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Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS 10 MP CMOS 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with Full-HD Video and 3.0-Inch LCD Digital Camera (Brown)

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  • 10x optical zoom in a slim body
  • 10.0-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create Canon's HS System
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels at 24 fps) video mode; HDMI output
  • Advanced Smart AUTO identifies 28 shooting scenes; Shoot slow motion video with the Super Slow Motion Movie function
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included)
  • 10x optical zoom in a slim body
  • 10.0-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create Canon's HS System
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Color: Brown
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability

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Product Details

Color: Brown
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003ZSHNF4
  • Item model number: SD4500IS
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,400 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 17, 2010

Product Description

Color: Brown

From the Manufacturer

Significant technology upgrades and a richly sophisticated design make the PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera so easy to say "yes" to. Your best shot is never too far away, thanks to a hugely powerful lens that boasts a 10x optical zoom. Your videos will have all the lifelike realism of Full HD (1920 x 1080)--and you'll share them instantly on your HDTV with a simple cable connection. You'll shoot what you want, when you want, and in every situation your images will be better than you ever imagined.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights

Canon's HS System (10.0-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor plus DIGIC 4 Image Processor) delivers gorgeous images in low light, while the advanced Smart AUTO intelligently manages an expanded, diverse array of shooting situations for stills and videos, so you can focus on composition and creativity.

You'll have easy, intuitive access to features that put your photography on the cutting edge, like Super Slow Motion Movie and High-Speed Burst. While this fresh, modern take on a style icon will certainly get your PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera noticed, you'll find just as much to notice in its ramped up power and performance.

Canon PowerShot SD4500IS Highlights

10x optical zoom in a slim, stylish camera body
The PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera is the first ELPH equipped with a 10x optical zoom--an amazing feat of engineering for a camera this slim and light.
Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights

If, like most people, you've been shooting with a standard-size zoom, you will be blown away when, with just a simple push of a button, you're taken right up to the shot you want. For natural candids of people, pets and wildlife there's no substitute, while stadium games, concerts and other big events come to life with a lens that puts you right in the middle of the action.

Best of all? Even at the far end of the zoom your shots are clear and steady, thanks to Canon's highly effective Optical Image Stabilizer.

Canon's HS System for improved low light performance and better image quality
The Canon HS System takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.
Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights

The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 10.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS System is Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.

Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels at 24 fps) video mode plus HDMI output for easy playback of videos and photos on your HDTV
Most digital cameras record videos, but isn't it time you gave your memories the unparalleled quality of full high definition?

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
The PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera records videos in uncompromising Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels at 24 fps) to give you the highest quality videos available--and all from a camera that fits in your pocket. Experience all the stunning realism of Full HD, with smooth action, amazingly natural color and texture you can almost feel.

Watching your HD videos and sharing them with others is as easy as plugging your camera into your HDTV with a single cable. The camera's HDMI output ensures that your videos retain every pixel of resolution and quality.

Advanced Smart AUTO identifies 28 shooting scenes
The PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level--automatically. The camera's advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you're shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 28 shooting scenarios, the camera handles virtually any situation you'll encounter beautifully--freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you're looking for. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera has you covered whether you're shooting stills or videos.

Shoot slow motion video with the Super Slow Motion Movie function and playback at 30 fps
Give your videos a whole new look with the Super Slow Motion Movie function. Whether you're going for a dreamy, creative slant when documenting family moments, or making a highlight film of your kids' greatest sports plays, you'll love the high quality capture of this all-new feature. The camera shoots your clips at high speed (approx. 240fps) and plays them back at 30fps for the inimitable super slow motion feeling you'll love.

High-Speed Burst mode for capturing sports and action shots
High-Speed Burst is exactly what you need when you're trying to capture the best possible shot within a moment of fast-moving action. In High-Speed Burst mode, the camera automatically shoots continuously at high speed (approx. 8.8fps)* while you simply hold down the shutter. The mode lets you shoot sporting events, kids in motion, wildlife and any situation with unpredictable movement, then simply choose the best shots captured.
* Depending on the shooting conditions, camera settings and the zoom position, the shooting speed may slow down. As the number of images increases, the shooting interval may take longer.

Features like Best Image Selection and Handheld Night Scene give you greater flexibility
The PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera has a number of cool new features to improve performance and image quality.

Best Image Selection works in conjunction with the camera's continuous shooting function. The camera shoots 5 successive images, then analyzes movement and facial expressions to pick the best shot. By saving only the best shot, the feature preserves space on your memory card so you do not have to check through several similar images and erase.
Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights

Handheld Night Scene helps you capture beautiful night shots without a tripod and without the blur and noise typical in nighttime shooting. The feature uses optical image stabilization combined with electronic image composition. Several shots are taken in succession and then combined into one shot, effectively reducing camera shake and producing beautifully clear, dramatic nighttime images.

What's in the Box
  • PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Body
  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-9L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LB
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC7
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Product Description

With Canon's 4612B001 PowerShot SD4500 IS Compact Digital ELPH Camera your best shot is never too far away, thanks to a hugely powerful lens that boasts a 10x Optical Zoom. Your videos will have all the lifelike realism of Full HD (1920 x 1080) and you'll share them instantly on your HDTV with a simple cable connection. Canon's HS SYSTEM (10.0 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor plus DIGIC 4 Image Processor) delivers gorgeous images in low light, while the advanced Smart AUTO intelligently manages an expanded, diverse array of shooting situations for stills and videos. You'll have easy, intuitive access to features like Super Slow Motion Movie and High-Speed Burst.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The camera takes fabulous photos and is very comfortable to carry around. Read more ›
You can take a picture of the subject only 2" away from the lens, great for insects, coins, etc - none of my other cameras - including one that…Picture quality is good. Read more ›
I am very happy with this camera. The shots are nice and clear, and the camera has enough heft to feel comfortable in my hands. Read more ›
The camera takes reasonably good photos and the battery allows for many photos. the image stabilization works well. The colors are a bit washed out. Read more ›
As most of cannon cameras, this one is a very good. The picture quality is fantastic. My only take on it is the rotating function wheel which gives it a bit of… Read more ›
This is an amazing camera. Photos taken using the Optical Zoom with image stabilizer were amazing, even without a tripod. Quality of the photos was great. Read more ›
The quality of the pictures is very good, but not a radical improvement over cameras two years ago. The video is full HD though, and it seems pretty good. I haven't tried… Read more ›
I used it for a lot of video, so that is probably why. The video is great too! Read more ›
I loved my previous canon (SD700). While the SD4500 has great potential and the pictures and video are great, I have to add a caveat....when it worked. You've seen comments… Read more ›
-Face detection (Smart Shutter); I know this isn't new technology, but it's my…-HD video is nice, but recording fast moving subjects results in a lot of auto-refocusing. Read more ›
This little camera takes great pictures and video. We use it when we want better quality than the cell phones we carry around. Read more ›
The pictures are amazing but I am not really happy with the video aspect of it because I…It takes good video if you are videoing stationary objects and not moving a lot. Read more ›
My zoom pictures are not blurry anymore - and I can zoom way in compared to my old camera. These features are great for me since I like to take a lot of bird photos. The… Read more ›
Also, there is very little manual control…Portrait mode was the best choice for color in any lighting, but many features were off limits to manipulation while in this mode. Read more ›
Would I get this again, probably, functions are great, however lowlight could be better. Most Canon functions are the same, it just a matter of figuring them out on a new… Read more ›
The camera is great. Takes wonderful pictures and its features are easy to use. The only beef I have is the battery life. Read more ›
The "Nighttime Shooting" mode is effective -controls are well done but the menu navigation is slightly frustrating Read more ›
You'll notice that this camera is packed with wonderful features that take great photos. I'm an avid Canon customer. Read more ›
This is our third Cannon and all are extremely easy to use and the software is also user friendly. All three are compatible. Read more ›
great easy to use point and click camera just what I need for the pictures I take.recommended camrera for the non - professional looking for an easy to use , fun and… Read more ›
I really like this camera. Easy to use, takes good pictures, good quality videos, but was amazed how soon the battery ran out. Guess I'll have to carry my big camera as… Read more ›
I think overall, with this camera you are trading quality for…It's really easy to use, but the images you produce aren't the best and the battery-life is just annoying. I… Read more ›
For an amateur photographer I would certainly recommend this camera as it is very easy to use and the point/click features are not difficult to understand. It took great… Read more ›
I purchased this for my mom for Christmas and she loves it! The screen is large and it's easy to use. Perfect gift! Read more ›
I bought it several days ago. It is great!The picture is quite clear and the optical zoom is excellent. I like the camera very much. Read more ›
I have been very pleased with the photo's I've been able to get using this camera. The zoom is wonderful, as is the color and detail. Only one negative, and that is battery… Read more ›
The pictures come out just the way you want them to. The 10x zoom is amazing! The pictures are brilliant! Read more ›
- The zoom is great, but unless you are using a tripod you will need to get used to the "warning: shaky camera" message. If I was going to carry a tripod, I would not have… Read more ›
Zoom-36mm is hard to get used to after using 28mm for years. 10x zoom is awesome. Read more ›
I love this camera. has a great zoom and makes great pictures. small and easy to carry. Read more ›
I have 3 small kids and love my camera. Size is perfect. Keep it in my purse 24/7. Read more ›
The size is terrific -- I've had an S50 and an SX3 and this is much smaller -- and has the zoom range of the SX3 and possibly better low light than the S50. The lack of a… Read more ›
This is certainly the best pocket camera I have ever owned. It is the perfect size to fit in your pocket or bag. It is a bit heavy but I think that is what adds to its… Read more ›
And the battery went from full charge to dead much too fast. I was pulled in by the long feature list and compact size. But the real-world performance was a let down. Read more ›
I love that zoom. I love the size. I thought that I would just buy a second battery and keep it charged. Read more ›
I am constantly getting comments on how great my pictures are. Also the screen is a good size. I recently broke my camera on vacation and called Canon to trouble shoot the… Read more ›
10x optical and image stabalized zoom was a must and is worth it all. 3 inch lcd screen is nice but i set the setting to dim it as often as possible to conserve battery life. Read more ›
Obviously there's no way to stick on an add on viewfinder with a zoom camera. I'm getting used to the view screen, it is very nice to use when the ambient light permits it. Read more ›
Solid quality Nice screen Pretty good video, even in low light Read more ›
So, christmas time is here, and canon has a new camera! 10x optical zoom, nice large lcd screen to view pictures 1080p video. And multiple other features that led me to… Read more ›
Definitely need 2nd or 3rd extra battery. 2. Low resolution LCD display (compared to the gorgeous display on Nikon S8100) 3. Could have given a few options for slow motion… Read more ›
His…Mine had good colors, but the image did not have the sharpness...more blurred or soft, lacking in detail compared to my friends point and shoot camera (Panasonic LUMIX). Read more ›
But when it came we were both pleasantly surprised, it looks better than it does in the picture in the product description. Its a nice deep brown color, the back is lighter. T… Read more ›
The pictures with the SD4500is were noticeably softer in focus. Details weren't as crisp and sharp and colors seemed washed out. Our biggest problem, however, was with the… Read more ›
The ease of use is not very good, you really have to read the manual to know what you are doing…I like the video quality, the zoom is awesome and I actually like the color. Read more ›
Wish battery life was longer but given the number of shots that camera can handle, can't beat it. Like the color Read more ›
That's when I came across the SD4500IS . Admittedly, I was kind of seduced by its design - all sleek and shiny, just lying there tempting me (and I, for one, love the color). Read more ›
Maybe the SD4000IS is a better buy? Also, the battery is great if you like to take 10 photos then charge your camera again. Read more ›
BUT, and here's the huge BUT (not butt), the battery life makes this a giant pain and is why I now…I got maybe 12-13 minutes of recording out of one fully charged battery. Read more ›
I had my doubts before purchasing this one. From previous reviews it was clear that the picture and video quality are good, but battery life is really bad. And after using… Read more ›
I had to turn off Servo AF, AF-Point Zoom, Continuous AF and AF-assist beam along with blink detection in order to have a decent battery life which isn't that great to… Read more ›
That is a very hard find among the Elph line of cameras. The LCD screen is beautiful and the battery life runs pretty strong. But really, I must go back to the 10X optical. Read more ›
I certainly hope that Canon does something about the battery--I feel it is defective in some way…The most images I have been able to take on a fully charged battery is 51. Read more ›
The picture quality is awesome, the speed is decent, and the settings are helpful but still quick and easy to use. Overall, this is the perfect point-and-shoot if you're… Read more ›
Takes great pictures. Not incredibly fast shutter speed but, love to utilize all the customizable options in order to ensure the best possible picture. A back up battery is… Read more ›
I was so impressed when I was taken pictures of my nieces at the water park with…Thought that it was going to turn out so blurry, but this camera has a great shutter speed. Read more ›
2. Must take decent pictures even for casual operators with very little…3. Must have a fast shutter speed because grandkids and dogs can move really, REALLY fast. 4.… Read more ›
With it, I can…And, in combination with a fast shutter speed, the Image Stabilizer really helps me to get some great shots - even action shots - of my grandkids and my dog. Read more ›
I was shocked, too!) and has the necessary fast shutter speed as well as the Image Stabilizer. It fits into my new purse. Read more ›
- the optical image stabilization works well - the optical zoom is very good, although the lens motor is on the slow side for changing focal length - the camera is… Read more ›
However, battery life is only 1/2 as expected by Canon literature, so buy a spare battery. Has nice telephoto lens. Easy to use. Read more ›
If they did, they would be disappointed with this one. Previous models had much quicker startup times, a much faster lens, and a better autofocus setting. I was also… Read more ›
What's the use of having a great feature set, if the camera isnt quick enough (lens, startup time) or does not have the battery life, to capture that one moment that you… Read more ›
Macro mode is phenomenal, the pictures it produces look very much like they were taken with a high quality macro lens on an SLR. Read more ›
I felt that was a bit chintzy on Canon's part. The pictures are very good and the auto focus is good. Pictures taken with this edit very well. Read more ›
Auto focus is great, but you really need to read the manual (pages 86 an on, for the explanation of AF lock, AE lock and FE lock) and get used to it, otherwise you'll be… Read more ›
Then it was dead, and I took the rest on my iPhone. At least the pics on my iPhone were clear and in focus. End result, do not buy this camera, even at the great discount… Read more ›
Also when taking video, I was upset when I played it back and it kept focusing in and…Sound was good, but the focusing was a problem, therefore making it an issue for me. Read more ›
When the only good quality of a camera is that it has a 10.0 MP CMOS sensor which is the sweet spot for this range of camera, while the putrid battery life from an… Read more ›

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314 of 324 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on September 20, 2010
Color Name: Brown
I can't write an in depth review of this camera because I simply don't have the knowledge of either cameras or photography. But I can tell you what I, as a rank amateur, like about it and why I chose it.

This is the second Canon digital camera I've owned. Last year, I bought the Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD (and wrote an Amazon review of it with the same opening sentence as this review as well as some other similar bits). I did a fair amount of research into brands and models before purchasing that camera and ended up loving it. It was very easy to use and met all of my relatively simple needs - right up to the moment I dropped it in the Strait of Juan de Fuca when I was ferrying back from Vancouver Island a few weeks ago. (Don't ask.)

Because I'd been so happy with that camera, my first impulse was to pick up the same model as a replacement. But knowing how quickly technology seems to change, I decided to check out the new models before making a purchase. That's when I came across the SD4500IS . Admittedly, I was kind of seduced by its design - all sleek and shiny, just lying there tempting me (and I, for one, love the color). But I knew I wouldn't be happy with it unless, like the SX120IS, it met my criteria which is:

1. Must be very simple to use. And I mean simple for ME - the aforementioned rank amateur.
2. Must take decent pictures even for casual operators with very little experience (again, that would be me).
3. Must have a fast shutter speed because grandkids and dogs can move really, REALLY fast.
4. Must fit into my purse.
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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Slowdown on November 1, 2010
Color Name: Brown
I had an SD700 before this, but it was stolen. I loved that camera. So solid, so small, such a high picture quality! I would have kept it a long time. This camera, though, is a great package. Though larger than the SD700, it still fits comfortably in a shirt pocket. It's easy to use. It has a surprising number of options for ways to shoot. It takes high quality HD video. It has an amazing burst capability that produces sharp photos even with the lens at 10X. And, yes, that's a sharp 10X optical zoom, nearly miraculous in a camera of this size. This makes it much more versatile than the SD700. The macro capability is also astounding. I don't follow the reviews that complain of image quality. In my experience, this is as good as a shirt pocket point and shoot gets. I also do not buy the comparisons with quality SLRs. Quality SLRs will produce noticeably superior images that can be enlarged beyond what this camera's images will be capable of. (However, some of the macros I've shot have been surprising.) The only camera I compared that seemed to me to shoot obviously higher quality images was the Panasonic Lumix LX-3. I loved that camera. Great images and a great grip. Alas, it is not a shirt packet camera.

I thought that the battery issue would not be a problem for me. I understood that the Canon designers were making tradeoffs and that they had come up with a package for which one would have to pay a price. I love that zoom. I love the size. I thought that I would just buy a second battery and keep it charged. Actually, the logistics of this turned out to be a little harder than I expected. I bought the camera before the batteries were widely available, and I ended up traveling with only the one battery that came with the camera.
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Stowaway on November 8, 2010
Color Name: Brown Verified Purchase
We bought this camera to replace our Canon SD790is (which took unbelievably great photos).
However, we were disappointed at the image quality of the pictures taken with this. We took pictures with similar composition to ones we had taken with out old camera, and compared them side-by-side. The pictures with the SD4500is were noticeably softer in focus. Details weren't as crisp and sharp and colors seemed washed out.
Our biggest problem, however, was with the battery life. Our old camera could take hundreds of pictures between charges. This one didn't even last through one day of taking pictures. It died halfway through my baby shower. I was very disappointed to miss out on a fun and important event for us.
The features were fun to play with, like the miniature effect and the ability to shoot high-speed, but they weren't enough to make up for poor image quality and worse battery life.
As a result we returned this camera and went with a Canon SD 1400 instead, which so far has been great.

Pros:
Fun Features
Good Size
Long Optical Zoom

Cons:
Battery Life
Image Quality
Videos didn't play in Windows 7 (we tried on 3 different systems and it crashed them every time)

With a good zoom and a ton of features, the image quality and battery life weren't what we expected from a Canon.
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120 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Three on September 15, 2010
Color Name: Brown
We bought our Canon PowerShot SD4500IS this week. It functions above and beyond what we expected. Very easy for a grandmother to operate and very engaging for my husband to play with.

The Automatic feature is wonderful for most shots, even detecting the type of shot and making settings to match.

The special additional features make the camera fun. A few of them are:

1. Set it to take 5 rapid shots and the camera picks the best one.
2. Set it to for smiles and it will wait until it detects a smile before taking the photo.
3. Set it for wink and it will take the shot after detecting the wink - this lets you get in the photo and signal when the camera takes the photo.
4. Taking photos at night, the camera combines 5 photos to create a great nighttime shot.
5. The movie feature lets you take up to 2 hours of video, if you get a 32 GB card.

All this plus Consumer Reports rates its predecessor as one of the top 2 digital cameras, and this one is even better.
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