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Canon PowerShot SD450
Canon PowerShot SD450

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Canon PowerShot SD450

Editor's Review

A sleek, smart ultracompact from Canon The Canon PowerShot SD450 features an oversized 2.5" LCD display that gives excellent previews of your 5 megapixel photos. One of the more interesting features is an orientation sensor that alters the display on your LCD to match the way you are holding your camera, vertically or horizontally.


  • 5 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • lithium ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 0318B001
  • UPC: 000000000000
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2005

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Canon PowerShot SD450 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD450 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Buy When It Was New (David — 11/29/2008)

I've read mostly great reviews of the SD450, but a few who criticize certain things like easily broken LCD's or battery covers. Not true, not true, not true. Take care of this camera like you paid a few hundred dollars for it, which you did, and it will reward you with great shots and ease of use. It was an incredible camera when I bought it and continues to perform quite well. I love the "drop it in your shirt pocket" size. I see the $299 price for this and wonder why it hasn't dropped with all of the new models and technology. For $50 more I can now get Canon's new SX10 with 20X optical zoom. Wow, what a camera for the price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
All around the world (Scoot Deuce — 07/02/2007)

I've been to Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Alaska, California, Washington State, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indianna, New York, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Utah, and Nevada...and I've had a Cannon Powershot with me, in all of those places, have the photos to prove it, and have never once had a problem with the camera, like some people here, are saying. I always have people online, asking what kind of camera I have, and I'm proud to tell them, its a Cannon PowerShot SD450.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good, but malfunctions. (Leah — 06/22/2007)

This camera has excellent functions. The macro is great, the photo quality is good. Although the camera does have spectacular features, it malfunctions way too often to be satisfied. The E18 problem, as many have, is crucial. It is a pain in the neck trying to fix it. I would suggest a different camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (Dagmar Swift — 03/12/2007)

I have used this on our trip and posted on our blog, and this has been a fantastic camera, It is compact, rugged, and takes great photos. Wonderful to own. I have several batteries that I bought so I am never without power.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great compact camera (Nicholas — 01/25/2007)

I have fully satisfied with my purchase of this camera.
Pro's: It takes great pictures all around. Fit's perfectly in my pocket so I can take it everywhere.

Con's: No variable flash. Whites out subject if you are too close.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love my camera (Nikki — 12/13/2006)

I absolutely love my SD450. Its WAY better than any other digital camera I have ever had. It takes pretty good pictures from far away with its zoom. Its small so I can sneak it into concerts. Its also a really good price.

  • 3.0 out of 5
50/50 (Mary — 12/11/2006)

I loved this camera and it was perfect for taking pictures everywhere- but then, 8 months later I ran into the E18 problem where the lense was stuck in the out position. Best Buy said this camera has had this problem a lot, so they replaced it for free! I now have another Canon, and so far it is good. This particular one I would not buy because of the problems, but I love the SD600 now!

  • 5.0 out of 5
canon sd450 (Steve — 12/04/2006)

I love this camera! It's display give the perfect preview, the camera's functions are easy to scroll through with a little study, the downloading is easy, and there has never been any technical problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good camera (Diamond — 11/25/2006)

I like the Canon Powershot SD450 alot. It's really cool. It also has awesome features. Buy it. Especially if you are a photographer in training.
It really helps. :]

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera, Great company (Frank — 10/31/2006)

I've had my SD450 for close to a year now. Prior to that I had a SD400. Both great cameras for the novice or photo enthusiast. Great quality pictures and super-smooth video. The camera once slipped out of my had and on to the table, landing on the extended lens. The motor no longer worked. I brought it to my local Canon Office with a copy of my receipt. I filled out a form and handed over my digi. 3 days later UPS dropped off my fixed camera. I was not expecting it so quickly, let alone for free. It's nice to see companies still provide service like that to their customers. I have and would recommend this product. With the introduction of newer modes the prices are pretty reasonable.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Canon Warranty (Elaine Novack — 10/30/2006)

I bought my daughter the SD450 as a gift since she was going to study abroad in Australia for 6 months. After 3 weeks the LCD screen broke. She had it in the case and packed it in her backpack with some clothes. When she took it to a Canon repair place in Australia, she was told that the screen would not be covered under the warrenty. My son had the same problem with his canon SD400. The screen also stopped functioning after less than a year. The screen was not cracked. Again Canon refused to fix it under the warran ty. It would cost more to fix than to purchase another camera. In both cases the cameras were under warrenty & I also purchased extended warranties. I obviously wasted my money. After reading all these reviews I see that a tremendous number of people have had the same experience of the LCD screen breaking in a short amount of time. Obviously there is a defect and weakness in these cameras which Canon should address. I agree that a class action suit should be started. It is too expensive to keep replacing when the chances are that it will happen again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
great pictures - defective design (Cathy Lydon — 10/29/2006)

Awesome pictures and ease of use. But the LCD screen 'cracked." Why don't they include a protective cover for the LCD screen? The camera still takes great pix but is now basically useless (can't use menu).

  • 1.0 out of 5
great photos but doesn't long at all (will — 10/23/2006)

i've had the sd400 for about 1 year before it went bad on me and then i decided to replace it with the sd450 where as there wasn't too much of an upgrade but i've only had this camera for about 3 months i turn it on and it decides to just show me static on the screen and everything else seems fine but it will not focus at all. so that's another camera gone bad, it was handled with care and everything not a single scratch and had a nice little cushioned case with it and one day it just decides to not work anymore i highly recommened against buying canon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon Warranty (James Livergood — 10/14/2006)

The camera took great pictures and we were very satisfied, until it developed flash and date control problems. Sent in for warranty, they said it was beyond economical repairs due to liquid damage and offered a refurbished replacement for $150+tax+s/h. Camera was never wet or in water, but they have simply refused to listen or change their decision. Many friends have ask about this camera to which we have advised against buying a canon due to their attitude about warranty. Sorry.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic Camera (David McLendon — 10/04/2006)

Don't pay any attention to those comments about the battery cover. It's fine, just treat it like an expensive digital camera, not a rugged piece of "whatever" that can be dropped on purpose. Fantastic photos and I've not had any problems with the screen or any other part of the camera. I've traveled the country with it. Battery power is awesome. Ease of use is incredible. My only negative comment is for indoor shots over 12 feet, buy a slave flash. The stainless steel body is cool, the menu takes very little time to get used to, but once you've got it, it's really just so easy to operate. Downloads to my laptop are as easy as plug it in, turn it on and push a button. You'll definitely want to buy a dye sublimation printer, the photos are 35mm lab quality - AMAZING!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect Camera (Kimi — 09/28/2006)

I love this Powershot. I've own several Canon cameras and this is by far my favorite. The qaulity of pictures if fab and the screen size is prefect! The camera is small enough that I can put it in my back pocket and take it anywhere. I use it everyday and take at least 100 pictures a day and it's still going strong. Not only does it take great pictures, but it's very user friendly which is really importnant in a point and shoot. The feautres on this camera are great too. It's fun to mess around with them and see what you get.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Canon will fix screen at least once if you scream to factory repair (Jayne — 09/13/2006)

I have to laugh at the owner boasting about SD450 after owning for 1 week! OMG, you are clueless! Wait till the screen has "blunt impact trauma" and they accuse you of lying when you tell them you did nothing to break it. I sent it to factory repair in Ilinois and they repaired it for free after I made a giant stink to everyone willing to listen. I wrote to the President of the small camera specialty retail chain, Director of Marketing, Director of Customer Relations and Director of Advertising in Lake Success, New York to complain. Everyone should do that. The ads and point of purchase signage specifically boast that it slips into your purse or pocket when that is the kiss of death for the camera. This camera takes great pictures but is a class-action windfall for an attorney willing to take it on.

  • 4.0 out of 5
takes great photos even after screen cracks (Drew Simpson — 09/07/2006)

I got the SD450 for school after using my wife's SD200 for months. I have been recommending it to everyone I know who's looking for a solid supercompact performer. Two weeks ago my screen stopped working one day, which surprised me because I always carry it on my belt in it's leather Canon hardcase (PSC-90), and it is never out of the case longer than it takes to power-up, take the picture and powerdown.
Since I was traveling far from home at the time, and confirmed that the camera still took great pictures by reviewing my SD card on a SD200 camera, I covered the nonfunctional screen with some cardboard and used the optical viewfinder instead. With a little trial and error I learned how to turn off the flash with a few button presses, and realized the movie mode still worked.
Of course it only took photos and movies at the last settings before the screen went bad, but I was able to continue using the camera for the remaining 2 weeks of my trip, and the pictures still came out great.
It's too bad that an otherwise great product is marred by Canon's unwillingness to recognize and address the screen cracking flaw.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Cracked LCD Display Best Buy warranty (Steve Weileman — 08/28/2006)

The camera belongs to my 16 year old daughter. It was her 16th b-day present. We have the 4 year extended warranty from Best Buy. My daughter says she does not remember any trauma to camera. She keeps it in her purse. Best Buy would not even take camera for repair outside the warranty just to get it fixed. I called Canon. They would not covered it if they looked at it and determined the LCD crack is from "mishandling". I was going to purchase the LCD and replace myself for $49 assuming they would come to same conclusion as Best Buy. But after reading all the reviews on cracked displays especially the kid glove handling, I wonder if it does not take much to crack one or self destruct. Class action? referring to another review. I am going to send to Canon with all these reviews to see if they will fix at no cost. Everyone with this problem please report.

  • 2.0 out of 5
not much of a performance plan (kristi haley — 07/29/2006)

When the camera was working all seemed well. Within 30 days without warning the camera lens barrel closed at an angle, jamming the mechanism to the extent of uncapable to disengage itself. Product simply broke under normal usage. This defect created damage to the lens that the manufacture under normal warranty, or extended warranty would not recognize as product defect and would not repair or take responsibility and would charge consumer $150.00 for repair.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It went blank, LCD shows E18 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i av used canon digital IX US 500 for about a year now but all of a suddenly recently, the LCD refused to display any image and the zoom lens doesn't come out again. all that shows on the screen is E18 and off it goes. please i need help on how to repair the camera. please help as i can't afford to buy another one now. thanks!

  • 5.0 out of 5
This Canon is GRRREAT! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A totally impressive camera. I purchased it from Wolf Camera in February 2006 (aka Ritz Camera and Camera Shop) after looking at a lot of cameras. Although Wolf is more expensive than via mail order (B&H, etc.) you can't beat their staff for advice and its squirrely to pump their brains and buy elsewhere. They also offer a series of free photo classes with every purchase AND their membership plan is awesome for processing discounts.

I took the Canon SD450 with me immediately to China, Thailand and Hong Kong and handily abused it and never had a problem with any sort of cracked LCD screen. My salesperson said that the only time they've ever seen cracked lenses is when people store their digital cameras incorrectly in backpacks, etc. and don't realize that they've accidentally put too much stress on their camera. This is NOT a delicate machine, believe me — just be smart and buy a hard case!

The folks at Wolf recommended this one over many others (and they carry everything) and showed me comparison photos made w/other cameras. One important take-away — the size of the lens matters! The Sony Cybershot DSCT7 has a Carl Zeiss lens (best in the industry) but it takes awful pictures because the lens is too small.

My Canon photos were beautiful — my enlargements of the GreatWall w/the zoom feature were spectacular and the color saturation was dead-on. The camera is also super easy to use.

Recommendation: Buy it!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Am I heading toward another cracked LCD? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Like many others here, I have a Canon SD with a cracked LCD. We just found out from Best Buy that neither Canon nor Best Buy's 4-year protection plan will cover a cracked LCD. My daughter claimed the camera did not receive any abuse, which I kind of doubted. Now I feel bad about doubting her. I was just about to upgrade from this toasted 7 month old SD400 to the SD450 because we liked the photo quality and could at least salvage the battery and charger from the old one. Am I just asking for trouble, again?

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

some of the positive reviews on this website are so obviously fabricated for the purpose of helping canon sell a camera that i want to puke all over myself.

  • 2.0 out of 5
E18 Malfunction (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Canon seems to be the best rated digital camera by users, so that is why I chose my 450. Kind of complicated to figure out features. After owning only 3 weeks and on my 4th day of vacation in Bermuda, the lense became stuck in out position. When I returned home and called Canon, they said they could not do anything for me. Luckily I bought the camera at a reputable dealer and got my money back. After researching the E18 malfunction, decided I will buy a different brand next.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Cracked LCD - Canon repaired for free (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was extremely disappointed when my LCD suddenly cracked, seemingly spontaneously, while on an overseas trip. I had owned it for just 4 months and took very good care of it. I tried to return it to Best Buy and was very dissatisfied with their customer service. The staff member clearly did not believe that I hadn't mishandled the camera in some way, and convinced me it would be a $250 repair (minimum) and it was not covered under warranty. I was outraged and ready to do battle when I called Canon's customer service line. It turned out that Canon was 100% supportive. The technician I spoke to was very helpful, and suggested I return it to the factory service center in Illinois with a letter explaining the issue. Two days later I received an e-mail from Canon that they would repair the camera at no charge, and less than 10 days later I had the camera in hand. I'm not happy that the LCD is so fragile, but overall I'm pleased with the camera. I have ordered an LCD Protector from 'da Products and will buy a new, well-padded camera case. I still have the Canon case that was so strongly recommended by the Best Buy sales person but do not intend to ever use it again as it clearly didn't protect the camera in the way it should have. I'm also writing a letter to Best Buy - I have been a loyal customer in the past, and am very disappointed that they treated me so poorly.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good but breaks easily (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really liked this camera, it took excellent pictures and was very easy to use. The only downfall is the lcd screen is fragile. I was in Vegas and the screen spontaniously cracked. Maybe it was because I left a casion that was about 68 degrees inside and walked outside where it was 105 degrees. The point is it cracked, and I watched it do so in my hand. PLEASE do not buy from best buy. I purchased a protection plan and they still won't replace my camera even though I was not responsible for damage.

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

I had the previous version the SD300. The screen went bad just after a year.

Bought a SD450 (cause I like the camera otherwise) and there was no learning curve (silly me!). I treated the camera with kid gloves. The screen lasted 3 weeks.

Customer service is unhelpful. Delays of 4 weeks just to tell what they will do (or not). Steer away from Canon for that reason alone.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poorly built camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My camera locked up after 4 days of usaged! I was getting ready to take a picture and the screen started to fade white until the screen was completely solid white. Still trying to get a hold of Canon to get me a replacement camera.

on a brightner note, it took excellent pictures and functioned with ease.

I'm not sure if I want to get a replacement or a refund...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Like it alot! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Purchased from "Best Buy" with the 1 gig card, $59.99 replacement insurance and LowePro Ridge 10 case. Camera is very user friendly, pictures are crisp and clear. No problems with LCD screen to date. My basic use for the camera is work related, documenting shipping damages, photographic views of installations of our products. We don't always have the best lighting for our photos but the SD450 has performed well in most conditions. This unit replaces a Nikon Coolpix 450 that went down after (5) years of service. Satisfied Yes!

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

This little camera takes great pics and great videos. Great choice for anyone.

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

BUYER BEWARE!!! Before you purchase this camera - do yourself a favor and do a Google search on "Canon camera cracked lcd" and you will read all the horror stories about how these cameras are not as durable as their previous counterparts. Mine cracked within 24 hours and I have to threaten legal action against Best Buy to get them to return the camera, Canon was refusing to cover under warranty, and law firms are collecting information about these cameras (can you say class action law suit????)

  • 5.0 out of 5
I disagree about the complaints (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The battery/memory card door is plenty solid, unless you really beat your cameras.
I have big fingers, and partially paralyzed too. I say the buttons are just fine and easy to access.
I think the zoom control is great. no fumbling after adjusting your zoom in the back of the camera, then trying to find the button on top.

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

This makes my forth digi Elph and I must say I am impressed over-all with the quality of the series and love the large screen of the new SD450. However, my next purchase was a $14 padded Pelican case and a Metz slave flash - realizing that all these little cameras are NOT Nikon Fs and need to be handled with care and their flash limitations accepted. Like all sub compact digis the SD series have decent but limited flash. Just don't expect too much from them past five feet. I am a little disappointed in the USB interface and battery covers as they do seem flimsy, but honestly I never had a problem with the SD200's identical plastic parts. Bottom line - the SD450 is an excellent choice and reasonably priced. Bbut like all digis it has it's limitations. Yet at the price you should be able to afford a $14 case for protection (Pelican model 1010) and $100 slave flash (either Canon or Metz)to protect and get the most out of the camera. For the average user looking for a handy 5 mp camera I would say go for the SD450. Sharp pictures if you do your part, easy to learn and use and oh-so-compact!! BTW - my son took an SD200 to Iraq and it was one of the few pieces of electronic gear that survived the insideous powder-like sand and came home intact!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
I like it. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like this little camera. The connector cover is flimsey feeling, but it has not broken, the LCD screen is just fine, and the resolution in and outdoors has not disappointed. I use it for point and shoot as well as photo projects and it is just fine. My only problem is finding a program for my computer that will let me do what I want to, but the camera and program that came with it are functioning great. It was a good purchase for a first digital.

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

Excellent product and the best dollar to dollar deal available

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

The battery is not good. It can only support 150 pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I'm impressed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera. I'm concerned about the battery and USB interface doors feeling flimsy as well as the issues other people have had concerning the LCD screen. I think that Canon could have made the hinges on the doors out of something more sturdy instead of plastic, which are sure to break off with regular use. On the plus side, I am having a great time taking snapshots and learning how to use the SD 450 properly. This camera is tiny and has a nice heft to it- it feels dense but not uncomfortably so. I'm awed by the size of the LCD as well as the video/sound quality, especially in such a small camera. I expected it to be fuzzy and tinny, respectively, but it's exactly the opposite. I come from a large family of Canon junkies and now I know why Canon products are their brand of choice. Even my brother, who is the acknowledged family scion when it comes to all things electronic and technical, was impressed by this camera. If it's good enough for him, it's definitely good enough for me! I really really recommend purchasing a 1GB SD card as the included 16MB card has nowhere near enough capacity to hold more than a couple of pictures. A backup battery is also a good idea. Overall, I'm very happy with my camera!

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

I've assisted the purchase of 6 Canon digital have experience in their performance.
#1-get a warranty, 4 years from Best Buy, if you buy the camera there, for $60. Truly, I use my camera daily and knock it around. I went from a 110 to a 200 and today to a SD450, thanks to the replace or repair policy.
From 3 to 5 mega pixels, free, thank you. Get a good sized memory card and click away, knowing that they stand behind the unit. Slip it into your pocket or purse and it's automatic, flexible, and tiny. It rivals my iPod Nano for size and ease of use.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Ignore The Bad Reviews (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having owned the SD450 for a week now, I have to admit that everything that I read on these reviews that is positive is all true and the negatives are all false. My camera came in-tack, with no cracked screen, the battery cover is not flimsy when opened and no problem at all when closed. The camera takes exceptional photos. It's easy to use. The first day, the menu options seemed awkward until you get used to how the vertical and horizontal menus work together, but that only took a day of playing with it. Stainless steel body - fantastic. The prices on-line are unbeatable. Definitely buy the 512 card as it holds 190 pics at super fine resolution. Great job CANON. For my first digital, you did me right!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
its a great DigiCam i ever had (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i own this digi camera for 3days and i realy love the digicam,i take great picture,great video,small and handy.i take a shot in my room with out lights but the camera has flash it takes great picture.and the best is that the 12x zoom feature,the distance from my position to the subject is 1.5KM away but the picture is great.

i realy love this DC


  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera--get educated. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Look, I read a gazillion reviews of a gazillion different cameras before buying this one. It's a great camera. Don't be mislead by people who get blurry photos or washed out flash pics with whatever camera. Take some time to learn how to use your camera, whichever one you buy. Learn how cameras work in general—shutter speed, exposure, etc. It will really help you understand what happens when you take a picture and help you get the most out of your camera.

I looked around for months before buying the SD450. I am totally satisfied. I love it. The zoom control could be in a better place for easier reach, but that's honestly all I've wanted to change about this camera in two weeks of pretty heavy use. I definitely recommend this camera.

Bottom line is that there are a million cameras out there, and YOU, the user, are what can make a camera great or awful. Not that there aren't truly awful cameras out there indeed. Just my thoughts. Hope you guys don't get too overwhelmed.


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

I also own a Nikon D50, but just purchased the sd450 from canon as a camera for everyday use. I just got it today, but so far I'm loving it. It takes surprisingly great crystal clear pics and I'm used to seeing pics from a DSLR. Very Sleek as well. Impressive!!!!!!!!!

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

i love this camera!! its so fun and easy to use. i dont really think of it as too fragile. you should always handle a camera with care and i do with this one and its fine. the extra features are amazing, black and white and one color and many others. its an awesome camera that everyone is jealous of. its great.

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

The size of this camera is great! This camera works great in the sunlight but indoors with a flash is dark & orangy. The LCD screen is delicate - I have a small dent.

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

Great pictures! Easy to use!! VERY compact! Nothing but ewws and awws when showed off! Always have the best pictures between all my friends!!!! They ask me email them my picture even when they have the same picture with another camera. Only downfall is its expensive! But great quality is never cheap!!!

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

I had the camara about a month and I dropped it about 4 feet with the lens open. It became inoperable. Called Canon, and they asked me to send it in. Fixed at no charge and returned in 10 days. Love the size.

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

I've owned three brands of digital cameras and this one so far is my favorite. It's very easy to use, smallest I've owned and takes very good pictures on the proper settings. The large LCD screen is a major plus! Everyone that has seen my camera wants to check it out and it gets more than its share of "ews" and "ahs". The one thing I did do though is to buy the 1gig memory card and an extra battery for backup.

I was reading in one of the posts that the poster said don't get it at Best Buy? Well, as I look at the current listed prices on this page, Best Buy beat all of those. I paid $249 for mine.

If anyone is on the fence about getting this camera, I'd say go for it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
flash with zoom (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When using the flash do not use the zoom. When indoors using the flash you must be close to your subject and not use the zoom; otherwise pictures come out very dark, often having an orange tint, & the pictures are not crisp. The camera is good for outdoors in good lighting.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Picture quality is just so so! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After comparing many ultra compact DC on the market, I decided to get a SD450. Disregard all the other problems (fragile screen, etc.), the picture quality is disappointing! The color of the picture is a bit weird, even worse than the FUJI with lower megapixels that I previously owned.

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

Canon cameras are overrated I have 5 friends with canons and they all had thE same problem .LCD montors are all black records..This all happened within 2 years of ownership..and the interesting thing is that 3 of us had a powershot A300 and the other 3 a more expensive model and they all HAD THE SAME PROBLEM..I will never buy another Canon CAMERA EVER!!!

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

I really like this camera so its a shame to have the LCD crack while in its case in a pack. The case was the strongest recommended case for it too. The LCD is not cracked on the outside but on the inside so I dont see how this could occur inside a case as that sort of break would require point loading. I'll take it back and see what can be done. Would still love to keep it though.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I really love this camera!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have only had this camera a week, but I love it. The large screen, the excellent detailed picutes, the small overall size and the software was so simple. I have already made my own Christmas family movie and transferred it to DVD. Just about everything about the camera I was able to figure out by just playing with all the menu features. I expected to have to read all the manuals just to be able to turn it on, but not with this camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Soft and noisy, duh (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Compared to pictures taken with canon powershot G3 I owned previously, images from SD450 are softer on the edges and noisier, even on the lowest ISO setting. Lack of shutter speed information is also a downfall. The huge LCD and sleek camera build are fabulous, tough.

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

Turns on instantanenoulsy. Took ezxcellent video footage and sound of a Green day Concert. Get the 1 GB Card.

  • 1.0 out of 5
E18 malfunction (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I owned my powershot SD450 for 2 weeks and the shutter straight out stopped opening and a error code " E-18 " came up on my LCD. This problem is not un commen, I did my home work afterward and found out this is a major problem with cannon cameras all together. I was lucky that my camera broke with in my exchange period with future shop, but you may not be so lucky. On the good note the SD450 takes amazing photography and is very easy to use. I'm not saying to to buy this camera, but if you do 1) extended warranty is a must and 2) Make sure you do your home work on this camera prior to a major.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fantastic camera in this class (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I tried a lot of similar cameras and I'm so happy with this that I bought a second one for my father for Christmas.

I'm not a fanatical photographer so the stand out features for me are the easy to navigate controls, decent battery life and huge screen, which is easy to see. It works quite well in the dark too - if you're willing to play with the settings. The bundled software, especially photo-stitch, is good too. It's also a great shape (uniformly slim), which makes it easy to carry in a pocket.

I don't think it's as flimsy as claimed although the lens cover seems a touch shoddy. There is some curvature on the images (which I noticed photographing paintings) and the black and white images didn't seem too natural but they'd be my only complaints.

Available for competitive prices on ebay too.

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

The SD450 is absolutely wonderful. I have had this digital camera for about two months and I am going to have to disagree with the person below. The pictures are so clear it's amazing. The battery cover is not as "flimsy" as they are describing it to be. It is actually pretty sturdy as well as the lens cover. I definetly love this camera and it beats my SD400 by a long way. The bigger screen, the easy-to-locate buttons, and all the other great features. I have to say that I am very impressed. Nice work.

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Decent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having never owned a digital I didn't know what to expect. I love the 2.5" screen and will probably use the auto feature on a regular basis. A few issues to think about are the zoom is on top where on the Nikon it is located on the back along with the slide selector for picture review. The Nikon appears to be more user friendly. The menu is easy to use but I probably could have bought one with lees advanced features as i will probably never use them. Picture look great and very happy with it so far. Chose Canon because on the name, price and quality.

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Great little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great little camera. Sure beats my Olympus in that I can actually see the large 2 1/2" LCD display in bright sunlight, plus the software is heads and shoulders over the Olympus. If you buy at "Best Buy" you'll do what I did and that's pay way way too much, but my wife had to have it right away to take pic's at a club meeting. Colors and sharpness are just perfect. We like it a lot.


  • 3.0 out of 5
SD450 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In addition to other digital cameras, I owned a faithfull Canon S30 for a number of years. It was a superb camera and took many excellent photos. Unfortunately, it died a couple of months ago. Since then, I've been looking for a small camera to carry around with me at all times. I settled on the Canon SD450, after looking at reviews of a few ultra compacts (eg the Casio Exlim S500) and coming to the conclusion the picture quality was marginal.

Out of the box, the Canon SD 450 is cool looking. However, the more I handle it, the more concerned I'm becoming. The SD/battery cover is one of the flimsiest pieces of kit I've ever seen. Its just feels like its about to break off at any moment. The lens cover is of similar abysmal construction. And it too looks like it will break, no matter how carefully I handle the camera.

All in all, this level of fragility negates the point of a go-everywhere point and shoot digital. If you see a possible shot, and you have to think about nursing the camera out of a carry case......not good!

I've taken a few photos, and am not terribly impressed. Admittedly, I took them on 'normal' and not fine or super fine. But, the quality was so poor that this is not an option I'd ever chose again.

In the final analysis. Its a small camera, and quite well thought out. However, its got several structural weaknesses, that make it no better than average. The image quality is still an open question. I suspect it will be reasonable.

I think I'll return it, and buy a Panasonic Lumix instead. A much sturdies camera.

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Nice upgrade from the SD400 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pretty much the same as the SD 400 but easier to see and navigate. Still the same great armor. Seems the pictures are a bit sharper than my SD400. It is however slightly larger and a tad heavier...not really notable though. This camera is very fast and is one of the nicer point and shoot. I seems to be indestructible and solid. The larger screen is sooo nice....controls are located better IMO than on the SD 400. Worth the few extra bucks over the SD 400 for sure.

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Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is compact and has all the easy to use cannon features that I had with my A70 but a lot smaller. Takes great shot and fun.