Canon Powershot SD300 Review
Features & Controls
The SD300 features a 3X (35-105mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-4.9 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. This is a new lens featuring Canon's exclusive Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical technology (UA) which produces outstanding sharpness and clarity. It allows the camera body to be even thinner and more compact than previous models with smaller zoom ratios. The UA technology produces crystal clear images at all focal lengths. When powered down, the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in shutter closes to completely protect the lens.
An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. Focusing range is 1 foot (30cm) to infinity in normal mode and macro coverage is 1.2 to 18 inches (3-50cm) in wide angle and 12 to 18 inches (30-50cm) in telephoto. It also features a digital macro mode with coverage from 1.2 to 3.9 inches (3-10cm).
The autofocus is light-assisted and works properly even in the
dark. The AF-assist illuminator also functions as the selftimer indicator.
The built in flash offers
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow-Synchro modes. Flash range is 1.6 to 11.5
ft. (50cm-3.5m) in wide angle, 1.6 to 6.6 ft. (50cm-2.0m) in telephoto or 1 to 1.6 ft.
(30-50cm) in macro mode
(with ISO set to Auto.) The focus-assist lamp also serves as the red-eye reduction
You can frame your pictures with the color LCD or to save precious battery power you
can use the optical eyelevel finder. This is a coupled viewfinder with approx. 82%
coverage. It has no dioptric adjustment. Next to the finder are two LEDs
that indicate the flash and focus status.
Controls on the top include the Power On/Off button, the shutter release button and
the zoom lens control around the shutter release. The zoom lens control also functions
as the magnify and index buttons in playback mode.
Controls on the back are minimal but effective. On top is the Mode Switch with positions
for Play, Movie and Record. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images
during playback. In record mode you press "Up" to change metering mode, press "Right" to
change flash modes, press "Down" to change the drive mode and press "Left" to change the
focus mode. In the center is the FUNC./SET button which gives you access to the
Function menu in record mode or accepts menu options and settings. Below right is the
Print/Share button, which allows you easy access to printing and transferring images to
your computer (Windows users only). The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus, the
DISPlay button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it.
The DIGITAL port connects USB to the computer for image and movie download. The AV Out handles monaural audio and the
video signal can be connected to your TV set with the supplied cables.
The PowerShot SD300 is equipped with a Secure Digital (SD) card slot and comes with
a 16MB SD card. It can handle any capacity SD card such as the Sandisk 512MB Ultra II
card shown here.
Approximate Storage Capacities
The SD300 comes with a Canon NB-4L 3.7v 760mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 140 shots with the LCD on or 400 shots with it off and a replay time of approx. 180 minutes.
The supplied 100-240V CB-2LV rapid charger plugs directly in the wall socket and charges the battery "out of the camera" which is very handy if you have a second battery (highly recommended!) The normal charging time is 90 minutes.
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