Canon PowerShot SD300 (Digital IXUS 40 / IXY Digital 50)

Announced Sep 21, 2004 •
4 megapixels | 2 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
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This camera became outdated years ago, but I recently got one for free and it surprised me very positively. Focus is slow by the standards of 2010s, but image quality is still quite good for a 4 MP camera. It beats all the 5 MP smartphone cameras I have tried at base ISO, and I have used quite a few. ISO 400 is usable for web or smallish prints. The size is compact even by modern standards as well. A good choice for a child's first "real" ( i.e. non-phone) camera, if you can get it free or at ...

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This camera is no longer in production. I bought it in 2006 for an eye-watering NZ$600. The camera served me well during several extended backpacking trips through Central America, Asia and Europe. It survived a tumble down a rockface in North Korea (busted the screen, but the camera still worked), two 1m drops onto the steel deck of a ferry (in China and Croatia) and numerous extremes of temperature (-15C in Siberia to +45C in Turkey) before it finally met its doom in a Paraguayan river. I ...

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My camera had consistent soft focus issues.

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This is essentially the 2nd camera that I have ever owned and I adore this little thing. I got this to replace my Nikon CoolPix 850 in 2005. My husband took it with him to Iraq and he's done quite well with it. I love it because I can just throw it in my bag and not worry about it. It is well constructed and isn't going to break (I mean use common sense, if you throw it hard, it probably will!) This is a good camera to have when you go to the Irish pub down the street and you don't want ...

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Bought this when it came out and recently replaced it with the SD700 IS. While this was a competitive offering at the time of its release, I have now relegated it to use only in high risk point and shoot endeavors, such as kayaking. Excellent build quality. Durable. Average image quality for a 4.0 point and shoot.

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The Ixus 40 isn't a professional camera. The pictures it takes are not flawless and it's not the camera to use if you're going to a professional photo shoot. But it is a fantastic midpoint for the enthusastic photographer who doesn't want to be burdened by the size and weight of an SLR and yet still retain many advanced features. It's ridiculously small, wonderfully light, elegantly designed and solidly built. It's the perfect camera to put in your coat pocket so that, when you see that perfe ...

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I bought my canon ixus 40 last April 2005 and great! it's very easy to use, even on printing. I'm satisfied with the specs and features. Problems: No problem as a I used it, my only concern is, there was no battery indication while using it so I don't know when its gonna be on low bat.

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I've had this camera for about one year now. I still love it, although I recently got the Casio EX-S500. It takes great quality pictures, and it has a beautiful LCD display. You can also purchase an extra external flash to increase your shotting distance. I think it is worth getting an SD card with faster writing and reading capabilities. Problems: No problems yet. "Knock on wood". I didn't rate the value for money as high because I bought it when it hit the market, so the price was ...

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I like the compact construction and the extraordinary really nice design. The optical characteristics are quite good, such as image quality, colours. However, ... Problems: I gave only "Poor" construction quote as the display of my IXUS 40 was broken after a short time of use. The camera was always carried in a little leather box. It did not fall down, it was not impacted by any other hard subject. The display seems to be weak like an eggshell! The worst: I had to pay almost 50% of new price ...

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Good camera. It's very portable, and for such a compact camera it's extremely flexible and powerful - 3cm macro, up to 15 second long exposure, unlimited 640x480 movies. The image quality is good. Beautiful colours, focus is normally bang-on, that sort of thing. This is probably what sets it apart most from things like the Casio EX-S100, which I was also considering. It's tiny, but still a very high-quality camera (though see the caveats about soft corners and blue fringing in the dpreview ...

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