Canon Powershot SD430 Review

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Canon Powershot SD430

Review posted 01/26/2006

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The Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH lets you print and transfer images wirelessly. You simply connect the supplied Wireless Print Adapter to a Canon PictBridge printer, such as the Canon SELPHY CP510 or CP710 models, and press the blue lit Print/Share button on the back of the camera. Seconds later, the image is sent wirelessly to the printer and a photo-lab quality print is produced in about one minute.

You can also wirelessly download images from this 5.0 megapixel, 3X optical zoom digital camera to a compatible Windows XP computer, or even operate the camera remotely from as far away as 100 feet. The SD430 is also sure to be a hit at parties where friends will be amazed as images are automatically transferred wirelessly from the camera to a computer display while the party is still in full swing. A straightforward user interface on the SD430 makes using all the wireless features on this digital camera a snap.

Using the IEEE802.11b Wi-Fi standard, the SD430 digital camera can transmit a 5.0 megapixel image file to a compatible Canon SELPHY or PIXMA Photo Printer at high speed in approximately six seconds. With wireless direct printing using the SD430 digital camera, consumers are freed from the trouble of connecting their camera to a printer with a USB cable each time they want to print.

Along with its technical innovations, the new PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH Wireless sports a snazzy new design with sharp edges, a soft sloping shape and a blinking blue light visible from the front or rear of the camera to indicate when wireless transmission is occurring. The SD430's new "Slit & Frame" design splits it into a camera section and an antenna section suggesting the elegance of the DIGITAL ELPH line with the high-tech innovation of its wireless capabilities.

The SD430 features Canon's exclusive Intelligent Orientation Sensor/9-point AiAF autofocus system that allows the camera to automatically detect vertical or horizontal direction and accurately detect and focus on subjects within the 9-point focusing frame. The proprietary DIGIC II imaging processor enhances picture definition, vibrancy and quality, while helping increase the speed of the cameras' startup, autofocus, shutter response, playback and image processing speed while reducing power consumption. Image transfer speed is accelerated thanks to the inclusion of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port.

Like all PowerShot digital cameras, the SD430 works seamlessly with Canon's petite SELPHY Compact Photo Printers - an essential PowerShot accessory. Consumers connect their PowerShot digital camera to a SELPHY printer - such as the new SELPHY CP510, CP710 and CP600 models - press the lighted Print/Share button, and within seconds Print speed based on average output speed achieved during product testing with DIGIC II processor embedded Canon PowerShot digital cameras.

Powershot SD430 Features:

  • 5 Megapixel CCD sensor for up to 2560x1920 pixel images
  • 3x optical 35-105mm f/2.8-4.9 zoom w/digital Macro
  • 2.0" color LCD with Night Display function
  • Built-in wireless control, image transfer and printing
  • Includes the WA-1N Wireless Print Adapter
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system with focus-assist lamp
  • Program AE automatic, Manual and Scene exposure modes
  • Continuous 2fps shooting until memory is full
  • Movie mode w/sound 30/15fps 640x480/320x240 unlimited length
  • Fast Frame Rate Movie recording, 320x240 at 60fps
  • Evaluative metering on focus point or Spot
  • 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
  • My Colors - customize your colors while shooting
  • 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
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compliant
  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity for PC and Mac
  • Secure Digital (SD) card storage, 16MB supplied

The PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH Wireless camera kit includes Wireless Print Adapter WA-1N, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC20, Battery Pack NB-4L, Battery Charger CB-2LV, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC300, Wrist Strap WS-600, SD Memory Card SDC-16M and a set of instruction manuals as well as the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disc Version 27, featuring the latest versions of Canon's powerful software and ArcSoft PhotoStudio

The Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH Wireless digital camera is scheduled to be available in the U.S. by the end of January 2006 at an estimated selling price of US$499.99.

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Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

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Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

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Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH

The Casio EX-Z57 and the Powershot SD430

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PowerShot SD430 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx.5.3 million)
Lens 5.8 (W)-17.4 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 (W)-105 (T) mm) f/2.8 (W)-f/4.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 12x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens)
  • Normal: 30 cm (1.0 ft.)-infinity
  • Macro: 3-50 cm (W)/30-50 cm (T) (1.2 in.-1.6 ft. (W)/1.0-1.6 ft. (T))
  • Infinity: 3 m (9.8 ft.)-infinity
  • Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
    Shutter Speeds 15-1/1500 sec. The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode. Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
    Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (fixed to center)
    Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
    ISO Speed Auto (camera automatically sets the optimal speed.), ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
    White Balance Auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom
    Built-in Flash Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, flash on with red-eye reduction, flash on, flash off, slow synchro
    Flash Range
  • Normal: 50 cm-3.5 m (1.6-12 ft.) (W), 50 cm-2.0 m (1.6-6.6 ft.) (T)
  • Macro: 30 cm-50 cm (1.0-1.6 ft.) (W/T) (When ISO speed is set to AUTO.)
  • Shooting Modes
  • Still Image
    : Auto, Manual1, Digital macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, My Colors
    Scene Mode2, Stitch assist3
  • Movie
    : Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors
    1Long shutter mode available
    2Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks
    3Selectable from Rec. menu in manual mode.
  • Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.1 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
    Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
    PC-controlled Shooting Available (Wireless connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)
    Recording Media SD memory card/MultiMediaCard
    This camera has been tested with SD memory cards through 2GB. All memory card functions cannot be guaranteed.
    File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
    Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
    Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
    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.
    Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
    Number of Recording Pixels (Still Images)
  • Large: 2592×1944 pixels
  • Medium 1: 2048×1536 pixels
  • Medium 2: 1600×1200 pixels
  • Small: 640×480 pixels
  • Postcard Date Imprint Mode:1600×1200 pixels
  • Number of Recording Pixels (Movies)
  • Standard, My Colors:
    640×480 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
    320×240 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
    Recording can continue until the memory card is full
    (can record up to a maximum of 1 GB at one time).
  • Fast Frame Rate: (can record for 1 min.)
    320×240 pixels (60 frames/sec.)
  • Compact: (can record for 3 min.)
    160×120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
    Using super high-speed SD memory cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
  • Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Jump (jumps to every tenth or hundredth image, to the first image of those sharing a certain shooting date, to movies, or to the first image in a folder. In index playback mode, it displays 9 images at once.), Sound memos (up to 60 sec.), Slide show or Movie (edit/slow motion play back possible).
    Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
    My Camera Settings Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, Self-timer sound, and shutter sound.
    Wireless Standard IEEE802.11b
    Wireless Channel Channel 1-11
    Security Infrastructure: WEP64/128 bit, WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES)
    Adhoc: WEP64/128 bit (when connecting to computer)
    AES (when connecting to WA-1N)
    Transmission range Approx. 30 m (98.4 ft.) (However, make sure that there are no interfering obstacles between the devices.)
  • The distance will vary with the installation site, the environment of use, and the conditions of use.
  • Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
    Power Source Battery Pack NB-4L (Lithium-ion Rechargeable battery) AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10
    Operating Temperature 0-40°C (32-104°F)
    Operating Humidity 10-90 %
    Dimensions 99.0× 54.4×21.7 mm (3.90×2.14×0.85 in.) (excluding protrusions)
    Weight Approx. 130 g (4.59 oz.) (camera body only)
    (Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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