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Canon PowerShot SD630 6MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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  • 6.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom; 3.0-inch LCD display
  • ISO 800 shooting; widescreen (16:9) stills recording
  • Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode for shooting high-quality movies at up to 60 frames per second QVGA (320 x 240)
  • Powered by a lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD cards (16 MB memory card included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 0315B001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 6 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: 0315B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,609 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at February 21, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The ultra-thin, ultra-stylish PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph offers a full range of enhanced shooting features that make taking pictures more comfortable and more exciting. A marvel of Canon engineering, this compact powerhouse has a super-sized 3.0-inch LCD screen.

High resolution and superior comfort
Stylishly elegant yet impressively powerful, the PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph has the resolution you need to produce magnificent full-sized prints and on-screen images. The high-quality Canon 3x optical zoom delivers the clarity and sharpness that make even the smallest details come to life.

Better shots, easier replay
PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph incorporates a big new 3.0-inch LCD screen for a truly eye-opening view. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture and wider viewing angle to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. And when you're shooting at dusk or at night, the Night Display function lets you see the display clearly. It brightens the object while you compose your shot by reducing the frame rate on the LCD screen.

Canon innovation enhances your experience
The PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph features new ISO 800 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations with high shutter speeds, giving you greater flexibility for shooting.

Advanced imaging technology improves every photo

DIGIC II Image Processor
Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor is designed to improve processing speed and image quality, so DIGIC II provides markedly faster startup, autofocus, and playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.

iSAPS Technology
iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC II Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Shoot and view wide images
The PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph includes a 16:9 widescreen resolution option, producing images and film clips that are perfect for your widescreen TV or computer monitor.

Superior quality movies
Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode allows you to record extremely smooth, full-motion movie clips for up to 1 minute long in QVGA at 60 fps (320 x 240 pixels). With a highly flexible movie mode, you can create the movie that's perfect for any application. Select from VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) with frame rates of 30 fps and 15 fps for recording up to 1 hour or 1 GB. Plus Compact Movie Mode (QQVGA; 160 x 120 pixels) records at 15 fps for up to 3 minutes.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions

  • Auto: The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
  • Manual: The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.
  • Portrait: The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
  • Foliage: Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
  • Snow: Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unatural bluish tint.
  • Beach: Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
  • Fireworks: Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
  • Underwater: Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. (Note: Optional Waterproof Case WP-DC4 required for shooting any underwater images)
  • Indoor: Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.
  • Kids and Pets: Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
  • Night Snapshot: Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
  • Color Accent: Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
  • Color Swap: Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
  • Digital Macro: Shoot larger-than-life close-ups with one-button simplicity.
  • Stitch Assist: Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
  • My Colors
         Vivid: Yield vibrant shots with dramatic high-contrast.
         Vivid Blue: Emphasize the sea, sky, and other blue areas.
         Vivid Green: Add vivid dimension to greens for extraordinary nature shots.
         Vivid Red: Charge up red objects in your images for extra impact.
  • Neutral: Produce images of subtle, elegant tonality.
  • Sepia: Recreate the look of vintage photographs.
  • Black and White: Deliver enhanced clarity--especially useful when shooting text.
  • Positive Film: Combine "Vivid Blue," "Vivid Green," and "Vivid Red" to achieve a positive film effect.
  • Lighter Skin Tone: Make your subjects' skin tones lighter.
  • Darker Skin Tone: Darken skin tones a shade.
  • Custom Color: Finely adjust brightness and vividness, and set your preferred balance of blue, green, red, and skin colors.

    The complete print solution
    The PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SD630 to a Canon CP, SElPHY, or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge-compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button, and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

    Connect the USB interface cable to your Canon digital camera and a PictBridge compatible photo printer. Press lighted Print/Share button. You'll have long-lasting, professional-quality prints in minutes.

    Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printer. (Printers not included--must be purchased separately.)

    What's in the Box
    PowerShot SD630 body, Lithium battery pack NB-4L, battery charger CB-2LV, SD memory card SDC-16M, wrist strap WS-600, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300

  • Product Description

    Digital Camera,6.0 Megapixels,3x Optical,4x Digital,silver

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    The controls are intuitive, the menu system is easy to navigate. I am not a sophisticated photographer. Read more ›
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    This is my second Canon PowerShot - and it is wonderful. I love the big screen, the video quality is outstanding and so easy to use. Sometimes I don't feel the pictures are… Read more ›
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    Pros: Picture quality is still good, Canon has not lost it's touch after ten years of making Elphs. The size is awesome, I can place it anywhere I'd like. With a three inch… Read more ›
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    117 of 123 people found the following review helpful By J.L.L. on May 27, 2006
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    I have had tons of digital cameras before and I have always sold them on eBay to get rid of them. Canon is by far the best digital camera I have ever owned. I previously had an SD10 for the last 3 years and am still happy with it. 3 yrs is a long time for me considering I am a bit of a techie that likes to change all of my electronics whenever a new one comes out. So for me the SD630 is finally a well deserved upgrade...

    LOVE IT. The LCD screen is amazing and there are tons of new features that I did not have on my SD10. Everything with this camera is terrific. The only thing and only thing I can say is that there is not a battery meter, the meter only shows up when it is already running out of battery. This was the same for the SD10 and it was quite annoying. Anyways, definately buy a backup battery just in case.

    Other than that, you cannot go wrong with this camera...
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    59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By E. Navarro on May 20, 2006
    I just received my Canon SD-630 in the mail today and can already say I am very happy with my purchase. I had been researching cameras the entire week, looking for the right one for my needs.

    When I went to the store, Best Buy, I had written down a few camera model numbers that caught my eye. Over the next few days it was interesting to see how my perceptions of these cameras had changed. I had at first liked the 7.1 Megapixel Sony I had put at the top of my list at Best Buy. I based this on merely the camera having a high megapixel count and the looks of the outer casing. But after getting on Amazon and reading product descriptions, going over reviews, and looking at shots submitted by customers all of my original perceptions changed.

    While the Sony may have looked good and had a higher megapixel count than my Canon, it was the features that attracted me to the SD-630. I liked that it had some interesting options to play around with besides just the usual camera settings like outdoor, indoor, etc... Besides the basics, the Canon has options like Color Accent and Color Swap. These features really let you produce some unique prints without having to do any post manipulation with programs such as Photoshop. I myself had done similar work with photos using Photoshop, to make certain objects color while the rest of the image remained black and white. But this takes time depending on the object and its nice to be able to achieve the same results without any work! Its also very easy to use and I took some great shots in no time.

    Another camera I was interested in was the Kodak V570. After reading the feature list on this camera, such as the Panorama Stitch and Wide Angle Lens I thought it was perfect.
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    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J Brock on July 17, 2006
    This Canon SD630 camera replaced my "garbage" Sony that suddenly stopped working. I love this camera!


    1. HUGE 3" LCD screen (the main reason I bought this camera).

    2. Excellent picture quality.

    3. Tons of pre-set settings including "fireworks" (which takes perfect photo's of fireworks).

    4. Lots of manual settings if you prefer, including high ISO, white balance, etc.

    5. Takes top quality videos (at up to 30 frames/sec at 640X480 - similar quality as that of full-featured video cameras).

    6. You can upload any WAV and JPG files to personalize all the camera's settings (the sound and picture that shows when you turn on your camera, the sound the shutter makes, the sound of the buttons when navigating settings, etc.).

    7. When reviewing your pictures, the built-in "gyro" will flip the orientation of your photo when you tilt the camera going from "portrait mode" to "landscape mode" and vice-versa.

    8. The "colour swap" feature will have designers and decorators drooling. You take a picture of say, a house, then aim the pin-point in the middle of the LCD screen at a colour on the house that you want to change and press the shutter button, then aim the camera on the colour you want to change it to and press the shutter button, then voila!, the original picture of the house now appears with the new colour you had just personally selected!

    9. It takes only about 15 minutes to fully charge the battery (NB-4L, Li-ion) in the included external battery charger.

    10. The "auto create directory" feature is great.
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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2006
    I purchased this camera as a replacement for my SD-400. I loved the SD-400 except that I broke the LCD twice. I was not about to replace the LCD for a second time so I went shopping for a new camera. I take over 1,000 photos a week on this camera as I use it as a primary tool in my job. They have added a rigid protection barrier for the LCD whih pretty much eliminates my only complaint with previous SD Models. Let me give you my quick Pro / Con List:


    -Size: It is the perfect size. I can't imagine working with a camera that is any smaller.

    -Weight: It is light weight and easily fits in your pocket even after you put it in a hardshell case.

    -Picture Quality: Far superior picture quality as compared to other 6 MegaPixel Cameras. This is of course due to the higher quality lenses and the precision auto focusing.

    -Availability of backup batteries: Duracell makes an excellent battery for this camera. NB-4L It is fairly inexpensive as Lithium Ion batteries go and it is easy to find.

    -SD Memory: It takes SD card memory which make life easier and less expensive.

    -3" LCD. The LCD on this camera is very larger and it is beautiful. Feels like I am using my MiniDV Camera.

    -Software Interface: This camera is very easy to use and the menus are intuitive and simple to navigate.

    -LCD Protection: The LCD is behind a rigid clear protecting surface which seems to be fairly resistant to damage.


    -Battery Life. This camera does not use AA Batteries so if you have a 512MB card or larger, then you will probably have to charge the battery before you get through the entire card.
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