The Canon SD line is very popular for its small size and solid construction and the PowerShot SD300 is no different. Offering a 4 megapixel output and 3x optical zoom, the SD300 has a lot to offer. On top of the basic still recording modes that we have come to expect from current digicams, the SD300 offers a versatile movie mode that can record at 640x480 at 30 fps. It can even record at 60 fps with a resolution of 320x240. Despite its size, the SD300 features a luxurious 2.0 inch LCD monitor. Also, the SD300 is a unique ultra-compact camera in the sense that it has an AF-assist lamp and optical viewfinder.

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In our review of the SD300, we found that it could quite possibly be the best ultra-compact digicam available. Although it carries a heavier price tag than some similar ultra-compact cameras that are a bit bigger, the SD300 puts in a very solid performance in our tests. It is fast from startup to shutter lag. It even has remarkable cycle times with and without use of the flash. We were blown away by its continuous drive mode that is capable of shooting at 2.4 fps until the flash card is full. When it comes to image quality, there are a few minor quibbles, but nothing that detracts from the overall quality. Read our full review of the Canon PowerShot SD300 to see the details and why we love it so much.

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  • hoppa - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    The SD300 is an awesome camera, but some note should be made of the very obvious artifacting in the resolution tests. The Canon may display slightly higher resolution than the Nikon, but that comes at a cost: the oversharping causes extreme moire and artifacting issues in very fine detail.

    Thank you for finally reviewing a top notch camera though!
  • IceWindius - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    Meh, no thanks, I love my new A85 just fine and dandy. Reply
  • stephencaston - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    AtaStrumf, thanks for the suggestion. Its always sort of tricky finding something suitable for video samples. Believe it or not, sometimes its really hard to find something interesting to shoot. I'll venture more into the downtown scene next time ;-) Reply
  • AtaStrumf - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    OK, read the review. Fabulous camera! A friend of mine has a Canon PS ELPH SD110 (3MP, 2x zoom)

    Also a nice camera, but the small lens size makes *S*Purple fringing (check spelling in your conclusion) a real pain in the you-know-where (not neck ;-). It shows up big and often, although SD300 seems to be a bit better.

    One complaint: a bad movie sample. Shoot something more interesting next time and not so far away and detailed (it really gets blurred-lost), because I don't think anybody will be making IMAX type of movies with it. Show a stroll along the beach, kids playing, fish, cats something close up, colorfull and moving.

  • AtaStrumf - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    Oh yea, I forgot to stress that the new stuff (lens and CCD sensor) are _THE_ most important features that can single-handedly make or break a camera.

    And just for those who don't know it yet: IXUS=ELPH (EU/US).

    And........, yep I think that's it.
  • AtaStrumf - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    Haven't read the review yet but I gotta say this right now anyway, because I just saw the pricetag on this IXUS and I already know it's not for me.

    Just today I was thinking that next time you guys put up a review I gotta ask you to review a Canon PowerShot A510 and/or A520. It may seem just like a A75/A85 in a new form factor, which I suppose it is, but it also has a new lens and there is some confusion about wheather or not both A510 and A520 use the same CCD sensor, so I'd really like to see a review before I buy, but I just can't find any, which is really odd, considering it looks like just the right combination of features and price, which should make it extremely popular choice.

    Please, please, please review this camera.

    Sorry about the stupid long sentence, but I think it conveys very well exactly what I wanted to say.
  • PrinceGaz - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    Whew, that seems like the sort of camera I'll get if I fancy something better than my Minolta DiMAGE X20. Only downside I can see to the Canon is that it uses a proprietary battery rather than AA cells so I'd have to take the charger with me rather than simply taking a few sets of ready to use NiMH away with me, but I guess they couldn't have made the camera so small otherwise.

    Given the Canon's impressive movie capature ability, is there a limit to what size SD card the camera accepts? Will it take 1GB and the recently introduced 2GB SD cards? 640x480 @ 30fps MJPEG will eat the megabytes up pretty quickly, if the 320x240 @ 15fps MJPEG my camera can do is anything to go by.
  • nels0360 - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    The SD300 is a great little camera. I bought one in December. It does have a couple of drawbacks though.

    In photos taken in low light, the photos occasionaly come out with a bright white "swirl" in the image. It is the flash refecting off of dust apparently. It is mentioned on the Canon website in the FAQ for this camera. This has ruined more than one of my photos.

    Also, as with many ultra-compacts, red-eye is a problem even with the red-eye reduction flash. There is just no avoiding it in some shots, but that is what Photoshop is for.

    If you get this camera, make sure to get the Canon leather case designed for it. It is incredibly small, comes in red or black and looks good to boot.
  • ksherman - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    dont ell me we are russian into the Soviet jokes again...

    Great review, and a gret product! I defenitly want one of these suckas!
  • Houdani - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    In Soviet Russia, Canons power shoot YOU! Reply

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