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Canon PowerShot S45 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
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- 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 inches
- 3x optical (plus 3.6x digital) zoom lens with autofocus
- Included 32 MB CompactFlash card holds approximately 27 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
- Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
- Uses proprietary NB-2L lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)
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Nestled between the ultratiny Elph models and the feature-packed PowerShot G models, the Canons PowerShot S45 combines most of the portability of the former with nearly every advanced feature of the latter. The PowerShot S45 offers such improvements over the S40 as a nine-point artificial intelligence autofocus (AiAF), easier access to controls with a function button, an intelligent orientation sensor, and enhanced movie mode. The S45 features a 4-megapixel CCD sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens.
Optics and Resolution
The PowerShot S45 has a 4-megapixel sensor with a maximum resolution of 2,272 x 1,704 pixels, which is enough detail for photos from 4 by 6 inches to 20 by 30 inches (poster size). It also features a 3x optical zoom and 3.6x digital zoom for a total 11x zoom.
The S45's new DIGIC image processor is a groundbreaking innovation that speeds operation, ensures pinpoint autofocus accuracy, and takes image quality to a whole new level. The system is integrated with a complex scene-analysis system called iSAPS technology, which brings a highly natural, lifelike quality to digital images.
For beginners, the camera is point-and-shoot simple. Just twist the dial to auto and start snapping pictures. The PowerShot S45 offers a myriad of setting options, including three light-metering modes, white balance presets with two positions for custom settings, exposure and focus bracketing, manual focus and autofocus lock, aperture and shutter-speed priority, and adjustable ISO-equivalent sensitivity.
Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on CompactFlash memory cards, and the memory slot is compatible with CompactFlash Type II cards as well as Microdrives. The included 32 MB card holds approximately 27 images at the large or fine settings.
Shoot up to three minutes of MPEG video (with sound), which includes editing controls and VCR-like playback. Let the camera take over in automatic mode, or get creative in manual. The movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments.
- Shot presets include portrait, landscape, night scene, and stitch assist, and you can save your own custom settings.
- Five flash modes let you turn the flash and auto red-eye reduction on or off in any combination.
- The intelligent-orientation sensor displays your images in proper rotations during playback on the LCD screen and your computer screen.
- To print your photos at home, the PowerShot S45 connects directly to Canon's Bubble Jet direct printers S830D and S530D, and card-photo printer CP-100.
Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a proprietary rechargeable lithium battery pack NB-2L (included). It measures 4.4 by 2.3 by 1.7 inches and weighs 11.1 ounces. This package includes the PowerShot S45 digital camera, battery and battery charger, USB and AV cables, wrist strap, and ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.
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Cons: Need to handle the lens cover with care, looks sturdy though. The multicontroller is a bit of a pain sometimes, mine has a slight problem when erasing images.
I have used this camera extensively, mostly in auto mode where I made little adjustments, and I have noticed that the indoor pictures and outdoor night shots are mediocre if not poor. This is especially apparently when compared with the Sony DSC P10, which I also own. The Canon S45 outdoor pics are spectacular, but I am truely disappointed with the indoor shots. In fact, the Sony P10 is a 5 megapixel and it is smaller and lighter. In addition, you have to slide a cover open to turn on the camera, and eventually the cover gets loose after frequent use and just sort of slides open on its own.
Also for some reason, this camera gets a little bit too warm after using it for extended periods of time, I don't know why.
I also think it's awkward how the play back button is more of a sliding button you hold down instead of on the dial, I think it is a bit more intutive on the Sony. Canon may have a great history of making good lenses, but the electronics in the Sony outdo this Canon.
Overall, the Sony takes better indoor pictures, is smaller, lighter, 5 megapixel and cheaper. This isn't a bad camera, it's just the Sony outdoes it in almost every way.
Battery life seems great, and once you've read the manual the menu-based controls are fairly easy. Movie mode is very cool.
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