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Canon PowerShot S410
Canon PowerShot S410

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Canon PowerShot S410

Editor's Review

The ultra compact, 4-megapixel Canon PowerShot S410 is the replacement for Canon's popular PowerShot S400. Though it is almost identical to the S400, the S410 does feature a new direct print button that allows one-touch printing to compatible printers. Like the S400, the PowerShot S410 is housed in a sturdy all-metal body that is small enough to easily slip into a pocket. The S410 is expected to cost approximately $399 when it is released this spring.


  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/3.6x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Feb 10, 2004

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Canon PowerShot S410 Reviews

Canon PowerShot S410 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Memory card error (Robin — 01/26/2009)

I think the title says it all...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good to the last Flick (Narissa — 11/03/2008)

I used this camera for every trip I went on and it never failed me until now...for some reason I get a black screen and that's it...I never lost any pics, I just can't take anymore...It was overall a good camerea while it lasted.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Memory Card Error (Richard — 06/19/2007)

2.5 years, over 5,000 pictures - just when I thought my Power Shot S400 was indestructible I got the dreaded Memory Card Error. I lost over 100 work-related pictures, and the camera no longer works - very expensive to lose my pics,not to mention having to replace the camera. The auto focus in macro-mode was also beginning to malfunction. I have been pleased with its performance up until now. Based on my experience and the reviews I have read I am not sure I will buy another Canon at $300+ for a 2- to 3-year life expectancy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
memory card (bill palmer — 03/05/2007)

same as everyone else. Memory card error meant throwing the thing away. Have to get non-cannon next time

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great, little point-and-shoot (Melissa — 01/17/2007)

The S410 is a great camera. I've carried it almost everywhere in a backpack or purse for 2 1/2 years and it's still as good as new. I've never had a problem with the memory card, even when I've dropped the bag that it was in. Keep the wrist-strap on for extra safety while taking the picture; it's saved the little camera on numerous occasions!

I would buy another Canon in a heartbeat.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Memory Card Error Stuck me (Ajit — 12/27/2006)

I hate when the stuff just stops working for no reason. I have used my camera for approx 2 years and now I continuously get the memory card error. I tried different memory sticks and all are giving the same problem. Don't know the resolution. Aviod this camera . Its a waste of money

  • 1.0 out of 5
Memory card error (Michael O'Keefe — 12/26/2006)

Add me to the list of those who kept changing memory cards to no avail. Very expensive for a paperweight, and not really a good paperweight.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Memory Card Error (MIchael Morris — 08/28/2006)

I am so sick of modern technology. I think these things are designed to break after a certain period (like when the warranty runs out). I developed the memory card error and haven't been able to use it since. I bought a new memory card and still no luck. If anyone has any suggestions for a fix, I'd be grateful so I won't feel like I threw away three hundred bucks.

  • 4.0 out of 5
OK camera (mc — 08/20/2006)

I've has an S410 for 2 and 1/2 years. It has been a great camera, but the movie feature stopped working after the first year. Now, I am having a problem taking pictures on the autofocus mode. I think it is better to wait until after a camera has been out for a while and then catching it on sale at a cheaper price. Most cameras seem to quit working after a couple of years, so you don't want to pay too much.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Are you thinking of buying a refurbished S410? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good camera overall for a point and shoot.

I was offered a refurbished S410 for less than the cost of the S210 I sent in for repairs. On about a quarter of the pictures taken by the S410 the focus is just slightly off in particular in lower light situations. They look OK on the preview screen on the camera but when I download it to iPhoto on my Mac the results can be quite different. I don't really trust the range finder but I haven't figured a workaround.

I have had problems with the flash on both models. It is sooooo bright it washes out most of the subjects so I have to back up use the zoom and take the shot. Even with this I usually have to manipulate the image with iPhoto to bring the photo back to what is acceptable for me. I have heard that this is a common problem with most point and click cameras.

I still would recommend any of the PowerShot line but I don't think I will buy another refurbished.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Never had a issue/ until I dropped it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I use the S410 for all my sport shots , I do lot of off ride Motorcycling and have never been dissapointed with this unit. I replaced one after a party *drop* and it stopped working. I love it and have never had one issue. I have over 1400 pics with it and still very pleased.

Never had a memory card error and have never had any other issue.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon A410 came with "anomaly" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Took just 3 pictures with brand new camera and received message about memory card anomaly and camera froze. Purchased new card and am keeping fingers crossed. Camera is turning into money trap. Wish I had seen this site before purchasing.

  • 2.0 out of 5
memory card error is wide-spread (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After using my SD400 for 2 years, I start getting "memory card error" once in a while, up until yesterday it completely stopped working due to this error. The google result shows that many users shared the same experience. This is camera built-in problem, not the memory card itself's problem at all. So I'd suggest avoid this product

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lost pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the pictures that the Canon camera takes but the memory card has failed so many times and not only made me miss opportunities but also lost a batch of pictures of my children in Europe. They'll never be 8 again! i can't say I'd buy another after this experience.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Memory Card Error (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is honestly a piece of crap. I've tried everything to fix the "memory card error" and I will NEVER buy a cannon product again. If you decide to buy this camera, just give me a call instead, I'll give you a swift kick and then give you half the money back. Trust will feel better.

  • 2.0 out of 5
but (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good pictures...but....
I have gotten the memory card error (after 12 months of use) and no way to fix the problem either. Where's Canon????

  • 1.0 out of 5
Yet another owner with Memory Card Error (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned my camera for 10 months, and I have gotten the memory card error and no way to fix the problem either. I am disappointed to find out that so many other people have bought these cameras as well, just to be expensive paper weights, because now that is all it is good for. Save your money and buy a different camera! I wish I knew about this problem before...I never would have bought the camera, or taken special photos that now I don't have!

  • 4.0 out of 5
great little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This wee camera has taken hundreds of pictures with excellent results. Once I was familiar with the menu,I found making adjustments quite easy. I have had no problems YET! and I love the convenient size.

  • 1.0 out of 5
MEMORY CARD ERROR (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am so upset - after 18 months of light use, I got the "memory card error" message on my camera. Following the advice of others from different websites, I tried re-formatting the camera and card - no luck. It is now stuck in the "on" position with the zoom lens out, and it won't turn on or anything. I spent $300 on this darn camera - I will NEVER buy another Canon product again, after reading all of the online reviews about this problem and the poor customer service (or shall we say, "Customer No-Service"!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
A Great disposable! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A great camera for 18 months, then it packs up and refuses to read memory cards. Annoying as I bought it partly on the strength of the Canon name. Clearly there is a fault with this camera - my friend had one - she has owned it for less time than me and it did the same thing...........

  • 1.0 out of 5
Memory Card Error bug is real (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera for a while, but after 18 months of light to moderate use (and absolutely no damage or rough handling), started giving me a "Memory card error" indicator for any memory card stuck into it. Canon's support is absolutely terrible, making you go through all sorts of hoops (in retrospective, which were ridiculous — like buying a fourth card) before they proclaim it a paperweight. Oh, and the CSR I spoke with makes it sound like they've never heard of the problem. Judging by the other reviews, this is hardly isolated.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Breaks after a year (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Do not buy this camera or any other canon product. The cannon power shot s410 will stop working after 1 year and the Canon company will do nothing about it, even if you have a warranty. It was great while it lasted, but I didn't pay $400 for this camera for it to work only 1 year. I am very saddened by the way Canon is treating their customers and will never buy a canon product again in my life.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good while it works.. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

S410,is a reasonably good camera. My only dislike about the camera is that it takes about a second or 2 to get off a picture.
Also, make sure and get an extended warranty with the camera. Mine produced an E18 error and will not work now. I had it less than a year and have had good pictures ect. Good luck...

  • 1.0 out of 5
Memory Card error! Avoid! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After being a happy owner for the first 14 months or so, the camera developed a memory card error that you can see many other complain about. Although this is clearly a Canon defect, Canon wants to charge to fix it.

Avoid this camera!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not Worth It (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Used it lightly for 6 months and didn't even fill up the memory card with pictures and the camera developed an memory card error and the canon instruction book says that, that error means that the camera has an anomaly!! Basically, the camera is now trash. I tried 3 different memory cards and still doesn't work. Going back to my Minolta 35 mm camera, much better in my respect

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good All Around Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We have owned this camera for more than a year and have had zero problems. It's very simple to use, compact and the image quality is great. We've had the settings on medium and the images still look amazing up to 5x7. the few photos we have taken on highest quality have exceeded my expectations. Thrown in a huge memory card and take photos all day with this tiny gem of a camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Kaput (E18 error) after warranty expired (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really liked this camera while it worked. But one day, a week or two after the 1 year warranty expired, it showed an E18 error on the screen and was dead. The error was not due to any action (dropping it ...) on our part. Looking at the web site, thousands of people are reporting this problem and Canon does not acknowledge or suggest any resolution. I would not buy a Canon without an extended warranty.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Battery is the industry best (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is awesome! Of course newer Canon's have better features. The battery life is about 2 days of off and on use for me. I read the review where a guy gotta turn the thing off between uses! I have had many brands and the Canon battery is the best according to me and friends as well! I hope that new models have more configurability for the self-timer. This camera is small, great pics, easy software, and sound with movies! I love my Canon!

  • 1.0 out of 5
What battery? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I purchased this camera with great expectations and was thoroughly disappointed. After charging the battery well over the minimum time stated( 140 minutes) it went dead while I was on a trip to the Grand Canyon and Painted Forest. I had only used the camera for less than 30 pictures. I thought that maybe it had a glitch/defect so I returned it for another. It also only lasted for 45 minutes of use while visiting yet another picture worthy area. I am planning on returning it for a refund and choosing another type of camera.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Just stick it in your pocket and you're ready to go (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have a Canon G1 and wanted a smaller travel camera so I bought the s410. It is a nice little camera... very compact and has nice photos...great color etc. Just stick it in your pocket and you're ready to go. I personally like my G1 better it has a larger lens and more detail but this little elph will not disappoint anyone. It's a great little 4 megapixel!