Canon SD300 Specifications

Canon SD300
Release Date September, 2004
Price ~$320
Pixel Count 4.0 Million
Camera Type Ultra-compact
Highest Resolution 2272x1704
Lower Resolutions 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.5"
LCD Screen Size 2.0"
Optical Zoom 3x; 35 - 105mm equivalent
Digital Zoom 3.6x
Focus Range 1.0' - Infinity
Macro W: 1.2 - 19.2"; T: 12 - 19.2"
Aperture Range f/2.8 - f/4.9
Shutter Speeds 30 - 1/1000th sec.
Auto Focus Yes
Auto Focus Type TTL; 9 point AiAF
Manual Focus No
Lens Thread None
AF-assist Lamp Yes
ISO Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Flash Built-in
Flash Range W: 1.6 - 11.5'; T: 1.6 - 6.6'
Flash Compensation None
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3 increments
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Bracketing None
Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Color Space sRGB
Aperture Priority No
Shutter Speed Priority Yes (Long exposures)
Manual Exposure No
Continuous Drive Yes, 2.4 fps
Self-Timer Yes, 10, 2 sec.
Storage Method SD
Storage Included 16MB SD card
Compressed Format JPG
Uncompressed Format None
Quality Settings Superfine, Fine, Normal
Video clips 640x480 or 320x240 (15 or 30 fps, unlimited), 320x240 60 fps up to 1 min.), 160x120 (15 fps, up to 3 min.), w/sound, AVI (M-JPEG)
Battery Type NB-4L rechargeable
Charger Included Yes, 90 minutes
PC Interface USB
TV-out Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, metal
Weight (w/out battery or card) 4.59 oz.
Dimensions 86 x 53 x 21mm

 Included in the Box
  • Canon SD300 camera
  • NB-4L rechargeable LI-Ion battery
  • Battery Charger
  • 16MB SD card
  • A/V cable
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Instruction manual
  • Software CD with ArcSoft Camera Suite

Index The Design: Canon SD300


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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?
  • brownba - Wednesday, July 6, 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
  • zoomsix - Wednesday, June 1, 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.
  • Cameraman - Wednesday, March 9, 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.
  • 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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