Canon Powershot SD300 Review

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Review posted 11/11/04


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The 4.0-megapixel PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH and 3.2-megapixel PowerShot SD200 Digital ELPH cameras combine large 2.0-inch color LCD screens, cutting edge technology with UA Lens and Canon's exclusive DIGIC II image processing technology into ultra compact 3.35 x 2.20 x 0.94 inch packages. The ultra slim 4.0 megapixel PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH camera features a 35 - 105mm 3x optical zoom lens and a striking high-gloss stainless steel frame that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand with simplified controls that make it easy to operate.

Both cameras include an optical viewfinder, enabling the photographer to get the shot even in sunny situations. The SD200 and SD300 Digital ELPH cameras also feature a through the lens (TTL) 9-point AiAF autofocus and an Intelligent Orientation Sensor that provides the user with a horizontal image during playback, even if the picture was taken vertically. The autofocus system utilizes an AF-assist beam, which can be turned on and off in the menu settings.

Both models offer 13 shooting modes, including: Auto, Manual, Stitch Assist, Movie Mode including Fast Frame Rate, Digital Macro, and Special Scene Modes including Portrait, Night Snapshot, Photo Effect, Kids and Pets, Indoor, and Underwater. These digital cameras allow users to shoot single frames or continuously at a rate of 2.4 fps until the SD card is full. The shutter speeds range from 15 seconds to 1/1500th of a second and the built-in flash features six modes with auto, red-eye reduction and slow synchro functions.

The SD200 and SD300 are the first digital cameras to feature the new Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode, which records movies at 60 frames-per-second (fps). At 320 x 240 pixels, users can record up to one minute of fast action or sports clips, allowing consumers to analyze their golf or tennis swing in slow motion. The cameras also feature 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 movie mode at either 30 or 15 fps for the full capacity of the memory card. The SD200 and SD300 are the first in the PowerShot line to utilize DIGIC II Technology, Canon's most powerful imaging processor that has ever put into a digital camera. It boasts improved color reproduction of high-saturation, bright subjects, improved auto white balance precision, and wider dynamic range in highlight areas. It's also responsible for speeding up camera performance in areas such as start-up time, autofocus calculation, card-writing speed, continuous shooting and movie recording.

The SD200 and SD300 cameras come with rechargeable Li-ion battery packs and offer Direct Printing to compatible Canon and PictBridge enabled printers. The Print/Share feature enables one-touch Direct Transfer to Windows XP, Me, 2000 and 98 computers, for use with image processing programs, uploading to the Internet or emailing. Once connected, the Print/Share button will light up blue, indicating that it is ready to print.


PowerShot SD300 Features:

  • 4 Megapixel CCD sensor for up to 2272x1704 pixel images
  • 3x optical 35-105mm f/2.8-4.9 zoom
  • 2.0" color LCD with up to 10x playback zoom
  • Ultra-compact and durable stainless steel body (3.4 x 2.1 x 0.82 in.)
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system with focus-assist lamp
  • Program AE automatic and Manual exposure modes
  • Movie mode w/sound 30/15fps 640x480/320x240 unlimited length
  • 2.4fps Continuous exposure mode
  • 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
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/1500 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
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac
  • Secure Digital (SD) card storage


The $299 PowerShot SD200 and $399 PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH camera kits include USB cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AV-DC300, Battery Charger CB-2LV, rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack NB-4L, Wrist Strap WS-600 and a 16MB SD Memory Card together with the latest versions of Canon Digital Solutions Software and the ArcSoft Camera Suite.





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Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH





Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

The SD300 compared to a standard CD disc.





Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

The Powershot SD300 and the Powershot S410

Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH





Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

The 3-megapixel PowerShot SD200 and the PowerShot SD300





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PowerShot SD300 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 4.0 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 4.2 million)
Lens
5.8 (W) - 17.4 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 (W) - 105 (T) mm)
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 3.6x (Up to approx. 11x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0-inch, low- temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (center)
Shooting Distance*
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))
Digital Macro: 3 - 10 cm (1.2 - 3.9 in.)
* From the front of the lens
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds
15 - 1/1500 sec.
15 - 1 sec. possible in long shutter mode.
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center)
Exposure Control System Program AE
Exposure Compensation ±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity Auto, 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 - 11.5 ft.) (W), 50 cm - 2.0 m (1.6 - 6.6 ft.) (T)
Macro: 30 - 50 cm (1.0 - 1.6 ft.) (W/T)
* When sensitivity is set to auto.
Shooting Modes
Auto, Manual*, Digital macro, Portrait, Night snapshot, Kids & pets, Indoor, Underwater, Stitch assist**, Movie
* Long shutter mode available
** Selectable from the Rec. menu
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 2.4 shots/sec.*
* Large/Fine mode with LCD monitor off
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./approx. 10- sec. delay
Recording Media SD Memory Card
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format
Still images: JPEG (Exif 2.2)
Movies: 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: 2272 x 1704 pixels
 - Medium1: 1600 x 1200 pixels
 - Medium2: 1024 x 768 pixels
 - Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Movies
 - Standard: 640 x 480/320 x 240 pixels
 - Fast Frame Rate: 320 x 240 pixels
 - Compact: 160 x 120 pixels
The maximum length of a movie clip
 - Standard: Until the SD card becomes full.
 - Fast Frame Rate: Maximum of 1 min.
 - Compact: Maximum of 3 min.
Playback Modes
Single (histogram displayable)
Index (9 thumbnail images)
Magnified* (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor)
Sound memos (up to 60 sec.) or Slide show.
* Advance or reverse through magnified image is available.
Direct Print Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible, and PictBridge compliant
Display Languages
21 languages available for menus and messages (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)
My Camera Settings
The start-up image, start- up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized using the following methods
Using the images and sounds recorded on a camera.
Using the downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface
USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (type: NB-4L)
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10 (Sold Separately)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90%
Dimensions 86.0 x 53.0 x 20.7 mm (3.39 x 2.09 x 0.82 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight
Approx. 130 g (4.59 oz) (camera body only)




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