Canon Powershot SD430 Review

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Canon Powershot SD430




Features & Controls



Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

The SD430 features a 3X (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 1.0 ft. (30cm) to infinity in normal mode and macro coverage is 1.2 to 1.6 ft. (3-50cm) in wide angle and 12 in. to 1.6 ft. (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 SD430 Digital ELPH

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow-Synchro modes. Flash range is 1.6 to 12 ft. (50cm-3.5m) in wide angle, 1.6 to 6.6 ft. (50cm-2.0m) 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 SD430 Digital ELPH

The optional HF-DC1 external flash can be used with the SD430 to double the flash range of the built-in 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 SD430 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 SD430 Digital ELPH

802.11b WiFi Capable

The SD430 features built-in support for the IEEE 802.11b Wi-Fi standard and can transmit a 5-megapixel image to a compatible photo printer in approximately six seconds. Images captured with the SD430 digital camera can also be transferred wirelessly to a PC running Windows XP (with SP2) equipped with a wireless LAN card or a wireless access point device such as a router.

The WiFi setup is done on the PC and then this information is transmitted to the camera via the USB cable. It only took me about a minute to register the information for my wireless network which is secured by the highest level of WEP encryption. It connected and transmitted images on the first try and it really was easy to setup.


Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

When the camera is set for Auto Transfer, all the user needs to do is take a picture. Within seconds, the resulting image appears on the computer monitor at full screen magnification. When Auto Transfer is shut off, images are transferred wirelessly to the PC by using the camera's Print/Share button. You can even print your images wirelessly via the computer from the camera.

The Wireless Print Adapter WA-1N (shown above) is included with the SD430 and is pre-registered on the camera as a connecting device, wireless printing requires no initial setup. All you need to do is plug the adapter into the PictBridge port on a Canon SELPHY or PIXMA printer, select the image on the camera's LCD and press the Print/Share button.

See our Canon SELPHY CP510 Printer review


Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

The SD430 can be remotely operated when connected wirelessly to a PC (Windows XP w/SP2 only), allowing the user to capture images to the computer at distances up to 100 feet from the camera. The user can view the action via a live viewfinder and instruct the camera to take a picture by pressing a button on the keyboard. This feature is great for photographing wildlife subjects or it could be used for surveillance and security purposes.





On the back is a 2.0-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 the subject and offers 100% coverage.

Controls on the back: Mode Switch with positions for Play, Record and Movie. The Print/Share button allows you to easily print and transfer images to your computer (Windows users only). The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode you press "Up" to change ISO sensitivity, 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 MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus.



Canon Powershot SD430 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 SD430 Digital ELPH

The AV Out handles the monaural audio and video signal (NTSC or PAL selectable) which can be connected to your TV with the supplied cables. The high-speed USB 2.0 port is for image and movie download.


Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

The USB port can also be used for direct printing to any PictBridge compatible photo printer. Shown here connected to the Canon SELPHY CP510 Printer using its retractable USB cable.



Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

The Powershot SD430 is equipped with a Secure Digital (SD) card slot and comes with a 16MB SD. It can handle any capacity SD card up to 2GB.


Approximate Storage Capacities

Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH





Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

The SD430 comes with a Canon NB-4L 3.7v 790mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 150 shots with the LCD on or 500 shots with it off and a replay time of approx. 180 minutes.

The supplied 100-240V CB-2LV 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.





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