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CanonPowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Red)
 
4.5

(based on 113 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (67)

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    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (62)
  • Easy to use (61)
  • Compact (58)
  • Good in low light (54)
  • Large clear LCD (52)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (15)
  • No viewfinder (12)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (55)
  • Low light (54)
  • Travel (54)
  • Landscape/scenery (38)
  • Video (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (37), Photo enthusiast (34), Semi-pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57), Yes (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bright lens and sharp images

I have been using the Canon SD450 for five years and after 10,000 photos I was ready to replace the camera. My new SD4000 IS has no trouble with low light photos, even in...Read complete review

I have been using the Canon SD450 for five years and after 10,000 photos I was ready to replace the camera. My new SD4000 IS has no trouble with low light photos, even in poorly lit rooms the image snaps bright and sharp.

I'm an obsessive macro photography nut and this new model gets even better shots - because of the shorter focal length plus the brighter lens.

The LCD screen could have been better protected. It is flush with the camera back and is actually the only flat surface on the camera, making it the only face to set it down on a table without it falling over. The screen should have been recessed a bit in the body, it's bound to scratch up he screen over time.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent Point and Shoot

Bought this camera as a replacement for my spouse's older Canon SD700 IS point and shoot. The camera has a solid feel but is covered with a glossy red plastic-like finish which sometimes makes...Read complete review

Bought this camera as a replacement for my spouse's older Canon SD700 IS point and shoot. The camera has a solid feel but is covered with a glossy red plastic-like finish which sometimes makes gripping problematic. It also tends to show fingerprints/smudges easily. Canon should update the finish with a metallic, red matte to improve grip and appearance. The SD4000 generally produces good photos, although they are not as sharp as other Canon point and shoots I've owned. Low light performance is very good and the zoom is average for a point and shoot. I found the camera manual short on instructions, so learning the various camera functions is often a case of trial and error. Overall, the camera is a decent option when you don't want to carry a DSLR.

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5.0

A Great Combination of Features

By BestSeven

from Brooklyn, New York

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

    Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

    The camera is compact enough, has the image stabilizer and takes clear shots up to 12 megapixels. The shutter is fast, the coloring sharp when the pics are developed. A great camera for a mom like me! I use it heavily at home and love the pictures it produces.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great compact all-rounder

    By Kiwi

    from Little Rock, AR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Red):

    I am using this camera for everything photo-wise: stills, video, online auctions, Etc. The performance is rapid and the photos clear even in low light.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Nice camera, no surprises

    By brewmeister

    from hill country, CT

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Red):

      Exactly as advertised. nice quick shot to shot time. overall very satisfied.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Not bad at all for a point-and-shoot

      By GoLeft

      from Toronto, ON, Canada

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Good lens
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited shooting options

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Red):

      Very nice image quality in low-light conditions (especially after having used some Panasonic cameras for a while); nice lens & fast continuous shooting for a point-and-shoot.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Excellent point and shoot camera

      By pops

      from Calgary, AB, Canada

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

      The fast lense on this camera allows for some excellent shots in lower light without having to resort to slow shutter or high ISO (grainy) photos. Only thing I miss is a bigger zoom - but it's tough to get both. I'll take the better pictures ;-)

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      • No

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      5.0

      I love this little guy

      By Ruth the hiker

      from Kingman AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

        Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Red):

        this a great little camera. Pictures are sharp and clear. Does nice macros also. Bought this to carry in my purse, don't want to always drag a DSLR with me. Just want to say I am very happy with it for my intended use.Beside I love the Candy Apple color of it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        "I would buy this product again

        By Luis

        from San Diego, Ca.

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Red):

        VERY GLAD WITH MY PURCHASE, ITS BEAUTIFUL

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great camera!

        By Margaret

        from Jackson, NH

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

          I haven't even used all the camera's features yet, but so far I am extremely pleased. I use it for indoor and outdoor photos, and it takes better photos indoors than any camera I have ever had. The flash works incredibly well and for someone who is not the most camera savy, it takes care of all the technical stuff for me!
          I am extremely pleased!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Perfect small caméra

          By Mauxon

          from Canada

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

            Simple, small, nice easy use. great picture

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Nice Little Camera

            By Mad Snapper

            from Lincoln

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

            I bought this after losing my Olympus 1030sw (waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, temperatureproof) camera and could not find a decent replacement for my time on the water (kayak, canoe, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness). I have used it for 2 weeks and am pretty pleased about the quality of images (FAR better than the Canon D10 and the Olympus T610, both of which show "halo" effect and have pixelation).
            I am so far pleased with this little camera. I would go back to the 1030 in a heartbeat though.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Expectation literally over the top

            By Burk

            from Harrisonburg, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • An eye catcher
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Business
            • Family Photos
            • Hiking
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

            As grandparents who love spending quality time with grandchildren, it is also very important to develop a reservoir of memories. My purchase of the PowerShot SD4000 was a very wise decision. Very easy to use, but most of all, I am now getting a flood of great quality pictures that will allow me to add to that library of pictures that I will cherish for a long time.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Not up to Canon Standards

            By Sodermalm

            from San Francisco

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Poor exposure with flash

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

            I've been owned a variety of Canon Powershots since 2002. All have been great, except for this model. This camera cannot get the exposure correct when the flash is used, ALWAYS overexposed. The daytime shots are excellent, what I would expect from Canon. Great durability as well. But I'm getting tired of continuously having to use exposure compensation to take shots with the flash.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great camera to have with you

            By Geoff

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Red):

              I work in the TV news business and wanted to have a small, inexpensive camera to keep with me at all times. This camera gives me great pictures, video good enough to put on TV in a pinch, and a size that makes it easy to carry around in my pocket. It's also great for family pics when I don't want to lug around my bigger Canon camera.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Good all-rounder

              By jephoto

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

              I use it for the camera I have with me all the time. I also use it for spontaneous HD video. I love (really) the form-factor - it slides into my pocket like a phone and has a great non-slip feel. Once mastered (it takes a while) the controls (combo of toggle wheel and screen) are easy and sensible. I like that I can use it with or without glasses, since the words and symbols are nice and large. I use Aperture Priority 99% of the time, so this is a plus. EV compensation via toggle wheel is well thought through, and easy to use. Image quality is pretty good (albeit not like my Nikon DSLR), although RAW would be nice. With the F2 setting, it shoots in very low light, which was a big factor in my choice. Love the wide screen for shooting/viewing video. Preview-shoot select button is easy and quick. Startup (on-off) is instant.

              Wish I had more zoom at times. But it is an OK tradeoff. Price dropped $25 just after I bought it, but that is no big deal. Switching from camera to video and back is fiddly. But these are minor.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              power in a tiny package

              By Kate

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                  This camera has a good deal of bang for it's buck and it's size. It's definitely a step above the lower cost point and shoot digital cameras, but doesn't have the bulk of the higher end point and shoots or digital SLRs.
                  I would recommend it!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great little camera

                  By AshRemSky

                  from Burbank, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Red):

                    I got this camera for my wife since she was tired of lugging around the DSLR and lenses whenever she went out with our 3 year old daughter. For quick snapshots, this camera really shines. It has a great f/2.0 lens at the wide setting, and has overall great picture quality for a compact camera. The movie mode is very useful as well. Love the image stabilization mode built in. Finally, both my wife and I are big fans of the bright red color and the overall presentation and quality.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    SD4000

                    By Taylor

                    from Vail, CO

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                    The camera has a great weight and design. Fits easily in my back pocket which allows me to take it more places which mean MORE PICTURES!

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good Point n Shoot

                    By The Ru

                    from NYC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                      I like the "minature setting" and have had fun playing with that.
                      It is a little bit harder than i would think to get a good shot while out at night and the pictures can sometimes be out of focus for no apparent reason. but generally speaking it is a very good camera with a wide variety of functions to work with.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great for travel

                      By IPK

                      from Rockville, Md

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                        Camera has many useful exposure modes and you can do special effects. Picture quality is excellent.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        3.0

                        Poor Macro

                        By Astrographer

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Poor Focusing

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                            I use the camera mainly to take shots of items for sale online. I use the macro setting, a tripod and long exposures. I find that the SD4000 often sets the focus incorrectly. THERE IS NO MANUAL FOCUS FEATURE. The best you can do is use the Automatic Focus Lock and manually move the camera or subject farther/away while observing the screen, which is a pain.

                            To help compensate for the camera's poor focus, I tend to use Aperture priority and stop down to the max, but that provides only a bit of help. I fault Canon doubly, because it would have been simple for them to add a manual focus feature.

                            Every time the camera turns itself off, it forgets the macro setting and the self-timer setting, and every time I power it up, I have to re-enable these settings, because those are the settings I need. The camera has no "make current settings the defaults".

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 6
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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