Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS (IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S)

Announced May 11, 2010 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 105 mm (3.8×)
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Product description
Announced May 11, 2010

Ultra-compact camera featuring the company's new 'HS' system that promises better low-light performance and high-speed photography through a combination of a 10MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 processor. It sports a 28-105mm equivalent f/2.0-5.3 stabilized zoom lens (offering the same range as the S90 but for a smaller sensor), 3 inch LCD and P/A/S/M shooting modes. The camera also features a Super Slow Motion movie mode that records 340x240 movies at 240fps, as well as 720p HD movies capture. It's not Earth-shattering but, if you want a point-and-shoot (with entirely optional user control), the SD4000 IS pretty much peerless.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 3648 x 2736
Effective pixels 10 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 125 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Focal length (equiv.) 28–105 mm
Optical zoom 3.8×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Max shutter speed 1/2500 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/MMCplus HC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 175 g (0.39 lb / 6.17 oz)
Dimensions 100 x 54 x 23 mm (3.94 x 2.13 x 0.91)
GPS None

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Our review

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.

Good for: Most shooting situations - the SD4000 IS is a great all-rounder. It's fast, easy-to-use and produces dependable image quality. It also looks good and fits easily in most pockets.

Not so good for: Super-sized prints or highest-quality creative photography. In low light it's still a small sensor compact so it can't compete with DSLR or mirrorless cameras for ultimate image quality.

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