Canon Powershot SD400 Review

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Canon Powershot SD400



Features & Controls



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

The SD400 features a 3× (35-105mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-4.9 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. This lens features 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 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. The autofocus is light-assisted and works properly even in the dark. The AF-assist illuminator also functions as the selftimer indicator.



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow-Synchro modes. Flash range is 1.6 to 16.4 ft. (50cm-5m) in wide angle, 1.6 to 9.8 ft. (50cm-3.0m) 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 lamp.


Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

Th optional HF-DC1 external flash can be used with the SD400 to double the flash range of the builtin flash. Compact and elegantly designed, the High-Power Flash HF-DC1 complements your PowerShot perfectly and requires no accessory shoe. With a strong light output (guide number 59 ft.) and wide angular field (28mm), it delivers proper illumination up to approximately 30 feet and in all zoom positions. The flash fires in synchronization with the main flash, and output is adjusted accurately and automatically.



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

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.



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

On the back is a large 2-inch color LCD monitor which can be used for framing, review and changing settings. Advanced features include "Quick-bright" function which switches the brightness to the highest setting by pressing the DISP button for 1 second. When shooting in dark lighting, the LCD is automatically brightened to make it easier to frame and focus on the subject.



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

Controls on the back: Mode Switch with positions for Play, Movie and Record. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus. 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. The DISP button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it. The Print/Share button allows you to easily print and transfer images to your computer (Windows users only).



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

Controls on the top: 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.



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

The AV Out handles the monaural audio and video signal which can be connected to your TV set with the supplied cables. The high-speed USB 2.0 port for image and movie download. The USB port can also be used for direct printing to any Pictbridge compatible photo printer.



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

The Powershot SD400 is equipped with a Secure Digital (SD) card slot and comes with a 16MB SD card. It can handle any capacity SD card - the spacious and fast SanDisk Extreme 512MB card can store all your photos from even the longest vacation.


Approximate Storage Capacities

  *16MB 128MB 512MB
Large (2592×1944 pixels)*Superfine5
49
190
Fine9
87
339
Normal19
173
671
Medium 1 (2048×1536 pixels)*Superfine8
76
295
Fine15
136
529
Normal30
269
1041
Medium 2 (1600×1200 pixels)*Superfine13
121
471
Fine24
217
839
Normal46
411
1590
Small (640×480 pixels)*Superfine52
460
1777
Fine80
711
2747
Normal127
1118
4317
Standard (640×480 pixels)**
(My Color (640×480 pixels)**)
30 fps6 sec.
64 sec.
249 sec.
15 fps14 sec.
127 sec.
494 sec.
Standard (320×240 pixels)**
(My Color (320×240 pixels)**)
30 fps20 sec.
181 sec.
702 sec.
15 fps40 sec.
355 sec.
1373 sec.
Fast Frame Rate (320×240 pixels)**60 fps10 sec.
92 sec.
359 sec.
Compact (160×120 pixels)**15 fps99 sec.
869 sec.
3357 sec.

* Still Images   ** Movie      : 16MB card included with the camera





Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

The SD400 comes with a Canon NB-4L 3.7v 760mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 150 shots with the LCD on or 400 shots with it off and a replay time of approx. 180 minutes.

The supplied 100-240V CB-2LVE 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 95 minutes.



Canon Powershot SD400 Digital ELPH

The optional AW-DC30 All Weather Case allows you to take the SD400 underwater safely up to depths of 3 meters (9.8 feet.) It is mainly used to protect the camera from rain, sand, dirt and dust so it can be used in most any weather or environment.





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