Features & Controls

The 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.

The SD4000 features a tiny built-in flash unit. It offers modes for auto, auto with red-eye reduction, forced on, forced on with red-eye reduction, and forced off. FE lock, slow synchro and smart modes are also available. Canon claims the flash recharge times is 10 seconds or less, depending on the amount of output required. .

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


On 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.

The 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
Large (L) Medium 1 (M1) Medium 2 (M2) Medium 3 (M3)
File Size (KB) 2,565 1,226 1,620 780 1,116 556 558 278
4GB 1,471 3,017 2,320 4,641 3,352 6,352 6,352 12,069
16GB 6,026 12,354 9,503 19,007 13,727 26,010 26,010 49,420

Small (S) Widescreen (W) Medium (M) in Low Light & High-Speed Burst
File Size (KB) 150 84 1,920 918 706 353
4GB 20,116 30,174 1,978 4,022 5,028 9,284
16GB 82,367 123,550 8,101 16,473 20,591 38,015
Time of Recordable Movies
High Definition Standard Definition Super Slow Motion
HD: 1,280 x 720 640 x 480 320 x 240 320 x 240
30 fps* 30 fps* 30 fps* 240 fps**
Movie size (KB/sec.) 3,057 1,417 495 2,459
4GB 20 min. 43 sec. 43 min. 43 sec. 1 hr. 58 min. 19 sec. 25 min. 46 sec.
16GB 1 hr. 24 min. 54 sec. 2 hr. 59 min. 3 sec. 8 hr. 4 min. 30 sec. 1 hr. 45 min. 35 sec.
*Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps
**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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