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Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH

alaTest has collected and analyzed 396 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The usability and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the shutter and memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD630


The ultra-thin, ultra-stylish PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH offers a full range of enhanced shooting features that make taking pictures more comfortable and more exciting. A marvel of Canon engineering, this compact powerhouse has a super-sized 3.0 inch...

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Powershot SD630 Digital Camera


The $400 (as of 6/15/06) PowerShot SD630 is the first camera in Canon's expanding Digital Elph line to offer a 3-inch LCD. Two other recent additions have the same 6-megapixel sensor and fast processor, but a smaller 2.5-inch LCD: The SD600 retains a...

Compact body with 3-inch LCD Wide-screen mode

High price Lacks image stabilization

The SD630 includes a resolution setting that crops photos to a 4.4-megapixel image with a 16:9 aspect ratio suitable for displaying on a wide-screen HDTV or monitor. The camera's A/V output displays only at standard 4:3 TV resolution, so you'll need...


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Canon PowerShot SD630


Three of the biggest trends for 2006 are digicams with more potent 6-megapixel imagers, larger 3-inch LCD screens and higher sensitivity (ISO). For those not swimming in the digital camera sea every day, 6MP imagers are the new sweet spot for most...

Compact; high-quality 6MP digicam with 3x optical zoom; 3-inch LCD screen

Limited manual adjustments

Using this digicam is like riding a bicycle


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Canon Powershot SD630


The 2006 lineup of six-megapixel Digital ELPH cameras includes the PowerShot SD700 IS, PowerShot SD630 and PowerShot SD600. These cameras maintain the petite profile that has characterized the line since its inception while adding big new features designe

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Canon PowerShot SD630


Great photos; relatively quick; plenty of features; large LCD.

Awkward zoom control; slightly cramped buttons; no optical viewfinder.

The Canon PowerShot SD630 shoehorns a relatively broad set of features, solid performance, and great image quality into an attractive ultracompact package.

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Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital Camera - Review


To allow flash-free photography in low light, the Canon SD630 offers selectable ISO settings up to 800, an extraordinarily high sensitivity rating, previously available only on higher-end and professional cameras. If you're less inclined to be fiddling...

Along with being able to select between ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, and 800, you can pick from two automatic settings -- ISO AUTO or ISO HI. After a bit of investigation, it appears that in regular lighting conditions both the AUTO and HI settings perform...

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Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH


I hope that helps! If you're ready to learn more about this small camera with a big LCD then keep reading

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Huge 3-inch LCD; screen is easily viewable in low light ; Compact and stylish metal body ; Very good performance ; AF-assist lamp ; Four-way controller doubles as scroll wheel in playback mode (though...

Some corner softness and vignetting; redeye is a problem ; Below average battery life ; No optical viewfinder ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; More manual controls would be nice ; Can't swap memory cards while...

Long-time readers of this site know that I've been a big fan of Canon's SD-series cameras for a while now. I'm not quite as excited about the SD630, though, mainly because there are more compelling options available. Don't get me wrong: the SD630 is a...

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Canon Powershot SD630 Review


The Canon Powershot SD630 resembles closely to the . The main difference is that the SD630 has a 3" LCD and no optical viewfinder while the SD600 has a 2.

Excellent exposure accuracy, Nicely saturated colors, Low image noise until ISO 100, Great LCD visibility in low-light, Fast and responsive

High image noise above ISO 200, Some barrel distortion, Some corner softness, Poor battery life, Redeye problems

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Canon PowerShot SD630 digital camera


The six-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD630 is a fine camera for most casual shooters. It has a luxurious LCD display, a fair number of scene modes, advanced settings, and automatic image rotation. However, it is expensive.

Automatic image rotation in Playback mode ; Good quality images ; Three-inch LCD ; Quick start-up and shoot ; A variety of advanced settings available ; Can crop photos with a 16:9 aspect ratio for displaying on a wide-screen HDTV or monitor

No viewfinder ; Sub-par exposure accuracy ; Expensive ; No optical image stabilization

You have to forgo the luxury of an optical viewfinder on the SD630, but this camera still has enough room to the right of the screen for most of the control buttons. The Power button and a simplified mode selector are located at the top of the camera,...

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Canon PowerShot SD630


Canon's entry into the "new" ultra-thin category begins with the PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH. The Canon SD630 shares some of the new features found on the SD600 which came out at the same time:

Fairly powerful flash ; Large visible LCD ; Fast, unlimited continuous shooting ; Excellent movie mode ; Improved user interface ; My Colors post-processing can be done in playback ; Good high ISO performance (some post-processing may be required,...

Battery life is below average ; No manual controls ; LCD is not that sharp ; Red-eye ; Large movie file sizes and cannot optical zoom or focus when recording ; Fairly high noise at ISO 800 (countered by post-processing) ; Startup and autofocus needs to...

The Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH took the SD600's 6 megapixels, 3x optical zoom and other features and threw in a larger 3 inch LCD and touch-control dial.

Product Specifications

Canon PowerShot SD630 is equipped with 6.0 Megapixels, an optical 3x zoom lens (f/2.8 - f/4.9) with Canon high-performance and high-speed processing "DIGIC II", which makes it possible to take pictures with up to a maximum of 2816


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


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

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Sensor Size:1/2.5''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1500


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

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-4L
Battery Type:Canon NB-4L


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