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Canon PowerShot SX400 IS: Digital Photography Review
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Canon PowerShot SX400 Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom (Red)
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Announced Jul 29, 2014
Manufacturer description: With a compact design and a powerful 30x Optical Zoom range with Optical Image Stabilizer, the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is a versatile camera that can be used daily anytime, anywhere. The 16 Megapixel CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor combine with Canon's Intelligent IS system to provide users with outstanding functionality, while the updated grip design improves handling comfort. The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is always ready for action with a dedicated movie button to easily stop and start recording 720p HD video.
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–720 mm|
|Max shutter speed||1/1600 sec|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||313 g (0.69 lb / 11.04 oz)|
|Dimensions||104 x 69 x 80 mm (4.09 x 2.72 x 3.15″)|
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PowerShot SX400 IS
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Canon Powershot SX400 IS SX520 HS Super Zoom Announced
Canon has announced the new Canon Powershot SX520 HS, and Canon Powershot SX400 IS super zoom cameras, with the SX520 featuring a 42x optical zoom lens, and the SX400 featuring a 30x optical zoom lens. The CanonPowerShot SX520 HS will be available in the UK and Ireland from August 2014 with an RRP of £299/€359, while the CanonPowerShot SX400 IS will be available in September exclusively from Argos with an RRP of £259/€315
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS key features:
- 42x optical zoom lens
- 35 mm equivalent: 24 – 1008 mm
- 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 3inch screen, 461k dots
- ISO100 to ISO3200
- HS System & Intelligent IS
- Full HD movies with one touch
- Smart Auto mode,Full Manual mode
- 0cm macro mode
- 210 shot battery life, 290 shots with Eco mode
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS key features:
- 30x optical zoom lens
- Smart Auto mode
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 3inch screen, 230k dots
- ISO100 to ISO1600
- Intelligent IS
- Creative filters
- Comfortable ergonomic grip
- HD movies at your fingertips
- 0cm macro mode
- 190 shot battery life, 260 shots with Eco mode
From Canon: 29 July 2014 – Canon today unveils two new lightweight, superzoom, bridge cameras, ideal for capturing hidden details, both near and far – the PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS. Boasting 42x and 30x optical zooms, both models incorporate Canon’s leading optical expertise in stunning, highly compact bodies – ideal for capturing virtually any special occasion in the quality it deserves.
Zoom into every detail
Built to help you tackle any situation, the PowerShot SX520 HS’s 42x optical zoom lens is versatile enough to capture all subjects, from unmissable holidays to days out. With a 24mm wide-angle lens, it offers the flexibility to capture sweeping vistas, while an impressive 1008mm maximum focal length lets you zoom in on detail in the distance.
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Lens Sensor Digic Processor Perspective
The PowerShot SX520 HS’s improved Zoom Framing Assist Auto mode automatically adjusts the zoom to maintain subjects at a pre-set size within the frame. The camera detects when a subject is close to moving out of the frame and automatically zooms out keeping the subject in frame. It also smoothly pulls back as a subject comes towards the camera to maintain their face at the same size.
Packed into a compact, lightweight body, the PowerShot SX400 IS contains a powerful 30x optical zoom – perfect for those moments you don’t want to miss. The compact design is easy to carry wherever you go, with a large, comfortable grip that combines with a huge 24-720mm focal range to make it easier than ever to capture all the action. With both models you can instantly shoot fast-moving subjects – low-shutter lag, improved algorithms and ultra-fast AF means you’ll never miss an opportunity.
Designed to deliver
To help you push the boundaries of your photography and shoot in different situations, both cameras feature Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS technology – keeping images crisp and clear. Cleverly adapting to eight different scenes, Intelligent IS analyses your scene and automatically adjusts the stabilisation mode, ensuring you get sharp photos and steady movies that really do your memories justice.
The PowerShot SX520 HS is powered by Canon’s acclaimed HS System, which combines a DIGIC 4+ processing engine with a high-sensitivity 16 megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor – delivering sharp and detailed results, with realistic colours, even in low light. The PowerShot SX400 IS is perfect for shooting from sunrise to sunset, with a 16 megapixel CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+, giving stunning results, time after time.
Explore your creativity
The PowerShot SX520 HS makes discovering your inner creativity easy, with Creative Shot. If you choose, every time you press the shutter the camera can automatically apply any one of 46 special effects, each arranged into four categories. Creative Shot unleashes a new perspective on images, by simply creating five additional files when you shoot – each with a different creative effect. The PowerShot SX400 IS meanwhile features a range of Creative Filters, including Fisheye and Monochrome.
Excellent ergonomic handling
Flexible and lightweight, both models are designed to make shooting easy and comfortable. The PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS feature a new style of handgrip, which has been redesigned following extensive research and functionality of existing EOS grips, to offer comfortable, DSLR-style ergonomics.
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Review
It’s the zoom. That’s the feature that point-and-shoot cameras have over smartphone cameras. Specifically, the optical zoom. Thin and light smartphones just don’t have the build for moving glass.
Canon PowerShot SX400
Sure, there are some “smart cameras” that have Android and a mobile processor on a point and shoot, and some smartphones, like the Nokia Lumia 1020 in particular, have upped the megapixel count to create an effective digital zoom. But nothing from the mobile world has come close to replicating the clarity or convenience of an automatic optical zoom.
That’s good news for Canon, which still pumps out compact and point-and-shoot cameras through its popular PowerShot lines. One of its latest, the PowerShot SX400 IS comes from the Ultra Zoom subset (as signified by “SX”), sporting a 30x optical zoom along with a 16-megapixel CCD (1/2.3-inch) sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor.
It’s pretty bare bones otherwise, with a 3-inch TFT LCD display with 230,000 pixels and records 1280 x 720 resolution video at up to 25 frames per second. The camera lacks some modern features, though, including touch controls and wireless connectivity. At launch and as of this review, it costs $250.
Build and Design
The Canon PowerShot SX400 IS resembles a mini DSLR at a glance. That makes it far from pocketable, like many compact point-and-shoots, but it does make for a comfortable shooting experience. In fact, it’s almost hard to believe how basic and featureless the SX400 really is, given its good looks. It’s available in both red and black.
The camera also feels light for its design, and is still reasonably well constructed considering its price. It could likely survive a drop or two, but it’s not water or dust resistant, and is at the mercy of the elements.
Ergonomics and Controls
Canon PowerShot SX400 top
The PowerShot SX400 really is a pleasure to hold and use. The right-handed grip has an agreeable texture and is deep enough that one can easily secure the SX400 in one hand. The buttons are all located on the right side of the device and are thumb accessible, while the large shutter/focus button rests within reach of the index finger. All the buttons are large and click nicely when pressed. As is typical with most cameras, the zoom lever surrounds the shutter button, and provides enough resistance for controlled zooms.
The biggest flaw is a minor gripe, but could provide a consistent annoyance. Both the video record auto/program/shooting mode buttons reside right where a user rests his or her thumb when gripping the camera. This makes an accidental press a bit more likely than otherwise, and it happened to us more than once during testing.
The flash rests above the lens and must be manually opened for use. The lens cap is the standard piece of plastic users can attach with a cord. Although it’s a bit awkward, it’s possible for just about anyone to operate the PowerShot SX400 with one hand, including raising the flash and taking off the lens cap.
This Canon Ultra Zoom also includes a tripod receptacle on the bottom, next to a latch that opens to reveal the removable battery and SD card slot. The right side also houses an “A/V Out Digital” port, which relies on the microUSB standard.
The battery cannot be charged in the camera, and must be inserted into the included wall charger. The camera also ships with a wrist strap.
Menus and Modes
Canon PowerShot SX400 flash
The Canon PowerShot SX400’s menu system is far from intuitive. There are plenty of filters and manual controls to tinker with, but they’re buried and tough to find. Controlling them is also a hassle as the SX400 doesn’t have a touchscreen or mode dial. Everything is accessed and selected via the buttons and four-way controller, which also double with picture options. It’s very easy to get lost or accidently tap your way out of a desired option.
It’s a good thing then that for most, the Auto mode will suffice. It’s easy enough to enable, as there is a dedicated “Auto” button to toggle between it and the other shooting modes.
True to its name, the camera handles everything while in Auto, giving users only minimal control. They can turn the flash off or set it to auto, and from there toggle red-eye correction and the red-eye lamp. They can also set the timer to snap a pic after 10 or 20 seconds, or a custom time between zero and 30 seconds and a custom number of shots, up to 10.
Canon PowerShotSX400 bottom
Other menu items include:
- Drive mode: Single shot, Continuous (.8 shots per second normally, 3.2 shots per second in Low Light mode)
- Aspect ratio: 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1
- Pixel numbers: L, M1, M2, S (ranging from 16 megapixels to.3, depending on the aspect ratio)
- Video quality: 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
- There is also a program mode, which allows for more granular picture controls. In addition to the options above, it includes:
- Light metering: Evaluative, Center weighted average, Spot
- My colors (image color adjustments): Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and white, Positive film, Lighter skin tone, Darker skin tone, Vivid blue, Vivid green, Vivid red, Custom color (contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue, skin tone adjustments)
- White balance: Auto, Day light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Custom
- ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
- Compression: Superfine, Fine
While in Program mode, users can adjust the focus range (macro, normal, infinity), flash (auto, on, slow syncro, off), and exposure compensation (-2 to +2).
There is also a Live View mode that enables users to adjust the picture on the fly by tweaking the dark and light, neutral and vivid, as well as the cool and warm picture settings.
Finally, Canon included a handful of specific shooting modes, for a variety of situations, including:
- Face self timer (starts a countdown when a new face enters the scene)
- Low light
- Fish eye effect
- Miniature effect
- Toy camera effect
- Super Vivid
- Poster effect
- Long shutter (1 to 15 seconds
There are also basic camera menu options, including:
- Digital zoom (4x): On, Off
- AF Point zoom: On, Off
- AF-assist beam: On, Off
- Review image after shooting: Quick, 2, 4, 8, Hold, Off
- Display info: Detailed, Off
- Blink detection: On, Off
- Grid lines: On, Off
- IS settings: Continuous, Off
- Dynamic IS: 1 (enhanced, for walking), 2 (reduces shake)
- Date stamp: Off, Date, Date and time
And finally, there are camera controls for setting the time and date, LCD brightness, sounds, power savings, language, and other device options.
Canon PowerShot SX400 display
The Canon PowerShot SX400 IS has a 3-inch color TFT LCD with approximately 230,000 pixels. It’s not touch enabled, and there’s no optical viewfinder. Thankfully it offers full coverage and what you see is what you get, so you can accurately frame and compose shots.
It’s a mediocre display at best, especially compared with how far the technology has evolved in recent years, even on budget devices. The colors are drab and the resolution is noticeably low. It reaches a decent level of brightness at max settings, but even then, glare from the sun can be a problem thanks to its glossy protective plastic.
Viewing angles are acceptable for those awkward extended-arm shots, with one exception: overhead. The display inverts when viewed from below at sharp angles, making any picture taken overhead and “above the crowd” impossible to view and frame. Any pictures taken like this will be a crapshoot.