Canon Powershot SD300 Review
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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:
The SD300 compared to a standard CD disc.
The Powershot SD300 and the Powershot S410
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)|
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)|
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|
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|
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.
Auto, Manual*, Digital macro, Portrait, Night snapshot, Kids & pets, Indoor, Underwater, Stitch assist**, Movie
* Long shutter mode available
** Selectable from the Rec. menu
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||
- Large: 2272 x 1704 pixels
- Medium1: 1600 x 1200 pixels
- Medium2: 1024 x 768 pixels
- Small: 640 x 480 pixels
- 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.
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|
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.
USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
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)|
Approx. 130 g (4.59 oz) (camera body only)
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