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Canon Powershot SD450

Review posted 10/26/2005

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The pocket-sized 7.1 Megapixel PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH and 5.0 Megapixel PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH cameras, join Canon’s line-up between the SD500 and SD400 models which will continue to be available. The new PowerShot SD450 and 450 Digital ELPH cameras offer consumers a big 2.5-inch LCD screen, while retaining Canon’s famed functionality and optical viewfinder. Additionally, the new cameras feature a new UI display designed to capitalize on the larger screen size.

The PowerShot SD550 and SD450 Digital ELPH cameras have essentially the same body sizes and specifications as the PowerShot SD500 and SD400 Digital ELPHs, but offer consumers a wider range of options. In addition to a large color LCD display, The SD450 and SD450 offers an optical viewfinder so these cameras can be used in all types of lighting conditions.

The SD450 is packed with a high resolution 5.0-megapixel CCD image sensor, a retractable 3x optical zoom lens with macro capabilities as close as four inches, shutter speeds from 15 to 1/2000th of second, a fast 9-point AiAF “Smart” autofocus system, a new and more powerful built-in flash, rechargeable battery and a large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor, all driven by the exclusive DIGIC II processor.

To make sure that everybody gets the picture they want, the SD450 features a wide variety of shooting modes that includes: Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Special Scene, and Movie. The Special Scene mode allows users to achieve optimum results in popular picture-taking situations including Underwater, Indoor, Kids and Pets, and Night Snapshot. The SD450 also includes individual settings for Foliage, Snow, Beach, and Fireworks. Optional accessories include a Waterproof Case and the high power flash HF-DC1 that doubles the range of the camera's built-in flash.

The SD450 lets you capture full motion video with sound at 640 x 480 resolution with a 30fps frame rate. It also offers a “Fast Frame Rate” of 60 frames per second for a maximum of one-minute (at a resolution of up to 320 x 240 pixels), ideal for analyzing a golf swing or a tennis stroke using one of the supplied slow- motion playback settings. The compact movie mode – designed with e-mail attachments in mind – captures a maximum of three minutes of recording at 15 fps and a resolution of 160 x 120 pixels.

The new Night Display Function automatically brightens the subject in order to make framing a shot in dusk, night or other low light situations easier while the cameras’ large 2.5-inch LCD monitor features a backlight that combines lower power consumption with high brightness that improves the visibility of the LCD monitor even in bright surroundings. The monitor also incorporates a “quick bright LCD” function that temporarily boosts the brightness to its maximum level with nothing more than a one- second touch of the display button. Press the button a second time for one second and the monitor returns to its original brightness level.

The proprietary DIGIC II Imaging processor enhances picture definition, vibrancy and quality, while helping increase the speed of the cameras’ startup, autofocus, shutter response and playback as well as the image processing speed. The pace of image transfer is accelerated (when used with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, printer or other peripheral) thanks to its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port. The SD450 supports direct printing to any PictBridge compliant printer regardless of brand.

Powershot SD450 Features:

  • 5 Megapixel CCD sensor for up to 2560x1920 pixel images
  • 3x optical 37-111mm f/2.8-4.9 zoom w/digital Macro
  • Large 2.5" color LCD with Night Display function
  • Ultra-compact and durable stainless steel body (3.4 x 2.2 x 1.04 in.)
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system with focus-assist lamp
  • Program AE automatic and Manual exposure modes
  • Continuous 2fps shooting until memory is full
  • Movie mode w/sound 30/15fps 640x480/320x240 unlimited length
  • Fast Frame Rate Movie recording, 320x240 at 60fps
  • Evaluative metering on focus point or Spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Photo Effects: Low Sharpening, Vivid Color, Neutral, Sepia and B&W
  • My Colors - customize your colors while shooting
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • Auto noise reduction with 1.3 sec or longer shutter speeds
  • Selectable ISO settings from 50 to 400
  • Voice memo (up to 60 secs) can be attached to images
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compliant
  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity for PC and Mac
  • Secure Digital (SD) card storage, 16MB supplied

The PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH will be supplied with a Battery Pack NB-4L, Battery Charger CB-2LV / Wrist Strap and AV Cable AVC-DC300, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, as well as a 16MB SD memory card, software, and user manuals. The PowerShot SD450 will be available in September for estimated street price of $399.99.

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Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH

The SD450 compared to a standard CD disc.

Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH

The Powershot SD450 and the 7-megapixel Powershot SD550

Canon Powershot SD450 Digital ELPH

The Powershot SD450 and the Casio EX-S500

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PowerShot SD450 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx.5.3 million)
Lens 5.8 (W)–17.4 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 (W)–105 (T) mm) f/2.8 (W)–f/4.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 12x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens)
Normal: 30 cm (1.0 ft.)–infinity
Macro: 3–50 cm (W)/30–50 cm (T) (1.2 in.–1.6 ft. (W)/1.0–1.6 ft. (T))
Infinity: 3 m (9.8 ft.)–infinity
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15–1/1500 sec. The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode. Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (fixed to center)
Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Auto (camera automatically sets the optimal speed.), ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, flash on with red-eye reduction, flash on, flash off, slow synchro
Flash Range Normal: 50 cm–3.5 m (1.6–12 ft.) (W), 50 cm–2.0 m (1.6–6.6 ft.) (T)
Macro: 30 cm–50 cm (1.0–1.6 ft.) (W/T) (When ISO speed is set to AUTO.)
Shooting Modes Still Image
: Auto, Manual, Digital macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, My Colors
Scene Mode, Stitch assist
: Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors
Long shutter mode available
Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater
Selectable in Manual mode.
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.1 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Recording Media SD memory card/MultiMediaCard. This camera has been tested with SD memory cards through 2GB. All memory card functions cannot be guaranteed.
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels (Still Images) Large: 2592×1944 pixels
Medium 1: 2048×1536 pixels
Medium 2: 1600×1200 pixels
Small: 640×480 pixels
Postcard Date Imprint Mode:1600×1200 pixels
Number of Recording Pixels (Movies) Standard, My Colors:
  640×480 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
  320×240 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full
(can record up to a maximum of 1 GB at one time).
Fast Frame Rate: (can record for 1 min.)
  320×240 pixels (60 frames/sec.)
Compact: (can record for 3 min.)
  160×120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Using super high-speed SD cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Jump (jumps to every tenth or hundredth image, to the first image of those sharing a certain shooting date, to movies, or to the first image in a folder. In index playback mode, it displays 9 images at once.), Sound memos (up to 60 sec.), Slide show or Movie (edit/slow motion play back possible).
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
My Camera Settings Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, Self-timer sound, and shutter sound.
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source Battery Pack NB-4L (Lithium-ion Rechargeable battery) AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10
Operating Temperature 0–40 C (32–104 F)
Operating Humidity 10–90 %
Dimensions 86.0× 53.5×21.6 mm (3.39×2.11×0.85 in.)
Weight Approx. 140 g (4.93 oz.) (camera body only)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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