Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD400 / Digital IXUS 50 / IXY Digital 55
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6 December 2006
Excerpt: When Canon launched its IXUS camera brand as an APS film model, way back in the early 1990s, it was the last word in style and high-quality construction. Since those days, Canon has released a slew of IXUS products, but not all of them have been as reliable or well built as the early models.
Conclusion: Canon IXUS 50 - Ease of use The new Canon IXUS 50 is a beautiful digital camera. Despite its refined techniques it remains a digital camera with ease of use. Of course nothing is wrong with that. One who seeks more possibilities, more creative control and the possibility for full manual control, should look further.
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 SD400 is a fast, easy to use, well-specified camera that can genuinely claim to be pocket-sized, and it produces images that - whilst by no means perfect - are sharp, clean and colorful,...
Pros: Very good resolution, Incredibly slim, compact design, Beautifully built and all-metal construction, Excellent color and white balance in most situations, Manual (custom) white balance, Good exposure and generally very reliable focus (using single-point AF), Good flash performance at short distances, Fast and responsive, Good screen, Excellent movie mode, Nice handling and easy to use interface, AF illuminator, Excellent macro mode
Cons: Some purple fringing, Some edge softness at wide angle/max aperture, Battery life when using LCD not fantastic, No exposure information in record or playback mode, Very little manual control
Conclusion: The Canon SD400 is a great ultra-compact camera though it lacks "real" manual controls and control over fast shutter speed. Custom white balance and long shutter are a plus on the SD400 as few ultra-compact cameras have such features. The essential scene modes (Such as kids and pets) on the SD400 somewhat make up for the lack of manual controls. Canon's new My Colors is a fun-filled feature which will probably keep most people glued to the camera.
Pros: Ultra-compact and stylish design (Though not as head-turning as the Ixus 700), Extremely fast and almost zero shutter lag, Excellent set of features for such a compact camera, Large and sharp 2.0 inch LCD, My Colors mode and useful scene modes, Excellent movie mode (Especially VGA 30 FPS and Fast Frame Rate), Overall sharp photos, USB 2.0 High-speed
Cons: Limited manual controls, So-so battery life, Flimsy battery/SD slot door, Red-eye, Some soft photos and blown out highlights
Excerpt: The Canon IXUS 50 is a very slim and sleek digital camera, but when reviewing it, the first thing that comes to mind is the price tag and whether this camera is worth the price or not. At £230, the IXUS 50 is in the more expensive category of five mega pixel cameras that are on the market today.
Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls PowerShot SD400 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 megapixels Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 5.2 megapixels) 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. 4.0x (Up to approx.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH ($400) is more than just a 5 Megapixel version of the SD300. Canon also added these new features, all of which can also be found on the new SD500.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Compact and very thin metal body, Blazing performance, First rate movie and continuous shooting modes, Unique My Colors feature, LCD visible in low light, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, USB 2.0 High Speed support, Optional underwater case and external slave flash
Cons: Images noisier/softer than I would've liked, Redeye, Some corner softness and purple fringing, Cheap plastic door over memory card / battery compartment, Battery life isn't great, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, More manual controls would be nice, Tiny memory card included
Summary: The Ixus 50 feels natural to hold and framing shots is simple thanks to an optical viewfinder and an LCD that’s bright enough for use in direct sunlight. Pictures showed nicely natural colours and virtually noise-free skies with plenty of detail and accurate metering. This is a great choice for quality and portability.