Nov 24, 2004

Canon PowerShot SD300 Review

Just posted is a full review of Canon's newest and highest resolution ultra-compact digital camera, the PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH (AKA. the Digital IXUS 40). This metal clad pocketable digital camera has an impressive three times optical zoom lens which has a tight profile which enables the SD300 to be just 20 mm thin. The SD300 also features a four megapixel CCD, large 2.0" LCD monitor, Lithium-Ion rechargable battery and SD storage. Check out our concise review of the SD300 to see what we thought of it.

In an ideal world buying an ultra compact camera would not involve any compromise at all. But this ain't a perfect world, and if you want a camera you really can carry with you anytime, anywhere then you have to accept there will be some trade-off in terms of absolute image quality. The SD300 is, fortunately, more than just a slim, cool, stylish camera with enough silly names (ELPH, IXY, IXUS) for an entire episode of Monty Python. It's a fast, easy to use, well-specified camera that can genuinely claim to be pocket-sized, and it produces images that - whist by no means perfect - are sharp, clean and colorful, and it does so with the minimum fuss. It's so small, and is so enjoyable to handle and use that you cannot help but take it with you wherever you go, something you might hesitate to do with a larger camera.