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Canon IXUS 50 / PowerShot SD400 / IXY 55

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1415 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and screen. The size and usability also get good opinions. Opinions about the shutter and flash are different, and some have doubts about the features and sensor.

portability, usability, size, screen, image quality

viewfinder, manual adjust., sensor, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 50 / PowerShot SD400 / IXY 55 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Digital IXUS 50 Review [Bottom-line: a very good point and shot camera]


Click to enlarge Canon Powershot SD400 home Letsgodigital has an in-depth review of the Canon IXUS 50. Note that in [...]

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Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Camera Review - PCWorld


With automated controls and simple operation, the Nikon Coolpix S8000 is an ideal high-zoom camera for beginners. It's hard to take a bad photo with this model, but you get no manual controls.

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Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital Camera Review


The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is a well priced compact camera that offers a decent zoom range and shoots attractive photos (apart from some minor color issues) and decent video, making it a good pick for casual shooters. More serious users, however,...

The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is a well priced compact camera that offers a decent zoom range and shoots attractive photos with low noise and a good level of detail. We also found that the noise level in images stayed pretty low as we jacked the ISO...


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Canon PowerShot SD400


This tiny five-megapixel digicam take pictures that will make you proud.


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Canon PowerShot SD400


Announced in February 2005, the SD400 (which goes by the names of Digital IXUS 50 in Europe and IXY DIGITAL 55 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 back than...

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...

Some purple fringing, Some edge softness at wide angle/max aperture, Battery life when using LCD not fantastic, 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 SD400


Good video quality ; Ability to shoot video at 60 frames per second ; Images have excellent color and low noise ; 2 shots per second continuous shooting mode ; Fun My Colors mode

Lack of manual controls ; No live histogram

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Canon PowerShot SD400


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

The SD400 has few manual controls or scene modes; image quality far from stellar.

The SD400's improved image quality makes this high-performance ultracompact one of the better choices in the current Canon Digital Elph lineup.

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Canon Powershot SD400


The Powershot SD400 is packed with a high resolution 5.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, a retractable 3× optical zoom lens with macro capabilities, shutter speeds from 15 to 1/1500th of second, a fast 9-point AiAF "Smart" autofocus system, a new and mo

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Canon PowerShot SD400


Sleek and trim, with an elegant body design, the new Canon PowerShot SD400 features the great looks and sharp design that are a signature of Canon's ELPH cameras. Very compact and quick on the draw (thanks to a smoothly operating retractable lens...

Compact size, Solid build, In-camera image stabilization makes all lenses better for low light shooting, Same sensor as 7D, Kit lens covers 18-70mm 35mm equivalent range, Very good to excellent low-light capability, Excellent battery life, Decent...

Proprietary hot shoe, No PC sync port, No video recording (a fact of life with SLRs), Hand grip may be uncomfortably small for some users, Image noise slightly high at ISO 1600, RAW+JPEG option only saves fine-mode JPEGs. (But that's not a bad...

The Canon PowerShot SD400 features a 3x, 5.8-17.4mm zoom lens, equivalent to a 35-105mm zoom on a 35mm camera. Aperture is automatically controlled, but the maximum setting ranges from f/2.8 at full wide angle to f/4.9 at full telephoto. A maximum 4x...

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Canon PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH


Otherwise the SD400 is the same as the SD300. That means there's an ultra-thin metal body, DIGIC II processor, 3X zoom lens, 2-inch LCD display, and a nice VGA movie mode

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Compact and very thin metal body ; Blazing performance ; First rate movie and continuous shooting modes ; Unique My Colors feature ; LCD visible in low light ; AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing...

Images noisier/softer than I would've liked ; Redeye ; Some corner softness and purple fringing ; Cheap plastic door over memory card / battery compartment ; Battery life isn't great ; Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod ; More manual...

Overall I recommend the SD400, but if you can swing it, I'd buy the SD500 instead. While it's a bit bigger, it takes better pictures and has both a more powerful flash and a longer-lasting battery.

Product Specifications

The PowerShot SD400 is a 5.0 Megapixel camera unrivaled in its category. With an ultra-thin Digital ELPH style, an impressive set of high-end features and exclusive Canon innovations and technology, you'll achieve the results you've been dreaming of - and have a great time doing it.

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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:SD400 Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line: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:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
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