Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS (IXUS 300 HS)

Last Updated (06 March’11):
- Review & Sample Photos @ DCR

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS (IXUS 300 HS) is a 10.0-megapixel digital camera features 3.8x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-105 mm), f/2.0 lens, 720p HD movie shooting capability; HDMI output connector; Super Slow Motion Movie function, Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included), ISO 800-3200 and 3.0-inch TFT color LCD, with wide viewing angle. The camera measures (WxHxD) 3.94 x 2.13 x 0.93 in./100.0 x 54.1 x 23.6 mm and weighs Approx. 6.17 oz./175g (camera, including batteries and memory card).

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS (IXUS 300 HS) Reviews

DCR reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“I was pleased with the lens performance of the ELPH 300 HS. The lens was consistently sharp throughout the frame and even at maximum zoom. I noticed no vignetting and minimal chromatic aberration (purple fringing). There was some barrel distortion at extreme wide angle, but this is understandable considering the wideness of the lens.”
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Tech2.in reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“If you’re looking for something really compact and at the same time sturdy and captures decent images, then the IXUS 300 HS is a model worth considering. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The outdoor scene shot where the zoom lens is at its widest angle is a weakness, but in most areas this camera nudges ahead of a lot of other pocket sized cameras. The macro shot in particular is outstanding… The Canon IXUS 300 HS is a good looking pocket camera with some extra options over its rivals. I like the way this camera handles and picture quality on the whole is very good,…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The outdoor scene shot where the zoom lens is at its widest angle is a weakness, but in most areas this camera nudges ahead of a lot of other pocket sized cameras. The macro shot in particular is outstanding… The Canon IXUS 300 HS is a good looking pocket camera with some extra options over its rivals. I like the way this camera handles and picture quality on the whole is very good,…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“There’s no denying the Canon IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS is a good solid compact. It combines the slick build and great auto modes of the IXUS / ELPH range, but adds much faster continuous shooting, manual controls and superior low light capabilities to the mix, resulting in a good-looking but powerful camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

AmateurPhotography reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The dynamic range and low-light performance are excellent thanks to the HS-system CMOS sensor, and the Smart Auto mode is reliable under a variety of settings. With a few fun extras thrown in like fisheye and miniature-effect modes, the Canon IXUS 300 HS should interest both the casual and discerning photographer.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The PowerShot SD4000 IS is one of the most impressive compact cameras we’ve tested, offering image quality and lens capabilities we’re used to seeing on professional cameras.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalVersus reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The Ixus 300 HS is fun to use, and the photos it takes are generally pretty satisfactory. Its own real problem is that other cameras can do better, so if it’s going to succeed, it’ll have to hope that its status as an all-rounder can compensate for other defects.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“if you’re after a compact that will last, the 300 HS is future-proof as they come, thanks to great low light performance, excellent build-quality, and its ability to turn out technically great images.”
Rating: ★★★★½

HardwareZone reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“ISO performance is superb from out testing, producing clean shots up to ISO800, while ISO1600 shots had lower noise compared to other cameras in this class. Amazingly, the IXUS 300 HS’ shots at ISO3200 had even less noise compared to the more expensive and larger sensor equipped Canon S90″
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“I truly enjoyed carrying this little pocket rocket with me just about everywhere I went, and have no problem giving it our highest recommendation for those looking for a capable ultra-compact digicam. It excelled in low light both in the still photo and video departments, offers some cool and useful features (Super Slow Motion video to name one), and is quite stylish with four cool color options (Red, White, Black, and Silver).”
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ePhotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“Besides the excellent image quality, the camera’s build quality is superb being made of excellent materials. It feels like it is built to last, and with image quality as good as this it should give those who purchase this camera enjoyment for a long time to come. “
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.uk reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“For a pocket-sized compact camera, £300 seems expensive, but the Canon IXUS 300 HS is very powerful. In fact, it offers the kind of hi-tech, high-powered photo features you might expect from a PowerShot rather than an IXUS. The 300 is pricey, then, but it’s also very good..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 300 HS is a great camera for photography enthusiasts, capturing consistently good images that have impressive levels of detail even in low light. The controls are occasionally annoying, though — we would have preferred a more traditional, button-heavy layout and interface — and the camera is noticeably bulkier than other IXUS models.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS review video by TigerDirect;

PCMag reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“Canon’s pricey top-of-the-line Elph, the SD4000 IS excels at low-light shooting, but if that’s not a top priority, you can get more features for less in competing pocket shooters.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“A bright, wide-angle lens and a high-sensitivity sensor add up to very good low-light photos and fast performance for the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS.”


Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“Sure, it’s certainly a great little compact, it looks sexy and it certainly is fast, but for the same money you could buy yourself a really advanced compact… Still if you’re after a compact camera that takes great pictures in low light, it’s worth a look.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReview.au reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The built-in flash performed well indoors and was capable of illuminating an average-sized room at ISO 200 and above. Flash exposures were evenly balanced from ISO 200 to ISO 3200. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The new High Speed technology in the Ixus 300 HS delivers everything Canon says, and more. Although the camera design lacks something and its controls can be frustrating, both its stills and its HD movie footage are first rate, and the Super Slow Motion mode is a gas.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Review by InfoSync;

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 300 HS produces images of excellent quality. It recorded noise-free images at ISO 125, 200 and 400, with some noise and slight colour desaturation at ISO 800. ISO 1600 shows more obvious noise and loss of colour but still remains perfectly usable, and even the fastest setting of ISO 3200 doesn’t suffer too badly.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Trustedreviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The overall level of detail is very good for a 10MP compact, although it’s not as good as Canon’s own PowerShot S90… The IXUS 300 HS is a very good camera, with a nice easy-to use controls, a good range of features, decent performance and excellent image quality, especially at higher ISO settings. Build quality and handling are very good, and the design looks stylish and contemporary.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitalrev.com reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“The Low Light mode also delivered fairly good results when I needed a higher shutter speed to compact my unsteady hands. Sure the image is not the cleanest around but given the results at ISO 6400, this little compact is definitely impressive.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Gizmodo.com reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“the image quality of shots in bright environments isn’t too different from those of other cameras in its class, which is to say, pretty good!”
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USAtoday reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“So, I love the low light and manual controls, but could never justify spending $350 on a point and shoot. At least, not for this one.”
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Digitalcamerareview reviews the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS and writes;
“Video quality at 720p is quite good, and the camera will autofocus automatically if scene composition changes or zooming occurs. Clip length is a bit limited at 10 minutes. The replay menu has some useful image fix-it options.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS User Reviews

Excellent, but still looking for more. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Things that excite: Av & Tv modes (no Manual mode) f/2.0 — Awesome, and aperture is remembered as you zoom in/out … so it will return to 2.0 at the widest. High-Speed Video. High-Speed photo mode (lower res though) ” – By Andrew Perry

Very Impressed… | Rating: ★★★★★
“The low light pics are great however if there is any movement there will be some blur. The high speed burst is very impressive.. It takes high quality shots at an impressive rate. The HD video is very cool too but when you zoom in and out there is a bit of a lag in focus time. Anyway.. I’m happy with the purchase and would recommend this camera.” – By R. Miller

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Manual

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS (IXUS 300 HS) User Manual (PDF)

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Features

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS (IXUS 300 HS) Features

10.0-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create the Canon HS System
The Canon HS System takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 10.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS System is Canon’s advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.

Bright f/2.0 lens, great for shooting in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field
The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH sports an f/2.0 aperture, perfect for creating enticing portraits, by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field. The Macro setting lets you get even closer. The large aperture also does more. It lets you capture more nuances in low light shooting by using more of the available light. You’ll be ready for anything with a lens aperture larger than even many professional sizes.

720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH lets you record video in beautiful 720p high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high definition TV monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.

Super Slow Motion Movie function and High-Speed Burst mode
Give your movies a whole new look with the Super Slow Motion Movie function. Whether you’re going for a dreamy, creative slant when documenting family moments, or making a highlight film of your kids’ greatest sports plays, you’ll love the high quality capture of this all-new feature. The camera shoots your clips at high speed (approx. 240fps) and plays them back at 30fps for the inimitable super slow motion feeling you’ll love.

High-Speed Burst is exactly what you need when you’re trying to capture the best possible shot within a moment of fast-moving action. In High-Speed Burst mode, the camera automatically shoots continuously at high speed (approx. 8.4fps)* while you simply hold down the shutter. The mode lets you shoot sporting events, kids in motion, wildlife and any situation with unpredictable movement, then simply choose the best shots captured.
* Depending on the shooting conditions, camera settings and the zoom position, the shooting speed may slow down. As the number of images increases, the shooting interval may take longer.

Scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect, plus Low Light mode
The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH offers creative effects similar to those found in certain professional lenses. Miniature Effect creates an illusion where very large objects appear in miniature proportions. Turn soaring cityscapes into a scene in seemingly dollhouse-like proportions.

Fisheye Effect uses barrel distortion to warp the image around the center, giving a distinctive curvature effect to the photo. The curvilinear images produced by Fisheye Effect can suggest the curve of the Earth, the inside of a dome, or the image you see through the peephole of a door.

With an ISO of 400 – 6400, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH where no ELPH-Series has gone before – into the shadows! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 23 Shooting Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Shoot like a pro with Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes
For photography enthusiasts, the ability to control aperture and shutter speed is key. The Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes on the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH make it easy for anyone to take extra control over the look and feel of images captured.

In Aperture-priority mode, you set the aperture and the camera automatically selects an appropriate shutter speed. This lets you create sharp subjects with beautifully blurred backgrounds, and landscapes with foreground, middle ground and background all in focus.

Shutter-priority mode lets you choose a shutter speed while the camera automatically selects the aperture. Higher shutter speeds are great for catching stop-action shots of moving subjects, while lower shutter speeds can create atmospheric blur.

What’s in the Box

* PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Body
* Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L
* Battery Charger CB-2LY
* Wrist Strap WS-DC7
* AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM


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