Changing the resolution and compression on the PowerShot SD950 IS.

Article ID: ART123664 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Changing the resolution and compression on PowerShot SD950 IS.


Changing Resolution / Compression Settings

You can change the resolution and compression (excluding movies) settings to suit the purpose of the image you are about to shoot. Resolution determines the amount of pixels used to compose the image and compression determines the overall quality of the image.



L (Large) 4000 x 3000 pixels

Printing to about A2 size (Approx. 420 x 594 mm (16.5 x 23.4 in.))

M1 (Medium 1) 3264 x 2448 pixels Printing to about A3 size (Approx. 297 x 420 mm (11.7 x 16.5 in.))

Printing to about Letter size prints 216 x 279 mm (8.5 x 11 in.)

M2 (Medium 2) 2592 x 1944 pixels

Printing to about A4 size (Approx. 210 x 297 mm (8.3 in. x 11.7 in.))

Printing to about Letter-size 216 x 279 mm (8.5 x 11 in.)

M3 (Medium 3) 1600 x 1200 pixels

Printing postcard-size prints 148 x 100 mm (6 x 4 in.)

Printing L-size prints 119 x 89 mm (4.7 x 3.5 in.)

S (Small) 640 X 480 pixels

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(Postcard) 1600 x 1200 pixels

The resolution is set to M1 (1600 x 1200) and the compression is set to (Fine). See below for Postcard Print information

(Wide) 4000 x 2248 pixels

Suitable for printing on wide size paper ( you ca check the composition at a 16:9 aspect ratio. Areas that will not be recorded appear on the LCD monitor as a black border)

The Postcard Print mode is not available in and .



Superfine Shoot higher quality images
Fine Shoot normal quality images
Normal Shoot more images

Movies can be shot at the following resolutions.

Movie Resolution and Compression are changed with the same procedure as the still image procedure.



15 frames/sec. 30 frames/sec.
Standard and My Colors 640 x 480 pixels



Standard and My Colors 320 x 240 pixels



Compact 160 x 120 pixels



Time Lapse* 640 x 480 pixels





Maximum movie clip length for Compact [ ] is 3 min and 1 min for Fast Frame Rate. These figures indicate the maximum continuous recording time for these modes. For Standard the recorded time is determined by card size and speed.

*Time lapse is shot at 1 frame / sec and 0.5 frame / sec (Shooting interval of 1 second and 2 second respectively) Playback is achieved at 15 frames per second for a maximum of two hours recording time.

Changing the Resolution and Compression

1. With the camera power on, press the <FUNC./SET> button.

2. In the Function menu select L* (Resolution) or (Compression) using the or button.

* The current setting is displayed.

3. Select the resolution or compression you wish to set using the or button.

You can shoot the image right after selecting settings by pressing the shutter button. This screen will appear again, once the image is shot.

6. Press the <FUNC./SET> button.

7. Shoot the image.

  • Some settings are not available with certain Shooting modes.
  • The resolution can be changed in the (movie) mode however compression cannot be changed independently.



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