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CanonPowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown)
 
4.1

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

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    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (26)
  • Compact (24)
  • Zoom range/performance (24)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)
  • Good image quality (21)

Cons

  • Short battery life (23)
  • No viewfinder (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (16)
  • Family photos (15)
  • Video (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Low light (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't judge a camera by its color

I am an amateur when it comes to photograpy. I have not taken many pictures for years because my husband has a big fancy camera with all the lenses and he has taken the...Read complete review

I am an amateur when it comes to photograpy. I have not taken many pictures for years because my husband has a big fancy camera with all the lenses and he has taken the photo's for us. I would never want to lug that much around. I became interested in getting a camera for myself when one of the buildings I consult for purchased a Canon Elf to take photo's of wounds in very low light situations and the photo's were amazing. After much research I wanted a camera that I could use for work and for personal use. The must haves were; small enough to fit in a pocket or hang from your neck comfortably; take photo's in low light; have a zoom lense of at least x 10, ability to take multiple shots per second for good action shots; and easy to use and change auto settings easily. I read about the Canon SD 4500 IS and decided it was the camera for me in spite of it only coming in Brown and that I had to wait for a month or so before it became available. I was so excited to receive my new camera the day before we left for our trip to the World Equestrian Games in Lexington Kentucky at the Kentucky Horse Park [...] I used the camera everyday taking action photo's of the horses in the different diciplines, dressage, jumping, cross country jumping and was amazed at the quality of photos. I also took several pictures of statues,people and landscapes and was impressed by the photos I got. My husband was impressed by the quality that I got with my little point and shoot and comparing it with the photos he got with his very large Nikon SLR with huge lenses that he had to carry around in a large back pack. The lady that sat next to me during the competition also had a large SLR camera and when I showed her the pictures I took with my little camera she said why do I lug this thing around when I could get pictures of that quality with such a little camera. I have to say it was easy to use, took great pictures and I was able to capture the perfect moment of movement in the dressage by using the multiple shots per second mode to really show off the horses gaits. The battery lasted pretty well for taking individual shots all day but was depleted quickly when using the video or the multiple shots option. The spare batteries were not available when I purchased the camera and I hope they become available soon. That would be the only negative along with the color, brown.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid camera but not for video

After researching for a week, I bought the 4500 primarily because it shoots 1080 - 24P video. (playback at 29.97fps) In addition, it focuses while shooting video. It's a stylish camera...Read complete review

After researching for a week, I bought the 4500 primarily because it shoots 1080 - 24P video. (playback at 29.97fps) In addition, it focuses while shooting video. It's a stylish camera (I don't think the brown color is a negative) and works well in still mode. Everything about it is fine except for 2 things: the video quality and the limited battery life. The battery I could probably live with in order to get 1080 - 24P video, but the video quality in low light, is the worst I have ever seen on any camera. It's extremely noisy and even looks like bits of snow in dark areas of the scene. After much research and watching tons of HD video samples online, I don't think the video quality of point and shoot CMOS chip cameras is as good at CCD cameras... case in point, Canon still puts CCDs in it's higher end point and shoot cameras. I own a Canon 7D which is of course CMOS, but roughly a 1" chip and great processing versus the 1/2" chips in these point and shoot cameras. I returned the 4500 and bought a Canon S95 (CCD sensor) which shoots 720 - 24P. The video quality is night and day better in low light. Of course it has an f2 lens vs. f3.4 on the 4500, but I don't think that's the whole issue. I don't know if the model I got was particularly bad, but combined with the short battery life, it wasn't for me. Note: I also have a Canon SD870, which is CCD and shoots SD video. It's video quality is also much better than the 4500, but of course it's not HD. The only negatives with CCD cameras is the vertical streaking with points of light.

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5.0

great camera

By moishe

from morristown

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
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

    Great camera, for day and night pictures. The quality of the pictures is amazing. The only bad thing is the battery, that has a short duration.

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    5.0

    Excelente Small Camera - Great Pictures

    By leo

    from brasil

    About Me Casual 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

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

    I'm a casual photographer, i use this camera with the family and is the best small camera I ever had. Excellent performance and great portability. Fast and very accurate pictures. The full hd films are also great.

    The only thing that is not so good is the battery life, I really recommend a second battery, and don't forget to carry with you.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    1.0

    Died in two days

    By Huskies

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

      The camera turns on but died after two days. The camera won't turn on at all even with fully charge battery. Have to return the product.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      small,stylish,easy to live with.

      By GuyM

      from Victoriaville,PQ, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

      I have a Canon 60D,but to take with me every day,this little thing is perfect.I can carry it in my pocket.It's fast,light and easy to operate.
      I won't change it for anything else.

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

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      1.0

      Powerful photo-camera =/= video-camera

      By Bush-Craft Enthusiast

      from Texas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Can take 1080p video

      Cons

      • 10min video limit
      • More
      • Poor low light video
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Prop up table leg w it

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

      1) in 1080 or 720 mode there is a 10min limit on video length .... it will NOT start another video once that limit is reached. It WILL stay on, drain battery, and give no audio or visual indication of the video no longer recording.

      2) battery life is really short.

      3) Slow motion mode is only for SUPER low quality; I'm talking 240 or something terrible.

      4) HORRIBLE video quality in low lighting regardless of "low light" settings.

      If you're looking for a nice digital camera, DON'T buy this, there are much cheaper ones that have lower video quality & higher image quality.

      If you're looking for a nice video camera, DON'T buy this, can only record up to 10mins.

      Bottom line: don't buy it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      i reccmend this product to U!

      By tina the camera lover

      from us

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

      • Battery span

      Best Uses

      • At home
      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

      whats best about this camera is the optical zoom! it zooms really great & really sharp! however its not such a nice shap & color but the price beats it all!

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

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      4.0

      Great Power and Shoot Camera

      By Big Chief

      from Grayslake Il.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

      Compact for that extra camera to have along.Menu you a little hard to understand,but then again a lot of features to learn.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good little camera with solid video

      By Cammie

      from Windsor, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

      I use this to take photos of my friends and nature pictures. I also like the video, as it can zoom and focus while recording. Many cameras in this price range do not do that.

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

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      4.0

      Great Camera

      By Fred

      from Lebanon,Missouri

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

      I purchased this camera for the extended range over my Canon 880 IS. I also like the slow motion for using at the shooting range!
      My main use for this camera is caring in my truck for convenience of quick shots of wildlife. It is small enough to put in my pocket and still takes great photos .
      My only dislike so far is the battery life,but with extra batteries I can live with that negative.
      This is the forth Canon point and shoot I have had and have never had problems with any of them. They all have taken exceptional photos for a pocket point and shoot camera.

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

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      4.0

      I just replaced one I dropped and broke

      By sam tne nan

      from queens.ny

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

        nabdy,and always ger great results

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        • No

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        4.0

        Packs a lot of versatilty in small body

        By srd515

        from North Hollywood, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

        I use this photo a compact substitute for my
        SLR while on vacations, as an all-around camera when ease of use and a smaller size is called for.
        It shoots great video, clear and crisp even when at maximum zoom. The numerous setting for photo formats go far beyond what a cellphone camera offers.
        Battery life, as has been noted, is the one downside I can see.

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

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        2.0

        looks better than actually is.

        By unhappy

        from boston massachussets

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom
        • No Viewfinder
        • Poor Flash
        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor Image Stabilization
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

        the camera is a great price, and was on special when i bought it. but as i made pictures and compared it with other cameras i saw that the pictures and videos are not clear. they are actually blurry and the picture coloring is also not very nice

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

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        5.0

        So impressed

        By Meg

        from Athens, GA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          Especially considering its size (fits in my pocket) and price ( is the brown one just less popular?) I am extremely impressed with this product's performance. My biggest factor when choosing a camera was its low-light performance, and the first night I had it I shot in a candlelit tent. The result was beautiful and I was SOLD.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great compact camera

          By Angela

          from PA

          About Me Semi-pro 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
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          I purchased this camera to take along on my vacation so I wouldn't have to tote my larger Canon Rebel XSI everywhere. This camera is small enough to fit in a cargo pocket, or in a case that attached to my belt. It has a lot of different settings to choose from and quiet operation. The only downfall was short battery life, the battery lasted through all the events I took it to but didn't give much warning that it was almost dead once the battery life started to decline. Having read this in other reviews I purchased extra batteries that I had charged and ready to go. Overall it is a great little camera that will be easy to fit in a purse for those 'I wish I had my camera' moments!

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

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          4.0

          Nice camera but short battery life

          By chuck

          from ohio

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          10x zoom is great fun. Short battery life so suggest spare. Most of the instructions are on-line and fairly complicated.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Small, compact and stunning results !!

          By mike

          from montreal, Quebec

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          Easy to use with outstanding results....I have had Canon Powershot cameras in the past so I expected to have great results.....but with the extra zooming power and image stability my photos so far have been amazing....
          I highly recommend this camera to both amateurs and those with more experience.

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

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          5.0

          PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera

          By Jude Thorn

          from Asheville, NC

          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

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          the zoom is fantastic, nice colors, very compact, very intuitive to use, great design, great macro, really good for nature pictures

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Great Camera

          By Lav

          from Pretoria, South Africa

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          I purchased the camera about 2 weeks ago and I am very satisfied with the product. I use it for everyday photos, family & friends photos and specalized photography.
          The image quality is fantastic and I really enjoy the slow motion video recording which is fun to use. The macro recording is also a very nice feature.
          One slight downfall is the battery life, but I bought another battery along with the camera which sorts out that problem.

          Would definitely recommend this camera to anyone interested in a compact camera which is rich in features and has very good immage quality with a great zoom.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Camera

          By ITimbo

          from Delft, NL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • Poor Flash

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          Very good camera for non profissional photographers, portatil and with good funcions.

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

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          4.0

          Love it!!

          By C D Carey

          from Pittsburgh

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          Used for casual photo's .... outdoors and kids. I love the large display and ease of going from viewing photo's to recording picture/video. The zoom is excellent.

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

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