Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS 55 Review
Conclusion - Pros
- Very good resolution
- Incredibly slim, compact design
- Beautifully built and all-metal construction
- Excellent color and white balance in most situations
- Manual (custom) white balance
- Good exposure and generally very reliable focus (using single-point AF)
- Good flash performance at short distances
- Fast and responsive
- Big, bright screen with wide viewing angle
- Excellent movie mode
- Nice handling and easy to use interface
- New ISO button
- Playback orientation sensor
- AF illuminator
- Excellent macro mode
Conclusion - Cons
- Fairly strong purple fringing
- Some dynamic range issues (common to cameras using this sensor)
- Some edge and corner softness at wide angle/max aperture
- Battery life when using LCD
- No exposure information in record mode except when camera shake is an issue
- No exposure information in playback mode
- Very little manual control
In an ideal world buying an ultra compact camera would not involve any compromise at all. But this ain't a perfect world, and if you want a camera you really can carry with you anytime, anywhere then you have to accept there will be some trade-off in terms of absolute image quality. The SD450, like the SD400 before it, is a fast, easy to use, well-specified camera that can genuinely claim to be pocket-sized, and it produces images that - whilst by no means perfect - are sharp, clean and colorful, and it does so with the minimum fuss. It's so small, and is so enjoyable to handle and use that you cannot help but take it with you wherever you go, something you might hesitate to do with a larger camera.
The improvements over the SD400 are largely cosmetic, though the larger screen is nice (and in a camera like this the low resolution doesn't make such a big difference), and the addition of an external ISO control button is welcome. The playback slide show effects are cool, and add a little something to using the camera. On the downside, the problems we encountered when testing the SD400 - fringing, edge softness, poor battery life - haven't been fixed, and I honestly can't see why Canon won't put the shutter speed on the screen all the time, not just when it's slow enough to worry about camera shake.
Of course there are limits to what you can expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the sharpness of the images produced by the SD450, even with the fringing and occasional soft corner. At the end of the day, where it matters to the target market; exposure, color, focus, speed and flash performance, the SD450 more than meets expectations. If you can live without manual control over exposure this is the perfect pocket camera and an ideal alternative for the days you don't want to take a bigger camera out with you.
Now for the rating. In the year or so since the SD400 arrived the ultra-compact market has inevitably moved on, with features such as image stabilization and high ISO starting to appear (though it must be said the latter is rarely any good), pixel counts increasing and prices falling, so can the little Ixus/Elph still compete? It's a little cheaper than the SD400 was (averaging around $320), and it's a little better (though the changes are hardly ground breaking), but there are definitely better cameras out there. This is certainly true if you want more manual control or more pixels, and for a similar price the Fuji F10 offers usable high ISO performance. But at the end of the day everything that made the SD400 so attractive as a package is also true for the SD450 - and then some. It's a beautifully made and reliable point-and-shooter that is easy and fun to use, and one that produces surprisingly good results where it counts, and one that - even with the niggles mentioned above - is perfectly designed to satisfy its target market. And so, despite the tougher competition, the SD450 retains its Recommended tag, albeit with more reservations than the rating given to the SD400.
I own it
I want it
I had it
Discuss in the forums
|Autumn by valenttin|
from Harvest Festivals
|Cardinal, Male by paul katinas|
from A Big Year - birds
|.. by Amar Vignesh|
from Unintentional Blur
|Freeze Time by WhistlerOne|
|Sir Mick Jagger by HetFotoAtelier|
from - Concerts : When The Lights Come On -
If you're set on investing in a seriously capable compact, no doubt these two cameras will be on your list. Here's how they square up.
Adobe's experimental Project 'Deep Fill' is an incredibly powerful and impressive, AI-powered version of Content Aware Fill. Watch the demo to see this amazing tool in action.
LEE has released a new series of Reverse ND filters that are most opaque in the middle and become progressively clearer towards the top. This makes them ideal for capturing scenes where the sun is close to the horizon.
A former New York Times photographer is suing both the newspaper and its photography director Michele McNally for over $500,000 for age discrimination and unfair classification as a freelancer for nearly a decade.
"CPS Platinum members will now enjoy next-day service, with equipment serviced and shipped the business day after an estimate is approved. For repairs that will take longer, Canon will offer next-day loaner equipment."
Irix is introducing a new filter system called the Irix Edge 100. The ultra-light, ultra-thin system is build specifically for wide angle lenses like Irix's own 15mm F2.4.
After conducting a series of safety tests, the FAA is recommending that all airlines ban cameras and other electronics with Lithium Ion batteries from checked baggage. The agency believe the risk of a catastrophic fire and explosion is too great.
The Pixentu jackets keep you and your gear warm and dry, offering useful features like lens and tripod pockets, in addition to some quirky ones like an extended hood to protect your camera from the rain.
Adobe gave the audience at MAX a sneak peek at some exciting new technology its developing. It's called Adobe Cloak: a highly capable Content Aware Fill-like feature for video editors.
Earlier today, Flickr moved its photo book printing service over to a third party services, and stopped offering any wall art options entirely.
The patent details a flipping rear LCD screen so large, Canon has had to hide the rear dial and several buttons underneath.
We've added a selection of extra images to our Nikon D850 gallery. As part of the process of rounding off the review we made sure a number of us had shot the camera in a variety of situations, we've added those shots to the gallery to give a broad cross section of how the camera performs.
Wiral LITE is an affordable, easy-to-use cable cam system that can do things a portable slider simply can't do, and go places no slider would dare go.
Not happy with the recent demise of Lightroom as a stand-alone, subscription free service? Macphun's got your back... or they will in 2018.
Once connected to a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, Pholio automatically searches through the device storage and backs up all images and videos—complete with auto-tagging and intelligent search capabilities.
The 360 Round uses eight horizontally positioned camera pairs and one upward-pointing single lens to capture and livestream panoramic 4K 3D content.
Introduced just three years ago, the Samsung NX1 was both a technological tour-de-force and a great camera to use, earning one of the highest scores we've ever awarded and winning our 2015 Innovation Award. But its short-lived run in the photo world leaves us wondering what could have been.
The Fujifilm X-E3 is styled like a classic rangefinder, but features a built-in touchscreen, AF joystick, and electronic viewfinder – truly an old school meets new type of camera. Lay some eyes on our sample gallery to see how it performs in the real world.
Like it or not, Adobe is embracing a cloud-centric, AI-rich future with the introduction of Lightroom CC. And that's a great thing, though you may not see it now, argues Rishi Sanyal.
The announcement of a more cloud-integrated Lightroom product sees the death of the company's standalone version. This need to make payments in perpetuity (whether you choose Lightroom Classic or CC), chips away at the idea that your Lightroom library is a long-term solution, argues Richard Butler.
The XPro-C 2.4GHz wireless flash trigger that Godox released for Canon users last month now has a Nikon equivalent—the aptly named XPro-N. Sony, Fujifilm and MFT versions are in the works.
In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, camera and lens maker Sigma is extending its standard product warranty to cover damage caused by these three natural disasters.
The F4 Plus can can capture 360° stills, videos and broadcast livestream footage at 8K resolution... that's 7680 x 3840 pixels!
Lightroom is hogging the spotlight at Adobe MAX, but Photoshop CC got some substantial improvements as well. Find out what's new in the latest version of Photoshop CC.
The aptly-named 'Nude' app automatically detects NSFW images on your iPhone, moves them to a protected vault and deletes the original files in the camera roll and on iCloud.
The Zeiss Milvus family of manual-focus full-frame lenses just gained a new member. Meet the Zeiss Milvus 24mm F1.4: a fast, rugged new lens designed primarily for landscape and architecture photography.
Lightroom has built a brand new Lightroom CC from the ground up to be faster, easier to use, and cloud-based. The application formerly known as Lightroom CC will continue to exist, and will go by "Lightroom Classic CC."
Google Research did a deep dive on the Pixel 2 smartphone's background-blurring portrait mode that uses neural networking and dual-pixel technology instead of a dual-camera setup.
With the arrival of the PowerShot G1 X III, there are now seven Canon cameras built around the 24MP Dual Pixel sensor and Digic 7 processor. We take a look at the differences and what might prompt you to choose one over the others.
Meet the HP ZBook x2. The so-called 'world's most powerful and first detachable PC workstation,' it was built with creative professionals in mind, and is being debuted at Adobe MAX.