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My wife has a Canon IXUS 960 IS, and she's finding that she is filling the 2Gb cards I'd originally got for her too quickly.

I know that some cameras have a maximum supported capacity for memory cards, and rather than waste money on some cards that would turn out to be wasted, I thought I'd try to find the maximum size supported by this camera; So, what is the maximum memory card size supported by the Canon IXUS 960?

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Canon's User Guide (and Wikipedia and dpreview) list the camera as compatible with SDHC cards, which has a maximum size of 32GB.

It'd be unusual for something to list as SDHC compatible and not be, and a quick google for memory card problems didn't turn up much of anything. I'd feel pretty confident using any SDHC card.

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I do remember (back in the SD days) seeing cameras being listed as compatible with SD cards up to N gigabytes. Has this issue gone away with the SDHC standard? Or was that a sneaky way of stating compatibility with only SD, not SDHC? –  Reid Aug 23 '10 at 23:16
    
@Reid - To my knowledge, yes, the problem should be sorted out (at least until people want more than 32GB cards). SDHC-compatible should mean precisely that. Not sure about the sneakiness of the situation; might have just been extensions to use higher-capacity cards before there was an SDHC standard. –  ex-ms Aug 23 '10 at 23:45
    
Also this is pure speculation, and doesn't really answer the original question: what is the max size card supported. The SDHC spec doesn't have a limit on size, like original SD cards, but just because your camera supports SDHC does not mean it's future proof. –  Alan Aug 24 '10 at 2:58
    
@Alan sdcard.org/developers/tech/sdhc vs. sdcard.org/developers/tech/sdxc - sizes are part of the spec. I only expressed my confidence that a camera that's labelled as SDHC will actually work with an SDHC card. That's what the specs are for. –  ex-ms Aug 24 '10 at 6:05
    
yep you're right. I missed the x vs h. They have 64gb sdxc cards :D –  Alan Aug 24 '10 at 7:22
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I couldn't find a strict maximum listed anywhere, but this spec sheet from Canon mentioned capacities of 8GB cards. So that would be the minimum maximum. :)

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you've fallen for Canon's gag of using the same numbers for different models internationally. The IXUS 960 is the Powershot SD 950. Not a lot of difference in the specs, though. –  ex-ms Aug 23 '10 at 22:11
    
Ugh, thanks for letting me know. Link corrected. –  Reid Aug 23 '10 at 23:10
    
OK, link not corrected, as the SD 950 lists the number of photos only up to 512MB. WTF? Anyway, Matt's answer is better. –  Reid Aug 23 '10 at 23:14
    
I think it's because the 950 comes with a 512mb flash card. –  Alan Aug 23 '10 at 23:53
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