format SD Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 155
Flash Yes
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1600
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 57.2x95.4x27.4
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.2-5.7
In-built memory (Megabytes) 32
Release date 2008-03-31
Height in mm 5.7
Width in mm 95.4
Depth in mm 2.7
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 185
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 37

Also known as: Ixus 970IS, CANON 970IS, Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS

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Manufacturer's Description

With a powerful 5x zoom lens, the Digital IXUS 970 IS is well-equipped and intelligent, but never compromises on style. Its compact body is packed with features including an enhanced optical Image Stabilizer.

Features

  • 10.0 Megapixels
  • 5x zoom with enhanced optical IS
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • Face Detection Technology
  • Red-Eye Correction
  • DIGIC III processor and iSAPS
  • 2.5" PureColor LCD II
  • 18 Shooting Modes including Sunset Mode
  • Creative movie options

High zoom in high style.

IXUS design
The Digital IXUS 970 IS gently curves towards the grip for a stylish, elegant feel. The Multi Control Dial makes it quick and simple to change settings, review images and scroll through menus.

10.0 Megapixels
A 10.0 Megapixel sensor captures images in fine detail, enabling creative trimming, and poster size printing.

5x zoom with enhanced optical Image Stabilizer
Thanks to Canon’s advanced UA (Ultra-High Refractive Index Aspherical) lens technology, the Digital IXUS 970 IS has an uncompromising 5x zoom lens but retains its compact form. The redesigned optical Image Stabilizer system gives a 4-stop advantage, making shots in very low light achievable.

Motion Detection Technology
Canon’s Motion Detection Technology uses a wide array of inputs and intelligent algorithms to detect and compensate for camera shake and subject movement. Part of High ISO Auto, the system maximises image quality by only using the minimum necessary ISO boost to combat blur.

Face Detection Technology
Face Detection Technology ensures superb people shots by automatically setting optimum focus, exposure, flash and white balance. Face Select and Track lets you choose and track your primary subject, so you never lose a special face in the crowd.

Red-Eye Correction
Red-Eye Correction quickly and easily removes red-eye in camera. It can be set to automatically remove red-eye as you shoot or during playback mode, making natural eyes easy to achieve.

DIGIC III and iSAPS
Canon’s DIGIC III processor provides lightning quick responses, superb image quality and advanced noise reduction for sharper, clearer images. iSAPS technology uses shooting scene data to optimise camera settings even before a shot is taken.

2.5" PureColor LCD II/strong>
A high resolution 2.5" PureColor LCD II screen has an extremely wide-angle viewing, making it easy to share your images with a group. Exceptional colour contrast means the screen is visible under bright sunlight. An optical viewfinder (OVF) extends your shooting possibilities.

Shooting Modes and My Colors
18 shooting modes include Sunset, Kids & Pets, and ISO 3200 Special Scene modes which optimise camera settings for the easy capture of popular subjects. My Colors in-camera photo effects can be applied during or after shooting.

Movie Options
Movie modes include Long Play (LP) for VGA (30fps) clips that use half the normal memory card space. Capture a gradual scene like a sunrise or blooming flowers for accelerated playback with Time Lapse movie.


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