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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.