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Canon PowerShot SD400
Canon PowerShot SD400

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Canon PowerShot SD400

Editor's Review

The slick-looking Canon PowerShot SD400 is Canon's smallest 5-megapixel digital camera. Despite its size, this tiny point & shoot camera sports a large 2" LCD screen that is designed to deliver a clear display even in bright conditions. Six preset scene modes (including "kids & pets" and "portrait") make taking quick snapshots easy, while a limited set of manual controls give more ambitious photographers control over shutter speed and other camera settings.


  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 0557B001
  • UPC: 013803052046
  • Release Date: Feb 23, 2005

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Canon PowerShot SD400 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD400 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good pictures but, not in low light (Tom — 07/22/2007)

This was a great little camera while it lasted and took good pictures in good lighting conditions - not so good in low light. I was very sad when it gave up the ghost at the beach this summer (sand, humidity, age?)

  • 4.0 out of 5
love it, miss it, want it back! (veronica — 07/08/2007)

I had this camera for two years until somebody threw me in the pool with it in my back pocket!

It was really good to me and took great shots! It's small compact size allowed me to take it everywhere. Good shape allowed for easy handling.

I did not like, however, the fact that the silver scratched so easily, or that the flash didn't go very far.

It took fast pics though, and the flash wasn't delayed as it is in the DCM sony cams.

  • 5.0 out of 5
i love you (j k — 06/04/2007)

this camera, even though i broke it, works really well. they dont usually break i just smashed it in my purse. it can fit in ur back pocket and takes great photos

  • 2.0 out of 5
Another Broken LCD (C Rhoads — 02/05/2007)

After 14 months, LCD screen went white. Nice camera but don't expect it to last long, too many reports of this same problem.

  • 4.0 out of 5
still works for me. (Kourka — 01/20/2007)

still love it after all these years. yes, it's an oldie. But it's still working! Do wish battery time is longer, though. It's fairly easy to use, small and durable. I did buy a clear lcd laminate sticky thing that goes over the lcd screen and also a small padded camera case for it. Was careful not to leave in car or in extreme weather.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Another LCD Cracked ! (Fred Gauvin — 12/20/2006)

The LCD Screen broke because of the cold !
I left the camera for one day in < 10C temperature, and when I turned it on, Cracked LCD !
I cannot believe how cheap this is.
I loved the camera until now.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Cracked LCD screen (Christine — 11/19/2006)

I bought my camera after Thanksgiving in 2005. It was an amazing camera and I absolutely loved it untill my screen broke. It broke in Aug. of 2006 so I hadn't even had it for a whole year. I took it out of its case one night and the screen was white. I sent it in to Canon and they said it was due to impact. It wasn't covered under the warrenty either. I've read many reviews saying other owners have had the same problem and I even know several friends who have had the exact same thing happen to their Canon Powershot SD400 camera. I will never buy another camera from Canon!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Spectacular little camera (Jo — 11/02/2006)

This camera fits everywhere, little purse and all. Great for daily use and vacation. Don't have to worry about anything just point and shoot and all the photos are great!

  • 5.0 out of 5
mine worked great (elaine — 10/17/2006)

Ive had mine for over 2 years and have never had a problem with it. I do think the LCD screen is a little small which is why Im searching for a new camera, but other than that, it's been absolutely perfect

  • 4.0 out of 5
Durable (Dan Groves — 09/28/2006)

This is a very durable camera. I use it to take at least 25 shots a day, 5 days a week. I carry it in a small zipper pouch in my rear pocket. I handle it with often dirty hands. It's versatile, reliable, and easy to use. I discovered more features than I read about. The screen could be a little brighter for use in daylight and the recovery could be a little quicker. But, I really enjoy using it, and the download program it came with.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera (same LCD problem) (Jim Galloway — 09/21/2006)

The camera takes very good quality digital pix. I too picked mine up one day (after about 11 months) to encounter a screen that looked like it had a failed LCD.

I contacted Canon and am now in process of sending it in for warranty repair. Stay tuned because I will post a review on that experience (good or bad).

  • 3.0 out of 5
Faulty LCD, otherwise good quality (Matt Rupiper — 09/07/2006)

I used the camera less than 10 times within a year and 1/2 and picked it up one day to notice the screen is white. Don't know what happend to it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Powershot is a great camera!! (Steven Lee Fisher — 08/31/2006)

To all those who say this camera breaks after a week; it is because you have broken it a cameras LCD screen just doesn't go out or breaks without another factor..But this camera has always worked amazing and It has never cause me any problems.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Will not turn on!! (Graham — 08/29/2006)

After only using this camera a few times it refuses to power up even with a new battery ! I thought canon had a good reputation, but after reading all the bad reviews i have to wonder? Canon have just lost another customer.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD is awful (Yara — 08/28/2006)

After 3 months my LCD screen broke and it didn't crack it just stopped working and its completely pointless having a digital camera if you change the settings (blake and white, flash or no flash, etc.) The picture quality is undeniably great but on top of this lovely screen breaking of course the lens sliding cap thing just decided to no close all the way (of course this happened to me) so now little particles of dust, sand, and other things are getting trapped into it and scratching the lens. And will canon help me..of course not. So unless you treat this camera like a 2000 year old piece of glass be prepared for some fabulously convenient breakage.

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD Screen breaks and Canon says due to impact damage. (Tim Rayworth — 08/18/2006)

I thought this was the best camera until my screen turned white. This camera never had any impact to cause a normal display to break. Do not send to authorized service centers for a display problem as they will not tell you over the telephone that the display repair will not be covered and it will cost $173.00. Otherwise they will return it still broken for $35.00. I suggest dealing with Canon Factory service which is my next step. I have not given up yet.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do Not BUY! BROKEN LCD (Jessica Teran — 08/08/2006)

After a year (which im suprised it lasted that long) my lcd screen cracked. This is a poor camera and I advise no one to but it. If i knew what i knew now I would have never even concidered this camera. It is a peice of junK now!

  • 1.0 out of 5
broke after a couple uses (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I owened the SD400 for about 3-4 months, and it broke. The lens would not retract and it would shut itself off right away. I sent it in for the factory for warranty repair, and was told there would be a charge of about $150, due to some grains of sand found in the battery compartment(the camera had only been used a few times). I am still unsure if I will have this piece of junk repaired.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I Love It (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Last November I went on a trip to Egypt and purchased this digital camera. It was my first digital experiance. I used to shy away from the technology of the digital camera. NOt any more! I love this camera!!! The pictures are great, the video is a fun feature. My only complaint is that it doesn't do too well at night. I'm told that is a common problem among digital cameras. I still won't trade it in.

My sister got the Canon 550 which she loves too. They are giving it away free at the link below. Check it out.

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

The Canon SD400 is an embarrassment to the Canon name. The LCD on my camera cracked after 5 months. Canon replaced it, but apparently as a "courtesy repair"—a technicality that did not obligate them to replace the LCD again. Then the LCD cracked again after 2 months. This time, Canon refused to repair the camera under waranty, claiming that the camera was abused. Of course, they had no evidence that the screen had been damaged by improper handling, only that their investigation revealed that the screen had been subjected to "impact, applied force, or pressure." They now point out in writing that even placing the camera in one's pocket with loose coins can cause damage. Such an admission reveals that the camera is far too fragile for routine use, especially in the general consumer market. At the very least, the camera should come with a bold warning about it's fragility and/or a screen to cover the LCD. I would approach Canon cameras with extreme caution.

  • 1.0 out of 5
don't buy it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After having this camera one month, the lcd internally shattered. We did nothing to it to cause the damage, have been trying to get repairs, but they won't back up warranty. There are many other complaints on the internet by other people who have had the exact same problem.

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

Had my camera a little over 3 months, the screen broke with absolutly no mis-handling. Will cost $220 to repair, I'm just going to buy a more durable camera. Buyers Beware!

  • 1.0 out of 5
ANOTHER BROKEN LCD!!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

People pay attention - if you get this camera - the LCD screens crack. They are not like the older versions...

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

The best camera in the world until.......error 18 which is the scourge of all the canon compacts. Lens will not open or shut, Canon denies all responsibility and blames bad handlimg..$400 down the toilet. Simply don't risk it or get a very very long extended warrantee. Any error that has it's own website and class action is well worth avoiding

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great ultracompact but needs LCD protection (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera for 4 months now and it's been with me virtually everywhere, to the office, mall, zoo, park, etc.

Takes great photos and is a real pleasure to use. Novice, casual and advanced photographers will definitely be happy with this portable little gem.

One very important note though. The SD400's 2-inch LCD screen is unprotected (think: laptop screen) so to ensure that it doesn't crack as has been frequently reported, I would strongly advise owners to get a "da Oly" protector from da Products. It's a 2 millimeter perspex(?) screen that provides the ultimate in shock protection to an otherwise fragile screen.

Flexible scratch protectors like those used on PDAs won't do for the SD400. Something tough and rigid like the da Oly is needed.

Fits perfectly on mine. Wouldn't carry it anywhere without it.

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

Do a simple google search on "Cracked LCD Canon" before purchasing this camera. What good is the camera if it is always in the shop? And that is, if you can get Canon or Best Buy to honor their warranty. Otherwise, do a search on eBay and notice the growing market for "Fixing Cracked Canon LCD Screens". Hmmmm... BUYER BEWARE!!!!!

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

Better than expected - lots of features but not confusing! Great pictures and sturdy while I'm a clumsy person!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Broken LCD Screen/ Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My wife had the camera in her purse one day, and without dropping it, the LCD screen was broken. I have read above that one user got rejected from getting it fixed, another without problems when the camera was under warranty. We had problems with an earlier model and they fixed it while it was under warranty. One tip- If you choose not to use a cover for the screen (we haven't), don't carry anything else in your pocket. There was an imprint of a quarter on the screen after use one week after we started using it. It is a spectacular camera by the way. Agree with the 16mb card.. not helpful at all. A tease. I like the feature of hearing the audio when playing back video from the camera. Previous cameras we were unable to do so. I am not so bothered by the battery life indicator issue because I always generally have an idea when it is low. It does seem easy enough for the maker to just put it on there since it has almost every other feature, however.

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

Love this camera but after 3 months screen broke

  • 2.0 out of 5
A string of faults and problems and Canon sevice department were so unhelpful (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In six months my camera was with Canon 95% of the time and the response from them was tough luck you will have to wait.Never again will i buy Canon

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good Pics, But Lacks Durability (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

MY SD400 has superb portability and takes decent digital photographs, but this camera is excessively fragile for a "pocket" camera. Mine has been back for service TWICE and is still not right, one trip for a locked up MDU and the other when the LCD display cracked while the camera was in a fully padded case. Now the digital focus is not working correctly, however, I can't afford another $125 service fee. No more Canons for me.

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD screen cracks VERY easily (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Had the camera for one month and the lcd screen cracked in my pocket!! I must of bumped it or something but if it brakes that easily it is not worth it! Had a Kodak with a large lcd screen and NEVER had a problem with it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent pocket digital with big results (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Sharp pictures with low noise at ISO 50 and 100. I have done 13 x 19 enlargements with excellent results. Good features and extremely fast start-up and recycling time: writes pictures quickly and flash recycles quickly. No problem with soft focus- very sharp and excellent color and I have not experienced any corner softness and almost no fringing. Red can be a bit over saturated, but that is not only a Canon problem. Out of the box results are excellent and macro is excellent. Truly a shirt pocket camera and if you have any experience, you will get fabulous results.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera, battery indicator a bit unreliable though (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is really an impressive camera but it has one glitch that I have noticed which is that the battery will say its out of juice way before it really is. The only indication of course is a message on the screen that says "replace battery pack". By repeatedly trying to turn the camera back on I was able to get a good 20 or 30 additional shots before needing to recharge. This included some flash shots as well. This suggests that the battery low indicator is not at all reliable. The small size is really impressive although it invites one handed snaps which are often a little blurry, due to some camera shake. An extremely well crafted and designed camera all around.

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

Before I bought this camera, I had stopped photography. With my first elph, I started shooting all over the place. Bright crisp images. Took it everywhere. Had it in a Lowe pouch velcroed onto my pack when I realized it was lost. Bought another one. Couldn't do without it. Then I put it on the roof of the car up in Jasper Park, and drove away losing my second elph. So I bought a third elph, couldn't do without it. This one lasted longer but last Friday while on a hike in Banff Park, it must have slipped off my belt again...and lost again. This time I had my name and address on it, but no one has called after 4 days. Thieves! I want my camera back! Canon should give me one for free after losing three!
Photo quality: I used this camera also for architectural shots of our new house and we won Gold from Canadian Homebuilders' Assn. They come out great.
Macro: no luck. Can't do flower closeups.
Ease of Use: I've never read the manual.
Problem: maybe it's too small. I keep losing them.
But I want mine back!

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

I was so excited when my boyfriend gave me this camera as a birthday gift in August. I was my first digital camera. I took excellent care of the camera and the LCD display broke in fewer than 3 months. I was told that physical damage was not covered under my warranty. I explained countless times that I did not do anything to break the camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Guess what - broken LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I actually like the camera...I just needed a micro size point and shoot and don't use the manual features other than the movie mode. I had the camera about 2 months and removed the camera from the leather case and guess what? Broken LCD...Why doesn't Canon offer a recall on the LCD? I wonder if Canon reads reviews.

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

AVOID BUYING THIS CAMERA!! Out of all the people that I have talked to that own a camera out of this series, about half have had the same problem. Every thing else is okay, but the cheap, extremely breakable lcd display. For the money you will pay for this camera, are you willing to own a product that will have a fifty percent chance of sponteneously breaking, through no fault of your own? If you are considering buying this product, I recommend going with the sony cybershot instead. It has better quality, durability and better customer service.

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

I had the S200 camera for 5 years, loved it, but it was only 2 Mega Pixel and had a short video time. So, this Christmas, gave this to my sister and bought the SD400. She still loves her camera but I am returning mine. I went on holiday, put it in my pocket (with a case) and went to use it and noticed the broken screen. The camera is now useless as I can't see the menu. Can not believe Canon would deliver such a bad product to the market. I will not buy another Canon camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Make your own LCD screen protector. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera, but a fragile LCD screen. I made my own protector. One cheap self standing bent plastic picture frame, measure exact dimensions of border around LCD screen, score deep lines with a knife, bend the plastic to break it, use fine sandpaper to smooth edges.

Now, get a small dispenser of self stick tape from a fabric store, cut 1/8 inch strips to attach to the four sides around the LCD screen, and press the little window in place.

Works like a charm.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Unusable shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

good looks! that's about it.
pictures are soft soft soft! fringing is beyond control! if you are lucky you can get some decent shots at iso 50 anything above is very noisy. any subjects in adistant greated than 10-15 feet will be out of focus.
macro performance is outstanding.

  • 3.0 out of 5
screen broke with regular handling, and not covered under warranty! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Canon SD400 camera was working great, but after two months, i took it out of its case to find the screen broken. It was not dropped or mishandled. I have have been refused coverage under warranty, and to fix it, it's $225 CAD. I don't know if this is a Canadian problem, but beware of the cracked screen running you up almost half of the cost of the camera to fix it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broken LCD screens!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought two of these cameras for my adult children for Christmas. The screen on my daughters broke within 10 days! She took it out of her purse and it was broke!!
My son just informed me that his screen also broke! He had it in his pocket and pulled it out to use and the screen was cracked!

I have had my Olympus for 4 years, it even has been dropped and nothing has happened to it!
Needless to say I am very upset about this!

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

I purchased this camera brand new 3 months ago and only used it a few times . i have taken extremely good care of it and always stored it in a padded case . i took it out the other day to use it only to find out that the screen was broken . i never misshandled it or droped it . it is perfectly new no scratches and now i have a worthless camera . i called canon and they told me to mail it in to them and they will take a look at it and let me know if it is covered if not they will give me an estimate to have it fixed . i do not want to send it in only to have them tell me its because of missuse that this happened to it. also if they repair it only to have the same problem down the line, has anyone sent their camera in and had canon tell them it was due to missuse?

  • 5.0 out of 5
A fabulous little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Purchased it 3 weeks ago so I could get familiar with it before Christmas. All the family were coming to our place (14 in all). The camera performed faultlessly and produced sharp crisp images. We also like to take close up pictures of flowers. Wow..this little beauty takes great close up shots with very accurate colours
I am very pleased with my purchase. Good on you Canon

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera but not sure better (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It works perfectly but I am not sure the picture quality is as good as the SD100 .. which was awesome. Also I took 10 minutes videos with the SD100. I love the size. I always keep it in a padded camera case so I have no problems with the LCD screen breaking.

  • 3.0 out of 5
my screen broke... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

good camera...mostly cause it is small. the LCD screen broke while the camera was in my pocket though...the quality of the pictures is ok.

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

do not order from them. I ordered 12/11. somebody called back to sell me the accessory kit the next day. But, nobody called to say they were out of stock and would not be shipping, not to mention they are still selling it on your website.

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

Have taken many pictures. Read reviews of delicate lcd screen so I have been extra careful. picked up today to use and screen looks weird but I do not see any crack. Black light and colors. No functions appear in the screen. Now have to see how well the warranty is. Wife and daughter bought me for birthday. Paid $400, now available for 250 with a 1 gig sd card. That leaves a sour taste, and now the screen. Long learning curve to use properly, and I have used alot of cameras and alot of pictures taken.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best Buy said I'd probably have to pay $200 for a new LCD screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After using my PowerShot 100 for about five years, and pretty hard, I finally gave it to my daughter and bought the 400. Should have read the reviews about the LCD screen first, I guess. After having it for a week, got my first opportunity to use it yesterday—took the same excellent pictures I expected from my new Canon. Took it out of the Canon leather case today and turned it on to see nothing but the rainbow of a broken LCD screen. I'm really sad; had hoped it would rival my 100 for durability. Canon (are you listening?), is there a durable clear cover you could offer for the LCD screen? Or was there just one bad batch?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon Repaired Broken LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After two months of normal use, I had a broken LCD. Canon repaired it under warranty, no questions asked. It was a painless process and my faith is restored. A great little camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good little digicam (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having been a fan of Olympus and Minolta cameras for years, I bought a Canon SD400 for point-and-shoot photography. Its small (fits in a cigaret box case) but feels solid, what with its stainless steel body and heft. Although I haven't run it through the full gamut of possibilities, I am very satisfied with the results so far. True colors, good details, ease of use. With optical view finder held against the face, there's no need for a built-in stabilizer or a tripod. Took pics of a certified check with Auto setting, no special lighting or macro, and the result is excellent -far better than using a scanner/copier.
Couldn't have asked for more for the price and purpose.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent little camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera! I bought an LCD cover...just the thin removeable kind to keep it from getting scratched and such. They cost a few bucks on eBay. I hadn't heard of this cracking issue until this site. I bought the warranty so even if that does happen...I'll get a new one.

Perfect, small camera that takes quality pics and video. It's just solid.

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

I loved this camera. I also had the same problem as many others. I took my camera out of my backpack and the LCD screen was cracked. It was in a case at the time. I took it back to Costco and they refunded my money. I'm a little worried to buy the canon SD450, i'm afraid it will have the same problem.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera for most occassions (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have only had this camera for a limited time, but believe it's time to write out a review. This is the short review.

Incredibly Small Camera
Easy to use
Impressive video, up to 3 mins at one time
Great quality, most of the time
2" LCD screen
Many different shooting modes

Issues with LCD Screen cracking
Battery life and no way to tell the charge
Out of focus shots sometimes(autofocus)
Shots are somteimes not bright(autofocus)
Comes with a 16mb memory sd card (8 pics)

Ok, first off I got this camera from best buy with Best Buy Bucks from the monopoly deal. So it cost me a total of $2 and some change(plus about 150 in postage for the best buy bucks). I bought it because I was just looking for a point and shoot camera that I could easily use.

At 5 mega pixels it will give you exceptional image quality...most of the time. I have had several issues with the quality of the image being out of focus or not bright enough, but this is because the autofocus seems to have issues at times. I'd say on average 9 out of the 10 shots are of exceptionally quality.

I was very suprised at just how easy it was to use, my manual didn't get read until a few days after the purchase, in order to figure out what the mode symbols meant. Very easy to use the menus and change settings.

The video ability of this camera could be mistaken for an actual video camera. Not an expensive video camera of course, but it's better than what you'd expect from a digital camera. There are several different modes that can be used as well in order to get the best quality picture. I was able to get paintball video with good quality sound and no chopping whatsosever with the fast moving targets.

Now I'm sure you've read that people have had issues with the LCD screen of this particular camera. I have to say that this does appear to be the case, but I have not had that problem so far (knock on wood). I would recommend getting an LCD cover or a decent carrying case, the canon deluxe leather case for the sd200 and the sd300 fits the case perfectly and it's semi-hard. I believe if people were a little more careful with the screens there would be less problems, but there does appear to be some defective LCD screens out there.

I was very disappointed to find out you have no way of telling the actual battery charge of the ion lithium battery. It gives you a low battery warning and then it will shut off within the next couple of minutes if you continue to use the camera. I was pleased to find out that it's a rechargable battery so you don't have to go through hundreds of aa batteries. I believe reading somewhere that you can get about 150 or so shots per battery charge. That will vary greatly depending on how long the camera is on and all, but if you put turn the lcd screen off I'm sure you will be able to take plenty more.

The last disappointing feature is actually the accessory of the camera. It is that it only comes with a 16 mb sd card. I think this is absolutely absurd! Why don't they just take $10 off of the price and not give you a card at all? You can get about 8 pictures worth out of it. I recommend getting the at least a 256 mb ultra II, so you can take as many pictures as you want and a little bit worth of video. I have now purchased a 1 gb sd ultra II and it can take about 400 pics at the best quality or about 10 mins worth of video.

Ok, hope that review was helpful. I'd highly recommend getting this product if you're looking for a small efficient camera, but just make sure to protect your investment with a carrying case and/or an lcd screen cover.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Tough camera, small size, and great pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We handle this camera roughly, throwing it into a ski jacket pocket or a backpack. Have dropped it more times than I'd like to admit. For 1-1/2 years now it has given us no problems and takes astounding pictures. It is NOT very good at red eye reduction, though. We very often need to use software to get rid of the red-eye before printing. Battery life is very long, and recharger is small and outstanding. Movies and sound are great for such a small camera (if you want really good digital movies, buy a camcorder). Except for the red eye, not a darn bad thing to say about this camera. The small size is a real bonus for us.

  • 5.0 out of 5
took on trip to haiti (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this digital camera right before I flew down to Haiti for a medical relief mission and was extremely pleased with the durability and the quality of the pictures taken. I even dropped this camera on the sidewalk and it came out unscathed. I took over 1,000 pictures in a week with no problems. The only complaint I have is the easily scratched LCD screen and the particulary flimsy battery cover. Other than that is a solid camera which comes highly recomended to anybody interested in a durable compact digital camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A complete waste of money! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the Canon PowerShot SD 400 at Best Buy on Sept. 6, 2005. Less than one month later, the screen cracked when I turned on the camera. Best Buy did absolutely nothing! In reading these other reviews, it clearly sounds like this is a defective product. If anyone wants to file a class action lawsuit, count me in.

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

I just bought this camera because I had the Canon G6 and it was just too big but took AWESOME pictures and i didnt need something quite as nice. I took my camera out of my purse three days ago and mind you it was in a carrying case and the LCD screen is cracked along the right side. Best buy basically said too bad so sad. They wouldnt do anything for me. This is absolutely rediculous.

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

The zoom could be a little smother but everything else is fantastic. Really east to use and takes great quality pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
So far so good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I did my research, broke down & spent the extra money for the best really small digital camera on the market. I bought an LCD protector before I used the camera and no problems with that yet. The flimsy battery compartment door is pretty pathetic but I am so careful and don't expect a problem. The lack of a battery indicator is a real problem and at least one backup battery is a must! The camera takes excellent pictures but I do have trouble with the video time. The video quality is great but it almost always shuts off before it should. The voice memo feature for the stills is great although I wish I could use it in shoot mode instead of playback. All in all, I'm pretty happy and if you need small size, I do recommend this camera. If size is not critical, you can do better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
8 months and going! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had my camera for about 8 months now. I have taken millions of pictures! I dont have an expensive case (I use a sock or small coin purse). It seems like alot of people are compaining about the LCD screen but I have never had a problem with mine. I find this camera very easy to use and there is so many options. I love this camera and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a camera. When I was first buying my camera I looked at Olympuses, Nikons, Fuji's, all of them! I shopped around and I found most camera experts recommended a canon. I was actually looking at a different model when the man told me that the sd400 was only fifty bucks more and would blow the one I was looking at out of the water. He showed all the more features and he was right. I also found a store that had a good warrenty. I know that if my LCD screen is damages they will replace my camera for free. So that is up to you to find the right vendor.

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

This is my first digital. I have been very careful with this camera and love almost everything about it. The other day the LCD cracked with no obvious mishandling.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broken LCD and Overpriced (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Second time I took camera out to shoot, there was a long crack down the LCD. Looks terrible and not due to misuse. But the SD200, works, feels just the same, and save some money.

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

I have used the camera about a dozen times, normal use, careful handling, stored in a nice padded top of the line digital camera carrier.
During a trip, in the evening the camera worked fine, the next day while touring turned the camera on and the LCD display did not work.
Best Buy said the LCD is damaged and would not
guarantee the warranty. It is very disappointing
to spend so much money for a camera that breaks so easily. I own two other earlier models of Canon digital Camera for a number of years.
They still work fine. The SD400 is a bad model and I recommend not to buy the Canon product, they have gone down in quality and will not honor their merchandise.

  • 5.0 out of 5
SD400 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I saw somome wrote this re SD400:
I solved that problem straight away by buying a LCD lens protector (not the throw away kind, but the semi-permanent kind) from a great little company on the internet. Any clue where to get it?

  • 3.0 out of 5
1 Month - *normal use* - LCD broken - while in case (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Nice camera. I loved it - until I found out just how fragile the LCD was. This is a serious flaw. If you buy this camera, get a piece of plexiglass or clear acrylic and cover the LCD. Attach it with double stick tape so you can remove it when you need to. I was pretty careful, but the LCD glass is paper thin - watch out!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Does Just What It Was Designed To Do (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Although I've owned this camera for, just under, 30 days I've taken over 4000 photos with it (yup, that's 4000+). This is my first 'real' digital camera and I was taking photos the first day. It comes with a pretty good manual, so if you have any problems or questions, the answers are probably there. I've been getting close to 400 photos before having to recharge the battery, which I think is pretty good...especially considering I have been using the LCD exclusively. I purchased an SD card with more memory at the same time (none of the cameras come with one worth bothering with). It takes great indoor photos, works really great in macro mode & is just awesome in 'no light' indoor situations (flash worked really well), and as an added bonus, the movie mode is pretty good, too. For those of you who are worried about the LCD getting scratched...I solved that problem straight away by buying a LCD lens protector (not the throw away kind, but the semi-permanent kind) from a great little company on the internet. While it is true that the battery & card cover seem a little flimsy, along with the USB cover, it seems that if just a little care is taken this should not be a serious drawback and overall the camera feels very sturdy. The only real con that I have noticed has been using the flash in macro generally will not 'throttle down' enough and washes out whatever you are attempting to capture (a few times my pictures have turned out fine and I still don't know why or how I got such good pictures using the flash in macro mode). A couple of other things on the pro side: This camera offers a fair amount of control for a point & shoot with its preset scene modes and various other settings and power up & shot to shot time are both very fast for a digital. Overall, this is a great little camera and I wouldn't hestitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a 'small in physical size' camera.

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

Could not get consistently sharp pictures whether inside or outside .
30% of shots were badly out of focus.None really seemed sharp.
May be best of the subcompacts but disappointing.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera...Tuff and Solid (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes pretty good pictures easy to use and darn near indestructible. Take it everywhere and have taken a thousand plus pictures with it. Fastand is especially a nice plus.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Screen Scratches Easily (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had my SD400 for a few months now and used it maybe ten times. The screen is already scratched. It looks like the anti reflective coating is coming off. I have kept it in a camera case most the time but have also had it in my pant pocket on occaision. I've made a point of not having anything else in the same pocket. I have had other cameras and never had this problem. Seems to be some kind of flaw.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon cameras are tough and reliable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is wonderful, and as many others have said the only thing concerning to me is the cover for the usb and av out ports. The are like a silver chrome material and must be taken very good care of. The camera is easily useable especially if you have already owned a canon as they all seem to work similarly. The screen is a little small and so is the eye hole, i find it easier to use the screen to take pictures, but this is the goal of an itty bitty camera i imagine. It is a great digital camera for the money and takes amazing pictures. Highly recommended would by again or give as a gift.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent photo quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this camera because we just became grandparents of our first grandchild and I wanted good quality indoor photos of him. I had a Sony and the indoor photo quality was terrible. I did hours of research and even purchase several cameras and took photos with them all. I kept the Canon SD400 because it took the best photos indoors and it was very intuitive and easy to use. I love the small size and keep it handy for those impromptu shot of our grandson. The different options for shots are easy to use. Night photos turn out great when you use the "night" option. I discovered the movie option by mistake when I thought I was taking a still shot of our baby and it turned out to be a movie. Needless to say, I have taken many movie clips of him, and the quality and sound are excellent. I did get a 1gb SD Ultra memory card so I have lots of space. I highly recommend this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken LCD - Never got to take a picture (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excited to purchase and take digital pictures for the first time. Charged the battery, packed camera in a padded camera bag, brought to soccer game, put in the battery and memory, powered on, ... NOTHING! Subsequently brought to Circuit City for replacement and I'm informed the LCD is cracked and they will not honor their return policy! VERY disappointed. Of course, now (after I bought a bill of goods) I find reviews that indicate that this is systemic on this line of cameras. Spend your hard earned dollars somewhere else and on something other than this.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken LCD on Canon SD400 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The SD400 is a poorly designed camera. This camera suffers from poor human engineering and is extremely fragile.

I bought the SD400 for use on a 2 month trip to Japan. I needed something lighter and easier to carry than the single lens reflex cameras I normally use.

I bought a Canon SD400 for $344 from Best Buy on September 2, 2005.

Two days and 123 pictures later I found that the LCD screen was not working. The camera had been exposed to normal every day handling.

Best Buy and Canon said that there is no warranty for broken or damaged LCD screens.

I have used Canon cameras for over 50 years but this experience has, at long last, cured my addiction to Canon.

The camera is a Power Shot SD 400 Digital ELPH, Serial # 0723361903.

If any one is interested, I can get you a deal on an attractive paper weight.

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

i just bought this camera a couple days ago (after returning the sony dsc-m1).... so far has been pretty nice, although there has been some softness.... i'm sure i'll be able to figure out how to use it better soon though....... some of the pics have just been *amazing*......... i was looking at getting the SD500, but there were a couple things i looked at:
1) price: don't want to pay $100+ more
2) megapix: sure, you get 2 more with the 500, but unless you're making HUGE printouts it is completely unnecessary
3) size: the sd400 is smaller - period

it's been said the sd500 has better image quality, and i believe it... i'm sure i could pay $100 more than i did for this one and find a lot of cameras with higher image quality... i just don't think they're worth it

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

I've had several canon power shot/elph cameras and they've all been great. This one is small but not too small takes great pictures, and if you've got a couple of hours to read the extensive manual (which you don't have to do), it does tons of great stuff. It's super convient, and very inobtrusive. I ended up using the movie mode to put together a whole family vacation movie (stitched together in quicktime pro) and it's great. Yes, the battery cover is flimsy - I broke one on an older elph, but I ordered the part directly from canon for $9. It is possible to scratch the screen, but it's really for framing anyway. Like another user, I also use an ipod sock as a case - it's perfect. Definetly get a second battery and when you go out, just always pop in the fresh one.

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

Like others have said, a broken LCD within 3 months, certainly not due to mishandling.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great quality pocket size camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this as a second camera in addition to my Canon EOS 10D. EOS 10D is great camera but I just can't carry it all the time because of its size, so I needed a small pocket size camera to carry around for 'easy' pictures. This camera works great for me! It takes very nice pictures despite its small size. Image could be little bit sharper for 5mp camera but for its size I'm completely satisfied!

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

Owned my camera for 15 days, taking the camera out of a camera bag, noticed a jagged black streak down the left side, LCD cracket. I have own many cameras with LCD monitors (Sony & Nikon) and this is the first that I have owned that has broken (my first Canon). The damage was not due to poor handling.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Ultra Compact 5 megapixels digicam. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A 5 megapixels slick-looking ultra compact camera as it is was a very great deal for me. I can carry it everywhere i go and can take pictures anytime as i want. Plus the very good picture quality that it produces and all the features that it have, specially the my color mode that can allow you to twist and play with colors. All these features in a ultra compact camera makes it perfect.

  • 4.0 out of 5
All the Little things. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

basically, the camera itself is pretty good. The design is nice and small so i can just sneak it into my purse or even on my belt whereever i go. One of the downsides as mentioned before is that there is no battery indicator so its hard to know when you need to charge and when it'll die on you. Another thing is the cover for the battery and memory slot, I am so scared to break it. Otherwise the camera itself is really good, the zoom is awsome.
I went to this concert a month ago and i was in the belcony and still was able to take quality pictures of the performers. I highly recomend this camera, its small, multi-featured and basically what you want out of a camera and more.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures, but be careful about scratching the display. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes terrific photos and is nicely sized to slip into a pocket. But the display screen scratches very easily, which makes it impractical to actually carry it in your pocket unless you put it into something to protect the screen, which defeats the purpose of buying a small camera to easily slip into your pocket!

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

"blcom" stands for "best little camera on the market" and thats the truth...the people who cannot take care of things will break the doors and access covers off the thing, but people who take care of their equipment won't...takes gr8 pix and has all the other stuff ya need ....movies....avi out etc and i can carry it in the palm of my hand on my walks, and nobody knows its therre til i clik em' just fantastic and i love it

  • 2.0 out of 5
Soft Focus, Disappointing Results (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm a fan of Canon digital cameras, own three of them but was sorely disappointed by the SD400 to the point that I returned it. The lens, at all focal lengths, was soft and out-of-focus. Pictures consistently were washed-out and unnatural looking.

  • 3.0 out of 5
close, but no cigar (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The internal parts of the camera are great- gorgeous pictures, easy to use, etc. But the outside is so horribly made that it's just sad. The lens is broken and won't go in all the way, and the battery release thingy is screwed up too. Not recommended for families!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Digital I've Owned (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Coming from a photography background I did my research before purchasing a new digital camera. This is the third Canon I've purchased and it is by far the best. The features are incredible, the menu interface is extremely intuitive and the results are fantastic.

I was surprised at the size of the camera as well. My iPod is bigger than this thing. Even though it's small the 2-inch LCD screen allows you to review your photos with ease. I was a little nervous about sticking such a large screen in my pocket but an iPod Sock solved that issue. It's still easy to slide it in and out.

The battery/sd card cover is a little flimsy but as long as you're careful you have nothing to worry. Also, I don't much care for the led not letting you know how much battery life you have left, it just flashes a red icon and dies. Another battery is a worthy investment.

5 Stars for a reason. The SD400 turns heads and produces great results. It's even in the new Canon commercial with Sharipova!

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

I've only had this camera for about a week now and to be honest, I'm astonished with the quality of the pictures it takes. Very user-friendly, and super fast start up, along with its small, compact size made me opt for this camera versus the Nikon. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for a high quality, photo snapping machine

  • 3.0 out of 5
Carry a couple of spare batteries. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Had it and took it back. It went through the batteries at an unbelievably fast rate. The most I could get before a fully charged battery was dead was 70 pictures. A beautiful looking camera but sub par in other areas. No screen protection at all. And don't break that flimsy battery cover as it will cost almost as much to fix as the camera. A beautifully built camera and that cover????? Come on....

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

I've only had my sd400 for a week, but I've been taking pictures like crazy and I love it. It's so great to finally have a camera that I can just keep on my belt without being too big. It's barely any bigger than my cell phone which is also on my belt. I love being able to just snap it up quickly and take a picture, the time from pushing power and the first pic is amazingly fast. Picture quality is superb, movie mode is awesome, and all the features make it the best compact camera out there in my opinion. Personally I love that the auto mode still takes great quality pics, because I often find myself having to take a quick shot before the subject is gone. Plus if you have time to adjust the settings, there's lots to work with and you can get some really high quality pics. I highly recommend this camera, you will not regret it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great value for money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am quite amateur in photography and this is my first digital camera, yet I am quite astonished by seeing its quality and design. It is really a powerful equipment capable of taking great resolution pictures and quite good movies too. It used DIGICII processor and AIAF, that sounds good. Also CCD image sensor, not CMOS sensor. Most beautiful is its sleek and handy design. One thing that it doesn't have is the battery status indicator. It would be great if it had that also.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it, it does everything better than an average camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've only had it for a short time, but great pictures, high resolution, easy to use menu system. The whole camera can be described as intuitive as far as the menu system. Everything is as accessible easily, movie mode? flip the switch over, still shot mode? flip it back, review images? flip it one more over. In depth options are all what I'd expect as well and easy to get to. It is fast, quick snapshots even with flash, turn it off and you can almost snap shots as fast as a 35mm.

A wonderful surprise about this camera is movie mode.(Lighting only has to be decent to come out very nice. It's almost what you see is what you get. It's made me stop looking for a video camera. It takes that good of video, and none of this 30 second limitation. Obviously not meant for long recordings due to its' nature but good for me, long video is boring usually anyway. It takes VERY high quality video in a large avi format (again customizable if you don't need it).

Plug it in to a tv and view your images, slideshow even of them, view video like its a camcorder, it does it all.

This is a great step up from my Konica/Minolta Dimage G500. It took GREAT pics, everything else was slow, worse and difficult to get to.

My only concern is battery life hasn't been pushed to the limits yet and it does NOT let you know the status of the battery until it's about to die. It packs so many other features and good quality that so far, I don't care.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon SD400 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The SD400 is a overall good digital camera. The design will turn heads. The image quality is amazing for such a small camera. The 5 megapixels make the picture sharp and very clear. In low-light situations you will need a tripod in order to get a steady shot.

- Great Image Quality
- 2" LCD and Optical Viewfinder
- Small and Sleek
- Uses SD Media
- Buttons are easy to press
- Metal Tripod Mount

- Flimsy Batter/SD cover
- Somewhat Low Battery Life
- Camera doesn't come with a AC adapter