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Canon IXUS 40 / PowerShot SD300 / IXY 50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1454 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and size. The usability and screen also get good feedback. Reviews about the focus and storage are different, and the manual image adjustments and features get less positive comments.

portability, screen, usability, size, performance

flash, lens, viewfinder, features, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 40 / PowerShot SD300 / IXY 50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD300


Canon shrank the dimensions of the 5.5-ounce PowerShot SD300 down to an ultraslim 3.4-by-2.1-by-0.83-inch package that can slip into any pocket. This Digital Elph is made even more easily pocketable by its reduced number of protrusions, starting with...

Ultracompact; solid battery life; excellent burst capabilities; low shutter lag; versatile movie mode.

Few manual controls or scene modes; inaccurate viewfinder with no diopter adjustment.

Putting excellent performance in an ultracompact package, the SD300 should please photographers who don't want manual controls or plentiful scene modes.

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Canon PowerShot SD300


Good video quality ; Easy menus ; Excellent color and detail ; Fast continuous mode ; 2-inch LCD ; Printed manual

Expensive ; Noise ; Pronounced blue fringe

Editor's Choice!

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Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital Elph


Megapixels: 4, Maximum Resolution: 2272 x 1704 pixels, Included Memory Amount: 16 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, ...

Excellent daylight images and very good flash shots. Good menus. Tiny and tough.

Mediocre recycle times. Smallish LCD, Optical viewfinder placement could be better.

The Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital Elph takes great pictures, despite its tiny size. It's stylish, built like a very small tank, and fun to use.



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Canon PowerShot SD300


Announced at the end of September 2004, the SD300 (which goes by the names of Digital Ixus 40 in Europe and IXY DIGITAL 50 in Japan) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000 (and a lot farther...

Incredibly compact design, Slim enough for any pocket or purse, Beautifully built and all-metal construction, Excellent color, Manual (custom) white balance, Very good resolution, Good exposure and generally very reliable focus, Good flash performance...

Strong purple fringing, Some edge softness at wide angle/max aperture, Battery life when using LCD not fantastic, Occasional lens flare, No exposure information in record or playback mode, Very little manual control

In an ideal world buying an ultra compact camera would not involve any compromise at all.

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Canon Powershot SD300


The 4.0-megapixel PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH and 3.2-megapixel PowerShot SD200 Digital ELPH cameras combine large 2.0-inch color LCD screens, cutting edge technology with UA Lens and Canon's exclusive DIGIC II image processing technology into ultra comp

Bottom line - with a street price of around $399, the SD300 offers good value. Its Large SuperFine images have plenty of resolution to create photo-quality 8x10-inch or larger prints. We feel it will make a good choice for those who want an ultra compact

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Canon PowerShot SD300


Slightly smaller than many preceding Canon Digital ELPH models, the PowerShot SD300 features the great looks and sharp design that are the ELPH signature. Very compact and quick on the draw (thanks to a smoothly operating retractable lens design), the...

Because the ELPH line capitalizes on ease of use, exposure control is typically automatic, increasing the line's appeal to point-and-shoot users. The SD300 sticks to this trend, with a series of unique Scene modes, but does provide a handful of manual...

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Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH


The old Digital ELPHs were my favorite point-and-shoot cameras -- how does this all new, ultra-thin model compare? Find out now

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Ultra-thin, stylish metal body ; Robust performance ; Excellent continuous shooting mode (with the right memory card) ; First-rate movie mode (finally!) ; Big LCD for a small camera ; AF-assist lamp ;...

Softness around edges and corners of photos; above average purple fringing, as well ; Redeye ; Some vignetting, especially in flash shots ; Cheap plastic door over memory card / battery compartment ; LCD doesn't "gain up" very much in low light ; Can't...

Despite its flaws, I do like the SD300 -- quite a lot in fact. It seems to have the same image quality problems as the PowerShot S60 and S70, which use the same UA lens technology. For those folks printing photos smaller than 8 x 10, I don't think the...

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Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH Camera Review


The SD300 is a near perfect digital camera. It's small enough to be taken anywhere and used anytime. It offers enough users adjustable features to keep a serious photographer happy and it's auto mode allows anyone to take great pictures.

Really fast start up time, Great picture quality, 30fps video at 640x480 resolution with sound, Fit in your shirt pocket - take it anywhere

Like all subcompact digital cameras, serious red-eye issues

Manual mode is not really a true manual mode since the PowerShot SD300 always controls aperture and shutter speed. However, there are enough manual features on the camera to keep most of the "prosumer" from getting bored. Users have the ability to...

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PowerShot SD300


This 5-mexapixel camera is a solid shooter, but it's also pricey while its images suffer from noise and fringing.

Excellent color and detail ; fast continuous mode ; good video quality ; 2-inch LCD ; easy menus ; printed manual

Noise ; pronounced blue fringe ; expensive

Neatly arranged controls, a bright 2-inch LCD, and a responsive thumb pad make this camera's menus easy to navigate. There's no live histogram, but you can view a histogram to check exposure in Playback mode

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Canon Digital IXUS 40


Canon today unveils the super stylish brother-sister cameras - the Digital IXUS 40 and the Digital IXUS 30. A breakthrough in lens material science has paved the way for the smallest ever cameras from Canon to feature a 3x optical zoom. With...

Product Specifications

Sleek and formidable; a masterpiece of high-tech miniaturization. The tiny 4.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 40 is a seductive blend of extraordinary power, flawless styling and super high-speed processing. The 4.0 Megapixel sensor on the Digital IXUS 40 is ideal for prints up to A3 size. One secret behind the super sleek and slim body is a new UA (ultra-high refractive index aspherical) 3x optical zoom lens, which delivers outstanding, uncompromising image fidelity in an incredibly compact size. The large, high-definition 2.0" LCD screen allows immediate review of images and playback of very long high quality 30 fps VGA movie clips with sound (recording of up to 1GB movie files possible). You can even shoot up to 60 sec of fast QVGA action at 60 fps for slow motion review. Canon's DIGIC II processor links all key camera functions and includes a dedicated movie processor, driving fast auto-focus, outstanding camera performance and quick start-up times. Highly complex image processing algorithms necessary to deliver superb image quality are handled fast and efficiently to keep you ready for the next shot and to allow for rapid, smooth continuous shooting. iSAPS instantly analyzes the scene and makes adjustments even before the shutter release is pressed. It optimizes exposure, white balance and auto-focus settings in every shooting situation for consistently brilliant results. Six scene modes help you create great results with confidence in tricky shooting conditions, while a fully automatic 9-point AiAF system gets even off center subjects sharply in focus. Connect the camera to any PictBridge compatible photo printer, push the Print/Share button and within seconds, you'll be holding a full color print - it's that simple. When connected to a Canon SELPHY CP series printer, you can even print handy ID photo prints.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-4L

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Digital macro / Indoor / Kids & pets / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:40/SD300 Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.2/3.6
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical