Canon PowerShot S400 (Digital IXUS 400)

Announced Feb 27, 2003 •
4 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 36 – 108 mm (3×)
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Although the IXUS 400 was released almost 10 years ago I am still happy with it after owning it for three years. The IXUS 400 still exceeds some of the current models in the same range in 2012, such as 1/1.8 CCD, AE and AF lock, shutter / aperture priority, etc. It is very convenient to have the actual control buttons on the back rather than through on screen menu like current models. The build quality is amazing after all these years' extensive use, except the aging rubber battery cover ...

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This was my first digital camera and what luck that I bought it. My girlfriend pick it out as I was considering a larger Canon. The larger camera would have been a mistake as this little beauty just fits in my pockets. This is a great feature for traveling, which is when I take the buik of my photos. Awesome picture quality from this little camera. I have seen other photos taken from various Olympus, Nikons, Leicas, etc. This Canon is top of the heap. Super sharp and bright images. Problems: ...

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Good quality at highest resolution. A little slow between shots, so you have to strategically choose the timing of your shots. Great feel - nice, solid camera. Great for snapshots. Problems: I was planning on using this camera for a good 5 years, but the E50 memory card error has turned my S400 into a brick after a year and a half. I've tried reformatting both of my cards on the camera and with a flash card reader/writer. Hard reset, etc. It just doesn't work anymore.

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I loved this camera, I notice I get too much red in indoor photos. I have to use photoshop to change the hue or mute that effect. I owned the s330 previously. Problems: I've had this camera over 1.5 years, and am experiencing the dreaded MEMORY CARD ERROR. This error seems to be rampant among s400 owners. =/ I'm debating on getting any more Canon powershots. I've recommended this line of cameras to 3 family members already. Hopefully, they don't have problems. I had no problems with the s330.

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I did a ton of research before purchasing this camera. I wanted something small, with good megapixels, and with excellent picture quality. From the reviews, it seemed that the S400 would fit the bill. I was very pleased with the ergonomics and shell construction. I often carry this around in my jeans pocket (and I'm a girl, so they're not baggy like guys' jeans) or in a pocket of my diaper bag (diapers for my kids, not me!), and it has held up to that kind of abuse just fine. I thought I'd ...

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Be careful of the lens retract crash This is a great little camera that is convenient to carry in your shirt pocket. There are tons of features including a long movie mode. Image quality & auto white balance are very good. Makes excellent panoramas. Reasonable battery life. Problems: Within 12 months (i.e. under warranty) these problems occurred: Some small debris is the optical viewfinder. The LCD screen cracked & became useless. Images including sky showed a dark area in a fixed place. The ...

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REPAIRS! Sent back to Canon twice at $155 a pop for repairs. I can't see how a camera can get damaged so easily. I've had many digital cameras and never had so many repair problems. Build quality is BAD. I do like the simple point and shoot capability, good image quality. I bought this for my husband who doesn't want any controls to operate and this camera is like that. Images much better than expected. However I've spent more on repairs than on the camera, not worth it. Problems: Extrem ...

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I've had my S400 for about a year now, and I LOVE IT. For those questioning whether to get the most recent version (S500??), all I can say is, this camera ROCKS. The construction is superb, the display is easy to see except in bright sunlight (but then are ANY displays easy to see in bright sunlight), and the photos I've taken are remarkable. I have read about a Canon engineering error...something with an "18" in it...but so far so good for me. Problems: No low battery warning. Be sure to ...

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The camera #1 for your pocket Excellent as second camera Hi quality pictures Great close-up pictures Problems: Body temperature to hi if you take large amount of pictures in short time

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