The Good Small; good lens specs; excellent photo color, exposure.
The Bad Wide-screen LCD; odd controls or lack thereof; purple fringing in photos.
The Bottom Line While its design is less than thrilling, the Canon PowerShot SD960 IS still has great photo quality to fall back on.
Canon PowerShot SD960 IS
The Canon PowerShot SD960 IS is a follow-up of sorts to the very popular SD880 IS featuring the same 28mm wide-angle lens with a 4x zoom, but this model jumps to 12 megapixels from 10. It can capture 720p HD video clips and has Canon's Digic 4 image processor. It also features an HDMI output so you can quickly hook it up to an HDTV for playing back photos and videos. That, unfortunately, is one of the few good things about the design, with the main issue being its wide-screen LCD.
On the upside--and probably most importantly--it takes very good photos with great color and exposure. The HD video is good, too. If you want a reasonably simple, stripped-down point-and-shoot, the SD960 IS is a solid option, but if you want more control and a smaller price tag, go for the SD880 instead.
The 12 best Black Friday camera deals we've found so far
Rather than dump every available Black Friday discount on you, we've hand-picked the seasonal deals we think are actually worth your money.
Get a Canon EOS Rebel T6 dSLR kit for $279.64
That's the lowest price to date on this widely loved model. It's a refurb, but a good-as-new refurb. Plus: Own "Logan" for just $6.
Get a GoPro Hero action camera for $63
Wait, what? Yep, it's the real deal -- but you'll have to wait a few weeks to get it, and there are more capable cameras for the same price.
Google Clips uses AI to capture life's spontaneous moments
The $249 smart camera brings together the best of AI, software and hardware, says Google.
Get a Canon EOS Rebel T6 dSLR kit for $344
Your phone's camera may be good, but it's nowhere near this good. This top-rated model would normally run you at least $100 more. Plus: a speaker that fits in your pocket and plays FM radio.
Monday mishmash: Great new deals, plus some updates and reruns
For example: the cheapest 1TB portable hard drive I've ever seen, and an unbeatable price on a lifetime of guided meditation.
Want to photograph rockstars? This $13K camera will let you
Leica releases a new special-edition camera as a tribute to late rock-n-roll photographer Jim Marshall.
GoPro has a new 360 VR camera that you can't have
The spherical camera, called Fusion, is small and wearable, but a lot of other details are a mystery.
GoPro will give you $100 for your old Hero, sort of
A new trade-up program lets you send in your old GoPro for money off a new Hero5 camera.
Nikon bails on advanced compacts and that's not good
Opinion: The company announced that it was dropping the attempt to produce its ill-fated series of enthusiast-targeted fixed-lens models and it doesn't sound like it plans to try again.
This crazy camera could be a boon to VR filmmakers
Researchers have found a way to build a 360-degree camera that's compact but shoots high-quality video. It could be just the thing for virtual reality.
GoPro lays off 200 people, shutters its aspiring media arm
The action-camera maker, struggling with weak sales, makes cuts to save more than $650 million in costs next year.