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Canon Digital IXUS 300 HS / Powershot SD4000IS / IXY 30S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 157 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and responsiveness. The low light performance and performance also get good views, but many are critical about the zoom and flash. The energy efficiency and memory get mixed reviews.

portability, performance, low-light, responsiveness, image quality

value for money, focus, exposure, flash, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Digital IXUS 300 HS / Powershot SD4000IS / IXY 30S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS


Thanks to its very good image quality, wide-aperture lens, and aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes, the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS ($350 as of August 13, 2010) is a standout camera in the compact point-and-shoot class.

Aperture- and shutter-priority modes ; f2.0 lens creates shallow depth-of-field effects ; Compact size with high-end performance ; Very good low-light images ; Excellent image quality in most situations

No full manual exposure controls ; No dedicated mode dial ; Disappointing low-light video ; Accessing settings takes a few button presses ; Autofocus searches in video mode

The PowerShot SD4000 IS is one of the most impressive compact cameras we've tested, offering image quality and lens capabilities we're used to seeing on professional cameras.


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Canon PowerShot SD4000IS/IXUS300HS Review


The SD/IXUS range is made up of Canon's 'style-orientated' compact cameras and, as the rest of the market has fragmented into innumerable niches, the range has grown to accommodate an increasing variety of needs. The SD4000 IS tops the current lineup,...

Good image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings ; Pleasant image color ; Reasonable levels of detail (it drops at the long end of the zoom or high ISO) ; Straightforward control system ; Handy zoom range with a fairly fast lens ; Fast continuous...

Images don't always stand up to very close scrutiny ; Limited control over flash (so you can't prevent the occasional over-exposure) ; Function menu not as quick to use as previous generations of SD/IXUS

The SD4000 IS is born into a long and well-respected line of compact cameras and does its family proud. It offers flexibility, image quality and a good level of user control while remaining distinctly easy to use. Only the screen (large chunks of which...

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Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Review


The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is a very appealing compact model that boasts pleasing image quality, robust shooting performance, high-quality HD video, and loads of exposure options for all users. This one comes highly recommended from the staff here...

Nice compact and stylish body; Superb low-light performance thanks to the HS System and fast F2.0 lens; Typical (good) Digital ELPH performance; High-speed burst mode settings; 3.2fps @ full 10-megapixel resolution or up to 8.3fps @2.5M; Capable Smart...

LCD uses a wide aspect ratio, which creates a smaller view when using the highest 10M still image setting due to standard 4:3 aspect; Metering system produced some strong exposures with some subjects in harsh sunlight; Higher price tag of $349 US ;...

The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is a very appealing compact model that boasts pleasing image quality, robust shooting performance, high-quality HD video, and loads of exposure options for all users. This one comes highly recommended from the staff here...


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Canon Powershot SD4000 IS (Black)


Canon's PowerShot S90 is one of the most popular cameras on CNET since its 2009 launch. The camera's features--primarily its manual shooting controls and f2.0 lens--made it a very attractive pocket camera option for digital SLR users. However, the f2.0...

Very good low-light photo quality; nice lens; fast continuous shooting.

Most shooting modes buried in the menu system; fewer shooting options compared with similar competing models.

A bright, wide-angle lens and a high-sensitivity sensor add up to very good low-light photos and fast performance for the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS.

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Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS


At $349.99 (list), the 10-megapixel PowerShot SD4000 IS sits at the top of the price spectrum of Canon's compact point-and-shoot ELPH line. The camera's most compelling feature is its lens, which can let in a lot of light—making it ideal for those who...

Good image quality. Solid controls. High-quality f/2 lens excels in low-light shooting situations. Aperture and Shutter priority shooting modes. SDXC card support

Strong color fringing. Small, low-resolution LCD

Canon's pricey top-of-the-line Elph, the SD4000 IS excels at low-light shooting, but if that's not a top priority, you can get more features for less in competing pocket shooters.

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Canon IXUS 300 HS / PowerShot SD4000 IS


Most notably it's the first IXUS / ELPH to feature the company's new High Sensitivity system, or HS for short. This employs a new back-illuminated 10 Megapixel CMOS sensor which claims superior low-light capabilities.

Brighter than average lens (at wide angle) ; Sensible resolution delivers better low-light results ; 720p HD movies and slow motion video at 240fps ; Great auto along with Aperture and Shutter Priority ; Fast continuous shooting at full resolution

Compelling rivals at similar price ; Best quality 4:3 mode looks small on wide display ; Minimal labelling on rear controls ; Some focus-drifting in videos under low light

There's no denying the Canon IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS is a good solid compact. It combines the slick build and great auto modes of the IXUS / ELPH range, but adds much faster continuous shooting, manual controls and superior low light capabilities to...

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Canon IXUS 300 HS - A Cut Above


The Canon IXUS 300 HS combines the best of beauty, size and brawn for a compact digital camera. Find out why as we give you our findings of this refreshing little camera.

Amazing design.Excellent ISO performance

Loss of clarity at the expense of noise suppression

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Canon IXUS 300 HS -


Powered by a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and molded in an exquisite stainless steel body, the high-speed, high-resolution IXUS 300 HS delivers the Canon promise of both style and substance.

Amazing design.; Excellent ISO performance

Loss of clarity at the expense of noise suppression

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Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Review


The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS "High Sensitivity" Digital ELPH carries more than just a mouthful of a name.

Good image quality ; Quick shutter response ; Better than avg at high ISO

Somewhat slow AF ; Only fast at wide angle ; Shorter video clip length

AF acquisition time was a bit slow, the flash is positioned so fingers will be able to obstruct it easily and the speed advantage of the 28mm wide angle lens is largely gone by the time you've zoomed it to 35mm. The SD4000 IS may not be blemish free,...

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Canon IXUS 300 HS (Canon SD4000 IS Digital ELPH) – A Game Changer?


This is mostly a press release about the forthcoming Canon IXUS 300 HS (also called the SD4000 IS Digital ELPH in North America) but it's also close to my heart! It would seem that Canon have almost come full circle.. It was 2001 when I first purchased...

The IXUS 300 HS is the first model to feature Canon's new HS System, combining a high-sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor with fast DIGIC 4 processing for enhanced low light performance and high-speed shooting. A bright, f/2.0 wide-angle lens...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2500


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-6L
Battery Type:Canon NB-6L


Aperture Priority:No / Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority:No / Yes