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Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS compact digital camera review

£227 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Canon

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 4 out of 10

Canon’s Ixus line is renowned for its styling, but the Digital Ixus 970 IS’s design is a triumph of style over substance.

Canon’s Ixus line is renowned for its styling, but the Digital Ixus 970 IS’s design is a triumph of style over substance. It looks great but its ergonomics are terrible, which is a shame as the technology inside the pretty shell allows you to capture some great images.

The Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS’s chassis is an attractive blue-ish silver with sweeping curves. However, the curved right-hand side (as you hold the camera) makes it hard to get a firm grip on the camera. The lozenge-shaped on/off button is recessed and fiddly. The zoom rocker wheel has a limited range of motion and a tiny control knob, which fits with the camera’s overall aesthetic but, again, is fiddly to use.

On the back of the Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS are a mode selection wheel, four buttons and a D-pad with a curious rotary control around it. This is designed to be used to select controls in manual mode, and can also be used to scroll through menus. However, there’s a lag between you moving it and anything happening, making it far too easy to select the wrong function.

Once you've fought your way through the Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS’s controls, you will end up with a decent shot – assuming your subject hasn’t wandered off in the meantime. The inclusion of a 5x zoom lens is great, considering that the 970 IS is noticeably smaller than the Ricoh R8 and the Coolpix P5100. All the smaller models have 3x lenses. As usual for a Canon, the IS image-stabilisation system is top notch, even at full zoom.

The shots were high quality, capturing clean details and vibrant colours. In low-light conditions, many usable shots were captured – though the Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS's ISO 3,200 ‘high-sensitivity’ mode is poor. Output is very noisy, and limits the resolution to 1,600x1,200 (1.9Mp).

Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS Expert Verdict »

Canon Ixus 970IS Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 62 reviews
1/2.3in CCD
10Mp
6.6-33.omm focal length (35mm equivalent: 37-185mm)
5x optical zoom
4x digital zoom
f/3.2-f/5.7
image stabilisation
nine-point face-detection system
1/60-1/1,600sec shutter speed
2.5in PureColor LCD II (TFT)
Jpeg
AVI
WAVE
Direct print
PictBridge
SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCPlus/HC MMCPlus (32MB card supplied)
ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser
PhotoStitch
95x57x27mm
155g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 5 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS is pricey next to its rivals, and its performance doesn’t justify this.

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