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Canon Digital IXUS 400

A fresh new design, beautifully styled new IXUS boasting new features and high level of specification! The IXUS 400 is a stylish digital camera featu...

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published 18/12/2003 | DonkeyHotie
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Pro Looks and feels like a real camera
Cons metalwork scuffs and damages quite easily
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Range & Quality of Features
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"A good all-rounder"

The Ixus 400 is about the best of the point & press style digital cameras that I've found.

For a reasonable price, you can still have the compatability and user friendliness of the compact flash cards, while providing some of the best pixel rates in the market segment.

Others (like the fuji) claim a higher pixel count but this is achieved through software smoothing rather than image capture.

All in all - very good value for money.

Pity it does not come with a carry case as the metalwork gets scuffed realitively easily. The charging pack is also a bit of a pain and would be better if it could be integrated in the camera unit.

At least it looks and feels like a camera and you can handle it in the same way as you would do with a film loaded snapshot camera.

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  • DarkDave published 18/12/2003
    I agree with em, you really need a lot more detail to get a higher rating...try including a description of the features, cost, picture quality, software needed, etc etc. If you update, let me know and I will happily re-rate, Take care, Dave
  • emmorticia published 18/12/2003
    Welcome to Ciao! A bit more detail here will get you higher ratings - try reading other camera reviews to get a feel for what's needed. E x
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Product Information : Canon Digital IXUS 400

Manufacturer's product description

A fresh new design, beautifully styled new IXUS boasting new features and high level of specification! The IXUS 400 is a stylish digital camera featuring a high quality 4-mega-pixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens. A stainless steel shell protects the camera, while a new finish, "Super Hard Cerabrite", mixes metals and ceramics to produce a tough cool-toned exterior that is visually stunning. The IXUS 400 incorporates a high resolution CCD sensor with 4 .0 effective mega pixels (approximately 4.1 mega pixels in total). This sensor allows the camera to capture still images as large as 2, 272 x 1, 704 pixels and movies as large as 320 x 240 pixels. The IXUS 400 features a highly compact and sharp 3 x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 36-108mm (35mm equivalent). The lens features a maximum aperture of f2.8 (wide angle) to f4.9 (telephoto). The IXUS 400 has several shooting modes, which can be selected from a mode dial on the camera. Modes include Auto, Manual (Program), Stitch Assist and Movie (with sound). The Digital IXUS 400 is more than just a still camera; it is also capable of recording voice-tags of up to 60 seconds to accompany each image, and can even capture movie clips of up to three minutes, complete with sound. Typical of the level of technology that is a hallmark of Canon cameras, the Digital IXUS 400 features an amazing nine-point AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus) system that can automatically detect a subject, even if they are not in the center of the frame. Digital IXUS 400 users will also benefit from shutter speeds of 15-1/2000sec and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 2.5 frames per second in still photo mode.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon Digital IXUS 400 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera

Localisation: English, English / Europe

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 7.4 - 22.2 mm - f/2.8-4.9, 3 x zoom lens - 7.4 mm - 22.2 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 46 cm

Digital Zoom: 3.6 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Display: LCD display - 1.5", LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5" - colour

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 840 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Component video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.7 cm x 2.8 cm x 5.7 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Supported Flash Memory: CompactFlash

Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode

Min Focus Range: 46 cm

Flash Memory: 1 x 32 MB

Red Eye Reduction: Built-in

Microphone: Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono

General

MPN: 8393A011AA, 8393A001AA, 8393A004, IXUS400, 8393A010, 8393A007AA, 8393A007, 8393A001

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital camera

Localisation: English, English / Europe

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 4,100,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 4,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.8"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 3.6 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG, JPEG, RAW

AV Interfaces: Component video

Weight: 0.2 kg

Width: 8.7 cm

Depth: 2.8 cm

Height: 5.7 cm

Body Material: Stainless steel

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Stitch assist, Landscape, macro, stitch assist

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 7.4 - 22.2 mm - f/2.8-4.9, Zoom lens - 7.4 mm - 22.2 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 36 - 108mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 46 cm

Macro Focus Range: 5-46cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Features: Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens

Lens Aperture: F/2.8-4.9

Auto Focus Points (Zones): 9

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Focal Length: 7.4 mm - 22.2 mm

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Min Focus Range: 46 cm

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 7 elements

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 3.5 m

Red Eye Reduction: Built-in

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.5 frames per second, 1.5 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, date/time stamp, DPOF support, AE/FE lock, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support

Self Timer: Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom

Display

Type: 1.5" LCD display, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5" - colour

Resolution: 118,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Display Form Factor: Built-in

Display Format: 118,000 pixels

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Microphone Technology: Electret condenser

Type: Microphone - built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Expansion Slot(s): 1 x CompactFlash Card - type I

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Apple QuickTime, Canon ImageBrowser, Canon PhotoRecord, Canon Remote Capture

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable

Body Material: Stainless steel

Cables Included: 1 x A/V cable ¦ 1 x USB cable

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 840 mAh ( included )

Supported Battery Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 840 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash

Included Memory Card: 32 MB CompactFlash

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 14 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 27 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 54 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 30 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 54 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 108 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 53 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 94 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 174 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 120 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 196 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 337 - with 32MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration

Supported Flash Memory: CompactFlash

Flash Memory: 1 x 32 MB Flash - CompactFlash Card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.7 cm

Depth: 2.8 cm

Height: 5.7 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Power

Power Device: Battery charger - external

Main Features

Total Pixels: 4,100,000 pixels

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.5 frames per second, 1.5 frames per second

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid

Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Effective Sensor Resolution: 4,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.8"

Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode, Stitch assist

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Digital Zoom: 3.6 x

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Colour Support: Colour

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Still Image Format: JPEG

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Digital Video Format: AVI

Video Capture: AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration

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Looks and feels like a real camera

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metalwork scuffs and damages quite easily

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The Ixus 400 is about the best of the point & press style digital cameras that I've found.

For a reasonable price, you can still have the compatability and user friendliness of the compact flash cards, while providing some of the best pixel rates in the market segment.

Others (like the fuji) claim a higher pixel count but this is achieved through software smoothing rather than image capture.

All in all - very good value for money.

Pity it does not come with a carry case as the metalwork gets scuffed realitively easily. The charging pack is also a bit of a pain and would be better if it could be integrated in the camera unit.

At least it looks and feels like a camera and you can handle it in the same way as you would do with a film loaded snapshot camera.
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DarkDave 18.12.2003 23:26

I agree with em, you really need a lot more detail to get a higher rating...try including a description of the features, cost, picture quality, software needed, etc etc. If you update, let me know and I will happily re-rate, Take care, Dave

emmorticia 18.12.2003 12:51

Welcome to Ciao! A bit more detail here will get you higher ratings - try reading other camera reviews to get a feel for what's needed. E x

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Manufacturer's product description

A fresh new design, beautifully styled new IXUS boasting new features and high level of specification! The IXUS 40...

General

MPN 8393A011AA, 8393A001AA, 8393A004, IXUS400, 8393A010, 8393A007AA, 8393A007, 8393A001
Product Type Digital camera - compact, Digital camera
Localisation English, English / Europe

Exposure & white balance

Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50
Exposure Metering Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes Programme, automatic

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