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Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH/Digital IXUS 40 Review

November 2004 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Canon PowerShot SD300/Digital Ixus 40

Announced at the end of September 2004, the SD300 (which goes by the names of Digital Ixus 40 in Europe and IXY DIGITAL 50 in Japan) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000 (and a lot farther back than that in the film camera world). The SD300 (along with little sister the 3MP SD200) is the smallest, slimmest and most powerful ELPH yet, and features several key improvements over the previous generation. The SD300 and SD200 are the first cameras to incorporate two UA (Ultra-high Refractive Index Glass Molded (GMo) Aspherical lens) elements which has allowed Canon to produced its smallest cameras to feature a 3x zoom. It may be smaller than a credit card, but Canon has still managed to cram a fairly comprehensive range of features into the SD300;

  • 4.0 megapixel CCD
  • 2.0-inch color TFT monitor
  • 35-105mm (equiv.) F2.8 - 4.9, 3x optical zoom
  • 640 x 480 movies at 30fps
  • Print/Share button
  • Fast Frame Rate movies (320x240 pixels @ 60fps)
  • Voice annotation (sound memos)
  • Custom white balance
  • Spot, center-weighted and evaluative metering
  • DIGIC II and iSAPS
  • 9-point AiAF
  • Six scene modes

Canon PowerShot SD300 Key specifications

Street price • US: $390
• UK: £270
Body Material Metal
Sensor • 1/2.5" CCD, 4.2 million total pixels
• 4.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 2272 x 1704
• 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480

Movie clips • 640 x 480 pixels @ 30fps or 15fps (clip length limited by card capacity)
• 320 x 240 pixels @ 30fps or 15fps (clip length limited by card capacity)
• 320 x 240 pixels @ 60fps (max clip 1 minute)
• 160 x 120 pixels @ 15fps (max clip 3 minutes)
• Motion JPEG (.avi)
• With sound (mono)
Lens

• 35 - 105mm equiv. (3x digital zoom)
• F2.8 - F4.9
• 3.6x digital zoom

Focus • TTL autofocus
• 9 point AiAF
• 1-point AF (fixed to center)
• 3cm macro mode (Wide), 30cm (Tele)
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Manual
• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Underwater
• Digital Macro
• Stitch Assist
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps

Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO50,100,200,400
White Balance • Auto
• 5 presets
Custom WB (manual)
Image parameters • Picture Adjust (Vivid, Neutral)
• Sharpness (low or normal)
• Color effects (Sepia, Black and White)
Continuous 2.4 fps approx
Flash • Built-in flash
• Auto, on, off, slow-synchro, Red-eye reduction: on/off
• Range (normal, ISO auto): W: 0.5m - 3.5m (1.6 - 11.5 ft)
T:0.5m - 2.0m (1.6 - 6.6 ft).
• Range (macro, ISO auto): 30 - 50cm (1.0 - 1.6 ft)
Storage • SD Memory Card
• 16MB SD supplied*
Viewfinder Real Image Optical
LCD monitor • 2" TFT LCD
• 118,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 1.1
• A/V out
• DC-IN
Power • Rechargeable Lithium Ion batter (NB-4L)
• 3.7v, 760mAh
• (Optional AC adapter)
In the box*

Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH (Ixus 40, IXY DIGITAL 50)
Wrist strap
• NB-4L battery
AV cable
USB cable
16MB SD card
Software CD ROM (Canon Digital Camera Solutions & ArcSoft Camera Suite)

Other features

Spot (center), Center-weighted & Evaluative metering
PictBridge, Exif Print and DPOF compatible
Playback Histogram
• Orientation sensor
• Autofocus Illuminator
Optional All Weather Case (AW-DC30)

Weight (inc batt) 147 g (4.65 oz)
Dimensions 86 x 53 x 20.7mm (3.4 x 2.1 x 0.82in) Excluding protrusions

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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