Canon Powershot SD400 Review

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Canon Powershot SD400



Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot SD400

The screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons across the top and left indicate that metering is Evaluative, single frame drive, auto red-eye reduction flash, Auto exposure mode. The image size is Large, quality is Superfine and there's space left on the SD card to take 178 more pictures.



Canon Powershot SD400

When the color LCD is turned on and you half-press the shutter you will see which of the nine AF points (green rectangles) were used for the focus lock.



Canon Powershot SD400

Press the FUNCT./SET button to select the desired capture mode (other than Movie) from: Automatic, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Underwater or My Colors.



Canon Powershot SD400

Manual exposure mode is like Auto in that the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture for a correct exposure but you now have access to a multitude of Function and Menu options and color effects. Icons on the left here indicate +1/3EV exposure compensation, white balance is fluorescentH, ISO speed is 50, color effect is Vivid.



Canon Powershot SD400

Manual mode Function options:


    Mode - Automatic, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Underwater or My Colors
    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
    Image Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
    Image Resolution 2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 640×480, Postcard(1600×1200) this is a special 3:2 ratio mode for making 4×6 in. prints.




Canon Powershot SD400


My Colors options

    Positive Film - intensifies Red, Green and Blue colors
    Lighter Skin Tone - makes skin tones lighter
    Darker Skin Tone - makes skin tones darker
    Vivid Blue - emphasize blue tints
    Vivid Green - emphasize green tints
    Vivid Red - emphasize red tints
    Color Accent - preserve selected color, rest of image black and white
    Color Swap - transform the selected color to another
    Custom Color - adjust color balance of red, green, blue and skin tone




Canon Powershot SD400

Manual mode MENU options:

    AiAF - Multi-point auto focus: On or Off= Center only
    Self-timer - 10 or 2 seconds, or custom delay time and number of shots
    AF Assist Illuminator - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Review Time - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Date Stamp - Off, date, or date&time (only works in 3:2 Postcard mode)
    Long Shutter - allows selection of a long shutter speed
    Stitch Assist - Help shooting overlapping images to comprise a panorama




Canon Powershot SD400

To set long shutter speeds, first set Long Shutter to ON in the main menu. In the Function menu, highlight exposure compensation then press the Menu button. The shutter speed is displayed at the bottom of the LCD; select a value from 1 to 15 seconds using the left and right buttons of the 4-way controller. Depress the FUNC./SET button to return to shooting mode. The LCD viewfinder's live image provides a preview of the exposure; adjust the shutter speed for the exposure you want. Noise Reduction is applied for exposures of 1.3 seconds or longer.



Canon Powershot SD400

In shooting mode the 4-way controller is used to toggle the camera's focusing mode, flash mode, drive mode and metering mode. The changes will be indicated by icons on the LCD screen as shown above.



Canon Powershot SD400

The camera has a very respectable macro focusing mode with coverage from 1.2 inches to 1.6 feet in wide angle and 1 to 1.6 feet in telephoto. There is also a digital macro mode but it tends to degrade image quality.



Canon Powershot SD400

The StitchAssist Panorama mode aids you via on-screen prompts to achieve the proper overlap of sequential photos for later "stitching" with the PhotoStitch program. You can capture up to 26 images in either left-to-right or right-to-left orientation. After the first picture is taken the white balance and exposure is locked until you exit the StitchAssist mode.   The use of a tripod and a bubble level is recommended.



Canon Powershot SD400

You can record movie clips with audio at a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Standard movies can be recorded at resolutions of 640×480 or 320×240 at frame rates of 30 or 15 fps; the size of a single movie is limited to 1 gigabyte.

Fast Frame Rate is used to record fast moving subjects; frame rate is 60 fps and resolution limited to 320×240; clip length is limited to 1 minute. Compact movies are recorded at a resolution of 160×120 with a frame rate of 15 fps.

My Colors mode can be used to enhance colors or for special effects; resolutions of 640×480 or 320×240, and frame rates of 15 or 30 fps can be selected. Movie clips are recorded in Motion JPEG format and saved as AVI files.

Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading.



Canon Powershot SD400

Movie mode recording options:

    Mode - Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
    Frame Rate: 30 or 15 fps
    Movie Size: 640×480 or 320×240

The use of Self-Timer, AF Assist beam and Digital Zoom can be chosen from the main menu.

Movie Recording / SD Card Capacity

Movie Size Resolution 32MB 128MB 512MB
Standard / My Colors 640×480 30fps 14 sec. 1 min. 4 sec. 4 min. 9 sec.
Standard / My Colors 640×480 15fps 30 sec. 2 min. 7 sec. 8 min. 14 sec.
Standard / My Colors 320×240 30fps 42 sec. 3 min. 1 sec. 11 min 42 sec.
Standard / My Colors 320×240 15fps 1 min. 24 sec. 5 min. 55 sec. 22 min 53 sec.
Fast Frame Rate 320×240 60fps 21 sec. 1 min 32 sec. 5 min 59 sec.
Compact 160×120 15fps 3 min. 26 sec. 14 min 29 sec. 55 min 57 sec.

(640×480/320×240 30/15 fps is limited to 1 gigabyte max. size,
Fast Frame Rate up to 1 min., 160×120 up to 3 min. max.)





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