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Canon PowerShot SD300
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Canon PowerShot SD300

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We've given the SD300 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

Even smaller than the S410 and S500, the Canon PowerShot SD300 is the smallest Canon camera yet to have a 3x optical zoom. Despite its small size, the Canon SD300 has a huge 2" LCD screen, which is perfect for reviewing your pictures and sharing them with inquisitive family and friends. An all metal body makes the SD300 a rugged travel companion, and its small size lets you slip it into a pocket almost unnoticed. Of special interest to golfers, the Canon SD300 offers an incredibly fast 60 frame-per-second movie mode that can be used for frame-by-frame swing analysis.

Specifications

  • 4 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/3x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 9694A004
  • UPC: 013803043983
  • Release Date: Oct 01, 2004

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Canon PowerShot SD300 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD300 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera. (Jesse — 12/11/2009)

Love, it, but wish it had more optical zoom. It's been such a great camera for everyday use and I'm sticking with Canon from now on. Great quality.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken LCD (Natalia — 12/17/2008)

After about 2 years of use LCD screen cracked

  • 2.0 out of 5
another case of LCD broken (David Liew — 11/12/2008)

It looks like CANON ISUS 40 .I take great care with my camera.This is the second time that the LCD broke. I am sure I didn't drop it and the screen just broke by itself.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great camara...but LCD is broken, of course. (Natasha — 07/04/2007)

After reading these reviews, I realize that I in fact, did not do anything to harm my camara! I keep it safe in a case and in my purse at all times, so I was shocked to open up the case yesterday to see that the screen was all blue with a purple blob in the upper right hand corner...it appears to still take pictures, but I can't see a thing.
Other than that, the camara is perfect...I'm pretty upset that they don't cover this in the warrenty...should we all write a petition??

  • 3.0 out of 5
LCD broken (Elizabeth Adams — 06/19/2007)

I had the camera in it's case and went to use it and the lcd Screen is broken.
I will never buy this camera again. I went with Kodak- Pictures are wonderful and the camera came with a padded case. Thank you Kodak!

  • 5.0 out of 5
No problems here - Happy owner! (Dale Anderson — 06/14/2007)

I have had my SD300 for about 3 years and have not had a single problem. I generally just carry it in my pocket without a case and have found it to be reliable, rugged and dependable. It is my camera of choice while on long motorcycle trips, both on and off road. If it is not in my pocket, I usually attach it to my motorcycle jacket with a small clip and usually just leave it like that and turn it on and shoot while riding as the moment appears. It did have the E18 error for an afternoon, but it cleared up (itself?) by the next day and worked fine after that. I have the original LCD, no cracks, maybe a different batch? I'm very happy with the quality of pictures it takes, though I use it as a simple point and shoot camera. I have just purchased a SD700, but will keep the SD300 because it has been such a good,handy and reliable camera for the years I've had it. Sorry to hear about others having problems, but some of us have had very different experiences.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Was wonderful except for the *@(%$& screen that keeps cracking (Alan Goldade — 01/17/2007)

Bought Canon PowerShot SD300 at BestBuy. Had it 2 1/2 months and loved it, before LCD screen cracked and I was told there is no warranty on the screen. Used it w/o the screen for many months, then ordered a new LCD from a company online for about US$65. It was interesting to note that both the original and replacement LCD is made by Sony. I guess it is the camera design that is the problem since Sony does not seem to have this problem. It lasted a few months before the LCD broke again. Screw you Canon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD Screen has Broken Again! (Zack Russell — 01/12/2007)

Wow, I am so glad to find these reviews, I thought I was doing something wrong, I loved this camera until the screen cracked a few months after I bought the first one, So I bought another one thinking I was too rough on it and kept it in the hardcase between uses. Low and behold I take it out of the case to take a pic and it was cracked again. I can't believe they would not have a protective cover for something so delicate, this needs to be covered in their warranty! Never again!

  • 1.0 out of 5
E-18 error (Corrine — 01/05/2007)

I bought this camera now 13 months ago. 1 month ago we were taking pictures and then this E-18 error showed up on the camera and then the camera would turn off. Now the "Best" part of this is that the warranty was up 5 days before this happened. I phoned Canon to see if they would fix it and they said to send it in and they would do an estimate. Canon said that since it was close to the warranty that they would probably fix it under warranty unless I dropped it or got sand in it. We thought no problem because we had done neither of these things. Wrong! Canon came back and said that this camera had impact damage and sand in it and it would cost $125 to fix it. I tell you I was quite ticked because I paid $400 a year ago for this camera which now does not work and they want another $125! We have a Canon S230 and never had these problems and that camera was not babied! This SD300 took great pictures until the E-18. I would not recommend this camera nor will I buy another one.
But if one does research on the internet they can find out how to fix their own camera. That is what I did. I figured my warranty was up and it was going to cost us a bunch to fix it so why not try and fix it ourselves. A temporary solution until I can find another camera that hopefully will not be a lemon. It definitely will not be a Canon camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon SD300 LCD Screen Breaks (ashley — 11/29/2006)

I absolutely loved this camera for the first 10 months that I used it, until I took it out of my camera bag and went to turn it on...of course, like everyone else has ranted, my lcd screen was cracked on the inside with the purple blobs in the right hand corner. I never dropped, crushed the camera or anything, just spontaneously broke with no visible damage to the camera, no cracks or scratched anywhere, as I know for a fact that I never did anything to ruin it, and of course, as we all know, Canon does not replace lcd screens under warranty, just want to make a few extra bucks, and disappoint their customers. Its not worth the $160 to me to get this camera fixed only for it to break again. I think I'll try Sony or some other camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I agree, Canon should do a recall! (Mary — 10/09/2006)

This camera should be discontinued. Three year warranty, Canon warranty? Means nothing. None of the faults that will go wrong with this camera can covered by a warranty.

My LCD went when this camera was in my hands on the airplane viewing pictures headed to for Europe. I apparently must have taken that camera and whacked it against the wall hard without getting one scratch on it - therefore the warranty is void. These LCD's don't break that easily they said.

The LCD is not the only thing that will go wrong! This camera will save you money if you just throw it out when the LCD goes 3 months after you buy it.

Canon warranty is useless after the LCD cracks for anything else. Read their fine print.

Problems in the battery compartment
Problems with the lens
Problems with the LCD (Twice)

I've paid double for this camera and might just give it to my niece because it makes me angry.

  • 2.0 out of 5
confused (lauren — 10/03/2006)

i've only used my camera 4 or 5 times. has been sitting in a case it came in for 3 months on a shelf. went to use and ink blot-LCD screen broken. not sure how this happens to a camera not in use/untouched.. but it actually did. these comments on the site are probably very reliable, as I just experienced the same thing. hoping canon honors warranty but will find out today.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor Pictures without Flash (David O — 09/28/2006)

I have had this camera for a while, I originally had the Canon S320 and I regret not buying the same model when my old camera was stolen. The SD300 takes horrible pictures for me unless i am outside in good daylight or use the flash. and the flash makes everything look horrible. i have a friend who takes magnificent pictures with it so i guess it is possible, but i have no idea what settings to have it on to make it work like that and the book had no help.

  • 1.0 out of 5
another cracked screen (Gus — 09/20/2006)

here's another cracked screen story....bought the protective case and everything. worked great until the screen cracked. Canon is very disappointing company...can I buy a new screen and install it myself?

  • 2.0 out of 5
My screen cracked too (Bob Whitmore — 09/20/2006)

Would have been a great camera if the screen hadn't cracked after six months. I don't keep the camera in a case or anything, but I sure didn't drop it. Just picked it up one day and there's some freaky ink blot looking thing that shows up. Nothing else. I'm giving up on Canon. I've been stupid enough to buy 3 Canon cameras because I want the size and features. Not one of those cameras lasted more than a year.

  • 1.0 out of 5
CRACKED LCD SCREEN -- UNREAL STORY! (MELISSA — 09/14/2006)

Ok, heres my story. I used my camera all day today. Ive been using it practically everyday since I got it last July (05) Tonight, I get home from work and try to upload pics.. and I turn it on and the screen is cracked. Now, when I purchased the camera I also purchased the "recommended" CANON camera case. I have never walked away from my camera without it BEING in the case. I was furious. But, I remebered I had mailed in the warranty registration card, and recieved it back from Canon, telling me to hold on to it along with the copy of the bill. Tonight, I went to Best Buy, where I bought the camera, and they told me that I bought it July of 05 so, Im a few mos late on the warranty, AND, even if I had paid the 59.99 for the 4 yr extended warranty, that it wouldnt be covered. This is the biggest pc of crap camera. I mean, if you cant keep it in the palm of your hand or in its case, in your purse or suitcase.. THEN WTF. To hear the best part of my story... As my bf is about to purchase a new camera for me, another woman walks in with the same camera, purchased in june of 06, with a cracked screen. I wanted to see what the BEST BUY guy told her, and she had purchased the extended warranty.. He said, "that is hysical damage, and we can not do anything for you. Well, I got her phone number and we plan on contacting CANON and our lawyers. This is horrible. INSANE> Pls email me at jackthepooch@aol.com subject.. "camera" if youd like to talk about this. IM SO MAD> Im not going to sleep allnight!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Most expensive ornament in the house!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Like many other who have posted reviews (Canon SD300)my initial experience was fantastic. We all know it's a great camera with it's specs etc... But I can't get over the fact that I dropped a dime on the camera and all the gadgets and accessories that come with it and the screen broke after about 5 months. I took it back to the chain where I bought it and was told it would cost me too much to fix it. I did read a post about buying a new LCD screen to install yourself. Sounds good but for the money I spent on this thing it should bake me cookies every day and be trained to fetch beer. Now it sits on the shelf in it's fancy leather case mocking me every time I look at it. Disappointed!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't buy it unless you want a cracked LCD! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was reasonably happy with my IXUS 40 for the first 2 months, although it suffers with purple fringing, like many other canon cameras.
After 10 weeks of very careful use with a canon case, the LCD cracked. No problem I thought, Canon will surely replace it. Infact, they couldn't care less and told me that they always assume it is the customers fault. I have owned many cameras and products with LCDs and never suffered any problems until now. Looking at the web I am absolutely disgusted by the number of similar instances. I have wasted the price of the LCD screen in pointless calls to canon's customer service. I already own a canon G6 and an A95 and considered a 350D, but after my experiences I will never ever buy another canon product as if you have problems you are on your own!
In summary could have been an excellent camera, but let down by bad screen problems and Canon's couldn't care less attitude.

  • 2.0 out of 5
This camera needs to be recalled and fast! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We purchased this camera 15 months ago and absolutely loved it until yesterday. We even recommended our friend buy one a month ago. My husband had it in his shirt pocket, used it a couple of times, and went to use it again and the LCD screen was toast. We did not drop this camera, knock it or do anything whatsoever to damage it. This seems to be an ongoing problem with this particular camera and I would suggest that Canon needs to recall it because it is patently faulty. We are now pretty ticked off. We paid over $500 for this camera just 15 months ago. That is a lot of money and had we known that there is obviously a problem with the LCD screen we would not have bought this camera. Has anyone who has reviewed this page of complaints managed to get their camera fixed by Canon without being dinged? Has anyone managed to get Canon to admit they have a flawed product. I am annoyed that some people suggest our cameras are breaking because of our neglect. I know 100% that we did nothing whatsoever to our camera to cause the screen to fail. This is without a doubt a manufacturer's defect. Now we have a delimma. Do we cough up $150 plus to have this camera fixed only to have the same problem again, or do we chalk this one up to experience and not buy Canon products again? Does anyone have any suggestions out there? If so, please respond to me at markandbernie@shaw.ca

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD Screen Cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had the camera for less than 24 hours and my LCD screen cracked. I could understand this if I dropped the camera or slammed it carelessly into something; however, this was not the case. The crack appears to be internal with no evidence of a scratch or even a crack on the outer layer. After this happened, I Googled the problem and discovered that this is almost a regular every day occurance with this camera. See http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6138&page=8

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD broke twice (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My SD300's LCD first broke after 6 months. After use, I put it away on a shelf for safe keeping, but it failed upon next power up with a pink/black screen. Canon did repair under the warranty, but it failed again 7 months later. The second failure mirrored the first. Was working when put away in a locked cabinet, and failed during power up. This is a very common problem with Canon SD models, and Canon wants 170.00 to repair. They must make a fortune on repair charges.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great camera, but fragile screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Its true, the screens crack extremely easily, without droppin or banging around.I had mine a very short time when one day I pulled it out to take a picture and there was a huge purple splotch on the screen where it had cracked. I have no idea how it happened since i never dropped it. My zoom is also actin up. Its a great camera non the less, but for people who are writing for those of us with the problem to stop complaining...no one should ever spend a lot of money on something only to have it fall apart in a few weeks and not be covered under warranty, this just isn't acceptable. These LCD's are obviously breaking despite users being very cautious, which is a huge flaw on Canon's part, not ours.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Like the rest..UNBELIEVABLE (LCD CRACK) (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I work for canon and as an employee, me and the rest of the staff recieved this camera as a gift Feruary 2005. Iwas so pleased with its size and functionablitity that i swore by this thing. Now I could not care less about it. I gave it to my son seeing he wanted one and he said that he took it out of his pocket one day and his LCD broke. I thought it was not only outrageous that something so expensive could be so cheap, but that it was NOT covered by the Warranty. I would have tried to do something at work, but unfortunately I work in the Copy Machine Department and are not involved with digital cameras let alone, consumer products in any way. I am complaining with E-Mails and such as long as it takes. I never thought I could work for such a company.

  • 1.0 out of 5
another LCD bites the dust (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I totally agree with an earlier comment about a class action law suit. I have owned and cared for many digital cameras and this is the ONLY one that had an lcd monitor that cracked sponteneously. Again, mine was kept in the case and no droppage. btw- just because yours hasn't cracked yet doesn't mean it won't. For the money i've spent on this camera, i expected it to at least outlast my cheap kitchen toaster or a light bulb. This problem is obviously a complete defect and canon needs to take FULL responsibililty for it. Until then, I will continue to spread my word about the defect and my opinion to consumers to AVOID THIS CAMERA!! go with the sony cybershot instead. At least they have better customer service.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera` (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Hopefully this camera wont break for me, Doubt it cuz i keep it in a hard case i got off ebay. Basically had it since the release date, i dont know wat you guys are doing to it, puttin it in your pocket, puttin your man hands all over your lcd, guess electronic equipment isnt for everyone. But for now im very satisfied with canon and quality, and the lcd, cuz mines still intact.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD bad, rest of the camera great (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Loved the camera until like many the blasted thing broke for an unkown reason! Would be a dynamite product if it had a LCD protector.

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

Loved the camera until I took it out of my pocket and it was cracked on the inside. I thought at first that I must had sat against something because I didn't have anything else in my pocket. I don't believe so because I was just sitting in the back seat of a comfortable car for 20 minutes. I've never had that problem with other brands of camera, so I'm disappointed with the camera for that reason. I see that it is a common problem. I haven't used it that much since I've bought it and am not happy to pay $150 to fix it. Otherwise a good camera but if the LCD spontaneously breaks then you can't edit or know if you have certain features turned on. To fragile......

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great camera, defective screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had this camera for about a year, and loved it, before the LCD screen spontaneously cracked. It was neither dropped nor subjected to extreme temperature changes. This was frustrating to me, as I had been extra-careful with it after dropping (and breaking) my last camera. I probably would have given it a five-star review the day before the screen cracked, but I expect a new, name-brand camera to last longer than a year.

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD screen breaks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera actually the sd400 and i bought the leather case for it, always kept it in th ecase and never dropped it. then one day there's a HUGE crack in the LCD screen like an ink blob, but still took pictures. although after a week the pictures taken in the day time were basically completely white. I was on a study abroad program and pretty much everyone (200 people) had an SD camera (sd400 or sd300) at the end of the trip I knew of atleast 30 people with the exact same problem: Broken LCD screen. Best Buy warranty will not cover the break. do not recomment this. the S series which is gigantic can hold up to a poor care. This camera seems like it will break even with the most careful users. Caveat emptor (buyer beware)

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Amazing! One of the best i have ever had! So you should buy this! Amazing quality!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Only got this so I could have a camera small enough to put in my pocket & take anywhere w/o having huge carry case, etc. Takes great pics, battery lasts a really long time before it needs re-charging, comes w/ good software for managing UR pics. Really happy w/ this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Awesome camera until the LCD spontaneously cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am realizing that my experience is not unique. I have had my camera for about a year and loved it until I took a few photos and then 20 minutes later got it off my dresser and the screen was cracked from the upper right corner. I definitely DID NOT drop it and nothing hit the screen. I had just used it and set it back on my dresser top. Best Buy/Canon should take care of this free of charge and Canon should do something to get this ongoing problem fixed.

  • 2.0 out of 5
High maintenance product (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the size and versatility of the camera, it is pretty easy to use and the picture is decent, however I have sent it back twice - once for a jammed lens and again for a cracked screen. The camera needs TLC and I don't have time for that in my electronic equipment.

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

I bought this for my girlfriend and ever since I find myself using it over my super expensive 9 mega pixel because its so small and practical.

Im no detective but I find it strange that every bad review has simmilar wording.I think someones camera broke and they are spamming comments.I have checked with cannon and this is one of their best performers.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Another crack (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Yes another crack. Absolutely treated it with care went to use it and screen is cracked. It is so obvious that the screen is under pressure and has caused a stress fracture. you can see the slight bow in the glass. Of course the camera shop people just laughed at me. I'm about to try cannon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Another broken screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Used it for a month till the screen broke. Dont waste your money

  • 1.0 out of 5
Cracked LCD also (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Here is another sad tale of a new camera with a cracked LCD. DO NOT BUY Canon PowerShot!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Another broken screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When I first got my ixus 40 I liked its compact design, but overall the picture quality was way below what I am used to from my Canon G6 and not as good as the A95 I own. OK so it is a cheaper camera. WITHIN 2 MONTHS THE SCREEN CRACKED, this was during normal carrying of the product in a case! Would never buy again, + Canon customer service is not very good to say the least!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Quit Complaining! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Come on folks,it's not that hard. I'll be HONEST and admit that I dropped the camera. Dust off that tiny screwdriver set and take the camera apart, remove the LCD, and call Canon to order a new one! It costs around $50. It's better than buying a new camera, and it will probably give you some sense of accomplishment. If you're scared to open up the camera, then pay for Canon to do it! However, we all know the old psalm...A FOOL AND HIS $$$ WILL SOON PART WAYS.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Another Broken LCD on SD200 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I work in electronics and I have worked with LCDs for InFocus System and other companies. They are very fragile, but I would expect that the design of a camera would protect the LCD from damge by proper mounting. My son's camera came out of his pocket Thankgiving night with the LCD failing; he swears he didn't drop it. The same defective pattern reported by one other review; with spider crack failure originating near the optical viewfinder. I suspect that this SD design series has some poor thermal design characteristics that can stress the glass at a mounting point. My daughter has the same camera and has not had a failure yet. . . I've emailed Cannon to inquire about repair under warrenty. . . We have had the older S200 that is built and weighs like a tank, that we have abused for years without problem. Has anyone considered a class action lawsuit? Any lawyers out there?

  • 1.0 out of 5
broken lcd (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Canon needs to stand behind their products and recall their defaulty cameras due to broken lcd screens. I had mine since may and it was a perfect camera and i left it on my desk for about a week when turned on screen was broken. expensive and worth it until they break which is inevitable

  • 1.0 out of 5
SD300 Broken Screen From FutureShop (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got a SD300 when they first came out last year, I babied the thing till last nite, while in my loepro case the screen cracked for no reason at all... I guess the some pressure must have done it at random as it survived this long with daily shooting and abuse at parties.. Its being send off to Canon - Even though when I bought it from Futureshop I was told I wuold have an over the counter excahnge if anything ever went wrong with it... and I won't even know if the repair will be covered for about 4 weeks I was told.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Death of LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera and was happy and content with it until I pulled it out to snap a picture. I saw the cracked screen, though I knew I had not bumped it in anyway and honestly was glad to have found that I was not alone it seems to be a manufacturer problem. Now I will have to try to see if Cannon will repair.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Was great until the screen cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Another dissatisfied user. Was a perfectly fine camera at first. Very pleased. One day I was taking pictures indoors in chilly a/c then hand carried it outdoors in hot humid weather and when I powered it on, the screen was cracked. What a waste.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good until it breaks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved my camera. I used it in the morning the other day and then i went back to take more pictures and my LCD screen was cracked. I found it funny because I had only used the camera twice and it was never dropped or anything that could have broke it. I even stored it in the box i bought it in. Im taking it back to walmart tonight we'll see what they say.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD broken (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have the sd500. Screen is broken for no apparent reason, never droped the camera, always kept in case when not in use. With this many people also experiencing this problem, this has to be a design or factory defect. Canon should be responsible.

  • 2.0 out of 5
2 Failed LCDs - Buyer Beware (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the SD300 for my 11 year old daughter who loved and cared for the camera better than I care for mine. The camera is easy to operate and a perfect size for a young person to an adult. It's LCD failed without any drops or known impacts after 8 months. Canon reapired without charge. It failed again after two days of use, again without any trauma and Canon said that they would not fix it without a $100+ charge. They claimed that it was our fault both times and that they were just being nice to fix it the first time. I have had many Canon products that I have been happy with. I would avoid the SD line with the LCD problems. Buyer Beware

  • 1.0 out of 5
Guess what (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera.
Great features.
Fantastic movie mode.
Bad LCD screen.
Horrible Customer Service.

Alright....so here's the thing. Like everyone else, I bought the camera about a month and a half ago. I had read ahead of time about people suffering broken LCD screens and figured it was a small number that had in some way misused their camera, I mean, this is Canon we're talking about, not some shoddy no-name. Anyways, a couple days ago I take a couple photos, put the camera into a jacket pocket.....a jacket that's not being worn by anyone at all. 20 minutes later, with nothing touching this jacket (I was the only one around and the jacket was always within site), I turn on the camera only to see a bright white screen with a visible crack spidering from the upper left hand side of the screen and purple blotches comming out of the cracks.

Well, I've talked and written to Canon, and have always been polite and level headed. The reps at Canon AND Future Shop (the store of purchase) have all gotten immediately and aggressively defensive about this and have made it a point to make it clear that this is (1) unusual, (2) caused by misuse, and (3) as such not covered under warranty.

This is highly disappointing. Needless to say though, I'm not done, and I will take them to small claims court over this. True an LCD screen should not break without pressure applied to it (although if it's mounted wrong in the assembly, it can and will break "spontaneously"), it is clear that most of these breaks are occurring under normal use and conditions of the camera and as such the cost is Canon's.

Canon will not admit fault, however, as the cost to fix the issue would erase all profit from the sale of these cameras. Do not expect Canon to honour warranty or to fix this camera without cost without a fight.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Was great until it exploded/cracked almost went on fire! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My camera was amazing, and I treated it well. Lately the pictures would suddenly come out dark, even with the flash, or completely over-flooded with light. Yesterday, when taking pictures of my baby niece, the camera made a loud crack sound followed by an electric-sounding "sizzle." I'm scared to turn it back on!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nice camera, but extremely fragile - another broken LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the camera, but the LCD broke with *no abuse* while in a *padded case*. Canon has to fix this problem.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Another Broken LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Same as the rest. Three weeks in a padded leather case. I pampered this camera. It worked fine all evening until I turned it on and I had a big spiderweb across my display. Absolutely no mishandling!!! I had an SD110. That camera held up beautifully for years. I'm not sure what luck I'll have with Canon support but this camera needs to be recalled if there are this may reports of a faulty LCD.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Another screen bites the dust! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera at Best Buy. I bought the 4 year service plan, since the salesman said it covered everything. I've really enjoyed the camera. I took some pictures and placed the camera back in its case. Two hours later I removed the camera to show the pictures to a friend and the screen was not responding (purple-blue haze). Took it back to Best Buy, but a guy said Canon will not cover it and I'll have to be $200+ to get it fixed. In 3 weeks Best Buy's coverage will pick it up. Just wondering if they would cover it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
LCD broken! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My camera's LCD just broke and turned all black...I liked it so much but now I have to find ways to repair it for free. I hope that at least canon will repair it for free.Otherwise I will be really upset.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I sent all your reviews to Cannon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera as a gift for myself last December 2004. I love it. It is amazing. Last week I took a picture of my dad put the camera in my pocket, took it out 30 minutes later and the LCD screen was cracked. I decided I would purchase a new on but when my daughter got on line and saw all the poor reviews I was amazed. How can Cannon not fix the screen it is under warrentee? We will see what they do I just sent mine in today.

  • 2.0 out of 5
One more broken LCD...Canon did cover repairs (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought the camera in June for a cruise in August because of the size. Son has an older SD100 and experienced no problems which influenced me to purchase the SD200.

The LCD screen broke for no reason half way through the vacation. I had been taking pictures, turned it off and then a few minutes later turned it back on and screen was blank with a big blob across it. Camera still worked for another day (using the view finder) then whole thing went dead.

Talked to two different customer service reps who insinuated that that I had dropped the camera and repairs would NOT be covered by warrant. Sent it in anyway and within two days got an email saying Canon would repair the camera at no charge. I have it back now and all "seems" OK, but now I'm a little nervous to use the thing if it is so fragile. I love the pictures and small size, but a camera that doesn't stand up to careful usage is pretty worthless.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy to travel (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The only reason i don't give the camera five stars is because of the red eye. Due to the smallness of the lenses red eyes are more than common, however, they are an easy fix with the computer software provided with the camera. Overall it is compact and one of the best investments i have made!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Amazing camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Two SD300's; Two Broken LCDs (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought this camera right before New Years - the LCD broke within 3 days in my pocket. I thought this was very strange, so I took it back to Best Buy and told them it was a joke and no-misuse was involved. Luckily, they gave me a new one on account of defective product, and I bought the extended warranty (which I knew did not cover the LCD) and a padded carrying case so that I could keep the camera in my pocket. The next unit worked fine through trips to Cancun, multiple outdoor concerns, and many other excursions, but now it broke in my pocket AGAIN last night in Chicago! Same exact break, with cracks spidering from the upper right. We will see how cool Best Buy is tomorrow - if they want to ever earn my business again, they will let me exchage again because this is complete BS. Great unit until the LCD gives out! It really does not matter how careful you are or what precautions you take - the LCD WILL break...Ive proved this twice now.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Another disappointed user :( (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Like most people, I loved this camera. Then, like most peoples, my LCD broke. Absolutely incredible. I handled it with the utmost care all the time. I am absolutely heart broken by this and from seeing the prices to get it fixed it appears I'll be without a camera for some time. If Canon doesnt do anything about this widespread problem then they're out of their minds. There is obviously something wrong with their product.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great until the LCD cracks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Love the camera, always kept in a leather case, never dropped it. At one day the LCD was cracked. Must have been lucky it lasted 6 months...

  • 5.0 out of 5
pretty good camera for the price. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

You can take pretty nice pictures with this camera. All the option that come with other canon digicamera. the video mode is pretty nice with is 3 minutes non stop recording. very small and easy to carry everywhere. A must for party and vacation since you can hide this camera in your pocket.

I recommend this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon...sort yourself out (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had read all of the reviews about the LCD screen breaking but I bought the camera anyways thinking that everyone else must have just misshandled their camera since an LCD cannot just "spontaneously" break. Well, I was wrong. The camera survived a month long trip to Europe in my pocket, no problems and some great pictures. Then one day, I set it down on my desk after downloading pictures...next day when I turned it on the LCD was broken...just spontaneously cracked on its own overnight. I have always loved Canon products but until Canon changes their story and admits to designing a faulty product, they won't get anymore of my business.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great little camera until the screen breaks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

bought it in april end of june just cracked in the case. $150 - $224.00 range to fix it. Canon should warranty the defective screens. Looks like a lot of us have the same problem

  • 1.0 out of 5
Faulty LCD Display - Any advice on Consumer Dept assistance available?? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It was disappointing to have the camera/LCD fail after 1 month., more disappointing that service tech says it must be mishandling (even though it wasn't & no physical evidence to suggest), and even more disappointing that Canon will not repair under warranty and no support from Future shop even though the full service warranty was bought. We all know how much Future Shop pushes extended service warranties and now when I buy one they won't support me. Can someone suggest what level of consumer service (in Canada)is available to help or recommend what to do next.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Screen Cracked..... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Loved it until the screen cracked... And it was not due to misuse. So much for a warranty....

  • 1.0 out of 5
One More Cracked LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 2 months of taking nice pictures and loving it, the LCD cracked without warning and without anything having happened to the camera: I just took it out of my purse and the screen showed something that looked like a modern painting and eventually went black. Reading the other reviews it seems like this is a typical glitch of this model, not much of a consolation!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Yet another broken LCD... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I owned and loved the camera for 3 weeks. Then I pulled it out of my pocket to take a picture and found a broken LCD. I'm so mad.

  • 4.0 out of 5
So small, so simple to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I would rate the SD300 (for some reason sold in the UK as IXUS-40) excellent in every way, except that the LCD screen broke after only three months use. The break was not caused by maltreatment. I had the camera on my desk overnight whilst I charged the battery, and when I had replaced it, the LCD was cracked though the backlight worked fine. I returned it to the supplier (Digital Depot Cameras) and they had it repaired under warranty. No charge - but a bit worrying in case it happens again in another few months.
Otherwise the camera is superb; extremely compact, great quality photos, and a very simple intuitive menu system.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Was loving this camera until LCD camera broke when I dropped my purse on carpet, no less! I can't believe it broke in under 6 mos! Never had this problem with any other Canon digital, and I've had several. Huge bummer.

  • 1.0 out of 5
SCREEN CRACK!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Let the buyer BEWARE!!
The screen WILL crack!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
great till screen cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

best camera i've owned... until a month in, the screen cracked. i paid the $100 to fix the screen, and less than 5 weeks later... guess what happened? screen cracked again. i won't buy another one.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Purple fringing, A little blurriness in photos a lot of the time... Too bad. I would have kept it otherwise. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Too bad the pictures are a little blurry most of the time, and that you get that heaven-like purple fringing around bright-white objects or lights. Otherwise, the movie mode is great, the feel is the best on the market, and is quick quick quick. I think I'm going to return mine and go for an S500. For another 100 bucks or so, I'll get better picture quality, and still be compact. Granted the screen is not as large as the SD300.

It should be a great camera for a point-and-shooter not obsessed with picture quality.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great Camera - Terrible Screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The fact that I absolutely love this camera only makes matters worse. After light use for about 2 months the LCD screen cracked. The camera was not dropped, crushed, squeezed or abused otherwise. One day after taking some pictures I hand carried the camera from my car to my house. I laid it down on my dresser and did not touch it until the next day. When I picked it up to review my pictures, the screen was cracked near the center. I retraced my steps dozens of times, trying to understand what happened. I cannot think of a single reason why this might have happened. This camera was a special treat that cost a good amount of money. I have since been without a camera because of the high repair cost.

Clearly I am not the only person who has suffered from this problem!

Is a Class Action Suit the only option in getting Canon to recall this product from the market? There are more than enough people to take them to court. If Apple can be sued for 'misrepresenting' battery life (something that cell phone manufacturers have been getting away with for years) there should be no reason why Canon should get away with this!

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was taking some outdoor shots during a cold winter day. I was outside for about 30 minutes. When I came back indoors I noticed some condensation build up around the LCD and about an hour later the LCD developed a small crack. I called Canon for a replacement and they stated that this issue was not covered, but they would be happy to fix it for an additinal $145.

  • 5.0 out of 5
LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

That's weird, my camera has a warrantee that if it breaks in the first year I get a new one free. I had never heard of an LCD breaking on this camera until I came to this site. I'm still happy with my purchase.

  • 1.0 out of 5
another one bites the dust (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Add me to the unhappy list. Loved the camera and treated it like a baby. Bought a protective case and was always gentle but the lcd screen cracked. Now I'm looking at having to buy a whole new camera because the cost to repair it is ridiculous. What a disappointment!

  • 1.0 out of 5
My screen broke too... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera fell about a foot onto a wooden floor and the screen broke.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Screen Cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Screen cracked after one month. One month! Shame on Canon for not supporting their product!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great camera until screen cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera for so many reasons, but one day the screen cracked and now it's useless. I was told that it would take $196 to even have it looked at and then whatever costs come later. Now, after reading the web I see this is happening all over the place.

  • 5.0 out of 5
New age technology for dummies..Great Pictures..Very Simple (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Blew our minds, took a shot in the dark "literally" auto focused and flash showed a perfect image .We are also golfers the video worked very well showing our swings, at least I see the problems but still have a slice, a definite buy my friends saw it, bought one the next day............

  • 1.0 out of 5
I liked it until screen cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

don't buy this camera, my lcd screen cracked to. I swear I didn't drop it!! Canon will not cover even though I had an extra service warranty added. They want $170-270. Might as well buy a new camera. it's too fragile

  • 5.0 out of 5
Digital toys for digital boys (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

There comes a time when technology finally catches up to your expectations. For me, it's the SD300. As if the tiny size and solid feel were not enough of a great first impression, the camera starts up an is ready to shoot in under a second, aiding in the capturing of spontaneous moments. Picture quality and resolution are excellent, as well as the movie settings, although slightly fuzzy around the edges. I've owned this camera for 3 months and have taken over 2100 pictures with it, and even despite occassional drops the LCD screen has never failed. With a nice compact tripod, this camera also takes incredible astronomy photos. Buy a soft camera case for it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon SD 300 LCD Broken after 3 weeks !!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After having a Canon EOS Rebel (that I loved) for 15 years, I bought the Canon SD 300.

The LCD broke after 3 weeks while I was California (so it is not cold related). I did not drop or hit the camera. There is not even a scratch on the LCD. The LCD does not work anymore. The SD300 has design problem, since 100s of people have the same problem. Everyone of them claims that they did not drop or it their Canon SD300. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA..

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Compact Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'd recommend this camera, it takes a great photos, awesome video and you can carry it around where ever you go!
There are now higher resolution models available but I would still pick this model unless you are planning on printing poster size photos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is great I got mine about a month ago. The camera takes pictures better than my s400 camera. People are say the camera LCD screen breaks easy. No! If you follow the instructions and don't take the camera through extreme temp changes and don't drop it the lcd will be fine. So if you break it you pay for it. Simple.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Its is a great little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like it. It is rugged, beside the bottom door, but if your careful with it, it should last a lifetime. Easy to use. takes good pictures even in the dark. It does a great job focusing even at night. I love how the battery charges in just a little over two hours and it last up to 250 pictures. I bought an extra battery for $40 and now I am never running to the store to buy batteries. love it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD's are fragile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Do not buy this camera. The LCD breaks so easily. A simple search on the web will show you how many people had their screens broken. Canon charges $160 a pop for each repair, and will not take responsibility for their defective product. Never dealing with Canon again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do some research - everyone's sd300 LCDs are breaking! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Canon won't warranty the LCD cracking and the SD300 screen is ridiculously flimsy. Mine broke after only a few uses. The camera was handled gently and never dropped, yet the screen cracked and Canon wants $170 to fix it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
good camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
i LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this camera! it's just super! it's small and light and i can take it anywhere! it takes great pictures and i'm obsessed with it! yes! wahoo!
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great buy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I went out with the intention of buying a 35mm camera, but the size of this camera drew me to it. I'm not an expert on cameras but i feel this one is one of the best for the money. It takes awesome pictures and the screen is huge, great for reviewing. The compact size makes it much easier to carry everywhere, and the rugged metal stands up to most anything. Another plus, is the optional water proof case, which i took on a cruise and the camera came back spotless. the only draw back is the very bright flash, too close will make the entire picture white. Overall easy to use, i would recommend to anyone who wants quality with ease of use.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Pleasure (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera is far better than I expected it to be. On sites I have seen pics taken with this camera with rather blurry corners. All I can say is that mine doesn't have those. Sure, corners are not as sharp as the center, but if you wouldn't know, you could hardly see any blurriness. Purple fringing is there, but not worse than on other camera's that I have owned. I do see some haziness on the edges of very bright objects (sometimes with purple fringing). All in all I do like this camera very much. Picture quality is good, nice colour, handles difficult situations very well, it is fast, responsive, very small, cute, beautiful, good battery life, big screen, well built (except battery/SD card door), and with enough features. I can take it anywhere, and my G6 will stay at home a lot more!
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