• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 32.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon SD960 IS advantages over Canon 90D

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 76 mm
    Thinner
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 57 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 90D advantages over Canon SD960 IS

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.23 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1300 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 months vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.42 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    32.5 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX48S

Canon SD960 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX48S
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • HDMI out
  • $259
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Wider angle lens
Canon 90D
Panasonic DMC-FX48S
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $259
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX580S

Canon SD960 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX580S
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $303
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Wider angle lens
Canon 90D
Panasonic DMC-FX580S
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $303
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SD980 IS

Canon SD960 IS
Canon SD980 IS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Wider angle lens
Canon 90D
Canon SD980 IS
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon 80D

Canon SD960 IS
Canon 80D
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $996
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon 90D
Canon 80D
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $996
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D7500

Canon SD960 IS
Nikon D7500
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon 90D
Nikon D7500
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
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