Canon today launches the new flagship model of its Digital IXUS range, the Digital IXUS 960 IS.

Sporting a stylish new curvature design sculpted in pure titanium, the Digital IXUS 960 IS features a range-leading 12.1 Megapixel sensor. A new 3.7x optical Image Stabilizer1 zoom is complemented by Auto ISO Shift and high ISO 1600, offering Canon’s total anti-blur solution.

With a DIGIC III processor powering Canon’s Face Detection AF/AE/FE1 and improved Red-Eye Correction, the Digital IXUS 960 IS comes fully equipped for superb people shots. Extensive movie options include XGA recording, Time Lapse Movie and Long Play modes.

The Digital IXUS 960 IS has a stylish pure-titanium shell, which Canon rates for its strength and anti corrosion properties. A Touch Control Dial offers fingertip access to all the camera’s key functions.

The Digital IXUS 960 IS features a new 12.1 Megapixels sensor and a compact 3.7x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (IS), which incorporates Canon’s aspherical lens technology for enhanced 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-inch PureColor LCD, with increased colour reproduction and a wide viewing angle.

For situations with difficult lighting or where added stability is needed, the Digital IXUS 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.

The 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.

At the heart of the Digital 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.

The Digital 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
1600-x-1200 resolution in low light.

In addition, with the new Image Resize function users can downsize full-resolution images to 1600-x-1200, 640-x-480 and 320-x-240 sizes – which Canon says is perfect for instant uploads to blogs.

The Time Lapse Movie function enables users to capture changing scenes for accelerated playback as smooth VGA-quality movie clips.

The Digital 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 three-level battery indicator; and a small size AF frame option for more precise focusing on slim, distant or macro subjects.