Canon Powershot SD630 Review

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Canon Powershot SD630




Features & Controls



Canon Powershot SD630 Digital ELPH

The SD630 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 SD630 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 SD630 Digital ELPH

The optional HF-DC1 external flash can be used with the SD630 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 SD630 Digital ELPH

On the back is a large 3.0-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 and focus on the subject.

Controls on the back: 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 SD630 Digital ELPH

Controls on the top: The Mode switch (Playback, Movie, Record), 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 SD630 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 SD630 Digital ELPH

The Powershot SD630 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

 

Small/N

Small/F

Small/SF

Medium2/N

Medium2/F

Medium2/SF

File Size

84KB

150KB

249KB

278KB

558KB

1,002KB

16MB SD

127

80

52

46

24

13

128MB SD

1,118

711

460

411

217

121

512MB SD

4,317

2,747

1,777

1,590

839

471

 

Medium1/N

Medium1/F

Medium1/SF

Large/N

Large/F

Large/SF

File Size

556KB

1116KB

2002KB

780KB

1620KB

2720KB

16MB SD

24

12

6

17

8

4

128MB SD

217

109

61

156

75

45

512MB SD

839

425

237

603

292

176

 

Wide/N

Wide/F

Wide/SF

File Size

585KB

1210KB

2026KB

16MB SD

23

11

6

128MB SD

205

101

60

512MB SD

794

392

235



 

Movie/
Low

Movie/
Medium

Movie/
High

Movie/ Compact

Movie/ Fast Frame Rate

File Size

330KB/sec.

660KB/sec.

1,980KB/sec.

120KB/sec.

1,320KB/sec.

16MB SD

40 sec.

20 sec.

6 sec.

99 sec.

10 sec.

128MB SD

355 sec.

181 sec.

64 sec.

869 sec.

92 sec.

512MB SD

1,373 sec.

702 sec.

249 sec.

3,357 sec.

359 sec.

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
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.






Canon Powershot SD630 Digital ELPH

The SD630 comes with a Canon NB-4L 3.7v 790mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 160 shots and a replay time of approx. 210 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.



Canon Powershot SD630 Digital ELPH

The optional Waterproof Case WP-DC3 allows you to take the SD630 underwater up to a depth of 40 meters (120 feet). It is also ideal for using your camera in any weather condition, at the beach or on the ski slopes.





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