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

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

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.

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Gold Award
74%
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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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The Canon IXUS 300 HS / PowerShot SD4000 IS combines the slick look and feel of the IXUS / ELPH range with a degree of control and low light capabilities normally reserved for higher-end models. As such it strikes a decent balance for those who want a good-looking camera with a great auto mode which also sports more control and better performance than an average point-and-shoot. In...

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