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Canon PowerShot SD300 / IXUS 40 / IXY 50

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Overall 8

Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital Elph

PC Magazine
24 March 2007
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital Elph takes great pictures, despite its tiny size. It's stylish, built like a very small tank, and fun to use.
  • Pros: Excellent daylight images and very good flash shots. Good menus. Tiny and tough.
  • Cons: Mediocre recycle times. Smallish LCD, Optical viewfinder placement could be better.
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DP Review
9 March 2007
  • Conclusion: In an ideal world buying an ultra compact camera would not involve any compromise at all. But this ain't a perfect world, and if you want a camera you really can carry with you anytime, anywhere then you have to accept there will be some trade-off in terms of absolute image quality. The SD300 is, fortunately, more than just a slim, cool, stylish camera with enough silly names (ELPH, IXY, IXUS) for an entire episode of Monty Python .
  • Pros: Incredibly compact design, Slim enough for any pocket or purse, Beautifully built and all-metal construction, Excellent color, Manual (custom) white balance, Very good resolution, Good exposure and generally very reliable focus, Good flash performance at short distances, Very, very fast, Good screen, Excellent movie mode, Nice handling and easy to use interface, AF illuminator, Excellent macro mode
  • Cons: Strong purple fringing, Some edge softness at wide angle/max aperture, Battery life when using LCD not fantastic, Occasional lens flare, No exposure information in record or playback mode, Very little manual control
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Canon Powershot SD300

Steve's Digicams
11 November 2004
  • Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two PowerShot SD300 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 4.0 million Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 4.2 million) Lens 5.8 (W) - 17.4 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 (W) - 105 (T) mm) f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T) Digital Zoom Approx. 3.6x (Up to approx.
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Dc Resource
21 October 2004
  • Excerpt: The PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH ($400) is a totally new design in Canon's line of compact point-and-shoot cameras. The SD300 takes everything that made the S400 and S410 great and makes them smaller -- except for the LCD, which got a lot bigger. Other new features include a 4 Megapixel CCD, great VGA movie mode, an AF-assist lamp, and a couple of manual of controls.
  • Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Ultra-thin, stylish metal body, Robust performance, Excellent continuous shooting mode (with the right memory card), First-rate movie mode (finally!), Big LCD for a small camera, AF-assist lamp, Optional underwater case, Nice software bundle
  • Cons: Softness around edges and corners of photos; above average purple fringing, as well, Redeye, Some vignetting, especially in flash shots, Cheap plastic door over memory card / battery compartment, LCD doesn't "gain up" very much in low light, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, More manual controls would be nice, Small memory card included
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Canon IXUS 40

8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: I prefer the IXUS 40 to other Canon IXUS cameras. The slim shape makes carrying the camera round easy and the large LCD screen is a further advantage. As with most Canon digital cameras picture quality takes care of itself. In fact it is a good all round model. I also like the build quality. This is one of my favourite digital cameras of this type.
  • Pros: Slim style, Build quality, Large LCD screen
  • Cons: Buttons on the back of the camera could be confusing.
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Overall 8
Value for money 8
Features 8
Ease of use 8
Performance 8
Picture quality 10

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Digital Camera Magazine
6 January 2007
  • Summary: Canon pulls off a hat trick here by offering a ‘fun’ picture-taking experience, good-quality images nearly every time and a stylish design that almost makes the Ixus 40 a fashion accessory. But overall, the complete package is not quite up to the best of its rivals, particularly the equally good-looking Casio Exilims.
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Canon Digital Ixus 40

1 December 2004
  • Summary: Canon's 4-megapixel Digital Ixus 40 has a compact stainless steel body that is less than 20mm thick and a retracting 3x zoom lens. This 'UA' lens includes an ultra-high refractive index glass moulded aspherical lens element that reduces overall length and minimises optical aberrations. The mode dial is replaced by a slider that switches from playback, to movie, to still capture, and is much less likely to be dislodged. . .
  • Pros: Ultra-compact, well-built body, Lots of shooting modes, Above average picture quality, Large LCD monitor
  • Cons: Small controls, Weak flash [BG05]
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Overall 8

Canon Digital IXUS 40

Pocket Lint
22 November 2004
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, metering and AF combine with full manual control (if you want it) and wrapped in a very stylish package to boot.
  • Cons: Disappointingly fuzzy optical viewfinder and plastic battery/memory card bay cover mar an otherwise excellent package.
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Canon IXUS 40 - malý, elegantní fotoaparát, který umí česky

3 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Řada IXUS od společnosti CANON přinesla mnohá překvapení a jedním z nich je i model IXUS 40, jenž umí česky a kombinuje v sobě elegantní design malých rozměrů s 4 megapixelovým snímačem a trojnásobným zoomem. Pojďme se podívat na to, jak tento elegán, určený takřka pro každého, uspěl v redakčním testu.
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Canon Digital Ixus 40

19 May 2012
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