Canon PowerShot ELPH S400

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Canon PowerShot ELPH S400

See it, use it, love it. Canon engineers turn streamlined into spectacular with PowerShot S400 Digital ELPH, creating a stunning 4.0 megapixel digital...

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Review of "Canon PowerShot ELPH S400"

published 22/10/2005 | kinetix63
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Pro Very compact, excellent image quality
Cons Steep learning curve for the beginner
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"One of the best camera's I've ever used..."

I've been lucky enough to have been using digital cameras for quite a while now, starting way back when they first came out with a Kodak model. Throughout the years I've tried many brands, but Canon has to be my all time favourite.

I had high expectations of this camera when I bought it, and quite frankly I was not disappointed. The unit itself is very stylishly designed and is of a very sturdy and high quality build. It's also quite compact as well. Aside from the aesthetics, this camera packs an awful lot of features in to it, one of my favourite being a "guided" process to create panoramic pictures, and the software to glue it all together.

The camera takes absolutely amazing pictures, at 4MP resolution. Colours come out extremely well, and the level of detail is very good quality. The battery life on this camera is also exceptionally good. The supplied re-chargable batteries last for around 2-3 hours of solid use, even with the LCD screen turned on.

The only real downside to this camera is a relatively steep learning curve if you're new to the world of digital photography. There are so many options and features crammed in to this small device that it can be quite difficult to figure out exactly what everything does.

There is also, unfortunately, quite a delay between pressing the "take picture" button, to when it actually does it, however this is mainly due to the automatic focus option on the camera, which can be turned off if needed.

All in all though, this is a great little unit and I would reccomend it to all!

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  • LegendaryMrDude published 22/10/2005
    Some more information would have been useful - how many pictures do you usually manage before the batteries are gone, is there any noticeable delay between pressing the button and it taking a picture... that kind of thing. Sam.
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Product Information : Canon PowerShot ELPH S400

Manufacturer's product description

See it, use it, love it. Canon engineers turn streamlined into spectacular with PowerShot S400 Digital ELPH, creating a stunning 4.0 megapixel digital camera that's all about breathtaking performance and head-turning good looks. Leave it to Canon to bring you the exclusive DIGIC Imaging Processor. Cutting-edge technology delivers enhanced picture quality, faster processing speed and improved autofocus accuracy. All with decreased power consumption. Imagine DIGIC as your very own 24/7 photo whiz, and you'll get the idea. Right from the start - even if this is your first digital camera - you can look forward to exceptionally brilliant images. Pictures that capture the "WOW" of life without missing a beat. Think of PowerShot S400 Digital ELPH as a stylish, clever companion you always want to have around. The unique beauty of the PowerShot S400 Digital ELPH lies in its carefree versatility. When you're ready to get really close to great times, the ingenious 3x optical zoom with superior glass lens delivers a focal range equivalent of 36-108mm on a 35mm camera. Paired with the digital zoom, you've got an 11x telephoto effect. And talk about sharp, the S400 showcases a remarkable 9-point AiAF autofocus system and single-point AF, for vibrantly defined images even when subjects are considerably off center. PowerShot S400 is a work of art where every element synergies perfectly. Linked to the focusing system is dependable iSAPS technology for precise exposure and white balance for professional results in every shooting condition. Complementing this is automatic white balance for the most natural color. Plus a full range of ISO-equivalent speed settings for every brightness situation. PowerShot S400's Movie Mode setting provides up to 3 minutes of superior image quality and sound at 15 frames per second. There's a built-in editing feature. And you can choose all kinds of special image effects. Play movies on the LCD monitor and internal speaker, on the TV or on your computer. Clearly, the rewards of PowerShot S400 go on and on.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon PowerShot ELPH S400 - digital camera, Canon PowerShot ELPH S400 - Coach Edition - Gift Set - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

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

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"

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

AV Interfaces: Composite video, Component video

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

Weight: 0.2 kg

Localisation: English / United States


MPN: PowerShot S400, 8392A001, S400 Coach

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

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

AV Interfaces: Composite video, Component video

Localisation: English / United States

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: 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

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

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

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

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 3.5 m

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, display brightness control, AE/FE lock, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support


Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom


Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 118,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


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

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card


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

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, Apple Mac OS 9.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.1, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS 9, Apple Mac OS X 10.2, Apple Mac OS 9.1, Apple Mac OS X 10.3

Peripheral Devices: USB port

System Requirements Details: Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME - Pentium - 150 MHz ¦ Windows XP - Pentium - 300 MHz


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

Body Material: Stainless steel


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 ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 91 sec - with 32MB card ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 242 sec - with 32MB 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


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