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Canon PowerShot SD630
Canon PowerShot SD630

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Canon PowerShot SD630

We've given the SD630 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Canon SD630 brings Canon's ultra-compact cameras into the big leagues with a huge, 3.0 inch LCD screen. More and more it seems like we're reaching the point of equilibrium with digital cameras, where the camera has reached its smallest size and the LCD screen has reached its largest. Looking ahead, we at DCHQ don't see how it can get much better than this. The Canon SD630 has that extra half-inch over the similar SD600, otherwise they're virtually identical: 6 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, pretty good stats for a mainstream ultra-compact camera. Throw in the high ISO settings, and you've got a strong camera with some really neat new features. In fact, it's so confident in the power of its LCD screen, it's completely done away with the optical viewfinder, a first for Canon's teeny tiny line.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-800 (High ISO auto)
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 3.0 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (16MB included)
  • Part Number: 0315B001
  • UPC: 013803062731
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Canon PowerShot SD630 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD630 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
SOLUTION!!! (Cathy — 12/11/2008)

Had the same message that said "lens error, restart camera." Tried looking up solutions online, jiggling at the lens, bending it, nothing...

What worked was i held the camera tight and shook it hard. Turned it on and it WORKED!!! As easy as that sounds, that was all it took! Try it, it will amaze you :)

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens Error (rhonda — 11/12/2008)

Has a "lens error" and will not turn on properly. Have tried everything suggested on Canon website.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens focus issue (Janice McNamee — 10/28/2008)

I have had this camera less than 2 yrs. All of a sudden when I go to take a picture it goes out of focus and the picture is blurry. I called Canon and they said i would have to send it in to have it looked at and minium repair cost would be $100 plus shipping or I could join (at no cost) their Customer Loyalty program and get a choice of 3 other camers to pick from (all refubished sd850 for $150, G9 for $359 and a SLR) and return mine. From what I am reading on this site and other sites there is a Lens issues and they dont want to do a recall. My sister bought this same camera, on my recommendations a few weeks after me and now her lens if frozen!

  • 2.0 out of 5
good camera, bad customer service (DIRK — 08/27/2008)

i have the sd 630. pretty good camera. my issue is the zoom button is stuck. i called canon 5 times before i got someone on the phone to see what needs to be done. after 6 more transfered calls, i was given a number to call in irvine, ca because it is local. after the call to irvine i find out it was another transferred call to another service center and they will not give me an estimate over the phone. basically the camera is "ok" for the money i spend ($299) but i will never buy another canon product due to the customer service. they just dont care about their CUSTOMERS!! BEWARE

  • 5.0 out of 5
THE BEST CAMERA (Lucas — 04/11/2008)

Canon is the best brand and SD 630 is the best camera i ever had, I use it also for professional works! It's VERY good camera

  • 1.0 out of 5
lens error problem (Jill Carman — 10/25/2007)

Lens error problem, restart...then nothing problem after only owning the camera for 6 months. It doesn't work anymore. After all that money for a camera. Terrible shame. Would not recommend.

  • 2.0 out of 5
CUSTOMER SERVICE AT CANON (Marie-Rose — 08/16/2007)

Liked the camera but service and warranty was not good. I purchased a canon630 in jan.2007 then in june 2007 just 6months after, the lens would not retract.brought to the canon dealer on blvd metropolitain.they were unable to fix it. they claim that there was water damage.I never dropped in water.only used it on vacation in March broke down in June. They basically point blank said that humidity is in the camera because it was caused by humidity when i was on vacation.Basically don't bring the canon on any vacation in the carribeans because it will have water damage and moisture in the camera.Their recommendation was to fix it for 120.00 and its not guaranteed or purchase the same one for 157.00 they also suggested if travelling to a warm climate put the camera in a ziplog bag to protect it from the change of climate.
after researching this camera after the fact this seems to be a reaccuring problem with this model (lens not closing) Do your research before buying this particular model.

  • 1.0 out of 5
SD630 Cannon Digital Camers (Dawn Wilson — 07/14/2007)

I loved this camera until last month when I went on vaction and the first day there the lens on my camera would not retract and read "Lens error, restart camera". Which of course you cannot do. I went to every stor that sold digital cameras to try to find some help and guess what? No one carried this camera any longer. At Best Buy I was told that there were too many mechanical problems with the camera. I am very upset. My husband spent too much on the camera to have this happen!

  • 3.0 out of 5
pretty good (tina — 07/10/2007)

i love this camera but i also had the same problem with the lens era, restart the camera. i didnt contact canon for the problem but rather got it fixed on my own. overall i love this camera, i had a nikon coolpix before and i love this one ten times better!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon SD630 - Lens Error and Canon fails to live up to warranty (Curt Choo-Kang — 06/07/2007)

Bought this camera last Christmas 2006 for my teenage daughter. She was quite happy with it until 2 days ago when she tried to download some pix to her computer and it came up with "Lens Error - Restart Camera" and it just shut down. Of course, there's no way to restart the camera as the same error comes up. Camera is just 6 months old. Return to Canon as it is still under warranty only to be charged $108 for repairs as they claim the camera body has scratches and a tiny dent, which it has had for at least 5 months. This has nothing to do with the lens error which is clearly a design or manufacturing fault with both this camera and the SD600, as reported by many people in internet reviews.
I currently own 3 Canon cameras and have owned 2 others before this, in addition to several Canon printers. As a computer consultant I have also recommended many of their products to my customers. Canon can only screw me this one time. I will never again purchase any of their products nor recommend them to any of my current or future customers.

  • 2.0 out of 5
review (sarah — 06/04/2007)

i had a canon sd550 before this one .. i had to have this one bc of the big screen and it turns out i hate it! my other camera took way better pictures! at first it thought it was just bc i didnt know how all the functions worked but that didnt even help.. i am about to turn it in for the canon sd 800

  • 3.0 out of 5
Canon PowerShot SD630 (Cassia — 06/01/2007)

My niece gave me this camera with a broken LCD (dropped her purse, shattered the LCD and back cover). I bought a replacement LCD and put it together myself, it works just fine. I am not completely happy with it because I find that my old camera took nicer pictures (even though it had less megapixels, it was a Sony Cibershot DSC-P73, 4.1 mpx), I took the same pictures with both cameras (and I also had my sister in laws Canon SD630, which is brand new), and everyone that looked at the pictures preferred the Sony (brighter, more full of life - can you tell I'm not a pro?). It does not have a viewfinder, I thought that was kind of strange. That being said, the movie quality is great, and the macro feature is awesome. It's nice that it is small enough to carry in my purse (although I keep it in a plastic soap-bar container, just to be extra-careful, wouldn't want to replace the LCD again).

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera with Major Disappointment (Fredd — 04/11/2007)

I love this camera with it's low noise, large 3" screen, clear clean display, overall great intuitive feel, and ease of use. BUT, I can't believe Canon took a cheap out with it difficult, super low volume playback sound on video - a poor choice for a $300 to $400 quality camera! You almost have to put the camera next to your ear to hear anything, but then of course you can't see anything. Does anyone know of a way to solve this problem?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Terribly disappointed (Jodi — 04/08/2007)

After having this camera for less then a year and never treating it poorly, I one day go to turn it on, the lens comes out, sounding like theres 2 tons of sand in there and then i get the message "lens error, restart camera". which of course u are physicall unable to do. I cant believe it

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pics from small and versatile SD630 (Johnny — 03/01/2007)

Compact and a great feature set. Takes great pictures. Slow to focus sometimes. Make sure to hold down the shutter button half way to get the focus right. Great battery life too.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to operate and small enough to keep on hand (brenda — 01/12/2007)

This is my first digital camera. It has a nice easy to see 3inch screen, helpful for those with bad eyesight. I do agree that the built in flash is too powerful and does in fact wash out the image. I, too, have experienced those moments when the camera did not focus..even in video mode. I have taken some really beautiful pictures using the canon sd630. It would be more interesting if it had ambiance effects..such as; sepia, cool,grayscale, night,fluorescent,incandescent-which could be used under any and all circumstances. I am taking great care not to damage the camera..bought a case immediately-need a pocket for the lithium battery charger because mine only lasts approx 3-4 days before recharging for 1.5 hours. Very nice looking camera..modern and slim. I downloaded my images easily onto my computer. I'm using a 1 gi ga memory SD card and it gives me approx 2 hours video in standard video and 9 hours in compact video. It is quick and easy to use. I give it an excellent rating overall.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome (Brian Hunt — 12/29/2006)

This camera has many different camera mode and takes superb pictures. The video quality is also excellent and can film at up to 60 fps.

  • 2.0 out of 5
What ever happened to ambiance?? (Andrew — 12/20/2006)

This camera has a very difficult time of taking pictures in dimly lit areas. The flash is too powerful, leaving a white-washed effect. Imagine a beautiful restaurant with all-white walls but lit only by candles. The soft glow of the room was virtually IMPOSSIBLE to capture on the camera. Imagine a breathtaking sunsent behind the tallest of New York City skyscrapers... screaming organge and purple skies. The camera couldn't even hint at any of the vivid colors in any mode or setting. My older SD400 did a much better job. And by the way, this camera was a gift so I'm incredibly inclined to like it... what a disapointment.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I absolutely LOVE this camera! (Winnie Young — 12/04/2006)

I LOVE this camera!! The viewable screen is the largest I have seen and the picture quality is awesome! Everyone that sees my camera wants to get one too. It's small size and sleek exterior make it attractive too. It's my favorite digital camera yet!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it! (Denise — 11/29/2006)

This is my 3rd digital and it will be the last for a long time!! Absolutely love the size. It is in my purse at all times. Love the 3" LCD screen. Easy to view even in the bright sunlight!! Worth every single penny!! Would buy it again in ~~snap~~ a New York minute!

  • 3.0 out of 5
lens problem (Esteban — 11/23/2006)

I had the same problem a few other people had with the lens. One day it just wouldn't focus. When I sent it in, there was a small dent on the body of the camera, and they said because of that the warrenty was void. I ended up having to pay $107 dollars. I thought maybe the problem was my fault, but after reading two other people's review with the exact same problem, I'm starting to think it's a design flaw with canon to blame. Maybe we got the few lemons in the batch. Other than that the camera works great. Love the big screen.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Buyer Beware: Very, Very Soft! (Turk — 11/21/2006)

I bought this camera because of its size and the fact I can throw it in my pocket, but it is not meant for this. After 3 weeks of use I was at a wedding and the lens got stuck at some point during the night, while it was sitting in my suit pocket. I mailed it back cause it was under warranty. I got a bill for 115 dollars! They said it the lens was damaged and it voided the warranty, just like that. They can just void the warranty, no questions. I had a sony over 4 years, never had a single problem. This camera after less than a month, ceased working. Buyer beware, this camera is very soft, if you dont plan to baby this thing for the life of the camera, Don't Buy It! It breaks very easily!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent except the Battery Indicator (Arun Chandra Kumar — 10/26/2006)

I bought this camera some 4 months back & I just love it. The large 3 inch display is very useful and gives a very good view. The only issue I find with this camera is there is no Battery Charge Indicator. Just before drying out it starts giving warning. Other than that, this is a terrific camera for personal use.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon SD 630 (Steve Lundberg — 10/22/2006)

I must have gotten the bad apple in the barrel. I purchased the SD 630 for it's compact size and the fact that I was very happy with the Canon Powershot S30 I purchased several years ago. However, within one month the camera has malfunctioned. It will not focus. The "lens error, restart camera" message continually appears, but when I attempt to restart the camera either nothing happens, or it just recycles the lens and the "error" message.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The best (Justin Bailey — 10/16/2006)

This is the best camera i've bought yet, easy to use. I bought two other cameras by two other companies and the one cost me $1250.00 and this one i bought for $400.00 much better camera and not just for the price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera indeed ! (sailes thapa — 10/05/2006)

I brought the camera after a long study at net and the market survey. photos were excellent at indoors as well as outdoors. 3"LCD screen is the most charming part to talk and explain. It's is really good.I suggest any customers to select canon powershot SD630.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Canon SD 630 (Dorothy Miller — 09/18/2006)

This camera the Canon SD 630 has turned out to be a great investment. I needed it to take pictures and functions that were easy to use. It has given me the expectations that I wanted and the price was fair. It takes beautiful pictures and a example was from up top of the Arch in St. Louis looking out.Photos were taken from inside and zoomed from top of arch and they are clear and up close. It also has performed great shots of Greece during and after sunset using the nightshots and portraits and Auto Mode. It provided wonderful shots of the Acropolis and Views from the Airplane.Pictures of Graphics and Mosiacs and Icons inside of Churches were perfect. They were very clear, color true to the naked eye and not blurry. The one thing I noticed is that there is a glare trying to take pictures if the sun is behind you it is hard to see the LCD Screen. Yes I am very happy with this camera. The Large Memory Cards hold a lot of pictures and are easy to erase or view.But once you permenatly erase the picture there is no way of retreiving it. I would like to know if there is a way of transferring the photos from your Browswer back to the camera in case you do erase a photo while working in a program. It did happen and the photo was permenatly lost. The quality of the photos are crisp, bright and develop well. The only problem I have is that when trying to process the pictures you can only do one per sheet. Perhaps there is a photo printer that is compatible so that you can have a view finder and process them thru the machine one by one or adjust the software to process four on a sheet. I also had a problem trying to transfer the photos to other programs other than the zoom browser and to an external hard drive. All in all it is a great camera and has proven to be a wise investment to me.The only way I could do that was to export them one by one. If you have a lot of pictures that takes time to do and Renaming them takes time also.But in the long run it is worth it. Is there a printer that is a Canon that does process them quickly and with a view finder avaible? It is very light to carry and users of other cameras have told me that they like mine. I would definetly recommed this camera to anyone. I have read reviews on all cameras of various types before purchasing this one and glad I did my homework.The short movie videos were also clear but cannot come in real close for zooming. Pictures were taken of Ground Zero from across the street they were clear but could of been closer with a more powerful zoom. The pet mode is great! Pictures taken from the boat to the Shore of the St. of Liberty in the Portrait Mode are Excellent and suitable for framing.The performance of this camera is excellent and the Slideshow and program to process a Slideshow or Dvd, Cd were great. Overall review would be Excellent.

  • 5.0 out of 5
awsome (Izzy — 09/11/2006)

The best invesment I ever done. This canon camera
take outstanding digital pictures much better than my nikon slr. allI can say is awsome!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love my Canon Digital Ixus 65!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The digital ixus 65 is same as the SD 700. I've just bought it for about 5 days. Its my first digital camera and I totally loved the large 3 inch screen! It takes lovely pictures and has the various shots u could choose from e.g. Snow, Fireworks, Foilage etc. I don't know why but sometimes the pictures are a little shaky when taken without the flash. i seriously feel Canon should provide a camera case with the purchase of the camera, because i am so worried i might scratch my little baby, especially the lovely 3 inch screen. I'll recommend people to buy this camera.

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

i think its lovely, i love the screen, it gives it a different look from different cameras. its clear & crisp. nothing wrong with it so far!

  • 4.0 out of 5
The pics are great both outdoor and indoor (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the camera 7 days ago and so far, i am very satisfied with the performance. The 3" LCD is just perfect for viewing. I used to own a digital cam but was very disappointed with it. But this Canon digicam lived up to my expectations!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great CAMERA (Matt — 05/29/2006)

I love this camera! The large LCD screen is an eye catcher and it takes awesome pictures. Nothing bad to say about this camera, takes pictures in different modes and is very compact with an unbelievable zoom for its size. Great camera to buy!

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

I really like this camera a lot. It takes very nice pictures and good videos too. The battery only lasts about 4 hours when you're taking a lot of pictures, and I was a little disappointed that my 2gig memory card filled up after taking maybe 10 1.5 min video's and 40 pictures. The switch on the top to change from picture to video to preview mode is a little hard to use at times when you're trying to get it on the middle setting. But overall, I really like this camera.

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

I work at Ritz Camera, so I get to play with cameras all the time. Canon has always been my favorite brand for tiny digital point and shoot cameras, because of it's quality and performance. After researching a lot, I decided to go with the SD630. It's compact, it's sleek, the menus are easy to use, and the quality is awesome! The only thing I would change is having a dial on the outside of the camera body to get to Auto, Manual, and My colors mode like some other cameras, including the upgrade, SD700 IS, which I have yet to see in stores yet, only on-line.