Canon PowerShot SD 4000 IS/IXUS 300 HS Review
The SD series started out as a very boxy, stylized series of cameras. In the years since then the hard edges have increasingly been smoothed away but the comparatively unadorned metal cases have been retained. The SD4000 IS continues this trend and is one of the most pebble-shaped SD/IXUS cameras yet. The red, white and silver versions are pleasant enough but it's the matte black version that everybody in the office immediately wanted to look at and it's continued to attract attention almost everywhere it's been taken.
And there is something attractively low-key about the camera, even if this does mean that button labeling has been foregone in the name of subtlety. To avoid the camera operation becoming complete guesswork, on-screen prompts appear if you gently press the control dial on the back. Even so it means that to operate the camera quickly you either have to learn to press softly enough to get prompts without actually activating one of the functions, or just learn what each button does (of course, if you've used IXUS cameras before, their positions should be familiar).
In your hand
Despite its pebble-like appearance, the SD4000 IS is surprisingly easy to get a good grip on. The small zoom rocker isn't to everybody's tastes but generally the controls are easy to operate one-handed. The control dial is one of the better examples of its type, but although it moves very precisely, we would like it to be a little stiffer, to completely avoid the risk of shifting it accidentally.
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