Summary Canon SD4500 IS

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Specifications Key specs
Help 10x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/3.4
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Wide angle
Help 36 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 24fps
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Also known as: Canon IXY 50S

Canon PowerShot SD4500 ISCanon PowerShot SD4500 IS


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The Canon SD4500 IS vs other recent compacts

Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Screen size Above average sized screen Help
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
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The Canon SD4500 IS vs other recent travel zooms

Size Really small Help
Compact (101×59×22 mm)
Weight Very light Help
190 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Canon SD4500 IS vs other recent compacts

Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.7 fps
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The Canon SD4500 IS vs other recent travel zooms

Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
36 mm
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
August 2010
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds
Zoom Poor zoom Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.8 MP
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS
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Smlibert (4:42 AM, January 29, 2012)
Does this have similar panorama mode as the Sony cybershotn570?
Jan Larmann (10:58 PM, December 06, 2010)
this is a good site
some sites told me this camera was water-proof
I love comparing the way its done here but it woulb also be nice to see something both dont have like CMOS
and could you guys add the amount of image-stabilization
good work
I don't know which to get I prefer the 30fps(nikon s8100) over the 24fps (this camera) but I also like the miniature mode. Is there ant programm that alows me to edit the imges and clips later on the computer to give it the miniature effect?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:50 PM, October 02, 2010)
Thats great news, glad you dug into that and thanks for posting the result!
Jkmcgowan (1:12 PM, October 02, 2010)
Well, I guess it is official. Canon has emailed me that the spec sheet on the web is not correct as far as zooming during video capture. You can use the zoom during video recording. I have also found 3 reviews that mention that you can zoom while recording video.

I am now happy and start my search for the best price to order the Canon SD4500.

Jkmcgowan (5:01 PM, October 01, 2010)
Here is the reply to the email I sent Canon.
Dear John McGowan:

Thank you for contacting Canon product support. We value you as a Canon
customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

I sincerely apologize for any confusion on about the camera, you can
zoom while shooting video with this camera. You can zoom optically and
digitally. If your camera is not there may be a problem and u might
want to try and restart the camera just to be on the safe side.

Try resetting the camera to the default settings:

1. Turn your camera on in the record mode (picture taking mode).

2. Press the MENU button.

3. Select the SETUP menu (this is the tab with the hammer and the

4. Scroll down until you see RESET ALL.

5. Once RESET ALL is highlighted, press the FUNC. SET button.

6. Select OK and then press FUNC. SET again to reset your camera to the
default settings.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please let us know if we can
be of any further assistance with your PowerShot SD4500.

Thank you for choosing Canon.


Technical Support Representative

Here is the info from the SD4500 Specification Sheet on Canon's website regarding the lens & zoom.

"Focal Length
10x zoom: 6.3 (W) - 63.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 36 (W) - 360 (T) mm

Digital Zoom
Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 15x in combination with the optical zoom)

Still images: not available when the recording pixel setting is W.
Videos: optical zoom not available while shooting."

I hope that the website is wrong and the Canon rep is right. I guess I will have to wait for a physical review on the SD4500 to find out. There is no place locally that has one to check out.

Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:55 AM, October 01, 2010)
No I'm afraid I haven't had a chance to try out the CHDK, sounds pretty cool though. Do let us know what you find out!
Jkmcgowan (5:29 PM, September 30, 2010)
Looking on the web I ran across CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit) It is supposed to let you change a lot of the cameras software settings, such as disable zoom, raw, and many more. It looks interesting and says it is temporary and the changes are easily reversed to the factory settings.

Have you had any experience with CHDK?

Jkmcgowan (5:08 PM, September 30, 2010)
Thanks for the fast reply. I think your theory may be correct. I see that the new SX30 write-up emphasizes a new quiet motor and the SX30 zooms during video recording. I would think it would be best for Canon to let the user decide if the noise is objectionable and if so just don't use the zoom. I would also think that the disable is software related and could be reversed by an update if Canon chose.

I emailed Canon the question. It will be interesting to see if they reply and what they say. I'll let you know if I here from them.

Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:47 PM, September 30, 2010)
John asked:

"I really like everything about the Canon Sd4500 - except - I understand you cannot use the zoom when recording video. This is a deal killer for me. The Panasonic ZS7 allows zoom during video recording but the size is just a little to big. Why would Canon not allow zooming during video recording on the SD4500?"

I'm not 100% sure, but I think in the past manufacturers didn't allow zooming while recording movies due to the noise that zooming produced. Each camera has a motor which moves the lens, and because that motor is in the camera whatever noise it makes is easily picked up by the movie recording feature. So, perhaps with the S4500 Canon didn't invest in a quiet zoom motor. Just a guess.

Sudhakar Parsi (10:23 PM, September 20, 2010)
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