Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS 55 Review
Announced in August 2005, the SD450 (which goes by the name of Digital IXUS 55 in Europe) 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). Essentially a fairly minor upgrade to the popular SD400 (Ixus 50), the SD450 incorporates two UA (Ultra-high Refractive Index Glass Molded (GMo) Aspherical lens) elements which has allowed Canon to produced its smallest cameras yet to feature a 3x zoom. New features include a larger 'wide viewing angle' 2.5-inch monitor, a direct access ISO button, a nifty orientation sensor that rotates the display of images as you turn the camera round in playback mode and some fancy playback effects. It may be smaller than a credit card, but Canon has still managed to cram a fairly comprehensive range of features into the SD450;
- 5.0 megapixel CCD
- 2.5-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)
- 'My Colors' feature
- Seven special scene modes
- Custom white balance
- Spot, center-weighted and evaluative metering
- DIGIC II processor & iSAPS
- 9-point AiAF
Canon PowerShot SD450/Ixus 55 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $320
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" CCD, 5.3 million total pixels
5.0 million effective pixels
2592 x 1944
|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)
Mono sound (.wav)
35 - 105mm equiv. (3x optical zoom)
|Focus|| TTL autofocus
1-point AF (fixed to center)
3cm macro mode (Wide), 30cm (Tele)
|Shutter speed|| 15 - 1/1500 sec
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 seconds or slower operate with noise reduction
|White Balance|| Auto
|Image parameters||• Vivid
• Low Sharpening
• Black & White
• My Colors (9 settings)
|Continuous||2.1 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|| 2.5" TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 High Speed
|Power|| Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (NB-4L)
(Optional AC adapter)
|In the box*||
Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH (IXUS 55)
Spot (center), Center-weighted & Evaluative metering
|Weight (inc batt)||157 g (5.5 oz)|
|Dimensions||86.0 x 53.5 x 21.6 mm (3.4 x 2.1 x 0.9 in) Excluding protrusions|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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