Canon PowerShot S400 Review

Canon launched the PowerShot S400 (AKA Digital IXUS 400), an ultra-compact four-megapixel camera with three times optical zoom, just a few days before the Photo Marketing Association 2003.

A four megapixel sensor and a three times optical zoom lens are packed into a device that is the same size as the PowerShot S230, making the PowerShot S400 the newest addition to Canon’s ultra-compact PowerShot series (three megapixels, two times zoom, announced in September 2002).

Unlike previous ultra-compact Powershot models, this camera does away with the stainless steel shell that gets filthy easily, in favor of an entirely new ‘Cerabrite’ material that is a blend of metal and ceramic. It retains its coolness to the touch, does not exhibit fingerprints, and is not readily scratched or dented.

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Canon PowerShot S400 Specifications

Body Material“Cerabrite” (metal / ceramic mix)
CCD pixels4.1 megapixels
JCIA effective pixels4.0 million
CCD size1/1.8″ (7.2 x 5.3 mm – more info)
CCD Colour Filter ArrayG – R – G – B
Image sizes• 2272 x 1704
• 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips• 320 x 240, 15 fps, up to 3 mins
• 160 x 120, 15 fps, up to 3 mins
Image ratio w:h4:3
File formats• Still: JPEG EXIF 2.2
• Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG + Wave audio)
JPEG quality levels• Super-Fine
• Fine
• Normal
Sensitivity equiv.• Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Zoom wide (W)36 mm
Zoom tele (T)108 mm (3x)
Zoom steps7 steps (including full wide and full telephoto)
Lens ThreadNone
Lens Max ApertureF2.8 – F4.9
Digital zoomUp to 3.6x
Focus modes• 9-point AiAF
• 1-point AF
AF Illumination lampYes (can be disabled)
Manual FocusNo
Focus range• Normal: 46 cm – Infinity (1.5 ft – Infinity)
• Macro (Wide): 5 – 46 cm (2.0 – 18.1 in)
• Macro (Tele): 30 – 46 cm (11.8 – 18.1 in)
Shooting modes• Auto
• Manual
• Stitch Asssist
• Movie (with sound)
AF LockYes (shutter release half press + focus button)
Metering• Evaluative
• Center weighted average
• Spot
Min shutter• Auto: 1/8 sec
• Manual: 1 sec
• Manual ‘long shutter’: 15 sec
Max shutter1/2000 sec
Noise reductionYes, automatic below 1.3 sec
Aperture PriorityNo
Shutter PriorityNo
Exposure compen.-2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
AE LockYes (shutter release half press + meter button)
White Balance• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Photo Effects• Vivid
• Neutral
• Low Sharpening
• Sepia
• Black & White
Drive modes• Single
• Continuous High: 2.5 fps, up to 5 frames
• Continuous Normal: 1.5 fps, up to 8 frames
FlashYes, internal
Flash range (Auto ISO)• Wide: 0.30 – 3.5 m (1.0 – 11.5 ft)
• Tele: 0.30 – 2.0 m (1.0 – 6.6 ft)
Flash modes• Auto Flash
• Anti-Redeye
• Fill-in Flash (forced on)
• Inhibit Flash (forced off)
• Slow-sync Flash
Flash compensation+/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
External flashNo
Tripod mountYes, metal
Self-timerYes, 2 or 10 sec
Remote controlNo
Time-lapse recordingNo
Video outYes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media• Compact Flash Type I
• FAT 12/16 and FAT 32 support
Storage included32 MB CF card supplied
ViewfinderOptical, no dioptre adjustment
LCD• 1.5″ TFT LCD
• 118,000 pixels
Print compliance• DPOF
• Canon Direct Printing – Card Photo Printers, Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
Other features• My Camera
• Orientation sensor
• iSAPS technology
• Movie editting
• Sound memo (up to 60 secs)
• Magnify Zoom (2 – 10x)
• Histogram display
• Slide show
• DPOF / Transfer Order
Connectivity• USB 1.1 (inc PTP)
• A/V out
BatteryLithium-Ion NB-1LH rechargeable battery supplied
Battery chargerYes, supplied
Weight (inc. battery)222 g (7.8 oz)
Dimensions87 x 57 x 28 mm (3.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 in)

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