Canon PowerShot SD430 (IXUS) Digital Camera Review
8 March 2007
Excerpt: This is the first Canon wireless digicam , in Europe called IXUS wireless . With wireless direct printing using the SD430 digital camera, you are freed from the trouble of connecting your camera to a printer with a USB cable each time they want to print; instead, you have Wireless Print Adapter included for PictBridge printers. Canon SD430 (an impressive little camera) comes with optical viewfinder (real-image zoom, 79% accuracy).
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH Wireless ($499) has the longest name of any camera I've reviewed. It also happens to be Canon's first PowerShot with built-in Wi-Fi technology, which allows you to send photos to your PC without touching a USB cable. You can transfer photos as they are taken, or later while reviewing them in playback mode. In the future you'll also be able to send photos from one SD430 to another.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Compact and stylish metal body, Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless transmittal of photos to a PC or printer (though see issues below); Camera can be controlled wirelessly; Printer Adapter included (Nikon charges $50 for theirs), Very good performance, 2.0" LCD is viewable in low light conditions, AF-assist lamp, Very good movie and continuous shooting modes (though see issue below), Unique My Colors feature, USB 2.0 High Spe...
Cons: Some corner softness; noisy images at high ISO settings, Redeye is a problem, $100+ price premium for Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi features aren't Mac compatible -- yet, Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit, Battery life isn't great, More manual controls would be nice, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod
Summary: 1 Long shutter mode available 2 Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks 3 Selectable from Rec. menu in manual mode. This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
Summary: --- :"\302\240The Canon Digital IXUS Wireless / SD430 is a good compact digital camera, image quality is good with very good colours, the camera is very pocketable, and speed is good.\302\240However I had problems with the wireless feature, and personally found using the USB much simpler - the setup procedure also seemed slightly over complicated.
Pros: Easy to use, Sturdy, compact pocketable body, Good image quality, Very good colour, Very good macro mode, Wireless connection may make transfer of pictures easier... (see below)
Cons: Wireless connection was somewhat unreliable for me and may not work at all with some wireless routers, Wireless connection is slower and more complicated than using a simple USB cable, Small memory card provided, Doesn't store ISO setting in EXIF data, doesn't show ISO setting when ISO is left on AUTO