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While the lens provides plenty of fine detail, the image isn't as clear as some cameras I've tested recently. Still very good though.
The excellent Canon lens produces very little barrel distortion at wide angle.
The IXUS 950 IS has a wide-angle end equivalent to 35mm, which is about the same as most pocket compacts. If you want real 28mm wide angle, go for the 850 IS instead.
The lens sharpness only really falls off at the very corner of the frame at wide angle.
The 140mm-equivalent telephoto end of the zoom range is more useful, but other cheaper cameras have longer lenses.
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