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Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

*Est. $150
March 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

Compact ultra-zoom's flaws hinder performance

  • Wide range of auto-shooting modes
  • Great macro images
  • High-quality 1080p HD video
  • Fast continuous shooting
  • Slow startup time
  • Short battery life
  • No optical viewfinder
  • Lacks manual shutter and aperture settings
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The easy-to-use Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS packs a lot of features into its compact frame but does so at the expense of overall performance, reviews say. Yet, Joshua Goldman at CNET says this 10-megapixel point-and-shoot still "has plenty of positive attributes to make it a compact megazoom worth considering." Like its Canon SD4000 IS predecessor (*Est. $300), the SD4500 IS sports a 3-inch widescreen LCD and backside-illuminated CMOS sensor for noise reduction and speed. The SD4500 IS adds full 1080p HD video, a first for any camera lens in the Canon ELPH line, and boosts the optical zoom to 10x (36 mm to 360 mm). However, critics say that although the SD4500 IS excels at sharp close-ups, the wide-angle view disappoints with skimpy lens coverage, which limits group and landscape shots.

Still, reviewers say the Canon SD4500 IS boasts great modes for continuous high-speed shooting, firing off 8.8 frames per second (fps) at 2.5-megapixel resolution. But outside the camera's burst mode, shooting performance is "frustratingly slow," taking three seconds from startup to first shot, says Tim Moynihan at PC In addition, the SD4500 IS digital camera lacks an optical viewfinder and manual controls, though users have 28 automatic scene modes to choose from, including Miniature Effect, Handheld Night Scene and Best Image Selection, which sorts through five successive shots and picks the best one. You can also shoot video at high speed for super slow-motion playback (30 fps). Experts and users at praise the camera's top-notch video quality, stereo sound and quiet optical zoom in recording mode. But photo quality draws mixed reviews from critics who say outdoor images are crisp, but indoor shots lose color because of the camera's powerful flash. However, the Canon SD4500 IS's biggest drawback is its paltry 150-shot battery life, far short of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 (*Est. $300), which offers nearly four times the battery life for $50 less.

We found professional reviews of the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS at CNET, PC World and All three conduct in-depth testing and provide detailed write-ups along with sample photos and video analysis. users chime in with mixed feedback.

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Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS 10 MP CMOS 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with Full-HD Video and 3.0-Inch LCD Digital Camera (Brown)

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With burst shooting, full HD video, good image quality and lots of automatic options, the Canon PowerShot SD4500 is a worthy camera, says Joshua Goldman. But the camera's "lack of wide-angle lens is a turn-off, as is its overall shooting performance." However, short battery life remains the SD4500 IS' "most frustrating" flaw, he says.

Review: Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS, Joshua Goldman, Nov. 8, 2010

2. PC World

Tim Moynihan likes the high-speed versatility, macro performance and creative shooting modes of the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS, but he says its appeal comes at the expense of trade-offs, including lack of manual controls and narrow lens coverage. Lab tests reveal crisp daylight images, but indoor quality is disappointing. Still, the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS ranks among PC World's top 10 ultra-zoom cameras, albeit at the bottom.

Review: Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS: A Flawed but Fun Pocket Zoom, Tim Moynihan, Nov. 19, 2010


After five pages of analysis, sample images and video, Andy Stanton concludes that "the SD4500 is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras available," but he acknowledges that despite nice low light shots and excellent video quality, the SD4500 IS falls short in several areas, including battery life and wide-angle coverage.

Review: Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS, Andy Stanton, Nov. 23, 2010


More than 50 users weigh in on the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS, and most are pleased with the camera's burst mode, macro capability and "fun" creative effects. The video quality also receives kudos. However, nearly all complain about the SD4500's short battery life. Plus, a number of self-proclaimed Canon lovers are disappointed in image quality, and several sent theirs back.

Review: Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS, Contributors to

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