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Exposure is fully automatic, but the user can tweak it with 2. Thirteen scene modes keep the camera approachable for beginners. Five body colors are available: silver, gold, brown, blue and pink. Look and feel. The Canon SD has a simple, yet supple feel. The shutter button is flat and easy to find, with the zoom toggle surrounding it.

The mode switch is on the upper right, with choices of Still Record, Movie Record, and Playback modes. The other buttons and the multi-controller are flush mounted, and a soft press activates them. One feature in particular that I appreciate is the way you can reprogram the function of the Transfer button just right of the LCD screen. Because I often switch between Still and Movie mode, I chose Record Movie, which instantly drops me into Movie mode and starts recording.

An optical viewfinder also graces the SD This is a rarity in digital cameras in this size category, and Canon is to be commended for keeping it in such a small digital camera. According to our tests, you see 84 percent of the view at wide angle, and only 82 percent at telephoto. On the bottom of the Canon SD is a nice surprise: a metal tripod socket that replaces the plastic one on the SD The zoom is a 3X optical zoom equivalent to a mm lens, with digital enhancements of 1.

This means that effectively the zoom is about 60mm on the wide end at 1. Canon uses optical image stabilization, where the actual elements of the lens are shifted to stabilize any shaking. This form of image stabilization is arguably the better of the various forms of IS available today. The Function menu sets commonly-changed items.

The Main menu sets everything else. There are two menus, and two ways to enter them. To enter the Function menu, you must press the Func.

You are presented with a left column and a lower row that is used to set all the controls for the Canon SD At the lower row are the menu controls for selecting either the Automatic or Manual mode. There are also special Scene Modes for selecting shooting conditions that will help you take better pictures under specific shooting conditions: Portrait, Night Snapshot, and Kids and Pets. The Manual mode allows even more controls, with selections for JPEG resolution: Superfine least compression , Fine moderate compression , or Normal the most compression.

The lower row also controls the capture image size. Along the left column you also select the type of metering Evaluative, Center Weighted, or Spot.

Evaluative is the default metering mode, but the Spot setting is great for difficult lighting situations. Face Detection. When you press the shutter release, it picks the faces it can keep in focus and puts a green box around them. After capture, it zooms in on the most clear face it found so you can check focus and exposure.

You can use the zoom toggle to get in closer, and press the Set button to switch between the faces to check them all.

Special Features. The Canon SD found faces quickly and accurately, even from a surprising distance. The Canon SD not only sets autofocus with its face detection algorithm, it also sets exposure; quite useful since having the face exposed properly is key to a good portrait.

Widescreen is a special mode that captures an image at a 5-megapixel resolution of x pixels. This is OK because the LCD monitor was only designed to show images that were captured in the more standard 4 x 3 capture mode.

But when you watch the Widescreen captured images on your HDTV set, thanks to a provided AV output cable, it will look much more dramatic. This is where you also select the six other image size modes including the 8-megapixel maximum size for best print quality, all the way down to low resolution x for quick uploading and downloading. In my opinion, once you start shooting in Widescreen mode, you may never want to go back to the normal mode, especially if you watch the image playback on HDTVs, or if you make DVD slide shows based on these widescreen images.

The Canon SD IS also has a great movie mode -- x resolution at 30 frames per second -- but they also have several lower resolution versions that are very useful if you were shooting video for e-mail or for websites. The image quality rivals MiniDV recordings on camcorders. Storage and battery. The video recording time at the highest quality is about 16 minutes for a 2GB SD card.

Note that the plastic battery door seems quite fragile, but should be fine if the camera is treated with the care that all camera components demand. Another feature that Canon has been promoting for almost as long as they have been making digital still cameras is the Stitch Assist mode. The trick to make this work right is to shoot with the right amount of overlap. Canon makes this easy by retaining a small amount of the previous image to allow you a fast way of getting the proper overlap.

Making a quick panorama is easy with the Canon SD, and tells a better story about your surroundings. Images are stitched in the computer after capture. Stitch assist works in the horizontal mode, and you can shoot successive images in either a left or a right direction. The panoramic stitched effect is startling. It can even be made comic if you have a person staging themselves in different parts of captured images -- a process that can have your friend and their many digital clones reacting in the same panoramic scene.

Image Quality. Naturally, as ISO increases, quality degrades, but we found the printed results to be quite good, with even the ISO 1, image preserving enough quality for a decent 4x6. The ISO 80 and images were capable of withstanding up to 13xinch print sizes, despite a little softening in the corners. And despite the slight softening in the corners at wide angle, the rest of the frame at is quite sharp, ditto for telephoto. Macro mode was good, capturing a very small area smaller is better, meaning that you can get closer to your subject , though the flash did overwhelm the exposure system at this distance, an unsurprising result.

Color from the Canon SD is pretty accurate, with only the reds and cyans being slightly oversaturated, and hue is pleasingly accurate overall. I used the Canon SD in a wide variety of lighting environments, from indoor incandescent and fluorescent to bright outdoor sun.

For the indoor scenario, I chose the Manual mode because that allowed me to preset a manual ISO setting. I was handholding the Canon SD and also shooting in macro mode, so I really needed the ability to shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture sharp images without significant image blur.

Many thanks to Route 66 West Antique Shop in Palm Springs, California and owner Matt Burkholz for allowing me the use of their store to shoot the great jewelry and art pieces. Depth and detail. I also used Automatic White Balance in this shop, and I was satisfied with the results.

On closer inspection of the jewelry images, you can see some digital noise, but this is expected when shooting at ISO It was an acceptable compromise in order to get sharp, blur-free images. Because of the bright outdoor sun the ISO was automatically set to This meant the image quality would be as noise-free as possible.

This was confirmed when I zoomed in on the captured images of amazing rocks, flowering purple cactus, and other interesting plants in the area. I would expect that large 13 x 19 blowups of these images shot at ISO 80 would be excellent, revealing all their detail. If you crave compactness without sacrificing too much, the Canon SD really delivers. These days, GB is a good tradeoff between cost and capacity.


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