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Canon IXUS Wireless / PowerShot SD430 / IXY Wireless

alaTest has collected and analyzed 277 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and usability. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. There are mixed reviews on the connectivity and focus. There are some less positive reviews about the energy efficiency and contrast.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS Wireless / PowerShot SD430 / IXY Wireless is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD430 Wireless


Canon's first Wi-Fi camera gets it right-the first time.

Wireless image transfer and printing Stellar still images for its class • Minimal shutter lag • 60 fps video recording • Very compact

Difficult menu navigation Confusing wireless configuration

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Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital Elph Wireless


Megapixels: 5, Included Memory Amount: 16 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Re...

Very good picture quality. Speedy performance.

If you want a wireless point-and-shoot and you're more interested in picture quality and performance than in ease of use and slide-show effects, the SD430 could be just what you need.

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Powershot SD430 Digital Camera


The PowerShot SD430 Digital Elph Wireless is the latest in Canon's popular range of Digital Elph point-and-shoot cameras. Like many other camera companies, Canon has been adding wireless functionality to its cameras, and the SD430 comes with a built-in...

At $500, the SD430 is a bit on the expensive side for a 5-megapixel camera, and you seem to be paying a big premium for the wireless features. It's $100 more than the Nikon P2, which also includes wireless. However, in our tests the Canon had a slight...


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Canon PowerShot SD430 Camera Review - PCWorld


Stylish compact camera offers wireless connectivity, though it's pricey for a 5-megapixel model.

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Canon PowerShot SD430


Wi-Fi capability includes full remote control and capture; ultracompact design; excellent burst capabilities; low shutter lag.

Cannot e-mail from camera as with Kodak's EasyShare One; no remote capture via USB; few manual controls or scene modes; image quality far from stellar.

The Canon SD430 is the only consumer-level choice out there for wireless remote shooting and capture, but it's an otherwise average camera.

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Canon Powershot SD430


The Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH lets you print and transfer images wirelessly. You simply connect the supplied Wireless Print Adapter to a Canon PictBridge printer, such as the Canon SELPHY CP510 or CP710 models, and press the blue lit Print/Share

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Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!


Wireless B printing with included WiFi adapter ; 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...

WiFi transfers only to Windows systems ; 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...

Unlike other Canon PowerShot ELPH digicams, the SD430 "rocks." Stood on end like its cousins were designed to do, the Canon SD430 is actually resting on its slightly curved WiFi antenna. Following Nikon and Kodak into the WiFi-enabled digicam arena,...

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Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH Wireless


Aside from the Wi-Fi, the SD430 is a lot like the PowerShot SD400, with a 5 Megapixel CCD, 2" LCD display, point-and-shoot operation, VGA movie mode, and a compact metal body

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Compact and stylish metal body ; Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless transmittal of photos to a PC or printer (though see issues below); Camera can be controlled wirelessly; Printer Adapter included (Nikon...

Some corner softness; noisy images at high ISO settings ; Redeye is a problem ; 100+ price premium for Wi-Fi ; Wi-Fi features aren't Mac compatible -- yet ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; Battery life isn't...

When it gets down to recommending the PowerShot SD430 things get a bit more difficult. If you're after a camera with Wi-Fi capabilities, and you use a Windows PC, then I'd recommend the camera without hesitation. If you think "well, that's cool, but I...

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Canon Powershot SD430


If you are looking for a camera with above average performance and average image quality, than the Canon Powershot SD430 may be what you're looking for. It's not the speed or shot quality that makes this camera special, it's the WiFi capability that...

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Canon PowerShot SD430 (IXUS) Digital Camera Review


This is the first Canon wireless digicam, in Europe called IXUS wireless. With wireless direct printing using the SD430 digital camera, you are freed from the trouble of connecting your camera to a printer with a USB cable each time they want to print;...

Product Specifications

Combining stunning performance with the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity, the Canon Digital IXUS Wireless embodies the IXUS ethos of cutting-edge design and innovative technology. Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b) support gives you photographic freedom throughout the home or office. Print directly to any Canon PictBridge compatible printer with the Canon Wireless Print Adapter. Upload images wirelessly to your PC as soon as you take them with Auto Transfer. Control camera shooting functions from your PC with wireless RemoteCapture - perfect for home wildlife shots. The innovative Slit & Frame design incorporates a stylish wireless antenna for the ultimate in high-tech elegance. A 5.0 Megapixel CCD sensor allows for photo quality prints with pin-sharp definition up to A3 size. An Ultra-High Refractive Index Aspherical (UA) 3x optical zoom lens helps deliver crystal-clear performance in an exceptionally compact form. Canon'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. Choose from 14 shooting modes to get that perfect shot. Six preset scene modes help with tricky lighting conditions. My Colors allows special in-camera color effects to be applied to images and movies in real time. Movie mode allows you to make extra-long (up to 1GB in size) 30fps VGA quality movie clips with full audio. Print wirelessly to any Canon PictBridge compatible printer, or simply connect via USB cable to any PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible printer and push the Print/Share button for a full color print within seconds. Transfer images to your PC quickly and effortlessly with the ultra fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. Canon's ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Macintosh) are included for editing and organizing photos, movies and slide shows. The Canon Camera Wireless Setup utility makes registering target devices quick and easy. CANON iMAGE GATEWAY provides 100MB of web space for sharing your photos online.

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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

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / 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:Beach / Digital macro / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:SD430 Digital ELPH Wireless/Wireless
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
LAN and Wireless Image Transferring Protocols:IEEE 802.11b
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / My Colors / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical