Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS 55 Review
The SD450 is - aside from a few styling tweaks and slightly more rounded edges - very similar to the SD400 it replaced, and features the same easy to use - and well designed - control layout. The body is almost entirely free of protrusions, and the smooth, cool all-metal body exudes class, while the quality of construction is exemplary. Despite the lilliputian dimensions, the SD450 is far from lightweight; at around 157g (5.5 oz) fully loaded it has enough weight to feel remarkably stable in the hand. The rear of the camera is dominated by the new, larger 2.5-inch LCD screen, while the majority of the controls are clustered around a circular four-way controller. This is a true point and shoot camera, and the majority of features most users will want to regularly access - flash mode, macro/infinity focus, flash mode, metering pattern, drive mode, self timer and (new for this model) ISO - all get their own external buttons. Everything else - white balance, image size/quality etc - are accessed via the tried and tested 'FUNC' menu.
In your hand
It may be small enough to hide behind a credit card, but the SD450 handles remarkably well as a picture-taking tool. The minimalist squared-off design and rounded edges make it a pleasure to hold, and the weight gives it some stability - a tiny raised area on the rear acts as a thumb 'grip', and single-handed operation is perfectly possible (though something this sleek, smooth and fairly weighty camera feels a lot safer held with both hands). I was surprised that camera shake wasn't as much of a problem as I'd anticipated, a result of the solid build and a design that doesn't place the shutter release right on the end of the camera.
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