Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS is a great choice if you want a very small camera that's easy to use and produces high-quality images. If you have big hands, though, the controls might be too tiny.
Pros: Good image quality. Very small build. Easy to use. Decent low-light performance.
Cons: Tiny controls. A keen eye might detect slight blooming in images.
Summary: This Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS review shows a very nice compact camera that will deliver really good image quality for beginning photographers. The SD1400 has some issues with response times -- trust me, you'll quickly become frustrated seeing the "Busy" message on the screen -- but the SD1400 compares adequately to other sub-$200 cameras and offers a good value.
Pros: Image quality is outstanding with the SD1400, Start-up times are fast; very little shutter lag, Thin, colorful camera body provides stylish look, HDMI port is nice addition for HD video, SD1400 performs surprisingly well with small, built-in flash
Cons: Camera's shot to shot delays are annoying, A few design flaws can make SD1400 a little frustrating to use, A larger optical zoom would be nice, LCD's "live view" has trouble keeping up when photographer is moving
Summary: The beauty is more than skin-deep too. The IXUS 130 / SD1400 IS inherits the 720p HD movie mode and HDMI port of its predecessor, while featuring more sophisticated scene detection which does a great job of working out what you're trying to take in Auto; indeed we'd be happy to leave it on Auto for almost all situations.
Pros: Very slim and stylish body; looks and feels great., 4x stabilised zoom with 28mm wide coverage., Foolproof Auto with scene detection., 720p HD video and HDMI output.
Cons: Pointlessly slow continuous shooting speed., Cannot optically zoom while filming., Optical viewfinder of earlier model missing., Face, smile and wink timers in strange location.