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Canon IXUS 55 / Powershot SD450 / IXY 60

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1806 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and battery. The usability and screen also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the manual image adjustments and low light performance. Opinions are divided on the contrast.

portability, screen, usability, battery, performance

features, low-light, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 55 / Powershot SD450 / IXY 60 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Powershot SD450


Announced in August 2005, the SD450 (which goes by the name of Digital IXUS 55 in Europe) 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 that in the film camera world)....

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...

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...

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

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Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital Elph


Megapixels: 5, Included Memory Amount: 16 MB, Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Reso...

Quick performance and excellent image quality. Unique "My Color" feature. Sleek and very portable.

A little tricky to operate with larger hands. Menus could be improved. No manual settings.

The 5MP Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital Elph takes mighty fine shots for a mighty small camera, but it might be a little undersized for those with big paws.

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Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital Elph


Canon reclaims the pocket digicam throne.

Tiny yet user-friendly design Excellent still image and video quality • Good battery life

No Shutter Priority mode


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Canon Powershot SD450


The pocket-sized 7.1 Megapixel PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH and 5.0 Megapixel PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH cameras, join Canon's line-up between the SD500 and SD400 models which will continue to be available. The new PowerShot SD450 and 450 Digital ELPH c

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Canon PowerShot SD450


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

Few manual controls or scene modes; image quality is far from stellar.

Decent image quality and a well-rounded snapshot feature set make the high-performance ultracompact Canon PowerShot SD450 one of the better choices in the current Digital Elph lineup.

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Canon Digital IXUS 55 Review


The Canon Digital IXUS 55 is an ultra-compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a stylish and durable stainless steel body. It offers a 3x optical zoom lens which is equivalent to 35-105mm on a...

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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Widely available as of this writing for under $300, the Canon PowerShot SD450 is an excellent little pocket camera, with a full feature set, super build quality, great image quality, and the flexibility to bring back good-looking pictures from a wide...

Vibrant, appealing color, Good skin tones, Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well, Better than average exposure accuracy, Good lens, generally low distortion (some chromatic aberration at wide settings though), Good shutter response...

Very inaccurate optical viewfinder, Only white balance and EV compensation options in Manual mode, Shutter response at telephoto focal lengths is a little slow, Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lighting,...

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Canon PowerShot SD450


The Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH is not a major step up from the SD400. So current SD400 owners should not need to dump their camera for this one. Instead of major updates, the SD450 received only a few minor tweaks:

Ultra-compact and stylish ; Lens is probably the best among ultra-thin cameras ; Fairly powerful flash ; Great LCD performance ; Extremely fast ; Unlimited continuous shooting ; Excellent movie mode ; Improved user interface (Not as boring as the old...

Battery life needs to be improved (by a lot!) ; Included memory card is useless (Too small) ; No manual controls ; LCD is lacking resolution ; No special feature to counteract blurring during low-light shooting ; Red-eye ; Some soft photos ; Fairly...

The Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH is a nice camera - Compact, stylish and fast. It starts up almost instantly and shot-to-shot speed was good. The SD450 Digital ELPH also has one of the best lenses and flash units among ultra-thin cameras as well...

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Canon PowerShot SD450


The Canon PowerShot SD450 is a pretty nice camera with some excellent features that many other competing cameras do not have. First off, it's got 5-megapixels and it shows! The body of the SD450 is about 3.5 x 2 x 1 inches and it has a curvy metal body...

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Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital Elph Digital 5-Megapixel Camera Review


After Canon released the 5-Megapixel Canon PowerShot SD450, I decided to find out how much different it is from the Canon SD400. On the surface, it seemed that the only difference would be the larger LCD screen (2.5-inch vs. s-inch on SD400). I have...

I see not much difference between the SD450 and SD400, aside from the LCD screen size. Even the image quality was very similar. I recommend Canon SD450 if you want a miniature, cool yet capable camera with 5-megapixels that produces excellent photos...

Product Specifications

The compact Digital IXUS 55 epitomizes stylish performance. A giant screen and exquisitely finished exterior conceal the very latest image processing technology for results that demand to be seen. Elegantly designed with an all-metal finish, the Digital IXUS 55 is slender enough to slip into your pocket. A powerful 5.0 Megapixel CCD sensor delivers photo quality prints up to A3 size with room to spare for post-shoot cropping. An ultra-high refractive index aspherical (UA) 3x optical zoom lens delivers crystal-clear performance in an exceptionally compact form. The Digital IXUS 55's DIGIC II image processor ensures fast, responsive camera performance and superbly rendered colors. iSAPS analyzes each scene and optimizes key camera settings even before a shot is taken. The result is immediate high quality images. An extra large 2.5" LCD brings pleasure to framing and reviewing your creations. The monitor's wide viewing angle provides improved visibility for sharing playback with friends and family. QuickBright gives instant screen brightness in bright outdoor conditions. Night Display automatically improves visibility in low light for easy night shooting. Choose from 15 shooting modes to get that perfect shot. Seven preset Special Scene Modes help achieve great results in tricky lighting conditions. My Colors allows special in-camera color effects to be applied to images and movies in real time. Make extra-long (up to 1GB in size) 30fps VGA quality movie clips with full audio. View them with friends and family on the large LCD or connect to a TV for full screen playback. Record fast action sequences at 60fps QVGA quality and analyze them in sharp slow motion. Printing with the Digital IXUS 55 is a breeze. Simply connect your camera to any PictBridge compatible printer and push the Print/Share button for a full color print within seconds. Connect to a Canon SELPHY CP Series printer and take advantage of advanced print functions, such as printing ID photos and stills from your movies.

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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:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:55/SD450 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: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