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Canon PowerShot SD430 Review

The Canon PowerShot ELPH SD430 digital camera “rocks,” in contrast to its predecessors. The Canon SD430 is resting on its slightly curved WiFi antenna when it is stood on end like its relatives were intended to do. This is how the Canon SD430 was expected to be used.

In the wake of Nikon and Kodak’s entry into the market for WiFi-enabled digital cameras, Canon has introduced the PowerShot SD430, which provides a novel approach to shooting without the use of cables. The camera comes with a Wireless Print Adapter, which enables wireless printing to any PictBridge printer, and it also enables wireless remote capture from your Windows computer.

The Canon SD430 sports a sensor with a resolution of 5.0 megapixels and most of the other fundamental characteristics found on other models in the SD range; nevertheless, the company placed a significant focus on the inclusion of WiFi.

Design of the Canon SD430

Although it is not quite as thin as some other subcompact cameras, the Canon SD430 is nevertheless quite pocket-friendly because of its small size and the fact that its body is made entirely of metal. However, if you want to keep that lovely finish in pristine condition, you need to store it in a protective case because it is susceptible to being scratched.

We also propose a case to protect the lens mechanism from harm; the mechanism can be destroyed if the camera is turned on while it is in a pocket or backpack, which is why we recommend a case. Because the lens retracts when the camera is turned off, the front of the camera remains totally flat, highlighting the pocket-friendly form of the camera. Additionally, an automated lens cover ensures that you do not have to worry about smearing the lens or losing a lens cap.

The Canon SD430 digital camera has dimensions of 3.90 by 2.14 by 0.85 inches (99 by 54.4 by 21.7 millimeters) and a weight of 4.59 ounces (130 grams) when the battery and memory card are not included.

The viewfinder and flash are located just above the lens on the front of the Canon SD430, which is one of the characteristic ELPH elements that can be seen on the front of the camera. The lens is positioned slightly off-center and toward the right.

Next to the optical viewfinder is a light emitter that serves various purposes. These include helping with focusing, reducing the appearance of red eyes, and providing a countdown for the self-timer. When the camera is turned on, the telescopic lens swiftly comes into position, sticking out approximately 1 cm from the front of the device. When the power is turned off, the lens retracts completely within the device, keeping the device’s profile as flat as possible.

A little cutout for the microphone may be found to the left of the lens of the camera. The PowerShot SD430 does not come with a finger grip, thus in order to ensure your safety, you should always use the wrist strap that comes with the camera. On the right-hand side of the SD430, there is a space between the body of the camera and the WiFi antenna. Within this space is the WiFi light.

The Canon SD430’s top panel is divided into two halves, with the right half housing the Power button, the Shutter button, and the Zoom ring. All three of these controls are located on the right half of the top panel, with the Shutter button and Zoom ring sticking out from the surface, and the Power button is recessed and accompanied by an LED that illuminates when the camera is turned on.

The AV Out port and the USB port are located on the right side of the Canon SD430 (when viewed from the back), however, they are hidden behind a plastic door that lifts upwards on a hinge and then swings out and down to show the ports. The eyelet for attaching the wrist strap is located below the door.

The WiFi antenna is exposed and has a curved surface on the reverse side of the PowerShot SD430, which is the side facing away from you. When the camera is placed on its side in this orientation, the lettering on the front of the camera and lens rotates to the correct orientation for the right reading.

On the rear panel of the Canon SD430 is where you’ll find the rest of the camera’s controls, as well as both the optical and LCD viewfinders. With a diagonal measurement of 2.5 inches, the LCD monitor is rather large for a subcompact camera. The controls are on the right side of the screen. The Still Record, Movie, and Playback modes may be selected using the Mode switch that is located adjacent to the top right corner.

The microphone and speaker for the camera are located to the right. The Print/Share button is located below and to the left of the speaker. It has a blue LED in the middle that lights up when the camera is ready to print or transfer photographs, and it blinks when either function is being performed.

The majority of the camera’s fast settings are included in a Four-Way Arrow pad, while the buttons on the camera’s exterior are responsible for navigation as well as functions such as Macro, ISO, and Flash modes. The Set button, which is also known as the Function button, can be found in the center of the Four-way Arrow pad. This button is used to make selections from the menu.

The buttons for displaying and accessing the menu are located below this layout. Lastly, adjacent to the viewfinder on the Canon SD430 are two LED lamps that inform the camera’s condition. These lamps light up to signal when the focus has been set or when the flash has been completely charged.

The bottom panel of the Canon SD430 is lovely and flat, and it houses the metal tripod mount as well as the compartment for the battery and memory card. Since the tripod socket is almost centered beneath the lens and is just out by a few millimeters, you will need to make some adjustments in order to take panorama photos.

The slots for the battery and the SD memory card are aligned next to one another inside the battery and memory card compartment. When the cover of the compartment is opened, there is a tiny clasp that is loaded with a spring that prevents the battery from slipping out by accident. The connection jack on the “dummy battery” that is used in the optional AC adapter kit is hidden behind a hole that is covered by a small metal slide that is located in the middle of the door.

(Just like the AC adapter design of many other Canon digital cameras, the SD430 inserts inside the battery compartment like a fake battery and offers a connector for the cable of the AC power converter.)

Unfortunately, the tripod mount is also right alongside the door to the battery compartment and card compartment, which means that you have to remove the camera from the tripod if the battery life is exhausted or if there is no more space on the flash card (although, to be fair, this is not a camera that you will use to shoot in a studio).

The tripod mount access hole for the AC adapter kit is not located in such close proximity to the tripod mount that it would prevent the usage of the vast majority of tiny tripods.

How to Operate a Canon SD430

The user interface of the Canon PowerShot SD430 is clear and reasonably simplistic, including a menu configuration and basic control principles that are comparable to those of the other models in the current ELPH series. The majority of the camera’s capabilities may be adjusted by pressing the buttons located on the top and back panels, while the LCD-based menu can be used to make adjustments to a select few settings.

Without requiring the user to navigate through the many menu screens, a Function menu offers prompt access to fundamental parameters such as the image size, quality, and exposure compensation. Because the menu items are shown in tabs on the LCD screen rather than sequentially on a series of pages, the LCD menu system in and of itself is highly efficient.

In addition, the menus for Setup and My Camera are always accessible, notwithstanding the mode in which the camera is operating. If you have the user manual on hand, familiarizing yourself with the camera shouldn’t take more than an hour.

Display for the Record Mode In the majority of Record modes, the LCD display of the PowerShot SD430 shows either the image area with no information, the picture with a restricted information display, or nothing at all. When you press the Display button, the various display modes will cycle through one by one.

When the information display is activated, it will report the current resolution and image quality settings, as well as the number of photographs that are currently accessible, the orientation, the Record mode, and a few exposure parameters (although not aperture or shutter speed). When you are working in Digital Macro, the display will always be on, showing at the very least the focus target and the magnification.

Display in Playback Mode The playback mode offers three display options: the picture only, the image with information, and the image with extended information and a histogram. These modes may be accessed by clicking the corresponding buttons.

You may zoom in on taken photographs to check for fine details, focus, or framing, and the index display mode allows you to view as many as nine thumbnail images at once on the screen simultaneously. A “Jump” option is accessible from the display of nine images, and it enables you to cycle between screens containing nine thumbnails simultaneously.

While viewing a single image, you may enter the Hop mode by using the Up arrow key. This will allow you to jump through all of the photos that are saved on the card. This option allows you to skip ahead 10 or 100 photographs, organized by the date they were captured, to either a Movie or a folder.

Modes & Menus for the Canon SD430

Still Record Mode: This mode prepares the Canon SD430 for image capture and makes the camera’s on-screen menus accessible so that the user may select from a wide variety of exposure and shooting parameters. Auto and Manual exposure settings are available, however, there is no direct control over the exposure setting. Preset photography modes include Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, My Colors, and Stitch Assist (which may be found under the Record menu).

Movie Mode allows you to record short movie clips complete with sound in one of the other three recording modes. When you take the first picture, the focus and optical zoom are already set.

The following movie modes are available: Standard (either 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 pixels at either 30 or 15 fps, up to one gigabyte each), Fast Frame Rate (320 x 240 pixels at 60 fps for up to one minute), Compact (160 x 120 pixels at 15 fps for up to three minutes), and My Colors. Each of these movie modes has a maximum recording capacity of one gigabyte (either 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 pixels at either 30 or 15 fps, up to 1-GB each).

Playback Mode: This mode enables you to scroll through captured images and movies, write-protect images, view a nine-image index display, zoom into a captured image, delete unwanted images, rotate images, set up images for printing on DPOF compatible devices, as well as play movies and crop them. In addition, this mode enables you to play movies and crop them.

You may access the Record Menu System by hitting the Menu button while you are recording in any mode (some options are not available in all modes). There are now four menu tabs visible, one for each of the following sub-menus: Record, WiFi, Setup, and My Camera.

Record Menu

Turns on the autofocus system for the AiAF camera. When turned off, the focusing mode of the camera centers its attention on the middle of the picture.

The countdown for the Self-Timer may be set to either two or ten seconds, or you can choose to specify a timer of your own making. The user-defined timer has the ability to have a delay of 0-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds, and it enables the user to take numerous shots (a total of one to ten).

If the camera is configured to take numerous pictures, each of those pictures is taken with an interval of approximately one second between them, which is sufficient time for the flash to recharge if it is necessary. The initial photo is taken with the focus and exposure already fixed.

(Since someone in the group will inevitably blink just as the camera goes off, this is a very helpful function for capturing decent pictures of groups.)

Delete Registration is a function that may be used to remove any of the device configurations that have been registered in the camera.

Toggles the quick transfer of captured photos while using the auto-transfer feature

Energy Efficient

Toggles the automatic cutoff function of the camera, which powers off the device after a certain amount of time during which it has been idle. Additionally, the display shutdown time may be adjusted to 10, 20, or 30 seconds, as well as 1, 2, or 3 minutes.

Time Zone

Establishes both a Home and World (away) time zone, allowing you to choose between the two when you need to save date and time information specific to a certain place. When you change the time zone, a global map appears on the screen, complete with important cities and scrollable time zones. This makes it simple to choose a destination from the list.


Adjusts the internal clock and calendar of the camera, as well as the format for dates (mm/dd/yy, dd/mm/yy, or yy/mm/dd, depending on which option you choose).

A Display of the Clock

When the Function key is pushed and held for two seconds, the clock display option is controlled. This option displays the current time (but not the date) for a period of 0-10, 20 or 30 seconds or for 1, 2, or 3 minutes, depending on how long the Function key was pressed and held. (I suppose that might come in handy if you misplaced your wristwatch.) When the time is set to zero, the clock will only be seen when the Function button is being held down.


Clears all data from the Secure Digital card before formatting it (even those marked for write-protection). The formatting of the card at a low-level is something that can be done as an option.

File Numbering

When Auto Reset is enabled, the file numbering system is reset whenever a new Secure Digital card is inserted. If Continuous is selected, the camera will continue to number in sequence even if a different memory card is inserted.

Make a new folder.

Either immediately generates a new folder on the memory card to keep photographs or upon the day and time you select, creates the folder. You may choose which option to use.

Auto Rotate

Changes the state of the Auto Rotate function between on and off. It is possible for the camera to determine if the camera is being kept nearly level or whether it has been rotated to the left or right by more than approximately 45 degrees.

You are able to select which orientation a picture is labeled with even for images taken while the camera is angled vertically to an extent that prevents the sensor from functioning since it will remember the orientation it had before you aimed it vertically up or down.

Language: This feature allows you to select from a remarkable 22 different languages for the camera’s menus. The language that will be used by default is English

My Camera Menu


Chooses a consistent aesthetic for all of the items in the My Camera menu settings. There are four alternatives to choose from, the first of which is “Off.” When a theme is chosen, each of the subsequent settings will immediately conform to the characteristics of that theme. The user may even choose their own noises and upload them to the camera if they so like.

Start-Up Image

You may choose to have a black screen, the Canon logo, the Canon logo with a sunset, or a nature picture appear as the starting image when you power on the camera. Using the Canon program, you may even attach your own picture to the document.

Sounds at Start-Up

You have the option of turning on the camera with no sound, a musical tone (tone 1), a musical tone (tone 2), or birds chirping as the startup sound. Using the Canon software, you may even incorporate your own sounds to your recordings.

Sound of the Self-Timer

Adjusts the volume of the sound that plays when the shutter release is two seconds away from being activated. There is also the option for fast beeps, the sound of a telephone ringing, and howling.

Shutter Sound

Adjusts the sound of the shutter that is played whenever the Shutter button is pressed (there is no shutter sound in Movie mode). There is an option for no sound at all, a Shutter sound, a Musical Tone, and a Bark sound.

Playback Menu System

In Playback mode, you may access the Playback menu on the Canon SD430 by pressing the Menu button. In addition, the Playback menu has topic tabs for the Setup and My Camera menus. I won’t go over these again because they were covered in the last section.

Image Quality

Accuracy with regard to Saturation and Hue

Reds and blues are somewhat oversaturated, which is quite typical of images captured by consumer digital cameras. In general, very accurate hue reproduction.

The vast majority of consumer digital cameras create colors that are more highly saturated (that is, more strong) than those seen in the things they photograph. This is due to the fact that the majority of people want their colors to be more vibrant than life. Strong red and blue tones are oversaturated when captured by the Canon SD430; yet, the majority of the time, the pictures will still be satisfactory to the typical customer. When applied to Caucasian skin tones, oversaturation presents the greatest challenge since it is quite simple for certain “memory colors” to be interpreted as being excessively vivid, excessively pink, excessively yellow, and so on. The SD430 did generate skin tones that were little pink, but the results were also extremely credible in this regard.

Hue accuracy is another essential component of color rendering to keep in mind. The “what color” a color is refers to its hue. In this instance, the Canon SD430 shifted cyan colors toward blue in order to provide better-looking sky colors; nonetheless, most hues still looked to be quite realistic. Depending on how the white balance was set and the composition, the images did sometimes appear to have a somewhat magenta or warm tone.

A Perfect White Balance

Indoors, incandescent illumination

The Auto and Incandescent white balance options provide a moderately warm cast, however the Manual white balance setting produces good results. About average exposure compensation necessary.

In the Auto and Incandescent white balance modes, the color balance seemed somewhat warm and reddish when photographed inside under incandescent illumination. The Manual setting, on the other hand, produced more accurate results. To get an exposure that was satisfactory with the Canon SD430, an exposure compensation boost of +1.0 EV was necessary. This result is somewhat typical for this photograph. Even if the blue blossoms are a touch on the dull side, the hue overall looks excellent. (This is a relatively typical result for this type of photo.) The test lighting that we used for this photo was a combination of 60 and 100 watt household incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs provide a lovely yellow light, but they are a relatively prevalent light source in regular residential settings in the United States.


High resolution with a good level of detail throughout 1,100–1,200 lines.

Sharp and clear line patterns were visible on our laboratory resolution chart down to about 1,200 lines per image height horizontally, but only around 1,100 lines vertically when using the Canon SD430. Around 1,600 lines were counted before extinction took place. Additionally, considerable color abnormalities were created by the camera in the lower line frequencies as well. You may use these values to compare other cameras that have a resolution that is comparable to this one, or you can use them to evaluate what a greater resolution can mean in terms of the possible level of detail.

Be aware that even though you might be able to make out what appears to be distinct lines at numbers higher than those we’ve mentioned here, the camera is just doing its best to continue interpreting the lines. This is something to keep in mind even if you are able to make out what appears to be distinct lines at higher numbers. If you zoom in and trace the lines from the broader areas, you’ll notice that they converge and recur numerous times. This indicates that the lines you see at 1,500 and higher are actually just artifacts caused by the image mechanism of the camera.

Performance in Terms of ISO and Noise

Noise levels range from low to moderate while using the regular sensitivity settings, but they increase and become more noticeable when using the higher sensitivity settings.

Lower ISO settings on the Canon SD430 generated noise that was low to moderate, with considerable blurring occurring in darker portions of the image.


Because digital cameras are more comparable to slide film than they are to negative film (in the sense that they have a tendency to have a more limited tonal range), we put them through the most extreme conditions possible when testing them to determine how well they can handle scenes with bright highlights and dark shadows, as well as what kind of sensitivity they have when the light is dim.

Dim lighting

The Canon PowerShot SD430 worked admirably in conditions with low light since it was able to take photographs that were brilliant even in the darkest conditions we tested it in while using the higher ISO settings. Images were bright enough to be useful up to around 1/8 foot-candles at ISOs 50 and 100, which is approximately 1/8 as bright as the typical level of illumination provided by city street lighting at night. Even in the darker exposures, the auto white balance option provided a satisfactory color balance, since there were no obvious color casts visible in the image.

The timing as well as the performance

Speed that is good to about average for a consumer camera.

When it comes to timing, the Canon SD430 performs better than average, beginning with a startup time that is closer to normal than it is to slow. The shutter lag time for wide-angle and telephoto lenses is both satisfactory, and “prefocusing” the camera by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before taking the final exposure results in a blisteringly quick lag time of only 0.073 seconds.

Even though the camera records frames constantly and clears the buffer after each image, the shot-to-shot cycle times are roughly the same as normal, coming in at around 1.78 seconds for large/superfine JPEGs. Even though it just takes frames continually without completely filling the buffer, the Continuous-mode speed is quite slow, coming in at around 1.22 frames per second.

After a shot at maximum strength, the flash needs around six seconds to fully recharge, which is about the norm for cameras in this category. The download rates are fairly rapid when connected to a computer, clocking in around 1,342 KBytes per second. In a nutshell, the PowerShot SD430 is quick enough for most typical shooting settings, but it is not quick enough to keep up with really fast action. Despite this, the SD430 ought to provide satisfactory performance for vacation and family photography.

Battery Life and Capacity of Storage


Outstanding battery life when the LCD is turned off; WiFi has not been completely tested. Very good battery life while the LCD is turned on.

The Canon PowerShot SD430 gets its juice from a specialized rechargeable lithium-ion battery built by Canon. I was unable to perform my typical power consumption tests on it since it does not have a normal external power connector. This prevented me from being able to accurately gauge its power usage.

According to Canon’s own numbers for the Canon SD430 (which are based on the standard test procedure used by CIPA), you should be able to get approximately 150 shots out of a freshly charged battery with the LCD on, or 500 shots with the monitor off, with half of those shots using the flash. These numbers are based on the CIPA standard test procedure. Additionally, they assert that the playback time is three hours. These figures do not take into account the amount of power that is consumed by the WiFi capability that is being utilized.


The SD430 comes complete with a 16MB SD/MMC card already installed.

Image Capacity with
16MB SD Card
2,592 x 1,944Images61021
File Size2.6MB1.5MB744K
2,048 x 1,536Images91633
File Size1.7MB943K479K
1,600 x 1,200Images152650
File Size1.1MB595K314K
640 x 480Images5688138
File Size281K182K116K

It is highly recommended that you get a memory card of at least 128 megabytes, and preferably 256 megabytes, so that you have additional room for longer trips.


Model Name:Canon PowerShot SD430 
Manufacturer URL:Manufacturer website
Model Number:SD430
Alternate Model Number(s):Digital IXUS Wireless
Camera Format:Ultra Compact
Currently Manufactured:No
Retail Price:$499.99
Street Price:$234.67
Date Available:2006-01-31
Tripod Mount:Yes
Weight:4.6 oz (130 g)
Size:3.9 x 2.1 x 0.9 in.
(99 x 54 x 22 mm)
Waterproof Depth:n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Manufacturer: 
Effective Megapixels:5.0
Sensor Format:1/2.5 inch
Sensor size:24.7104mm2 (5.76mm x 4.29mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch:2.22 microns
Focal Length Multiplier:n/a
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Color Filter Type: 
Anti Aliasing Filter: 
Sensor shift image stabilization:No
On-Sensor Phase Detect:No
DxO Sensor Score: 
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 
Image Capture
Image Resolution:2592 x 1944 (5.0 MP, 4:3),
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format:JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Continuous-mode frames/second:1.2
Video Capture
Can take movies:Yes
Movie Resolution:640×480 (30.00)
160×120 (15.00)
Movie File Format:AVI (Motion JPEG)
Composite Video Out:Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video:Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out:
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount:n/a
Lens:Canon Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):35 – 105mm
Focal Length (actual):5.8 – 17.4mm
Zoom Ratio:3.00x
Aperture Range:f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.9 (tele) – f/???
Integrated ND Filter:No
Normal Focus Range:30 cm to Infinity
11.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:3 – 50 cm
1.2 – 19.7 in
Filter Thread:n/a
Thread Type:n/a
Optical Image Stabilization:No
Digital Zoom:Yes
Digital Zoom Values:4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus:Yes
Auto Focus Type:9-point AiAF
Auto Focus Assist Light?Yes
Manual Focus:No
Viewfinder:Optical / LCD
Viewfinder Type:Real-image optical zoom
Focus Peaking:No
EVF Resolution:n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 
Eye-level Viewfinder:Yes
Rear Display:Yes
Rear Display Size (inches):2.0
Rear Display Resolution:118,000 dots
Articulating Screen:No
Tilt Swivel Screen:
Selfie Screen:
Max Playback Zoom:10.0x
Top Deck Display:
Maximum ISO (native): 
Minimum ISO (native): 
ISO Settings:Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Auto ISO Mode:No
White Balance Settings:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Shutter Speed Range:1/1500 – 15 sec
Bulb Mode:No
Exposure Compensation:+/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes:Evaluative, Center-weighted Average, Spot
Program Auto Exposure:No
Aperture Priority:No
Shutter Priority:No
Full Manual Exposure:No
Creative Exposure Modes:Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Fireworks, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot
Self Timer:2 – 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): 
High Resolution Composite:No
Built-in Flash:Yes
Flash Modes:Auto, On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction On/Off, Slow Synchro
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100):n/a
Flash Range Description:Normal: 1.6–12 ft./50cm – 3.5m (WIDE), 1.6–6.7 ft./50cm – 2.0m (TELE); Macro: 1.0–1.6 ft./30–50cm
Max Flash Sync: 
Flash Exposure Compensation: 
External Flash Connection:n/a
Built-In Wireless Flash Control: 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types:SD
UHS Support: 
Other Memory: 
Dual Card Slots:No
RAW Capture Support:No
Uncompressed Format: 
Movie File Format:AVI (Motion JPEG)
Included Memory:No memory included
Included Memory Type: 
Built-In Wi-Fi:Yes
Built-In GPS:No
Microphone Jack:No
Headphone Jack:No
External Connections:USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant:Yes
DPOF Compliant:Yes
Remote Control:Yes
Remote Control Type:Wireless LAN
Connections (extended):DC input
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution):1.78
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 
Camera penalizes early shutter press?
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution):1.2
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution):999
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid):0.50 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):0.67 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, live view – DSLR): 
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view – DSLR): 
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 
Shutter Lag (prefocused):0.073 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes): 
Startup Time:1.2 seconds
Play -> Record Time:1.3 seconds
Flash cycle time, full power:6.0 seconds
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View):150 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF): 
Battery Life, Video: 
Battery Form Factor:Proprietary NB-4L
Usable Battery Types:Lithium Ion rechargeable
Batteries Included:1 x Proprietary NB-4L Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter):Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
Included Software:Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
OS Compatibility:Windows, MacOS


The Canon PowerShot SD430 is an exceptional tiny camera, with superlative build quality, excellent image quality, and the versatility to bring back good-looking photographs from a broad range of shooting conditions. Its name, the PowerShot SD430, means “powerful little camera.” When you go back to the hotel, you may print to any PictBridge printer using the wireless print adapter that comes with the camera, and you can wirelessly transfer its photographs to a Windows PC either directly or by going through a router.

We do, however, recommend that you get a small, hard case for it to protect it in the event that you accidentally bump into something while carrying it in your pocket. Its little shell is chic and classy, and it travels well. When it comes to taking pictures, the actual exposure control is still done automatically; however, the user has the power to alter the ISO, change the white balance, and access longer shutter times, which considerably extends the camera’s capacity to take pictures.

The Canon SD430 is also pretty snappy for a subcompact digital camera because to its high-speed DIGIC-II processing chip, and its video capabilities goes quite a bit beyond what I’m accustomed to seeing other models of small digital cameras. The SD430 appears to have a little lower level of sharpness than the majority of Canon ELPH cameras, which is perplexing given that the primary distinction is WiFi.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • The auto white balance feature is effective across a diverse range of lighting conditions.
  • Vibrant, attractive color
  • Printing wirelessly on a B-side using the WiFi adaptor that’s provided
  • Good skin tones
Need Improvement
  • In manual mode, the only available adjustments are to the white balance and EV correction.
  • The shutter has a rather sluggish reaction when used at telephoto lens lengths.
  • Under bright lighting conditions, the contrast is a touch too high, and the image often loses highlight and shadow detail.

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