Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS / IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S
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22 February 2011
Summary: The SD4000 IS is born into a long and well-respected line of compact cameras and does its family proud. It offers flexibility, image quality and a good level of user control while remaining distinctly easy to use. Only the screen (large chunks of which are regularly unused), is a disappointment.
Pros: Good image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings, Pleasant image color, Reasonable levels of detail (it drops at the long end of the zoom or high ISO), Straightforward control system, Handy zoom range with a fairly fast lens, Fast continuous shooting, Very good battery life, Wide range of extra modes and features (some useful, some fun)
Cons: Images don't always stand up to very close scrutiny, Limited control over flash (so you can't prevent the occasional over-exposure), Function menu not as quick to use as previous generations of SD/IXUS
Conclusion: Canon IXUS 300 HS digital camera review The Canon IXUS 300 HS is an especially fine camera and a valuable addition to the current IXUS series of cameras. The Canon IXUS cameras have actually always been successful, from the first digital IXUS. It is an extensive series of cameras where design always plays an important role. I have always been impressed by the fact that Canon has managed to use their designs for such a long time, while being surprising every time.
Summary: In terms of the headline features, the IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS is a classy-looking metal-bodied compact with a 3.8x optical range which includes wide-angle coverage, image stabilisation and a brighter than average focal ratio. This coupled with a sensible 10 Megapixel resolution is what's behind the superior low light claims.
Pros: Brighter than average lens (at wide angle)., Sensible resolution delivers better low-light results., 720p HD movies and slow motion video at 240fps., Great auto along with Aperture and Shutter Priority., Fast continuous shooting at full resolution.
Cons: Compelling rivals at similar price., Best quality 4:3 mode looks small on wide display., Minimal labelling on rear controls., Some focus-drifting in videos under low light.
Conclusion: The Canon IXUS 300 HS impresses in a number of areas. These include design and build quality. There are one or two issues with picture quality when the camera is pushed to its limits. These stop me from awarding this camera an outstanding rating, but it is still a solid offering from Canon. The Canon IXUS 300 HS is a good looking pocket camera with some extra options over its rivals.
Pros: Design - LCD screen - features for a pocket camera - movie mode
Cons: Sharpness issue when lens zoomed out - Shutter delay with flash
Summary: Thanks to its very good image quality, wide-aperture lens, and aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes, the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is a standout camera in the compact point-and-shoot class.
Conclusion: In general, while the IXUS 300 HS offers impressive low light performance and creative control of settings for the artistic shooter, Canon doesn’t seem to have pushed the boat out enough to justify its premium price. The slow motion video is a nice addition, but its low quality means its applications are limited.
Pros: Excellent low-light capabilities. Slow motion video capture. Attractive design.
Cons: Does not offer enough for the price. Slow motion filming only at 320 x 240 pixels. Did not push for 1080p video recording.
This compact Canon camera has a sharp, fast lens and good high ISO detail
Good Gear Guide.au
28 January 2011
Summary: The Canon IXUS 300 HS digital camera has a fast lens and good high ISO detail, making it an excellent choice for anyone shooting in low-light places like clubs or parties. It is expensive though, and the control layout is not intuitive.
Pros: Fast start-up, fast lens, good high ISO detail, good overall image quality
Cons: Expensive, comparatively large, poor control scheme
Conclusion: The Canon IXUS 300 HS certainly meets up to the implication of high speed in its name, though it is worth noting the lower resolutions for the speediest burst modes and when capturing slow-motion video. The camera still has a fast 3.7fps burst mode and comes equipped with 720p HD movie capture, so can still be met in high regard for those demanding a fairly top-spec compact camera. Plus it undoubtedly looks gorgeous, takes decent photos and is simple to use effectively.
Pros: Good pictures, stylish design, fun slow-mo video
Cons: Expensive, limited resolution for slow-motion and full high speed stills capture, limited 3.8x zoom