Canon Powershot S410 Review

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Canon Powershot S400

Review posted 3/09/03

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The PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH is the successor to the popular PowerShot S400, this new model offers all of the advantages of its distinguished predecessor, upgrades a number of existing features and adds the new Print/Share button. Print/Share speeds and simplifies printing to compatible Canon Direct Photo and PictBridge enabled printers and one-touch image transfer to Windows (XP, Me, 2000, and 98) computers for use with image processing programs, uploading to the Internet, or placement in email.

The PowerShot S410's other key attributes are a peak resolution of 2272 x 1704 pixels, a 3x (36-108mm equivalent) all glass, seven-element, Canon zoom lens with a wide AF range from 2 inches (in macro mode) to infinity. The PowerShot S410 also records movies with sound at 15 frames per second for clips of up to three-minutes each at 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 resolution.

The PowerShot S410 also offers simple yet sophisticated shooting features such as Evaluative, Center-weighted or Spot metering for more precise exposure control; shutter speeds ranging from 15 seconds to a fast 1/2000 of a second; a user adjustable exposure compensation feature that allows for and increase or decrease of up to two stops in gradual 1/3 increments, and a Custom White Balance option that is read off of a white or known neutral object. Like the new Powershot S500, the S410 camera utilized Compact Flash type 1 media and features a 10x zoom capability on playback using the camera's 1.5 inch, 118,000 pixel LCD monitor.

Canon PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH

An Intelligent Orientation sensor detects whether an image has been recorded horizontally or vertically. During image playback, the sensor detects the proper orientation of each image, and previews them accordingly without the need to rotate the camera for image viewing. It also adjusts AF, AE and white balance accordingly. Similarly, when using the ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser software included with the cameras, vertical and horizontal picture orientation is automatically detected and appropriately displayed.

When powered down, the lens is safely tucked away inside of the highly durable stainless steel body that measures just 3.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches. This is truly a "pocket size" camera and at a scant 6.5 ounces. As with all the Canon compacts, it has a light-assisted autofocus that even works in the dark. An advanced TTL AiAF nine-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center.

PowerShot S410 Features

  • 4.0 Megapixel CCD imager for up to 2272x1704 pixel images
  • 3x optical 36-108mm f/2.8-4.9 zoom, 3.6x digital zoom
  • 1.5" color LCD with up to 10x playback zoom
  • Ultra-compact and durable stainless steel body (3.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 in.)
  • Advanced TTL AiAF nine-point autofocus system
  • Program AE automatic and Manual exposure modes
  • Movie mode w/sound 320x240 up to 3 minutes long
  • 2.5fps Continuous exposure mode
  • Evaluative metering on focus point or Spot
  • Stitch Assist mode for perfect panoramas
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Photo Effects: Low Sharpening, Vivid Color, Neutral, Sepia and B&W
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • Auto noise reduction with 1.3 sec or longer shutter speeds
  • Selectable ISO settings from 50 to 400
  • Voice memo (up to 60 secs) can be attached to images
  • Intelligent Orientation sensor
  • Builtin microphone and speaker
  • Lithium rechargable battery and charger included
  • Direct print to Canon CP-200/300 and PictBridge printers
  • All new Print/Share button
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac
  • Optional WP-DC500 Waterproof Case

The PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH will be available April 2004 for an estimated street price of $399. PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH kit includes two dedicated software CDs, a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and charger, USB and AV cables and a 32MB CompactFlash card, as well as, printed manuals and a Canon USA limited warranty card.

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Canon PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH

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Canon PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH

The S410 compared to an average CD disc.

Canon PowerShot S410 Digital ELPH

The Casio QV-R40 compared to the S410 Digital ELPH

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PowerShot S410 Specifications

Effective pixels: Approx. 4 million
Image sensor: 1/1.8 in. CCD
(Total number of pixels: approx. 4.1 million)
Lens :
7.4 - 22.2mm
36-108mm (35 mm film equivalent)
F2.8 - 4.9 maximum aperture
Digital Zoom: Maximum approx. 3.6x (Maximum approx. 11x with optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder: Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD monitor : 1.5 in. low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, Approx. 118,000 pixels
Autofocus : TTL 9-point AiAF / TTL 1-point center AF
Focus lock possible
Focus assist lamp for accurate low-light AF
Focusing Range :
(from tip of the lens barrel)
Normal: 46 cm (1.5 ft.) - infinity
Macro AF: 5-46 cm (2.0 in. - 1.5 ft.) (W)
30-46 cm (1.0 ft. - 1.5 ft.) (T)
Shutter : Mechanical + electronic
Shutter Speed: 1-1/2000 sec. Automatic
1 - 15 sec. in Long Shutter mode only
Noise reduction is used on speeds between 1.3 - 15 sec.
Light Metering System: Evaluative metering
Center-weighted averaging
Spot metering
Exposure Control: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity : ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalent and Auto
White Balance: TTL auto / preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H) or custom white balance
Flash : Red-eye reduction auto/auto/on/off/slow-synchro
Flash Range:
Normal: 46 cm- 3.5 m (1.5- 11.5 ft.) (W)
46 cm- 2.0 m (1.5- 6.6 ft.) (T)
Macro: 30- 46 cm (11.8 in.- 1.5 ft.) (W /T)
Shooting Modes: Auto / Manual / Stitch Assist / Movie
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.5 images/ sec. (2.5 images / sec. in highspeed mode)
(Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-Timer : Shoots after approx. 10 sec. or approx. 2 sec.
PC Connected Shooting: Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program RemoteCapture is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media: CompactFlash Type I card, 32MB supplied
File Format: Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format:
Still Images: JPEG (Exif 2.2)*
Movies :

AVI (Image data : Motion JPEG
Audio data : WAVE [monaural])

Compression: Superfine / Fine / Normal
Number of Recording Pixels:
Still Images:
large : 2272 x 1704 pixels
medium 1 : 1600 x 1200 pixels
medium 2 : 1024 x 768 pixels
small : 640 x 480 pixels
320 x 240 pixels (maximum 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (maximum 3 min.)
Approx. 15 frames / sec.
Replay Modes: Single image view/ index view (9 thumbnails) / zoomed view (LCD monitor zooms images up to 10 x ) /sound memos (up to 60 sec. ) / slide show / printing with Card Photo Printer CP-100, CP-10 or Bubble Jet Printer (Direct Print)
My Camera Settings (Customizing): Start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and selftimer sound can be customized with the following procedures.
1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
2. Using the downloaded data from your computer using
the supplied software.
Interface :
USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol]),
Audio / Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, Monaural audio)
Power Source:
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (Canon NB-1LH / NB-1L)

Battery life:
    190 shots with LCD on
    440 shots with LCD off
    Replay time is 140 minutes

Optional AC Adapter Kit ACK500
Optional Car Battery Charger CBC-NB1
Operating Temperatures : 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity: 10 - 90 %
(w x h x d):
87.0 x 57.0 x 27.8 mm (3.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
Weight: Approx. 185 g (6.5 oz.)
(camera body only)
* This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

Package Contents (U.S./N. America)

  • A. PowerShot S410 Digital Camera
  • B. Battery Charger CB-2LS
  • C. Wrist Strap WS-300
  • D. CompactFlash Card CF-32M
  • E. ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM
  • F. Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • G. Battery Pack NB-1LH
  • H. Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • I. AV Cable AVC-DC300
  • User Guides

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