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Digital IXUS 970 IS

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Marketed April 2008

The Canon IXY DIGITAL 820 IS succeeds the 810 IS, which was launched in June 2007 and was well received for its high optical-zoom ratio and image-stabilizing technology. The 820 IS features increased optical-zoom magnification, distinguishing the camera as the first IXY DIGITAL model to be equipped with a 5x zoom lens, along with improved image-stabilization technology that delivers an even higher level of precision accuracy, providing image stabilization equivalent to approximately four shutter-speed stops.*
Incorporating a 10.0-megapixel CCD sensor, the IXY 820 IS allows users to enjoy exceptionally high-resolution photos. The camera delivers improved ease of use through a 2.5-inch “Clear Live LCD II” monitor that realizes high visibility and a Controller Wheel supporting convenient operation.
The IXY DIGITAL 820 IS features a refined, sophisticated design that evokes the impression of a body enveloped in an elegant gown. The form of the camera not only conveys a feeling of style, but also fits comfortably in the hands.

* Results may differ depending on shooting environment.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 10 million
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 10.3 million pixels)
Lens 6.6 (W)–33.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 37 (W)–185 (T) mm)
f/3.2 (W)–f/5.7 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 20x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch type, TFT color LCD (wide viewing angle type), approx. 230,000 dots (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
Face Detect*1 *2 /AiAF (9-points)/Center*3

*1 AF frame can be moved and fixed to specified face.
*2 If no face is detected, AiAF (9-points) is used.
*3 Size of AF frame can be selected.

Focusing Range (From the front of the lens) Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.)–infinity
Macro: 2–50 cm (W) (0.8 in.–1.6 ft. (W))
Infinity: 3 m (9.8 ft.)–infinity (W/T)
Kids&Pets: 1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity (W/T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter and electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/60–1/1600 sec.
15–1/1600 sec.
(Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Image Stabilization Lens-shift type
Continuous/Shoot Only*1 /Panning*1 /Off

*1 Still images only

Metering System Evaluative*1 /Center-weighted average/Spot*2

*1 Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF.
*2 Fixed to center.

Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index) Auto*1 , High ISO Auto*2 , ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

*1 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to shooting mode and subject brightness.
*2 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to shooting mode, subject brightness and subject movement. However, the ISO speed is set relatively higher than Auto.

White Balance Auto*1 , Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom

*1 The colors of faces are evaluated in Face Detect AF.

Built-in Flash Auto*1 , on*1 , off

*1 Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF.

Built-in Flash Range Normal: 30 cm–3.5 m (12 in.–11 ft.) (W)/30 cm–2.0 m (12 in.–6.6 ft.) (T)
Brightness of image periphery may reduce depending on shooting distance.
Shooting Modes Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch assist, SCN*1 , Movie*2

*1 Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200
*2 Standard, Compact, Color Accent, Color Swap, Time Lapse

Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.2 shots/sec.
Self-timer Approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay or custom
Recording Media SD memory card/SDHC memory card/MultiMediaCard/MMCplus card/HC MMCplus card
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*1
Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
Sound Memo and Sound Recorder: WAVE (monaural)

*1 This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still images
Large: 3648 x 2736 pixels
Medium 1: 2816 x 2112 pixels
Medium 2: 2272 x 1704 pixels
Medium 3, Date Stamp: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Widescreen: 3648 x 2048 pixels
Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap:
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec. LP)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*1 (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time*2 )
Compact (can record for 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Time Lapse (can record 2 hours)
640 x 480 pixels (1 frame/sec. (shooting interval: 1 sec.), 0.5 frame/sec. (shooting interval: 2 sec.)), (15 frames/sec. (during playback))

*1 Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC- 512 MSH recommended).
*2 Even if the file size has not reached 4 GB, the recording is stopped when the recording time reaches one hour. Depending on memory card capacity and data write speed, recording may stop before the file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches one hour.

Sound Memo Bit Rate: 16 bits
Sampling Rate
Sound memo, movie (Compact): 11.025 kHz
Movie (other than Compact): 44.100 kHz
Sound Recorder: 11.025 kHz/22.050 kHz/44.100 kHz
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 images), Magnified (approx. 2x to 10x max.), Resume Playback, Image Inspection Tool, Jump, My Category, Movie Playback (slow motion available), Rotate, Slide Show, Red-Eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Sound (recording/playback up to 1 min.), Sound Recorder (up to 2 hours sound-only recording/playback possible) or Protect.
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
My Camera Settings Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, self-timer sound, and shutter sound.
Interface Hi-Speed USB (Dedicated connector with integrated type of digital, audio and video*1 )
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)

*1 mini-B compatible.

Communication Settings MTP, PTP
Power Source Battery Pack NB-5L (Rechargeable lithiumion battery)
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
Operating Temperatures 0–40°C (32–104°F)
Operating Humidity 10–90%
Dimensions (excluding protrusions) 95.4 x 57.3 x 27.4 mm (3.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 in.)
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 155 g (5.5 oz.)