Noise

The noise test consists of pictures of our studio shot taken at increasing ISO levels to show the effect on the image. The pictures were taken after resetting the camera to its factory default settings. The camera is then set to record with the highest quality option with manual WB. Click on a 100% crop below to view the full-size image. All images are sRGB.

 ISO 50  
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 ISO 100  
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 ISO 200  
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 ISO 400  
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At ISO 50 and 100, the SD300 does a very good job of controlling noise and producing clean images. When we set the camera to ISO 200, there is a noticeable increase in noise, but detail remains very high. At ISO 400, however, there is a significant loss of detail and the introduction of some discoloration in shadow areas. Although the images are definitely still usable, you might notice the noise in an 8"x10" print.

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  • Fricardo - Saturday, July 16, 2005 - link

    "We are eagerly awaiting the release of the 5 megapixel PowerShot SD400 and we will certainly bring you a review"

    Sooo, the SD400 is out. And still no review?
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  • brownba - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - link

    i love my sd300

    i've read about the lcd being fragile...
    but that's just the 2% of disgruntled owners being loud, while teh 98% of happy owners are out taking great pictures
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  • zoomsix - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - link

    Buyers Beware: the sd300 lcd breaks VERY EASY. Take special care when handling as even the slightest impact can break it, and canon WILL NOT replace it free of charge.
    IMO, this is reason enough not to buy the camera. The simple fact that it can break from something as simple as being in your pocket is screaming flawed design.

    You won't see this in any reviews because reviewers only test the product... they don't actually have extended experience with it.

    If you don't believe me, just search around.

    You have been warned.
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  • Cameraman - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    Yet another flippin' awesome review, man! I can't even imagine buying a digital camera at this point without reading what you have to say about it. Thanks for all of the hard work, dude! Reply
  • Bookie - Monday, February 28, 2005 - link

    I just got this camera last week to compliment my Dimage A1 and I've very impressed. The movie quality rocks. The pictures aren't quite as clear as my Dimage, but that's where the $400 price different comes in. I paid just over $300 for this camera. I really wanted to wait for next month to get either ther sd500 or sd600, but since I'm headed on a cruise next week I couldn't wait any longer, though I may ebay this after the trip and get one of the new ones depending on their street price. I also found replacement batteries (generic) for $12 online and picked up a couple of those.

    I did comparisons of this camera with the eLixims. Even though I could get the 5mp casio for the same price, it just didn't do as much as well as this camera. I also couldn't stand that they had to have that docking station to charge.
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  • Brunnis - Saturday, February 26, 2005 - link

    Okay, I think I've decided now. I'm buying the IXUS 40 (as it's apparently called here), along with a fast 1GB SD card and Canon's own camera bag. Should be really neat to have this camera the coming summer. :) I've read more reviews of it and they're all agreeing with this one! Reply
  • drwho9437 - Friday, February 25, 2005 - link

    #21 they did I believe add a digital zoom in the SD500 but not an optical one. Though since the image is so small compaired to the sensor resolution it will probably work well. The auto focus system is designed to continously focus. Reply
  • stephencaston - Friday, February 25, 2005 - link

    #22, yep IXUS 40 for the SD300 and IXUS 30 for the SD200. Reply
  • Brunnis - Friday, February 25, 2005 - link

    This is pretty much what I've been looking for! I'm just wondering what the exact name is in europe. Would this be the Digital IXUS 40 (not 400!)? Reply
  • Jedi2155 - Friday, February 25, 2005 - link

    I have a SD300 and I also use a Lexar 32x 1 GB on it. I've tried taken a movie sample with a full battery charge had it go till I filled the card to capacity. Thats about 8 minutes and 45(50 maybe) using a empty card @ 640x480 30 FPS. After that, I still managed to get a weeks worth of shots (about 10-20 a day) with a few more videos on the battery charge. Needless to say, I am impressed and decided to against buying a spare.

    I am irked about the inability to zoom in the movie mode but I heard they fixed that in the upcoming SD500......
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