Canon PowerShot SD950IS Digital Camera: Why You Should Never Buy One


Never Buy A Canon PowerShot SD950IS Digital Camera

By Chris Campbell

Have you heard of all the problems recent buyers of the Canon PowerShot SD950IS have experienced? Have you heard of even one problem? If not, then your not looking hard enough.

Even though your best friend or a family member may have recommended the SD950IS, that doesn’t mean you should just run out and buy it. Every digital camera has flaws, and they can be a really big deal . . .

or a really insignificant deal, depending on the person buying the camera. The point being, be honest with yourself about all the pluses and minuses about any product before you shell out your hard earned money. You’ll be happier in the long run. So, lets look at some problems with the SD950IS.

At around $350 for the SD950IS, you getting pretty close to the high end in price for a point and shoot camera. With that said, this PowerShot needs to perform extremely well, to convince me not to just move up to an entry level SLR camera.

It really doesn’t make that grade. 12.1 megapixels may seem to some to be a guarantee of great pictures, but it’s not. If your not going to blow pictures to poster size, and do a lot of cropping, then anything over 8 megapixels is a waste.

You could probably step down $150, and get an 8 mega-pixel camera that would take just as good pictures.

Being a Canon point and shoot camera, the SD950IS Digital unfortunately carries the characteristic of taking low quality pictures in anything less then full sunlight. Which, means any picture you take inside will probably be underexposed. Using the built in flash helps, but it also tends to dramatically slow down the burst mode (number of photos you can take in a short period of time). If your camera has ever locked up when you try to take a second picture after missing a great shot, you know why burst mode is important. A $200 canon digital camera like the A570IS, will take just as good pictures as the SD950IS.

From an ergonomic perspective, the Canon SD950IS can be tricky to hold level, and even trickier to place on a level surface. The latter being for use of the self timer. Apparently one of the design engineers over at Canon thought a camera shaped like a jelly bean was a good idea. While it may be unusual, sometimes sticking to the old tried and true boxy format is really the best.

Those problems may seem enough to talk you out of buying a Canon SD950IS digital, but here are a few more anyway:

– photos taken higher than ISO 400 display high noise levels

– camera housing is very susceptible to scratching

– too many blurry pictures for a camera in at this price

– small buttons are awkward for users with larger hands

– steep learning curve with the menus

The biggest problem with the SD950IS is the price. For about half the price, you can get [ ]a multitude of point and shoot cameras that will work just as well. And, for a couple of hundred dollars more, your looking at some near pro level cameras in the [ ]entry level SLR category. Any point and shoot camera at this price, needs to walk on water. The SD950IS Digital can’t.

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