Canon PowerShot SD950 IS Compact Digital Camera - Design
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The boxy design of this camera gives it a throw-back look, and the smooth lines give it more of a futuristic appearance. It's this contradiction that makes the SD950 such an appealing little camera. The body is made out of titanium, which gives the camera both durability and a certain elegance.
The camera itself is very small, which puts it in the ultra-compact class of digital cameras. The overall dimensions of the SD950 are 3.8 inches wide by 2.4 inches high by 1.1 inches deep, and it weighs less than 6 ounces. Needless to say, this camera should fit into your pants pocket without a problem. It is ideal for traveling, or for times when you just can't carry a DSLR camera.
Taking a look at the top of the SD950. You will see the shutter button and zoom controls. You will find a digital AV output on the side of the camera, which can be used to connect the SD950 to a TV in order to view a slide show or movie. The rest of the controls are on the rear of the camera. Here you will find a mode dial, display button, menu button, printer/share button, play button, and function buttons. Although it seems like a lot of buttons and controls, it's a relatively simple set-up, and it shouldn't take long to get used to the button configuration.
Also on the rear of the SD950 is the 2.5 inch PureColor LCD display. This display features 230,000 pixels, and a nice anti-scratch/anti-glare coating. The screen is viewable in both dim and brightly-lit conditions, unlike many other camera displays which wash out in the sunlight. It would have been nice to see Canon step up to a 3 inch display with the SD950, but there is a reason why they couldn't do this. Canon has included an optical viewfinder just above the LCD screen, which made it almost impossible to use a 3 inch display on this camera.
In my opinion it is a good trade-off, because an optical viewfinder can be very useful at times and many cameras of this size no longer are equipped with one. The main advantage of using the optical viewfinder and turning off the LCD display to take photos is that you can save a ton of battery life, which can come in handy when you don't have immediate access to electricity (such as when camping) to recharge the battery in the camera.
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