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Canon PowerShot SD4000IS 10 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Zoom and f/2.0 Lens (Red)
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- 10.0-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with DIGIC 4 Image Processor create the Canon HS System
- f/2.0 lens, great for shooting in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field; 3.8x optical zoom
- 720p HD movie shooting capability; HDMI output connector; Super Slow Motion Movie function
- Low Light mode for dimly-lit situations; shoot like a pro with Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes
- Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3.7 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||10 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||125|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/MMCplus HC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 125 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.13 x 0.91 x 3.94 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.39 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||3 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0 - F5.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2500 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,648|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Processor Description||Digic 4|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NB-6L battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
|Zoom Type||Optical, Digital|
Canon PowerShot SD4000IS Digital ELPH (Red)
From the Manufacturer
Loaded with first-of-its-kind features and high-end capabilities, the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH gives ELPH lovers all new reasons to step up. Never before has Canon equipped an ELPH with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor-driven HS System or an f/2.0 lens--both of which deliver incredible images in low light. And shooting action or sporting events has never been so fun, with High-Speed Burst mode and the Super Slow Motion Movie function to mix things up.
You'll control shots like a pro with Aperture- and Shutter- priority modes, and play your 720p HD movies effortlessly on your HDTV. All this from a super-slim style icon--what more could you ask?
PowerShot SD4000 IS Highlights
10.0-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create the Canon HS System
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.
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.
Bright f/2.0 lens, great for shooting in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field
The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH sports an f/2.0 aperture, perfect for creating enticing portraits, by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field. The Macro setting lets you get even closer. The large aperture also does more. It lets you capture more nuances in low light shooting by using more of the available light. You'll be ready for anything with a lens aperture larger than even many professional sizes.
720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
Super Slow Motion Movie function and High-Speed Burst mode
Give your movies 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 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. 8.4fps)* 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.
Scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect, plus Low Light mode
The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH offers creative effects similar to those found in certain professional lenses. Miniature Effect creates an illusion where very large objects appear in miniature proportions. Turn soaring cityscapes into a scene in seemingly dollhouse-like proportions.
Fisheye Effect uses barrel distortion to warp the image around the center, giving a distinctive curvature effect to the photo. The curvilinear images produced by Fisheye Effect can suggest the curve of the Earth, the inside of a dome, or the image you see through the peephole of a door.
With an ISO of 400 - 6400, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH where no ELPH-Series has gone before - into the shadows! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 23 Shooting Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way.
Shoot like a pro with Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes
In Aperture-priority mode, you set the aperture and the camera automatically selects an appropriate shutter speed. This lets you create sharp subjects with beautifully blurred backgrounds, and landscapes with foreground, middle ground and background all in focus.
Shutter-priority mode lets you choose a shutter speed while the camera automatically selects the aperture. Higher shutter speeds are great for catching stop-action shots of moving subjects, while lower shutter speeds can create atmospheric blur.
What's in the Box
- PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Body
- Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L
- Battery Charger CB-2LY
- Wrist Strap WS-DC7
- AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
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Naturally these are main features along with the fast lens across all optical zoom levels as well as a decent wide angle (28mm equivalent).
I already own a Canon 7D and 20D so wasn't concerned about RAW capabilities. I ultimately wanted a very compact, highly versatile camera that I could take everywhere. This camera accomplishes all of that and then some.
-Low light shooting exceeds expectations. Slightly better than average noise for low lighting shooting.
-HD video shooting in 720P exceeded expectations as well. It is so good that I will probably use it more than my Canon 7D due to the ease of HD shooting. Allows zooming (optical and digital) and macro while shooting.
-240 fps / shooting is a lot of fun. Definitely low resolution is very noticable and subject to amount of light in terms of quality, but can still shoot fun videos in somewhat lower light conditions. I use it to capture our dogs playing and chasing after toys. A very fun option to have in a camera and icing on the cake.
-Fantastic macro. I was wondering about the macro as there was little information available. Be rest assured this macro is great.
-Build quality is great. The black matte is solid feeling in the hand and has a slight "rough" texture that makes it easy to hold and hopefully wear easier.
-When zooming out in picture-preview mode, the camera previews 130 pictures on the screen at once! Very cool.
-Small / light enough to pocket it easily ... even in a shirt pocket.
-Beautiful 3" LCD viewing screen. One of the best ones I've seen.
-Very intuitive controls. Takes a tad to get used to them (especially after using SLR cameras), but once you use them, they are a breeze to navigate and control. Amazed by the versatility of the simple layout / controls.
UPDATE: Stereo microphones, I believe.
CONS (I really don't mind any of these, so just a few minor issues):
-Can hear lens zooming while recording video, minor compared to my 7D (granted the 7D has much larger motors).
-During slow motion playback, there are no controls for "fast forward / rewind" to get to the parts of the video quickly for review. This would have been very useful, but not included however.
-Optical zoom lacking at only x3.8. Could stand for a bit more.
-UPDATE: The ports are annoying to get to (USB / HDMI). They are behind a hard plastic cover vs. a soft rubberized that is in normal circumstances. However, this is most likely due to the limited size of the camera and having to put the ports on the side where it is more desirable to have a better wearing hard cover.
UPDATE 6/21/10: I just got back from camping and bringing only this camera. I am more and more impressed by the low light capabilities and versatility. I wasn't aware of some interesting features / gimmicks that I actually like. Examples include a faux fish-eye image modification, tilt-shift image miniaturization effect (blurs top and bottom of the frame), color accent feature (keeps a selected color in the image while the rest is B&W), color swap (change a color in scene to another while shooting), and a panoramic stitch assist to help align pictures while shooting multiple frames ... to name a few. It has other features, but these are the most notable in my opinion.
What is also interesting (I haven't had a chance to test it out) is that it has a timer / shutter release function based on 1) a smile is detected 2) a wink is detected and 3) a new face entering the scene. If this works, it sure is an interesting feature.
I still intend on updating with new video samples. Thanks for reading.
UPDATE 7/22/10: If you are considering this camera and budget isn't an issue, Panasonic just announced their new line of compact cameras and most notably the Lumix LX5 which appears to outshine this camera on most if not all capabilities. It will be approximately $500, however.
UPDATE 8/18/10: Warning! Canon just announced the SD4500IS as well as the S95. You should most likely wait for those or another camera at this point. The S95 adds an HDR mode (cool!) as well as shoots in 720P. The SD4500IS shoots in 1080P! The S95 has hybrid image stabilization (for macro?) and the SD4500IS has dynamic image stabilization added. Anyhow, just some tidbits to give you an idea. Good luck.
Controls are easy to use. The menus make sense, and it only took me an hour or so of tinkering to find everything. The battery is good for about 250 shots on one charge.
If there's one negative (so far), it's that the SD4000 is very small and sleek, and I never feel like I'm holding it securely enough. My old A530 was a much more natural fit for the human hand. It's a minor complaint, really, but I have fairly small hands; I imagine it would feel even more undersized to someone with large hands.
I agree with previous reviewers who have discovered that the manual setting for the Canon SD4000 produces sharper, better-lit photos than the auto setting. At first I tried the "aperture priority" setting to ensure that all of my indoor shots would take full advantage of the camera's ultra-fast f2.0 lens. But for reasons that elude me, the picture quality I was seeking came only when I selected, from the numerous manual settings, the one called "Low Light" (selecting it produces a "lit candle" logo in the screen). After selecting "Low Light" from the Manual Settings (the middle setting, between Video and Auto) and de-activating the flash, I was able to get one winning shot after another--all at night in a dimly lit funeral home. Some of the images were of visitors from 6 to 40 feet away; others were of family photos, some in albums and others in glass-covered frames. In almost every instance, the camera delivered a brightly lit (2-3 times the actual illumination), crisp and sharp photo at the setting of aperture f2.0, shutter-speed 1/60. But once again, I'd advise against selecting those settings; instead, select "Low Light," and the camera will make the appropriate adjustments from there (Canon has "slyly" slipped this "dedicated" auto setting into its manual line-up). The rest is up to the photographer, not the camera. If you can keep your fingers off of the zoom, closing the space between the camera and its subject "manually" rather than technologically (i.e. walk up to your subject until it fills the frame), you will be rewarded with images indistinguishable from those of the best Canon or Nikon SLR! (In fact, the small camera's "enhancement" of the image is likely to make its pictures seem warmer and more appealing.)
As far as Elves go, the SD4000 is slightly bigger and heavier than the Canons I'm used to (an Elph SD780 remains my point-and-shoot of choice). On the other hand, the most recent iPod Touch 5, though capable of producing stunning images (it can automatically create a flawless composite based on 3 separate images), is simply too light to qualify as a serious alternative for someone who has gone through an arsenal of 35mm rangefinder and SLR cameras (in my case, from a Kodak Pony to an Argus C3 to an Agfa Ambi Silette and finally, to two Pentax Spotmatics, the 2nd coming with a built-in lightmeter! In fact, the Agfa photos shot in Stockholm and Paris are so good I'm tempted to look for a used Ambi-Silette on eBay, though the first Spotmatic, with a matching Pentax meter mounted on top, proved better at documenting the activities of human beings working, performing, and just posing, inside or outside, well-lit or poorly-lit conditions. And I found the 135mm zoom lens (a "huge" beast with less power than the 3.8X optical lens of the SD4000) too cumbersome to bother with. By bonding with the camera, and limiting its field of vision to the space within hand's reach, I was able to make the camera responsive not merely to what I could see but "feel." As much of a come-down as a small point-and-shoot camera is compared to the old 35mm rangefinder and SLR workhorses (like going from a Colt 45 to a 95-cent plastic air gun UKARMS 1911 Spring Plastic Pistol Airsoft Gun 217AF w/ Laser, Light FPS-160, pretending that an iPod is a camera ranks with the worst of all self-deceptions. I feel like I'm waving a flimsy plastic card in front of the subject--one that should, at the very least, carry the explanatory caption: "I am a camera." There's absolutely no "balance" because there's no weight: consequently, there's no way NOT to shake the iPod while depressing the "virtual" trigger on its screen. Admittedly, it works--and it holds 15,000 tunes besides: Apple iPod touch 32GB Black (5th Generation) NEWEST MODEL
If you decide to spend your last $300 on an iPod Touch 5, I don't blame you (it's an incredible piece of nano-technology). But if you decide instead to spend it on the Canon SD4000, I applaud you.