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Canon Powershot SD450 5MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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  • 5-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD display; optical viewfinder; 3x optical zoom
  • Shoot high-quality movies at up to 60 frames per second with Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode
  • DIG!C II Image Processor for faster processing, vibrant colors, and excellent image quality
  • 12 shooting modes including My Color settings for customization while shooting
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 0318B001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 5 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: 0318B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,715 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at June 13, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Canon Powershot SD450 maintains the style and sophistication for which Powershot is renowned. Featuring a new interpretation of the iconic 'box and circle' design, the Powershot SD450 has a unique starburst design radiating from the lens ring, and is finished in silver-white palladium plating on stainless steel. As ever, the functionality behind this new Powershot model is as stunning as the camera itself. The cameras boasts DIGIC II processing, and a massive 2.5-inch LCD. The Powershot SD450 has 5.0-megapixel resolution and comes with 3x optical zoom.

Style statement
Each Canon Powershot is a statement in style, and the Powershot SD450 is no exception. The sleek lines and graceful feel of the Powershot SD450's all-metal perpetual curve body embraces Powershot luxury.

Large LCD with wide viewing angle
The camera features an oversize 2.5-inch LCD display, while retaining all key controls and preserving a sleek and slim body. The large LCD with wide viewing angle makes it easier to view and share images and movies during playback. The big LCD also makes it easier for the user to frame their shot and view menus, and is adjustable to 15 levels of brightness. New slide show functions allow review of images with stylish and contemporary transition effects applied in camera to create impressive slide shows with minimum user effort.

UA elements and megapixels for bigger prints
The Powershot SD450 operates with 5.0-megapixel resolution, which can give photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints. The Powershot SD450 lens is constructed with 7 elements in 5 groups and includes two Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical (UA) elements for true-to-life colors and crisp, high-contrast images.

DIGIC II Processor
The SD450 features DIGIC II--Canon's renowned processor that ensures images have superb resolution and color quality, as well as giving improved camera performance overall. With 9-point AiAF, the camera automatically focuses on the subject, even when it is off-center. iSAPS intelligence ensures that the camera assesses the scene and adjusts the settings to achieve the optimum results. Three methods of exposure control can be selected, evaluative, center-weighted, and spot, and the ISO can be set to Auto, 50, 100, 200, or 400. For rapid downloading of images, the Powershot SD450 utilizes a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface.

Shooting modes and special effects
The Powershot SD450 covers a wide range of photographic situations by providing users with 15 or 14 different shooting modes, respectively. A selection can be made from Auto, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, and Night Snapshot modes, or from the scene modes that now include an underwater setting, allowing users to take full advantage of the optional All Weather Case AW-DC50 (not included--must be purchased separately). Underwater mode adjusts the white balance specifically for underwater shots, allowing capture of the most authentic colors and minimizing any blue cast.

My Colors allows the expansion of creativity in digital photography. Special effects such as Color Swap or Custom Color, which allows users to select their preferred color balance for any given shot, can be performed in-camera and viewed on the LCD while shooting stills and movies. These effects could previously only be achieved using PC software after shooting.

Intelligent orientation sensor
The Powershot SD450's Intelligent Orientation Sensor recognizes when the camera is rotated from horizontal to vertical, automatically rotating stored images for correct playback.

To help keep the camera level with the horizon and to assist with image composition, users can also opt to display gridlines on their LCD.

Other user interface options have been enhanced or added, including the new world time zone display. This allows the user to set home and destination country time zones, as well as animated displays and improved warnings for camera shake. The camera menu can also be displayed in 22 different languages.

More than just photos
The Powershot SD450 records high quality VGA movies; users can select between VGA and QVGA at 30 or 15 frames per second. Continuous filming is available until the file size has reached 1 GB or 60 minutes--whichever is reached first. A fast frame rate of 60 frames per second is available, allowing for slow-motion playback. Digital zoom can be employed whilst shooting, and for added effect, My Colors may also be used. Compact Movie mode, or QQVGA (160 x 120/15 frames per second), is designed to make sharing movies via e-mail as simple as possible.

Printing images
When used in combination with Canon's new Compact Photo Printer Selphy CP710 and Canon's Ink and Paper Set (KP-108IP), prints can be produced for just 30 euro cents each. Printing via a Selphy CP Compact Photo Printer also allows the user to print handy ID prints and movie prints.

When connected to the latest range of PictBridge compatible PIXMA printers (also released today) image enhancement is possible with functions including Noise Reduction and Vivid Photo as well as the new Face Brightener feature.

Printing of images without having to connect to a PC is made simpler via the Print/Share button, which also acts as an easy upload button for Windows XP and Mac OS X.

Comprehensive software
The Powershot SD450 comes bundled with the following Canon software:

  • ZoomBrowser EX 5.5, PhotoRecord 2.2 (Windows), ImageBrowser 5.5 (Macintosh): For easy image download, storage and retrieval, as well as management of image layout and printing.
  • PhotoStitch 3.1: Creates stunning panoramas and can be used with Windows and Macintosh.
  • Movie Edit Task: For editing and enhancement of movie footage. Also included is PhotoStudio, the photo manipulation software by ArcSoft.
Purchasers of the Powershot SD550 are eligible for membership of Canon iMAGE Gateway, where they can upload images and customize their camera settings.

The bundled software supports Windows 98 (SE), ME, 2000 (SP4), XP (SP1/3) and Macintosh OS X v10.2-v10.3. The camera supports PTP for driverless transfer to supported Windows XP or Macintosh OS X.

What's in the box
PowerShot SD450 body, Lithium battery pack NB-4L, battery charger CB-2LV, 16 MB SD memory card SDC-16M, wrist strap WS-600, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, audio-video cable AVC-DC300

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The casing seem to be build very solid with metal. The pictures are very nice and sharp. The only bad I have seen so far is there is not battery meter, but the battery last… Read more ›
there's not much zoom, but it's super compact, so that's what is expected. the quality of photos was great. but then, the pixels started going. Read more ›
Have had the SD450 for just over a month and recently took it on vacation. It turns on quickly and is easy to use - pictures are clear. Only complaint is that the memory… Read more ›
There are just so many programs on it that it has taken a bit to figure…However, the quality is fantastic and it is small that you can put it anywhere - even your pocket! Read more ›
It's images are sharp and noise free, compact enough to forget you have it in your pocket, the zoom is a little clumsy. but if I want to enlarge I do that on my computer… Read more ›
A little silicon or see-thru gel can protect that just fine. Start-up and picture-to-picture speeds are very good. Even at the highest image quality settings, a little… Read more ›
At first I loved thes camera. It takes excellent photos, the auto settings work well and I like the manual flexibility. I thought my only complaint would be the clunky zoom… Read more ›
The controls are very intuitive and there are lots of useful features like red eye reduction, macro focus, different metering options for action, night, snow, water,… Read more ›
Though the auto mode was good, but I found that it could not take shots with movement as well as still picture. This camera does great with stills, and there are many… Read more ›
Also, since it is a small camera, for certain modes the 'shaking' problem will exist--and the camera gives you a red blinking icon on the screen when the camera is shaking… Read more ›
Outstandingly clear view screen. Easy to use, most settings are user friendly and clear. The stitch function is particularly useful for travel photos. Read more ›
This camera is awesome! The features are great, especially the "My Color." I love messing around with it. Read more ›
I can't find anything wrong with it (besides the usual flash lag time that plagues ALL digital cameras). Easy to use, takes great pix. I love it. Read more ›
It's taking really great pictures. It's easy to use. And, because it's so small, I use it more than my old digital camera. Read more ›
I also really love the software that comes with the camera as well. Its very easy to use. I highly recommend this camera! Read more ›
My only complaint so far is that you have no warning when the battery is running low. Picture quality has been great - it is very easy to use. Read more ›
The best feature is the rechargable battery! It's easy to use and takes awesome pictures! Read more ›
Compact, great picture quality, easy to use, LOVE the battery pack- rechargable so never have to buy batteries!!! This camera is perfect for me and I take lots of photos… Read more ›
I am quite happy with this camera. The lcd display screen is great, its clear, its nice to use and with great care I am sure this camera will me a long time!!! I am glad I… Read more ›
The battery lasts forever, I didn't have to charge it for a week and a…It's ready to use instantly, the screen is clear when reviewing your photos and it even looks good. Read more ›
No damage at all. LCD is still clear and beautiful. So, it's not quite as fragile as people make it seem. Read more ›
I love the camera, it first…The screen is awsome, perfect for sharing pics and with the 1Gig mem card, on the low setting I get like 9000 pictures, about 1000 on highest. Read more ›
Quick to take it to the Chicago Flower Show and had awesome time playing with our new Canon! The large viewing screen was the best part, easy to frame and snap! Highly… Read more ›
takes amazing photos and is fun and easy to use my 6 year old can use it! The screen is huge, perfect for all to see! Great camera in every single aspect! Read more ›
So if you lose things easily, you might want something a bit bulkier. But for everyone else, this pocket-size camera is great! It takes wonderful pictures, very clear video… Read more ›
The shooting modes and manual modes allow me to photograph any situation…Size is great if you just want to keep it in your front pocket or warmed up in your Mountain Parka. Read more ›
Sometimes 8x10. For these sizes it does a nice job. Even the macros seem ok. Read more ›
I thought the 2.5 inch LCD screen would be too big, but it is not. It is the perfect size to view the pictures. It's very clear and crisp. Read more ›
-The 2.5" screen is gorgeous and the size is just right (it can get super bright should you need it to) Read more ›
I have to say I loved the functionality and size of my Canon Elph until I got the E18 error message- the camera is now in the garbage(two years old) and I am once again… Read more ›
I have big…And the video feature is a surprising treat -- the videos are clear and crisp, and even easily editable on the camera itself (which is nice for saving storage). Read more ›
Each night I'd just recharge the battery and it would last through the whole afternoon of picture taking. The camera also takes videos which is very nice as well. I'm just… Read more ›
That has eliminated the accidental switching modes when pulling in…The video mode is even smoother than the old one, but still not at the level of a dedicated video camera. Read more ›
We had just recently gotten this camera, and hadn't really put it through its paces yet, but I decided to grab a 1GB SD card for it and hope that it took good videos as… Read more ›
Another great feature of this camera is the video recording. It makes great short videos. With three different shooting modes of 15, 30, or 60 frames per second, it's easy… Read more ›
Overall this camera camera is just great. It takes clear video and very nice pictures. It's also very easy to use, and it comes with a convenient battery charger. Read more ›
I've had the camera a year now and it is…The battery life is decent but I recommend that you get an extra so that you never have any downtime while the other is charging. Read more ›
He loves it as well. The battery life is great and the big LCD is fantastic. I'm going to try to keep this one for a good 5 years. Read more ›
I also like the screen on this camera…The battery is awesome because I never have to buy special "AA" batteries for a good battery life and the fact that it's rechargeable! Read more ›
These days there seems to be smaller/slimmer cameras available…Large viewing screen, several great options, easy to transfer to my computer and simple rechargable battery. Read more ›
Every time I use it I get complements on my camera wishing they had one. Takes great pictures, good battery life, vivid pictures. Video quality is very good. Read more ›
It's amazing, the response is super quick, the battery pack lasts a long time, its sturdy, and it takes great family pics inside and out, nice depth of field and the… Read more ›
To be fair the price was so reasonable that there were bond to be some drawbacks. Battery contacts were bad, but with new battery and cleaning OK now. Read more ›
I only wish the high speed video mode (60 fps) would last longer than one minute. A great, moderately priced compact digital camera. Read more ›
A great camera and a great value. Don't make the mistake I did, however, and buy the battery recharger listed under "Accessories" for this product. Read more ›
I even considered the SD400 as I wasn't too partial towards the bigger screen of the SD450, but the added software enhancements in the SD450 were nice and the price… Read more ›
Overall, I think its well worth the price (I paid $349 for it, but now with a $50 price break to $299 it's a steal). So if you are like me, don't really know a lot about… Read more ›
The Canon SD450 is very small and light for travel but it's photo…Colors are very good but it lacks image stabilization so I had a hard time getting sharp, in-focus photos. Read more ›
So I bought this on for her, and she has taken a lot of pictures that we would have never gotten if she had to use my…The colors are very good and it is very easy to use. Read more ›
Set up was a breeze. For a point and shoot, pictures came out vivid; and with great color. Its a great camera. Read more ›
-The gimmicky extra modes are super cool (color accent to make everything b&w except for one color, color swap, positive film, etc) Read more ›
Since Canon recently released the new and similar SD600, dealers are closing out the SD450 for…The SD450 takes great pictures (sharp and colorful) in bright sunlight. I… Read more ›
first…for years (in college) i used only a large format "dinosaur" of a camera (4x5 toyo AX) that produced incredibly clear, color-saturated prints (well, negatives anyway). Read more ›
It's a gorgeous finish. The interface is superb, the boot-up time is fast, and I love using the thing. Read more ›
the rechargeable battery is extremely convenient and recharges like a champ in about an hour and lasts me about a week with…the user interface is simple and intuitive. Read more ›
-Buttons work well. They seem to be in the right place, press well, and just feel very good. Read more ›
That said, everything I expected of the camera was true and even better than before (particularly the very sweet interface), EXCEPT the picture quality! Now, this guy is 5… Read more ›
Very nice screen (2.5"). And it seems that everytime I see a newer Canon camera they've improved the interface, i.e. button location/function and features!!! It would be… Read more ›
Numerous features, easy to use interface Read more ›
Outdoor pictures turn out much better than indoor ones, which is usually the norm for small cameras…The flash is pretty good, but it washes out faces if you're too close. Read more ›
The overall image quality is great and the flash is very powerfull. Read more ›
Up until the screens cracked though, this is one of the better point and shoot cameras I have used. Fast reaction to button push, fast flash recovery, etc. Much better than… Read more ›
As all the ultra compact cameras the flash is an issue to consider if you will use it under low light conditions. Read more ›
It has a quick start-up time and takes pics rather fast when the shutter…There is a noticeable lag when using flash but I was very pleased in how fast the flash recharged. Read more ›
The biggest problem is holding still in low-light. I don't like flash and I like taking low-light shots. You will want a tripod or a mini-tripod if you do much of that. Read more ›
It is so easy to use and takes good pictures. It is also very small and easy to carry. We bought the Canon leather case for this model, which protects it and is no trouble… Read more ›
Very fast so you can take several pictures…It does not have all the settings capabylities as a bigger or SLR camera but my main concern was to have an easy to carry camera. Read more ›
Great little camera. Very easy to carry and use. I couldn't be more pleased! Read more ›
I've been shocked at how good this little camera is in all respects. The compact size of the camera makes it easy to carry all the time. I carry it with me when I go to the… Read more ›
This camera was bought for art classes in graphic design and…I wanted something small and easy to carry around as well as having enough pixel to play with in photoshop. T… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

464 of 467 people found the following review helpful By John Smith on October 6, 2005
I bought this to replace SD400. I thought SD400 is perfect, and the perfect just got better. Here are the highlights of my opnion

Pro (Common with the predecessor SD400)
* Superb image quality (this is also agreed by Image quality is not just mega pixel, but also the clarity and sharpness. Canon cameras produce less "noise" than other brand. In case you don't know what noise in photography means, it looks like random sand grain on a low-light photo
* FAST! Much faster than Sony (turn on, shoot, and zoom)
* Despite its small size, it has many shooting modes (e.g. portrait, night), including manual
* It can stand on a flat platform for a timed self portrait (some super compact camera can't)

Improvement from SD400
* 2.5" screen as opposed to 2"
* Timezone feature. Now it is easier to set the time when you travel. No need to wait until the 0th second of the next minute to press OK.
* Guide line option. When enabled, you can see the screen divided into 9 equal rectangles. It is particularly useful when shooting geometric object (e.g. a painting at a museum)
* It tells you the shutter speed when you half-press the shutter if longer than 1/60 seconds. This is useful information under low light.

* Movie files are not compressed enough
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361 of 367 people found the following review helpful By Liam H Dooley on November 6, 2005
I recently bought this camera as a replacement for my worn-out Pentax Optio S50. Overall, I have been pleased with the Canon though it has a few little problems.


-Very rapid turn-on and shoot time (about 1 second)

-Short time between shots. There is a feature that you can select where you can hold down the picture-taking button, and it takes one photo about every .5 seconds until you release the button.

-Good control of manual features; you can take photos while using the function menu. The menu is displayed on the side and bottom of the screen.

-Optical viewfinder. One of the biggest reasons why I bought this camera was because it had an optical viewfinder. Most very portable cameras do not. Optical viewfinders are not for everyone; they are basically only good if you take a lot of photos and you worry about the battery. Obviously, buying an expensive spare battery negates this issue.

-Nice movie features. Even though it is not MP4 so the compression isnt great, the movie works great. On the issue of compression, storage capacity is getting so cheap anyway it doesnt matter; i dont think anyone needs to be filming 1hr documentaries or something. Anyway, there are two movie settings: the 30 fps is fine, and you can zoom while filming. There is an even better (though more space-using) 60 fps for faster subjects. One nice thing about the video is that you can still do different light settings; and in fact the camera adjusts light settings automatically.

-Small. As small as any other compact camera, though the lens extends unlike some other ones.

-Buttons work well. They seem to be in the right place, press well, and just feel very good. Some cameras have very annoying buttons.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Alex Liston on November 11, 2005
This camera is amazing! I would recomend it to anyone that wants a great camera for a great price. Overall, the cameras pros highly outweigh its few cons.

-Easy to operate
-Small, compact size and it looks great!
-Big LCD screen at 2.5" It seems so much larger than the SD400's 2" screen. 1/2 inch really makes a difference!"
-Takes photos quickly, sharply and accurately
-Great photo quality at ISO's under 200 (400 max ISO)
-Many different scene/shooting modes that are usuful for all kinds of moments
-Videos look great

-Grainer images at ISO 400, although it's not bad
-Flash can be overpowering at times
-Video files are very large

Obviously this camera's ability to funtion and take great shots is very high, and as you can see, this camera has few things that are dislikable. I would recomend this camera for any person, regardless of age or experience. It's a great camera, and wheter you want to take artistic shots or take pics of family and friends, I would recomend this camera over any other.

Also, check out my customer images to see this great camera in action!
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Elton Pinto VINE VOICE on April 27, 2006
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I wanted a digital camera for years, but kept myself restrained to a budget until I saw this on sale and decided to order it. I've had it for over a month now and I love it. Know how you buy a new toy and you're really excited about it until it finally comes in and then you kind of forget about it? I'm still really stoked about having it because it's just that fun to use. Owning it actually inspired me to learn a lot about how to take pictures properly.


-Small and stylish will be sure to turn heads

-Strong metal body so that it won't break should you hit it against a wall or drop it

-EASILY fits into your pocket

-The 2.
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