Features & Controls
SD4000 IS features a 3.8x (28 - 105 mm in the 35mm format) f/2.0-5.3
all-glass aspherical zoom lens with Canon's true 'Lens-Shift' Optical
Image Stabilization system. Unlike electronic image stabilizer systems
that typically cause degradation of image quality, Canon's Lens Shift
Optical IS system is based on the advancements made in the development
and refinement of Canon's EF and video lenses. Reduced in size to fit
this model, this Image Stabilizer provides up to three stops of camera
shake correction in shutter speed equivalent. When you power the camera down, the lens is
retracted inside of the body and a built-in shutter closes to protect it.
A 9-point advanced TTL autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center.The focusing range is:
- Auto: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (Wide), 12 in. (30cm) - infinity (Tele)
- Normal: 1.6 ft (50cm) - infinity
- Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (5 - 50cm) at Wide angle
In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to
illuminate the subject for accurate focusing. Mounted on each side of the lens are some pin-hole stereo microphones for use when recording video.
Flash range at ISO Auto is:
- 12 in.- 20 ft. (30cm - 6.0m) at wide angle, or 1.6 - 6.6 ft. (50cm - 2.0m) at telephoto
the top of the SD4000 you will find several controls. First we have the Mode switch for selecting between Movie, Program AE, and Auto modes. Next is the Power button and Shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it. During image review, the zoom controls also toggle the Index and Magnify playback options.
When you first look at the back of the camera, you will see a nice large 3.0-inch LCD. This display offers 230,000 pixels, 100% frame coverage, and a nice wide viewing angle. This screen is the only viewfinder on the camera, and is used for framing images and video, reviewing files, and navigating the menus.
The controls on the back of the SD4000 IS are minimal. At the top right you can see the playback button, with the 4-way controller mounted below. This unit also features a control wheel mounted on top of the 4-way directional pad, which is used for quickly sorting through photos and videos, navigating the menus, and changing shutter speed and aperture values in Tv and Av modes. In record mode you press 'Up' to change exposure compensation , press 'Right' to change flash modes, press 'Down' to toggle the LCD display (info or no info) and press 'Left' to change the focus mode. In the center is the FUNC./SET button, which accepts menu selections as well as gives you access to the Function shortcut menu. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the main menu system.
PowerShot SD4000 is equipped with a card slot that supports use of
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+, and Eye-Fi memory cards. Shown here
with a speedy Sandisk Extreme (30MB/s) 4GB SDHC card.
|Number of Recordable Images|
|Time of Recordable Movies|
**Actual frame rate is 239.76 fps
Note: N=Normal F=Fine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
Located on the right hand side of the camera are I/O (Input/Output) ports. At the top is the a mini HDMI port for connecting the SD4000 directly to a HDTV using the optional HDMI cable. Next we have a combination mini-B jack that handles both the standard definition (SD) audio/video output and USB 2.0 (high-speed) connectivity. The AV Out handles the monaural audio and video signal which can be connected to your TV set with the supplied cables, while the USB cable is used for image and movie download, direct printing, etc.
The SD4000 IS comes with a Canon NB-6L 3.7v 1000mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims this small battery can power the SD4000 for up to 250 still images or 7 hours of continuous playback on a single charge (using CIPA Standard testing.)
Canon supplies a handy AC charger, which plugs directly in to a wall socket with fold-away prongs. This unit will charge the battery out of the camera, which means you can charge one pack while using another; we highly recommend you pick up a second pack.
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