Canon Digital IXUS 55 Review

(Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH in the USA)

Review Date: March 23rd 2006

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Page 1
Introduction / Features
Page 2
Ease of Use
Page 3
Image Quality
Page 4
Sample Images
Page 5
Design
Page 6
Specifications
Page 7
Conclusion

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR  
Type 1/2.5" CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0M
Total Pixels Approx. 5.3M
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
IMAGE PROCESSOR  
Type DIGIC II with iSAPS technology
LENS  
Focal Length 5.8 17.4 mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 105mm)
Zoom Optical 3x, digital approx. 4.0x , combined approx. 12x
Maximum f/number f/2.8 f/4.9
Construction 6 elements in 5 groups (2 UA elements)
FOCUSING  
Type TTL
AF System / Points 9-point AiAF, 1-point AF (Fixed centre)
AF Modes Normal, Macro, Infinity
Selected AF Point Display Indicated on rear LCD panel
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 3cm
EXPOSURE CONTROL  
Metering Modes Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent AUTO, 50, 100, 200, 400
SHUTTER  
Type Mechanical shutter & electronic shutter
Speed 15 1/1,500 sec
(Slow Shutter speeds of 1 sec. and more, available in Long Shutter Mode only. Shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. and more operate with noise reduction).
WHITE BALANCE  
Type TTL
Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
VIEWFINDER  
Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
Eyepoint 16mm
LCD MONITOR  
Monitor 2.5" P-Si TFT, approx. 115,000 pixels
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of fifteen levels
FLASH  
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
X-sync 1/500sec (max.)
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50cm - 3.5m (W) / 2.0m (T) (at ISO AUTO equivalent)
External Flash Canon's High Power Flash
SHOOTING  
Modes Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Scene (Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater), My Colors (9 settings), Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White, My Colors (9 settings)
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.1 fps (until memory card becomes full)
RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION  
Image Size (L)2592 x 1944, (M1)2048 x 1536, (M2)1600 x 1200, (S)640 x 480, Postcard Date Imprint
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30/15fps (M)320 x 240, 60/30/15fps (S)160 x 120, 15fps
Movie Length Up to 1GB (640x480, 320x240, 30/15fps)
Up to 3 mins (160x120)
Up to 1 min (320x240, 60fps)
FILE TYPES  
Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)]
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)
DIRECT PRINT  
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP printers only)
PictBridge Yes
OTHER FEATURES  
My Camera Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
Sound Memo Up to 60 sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x - 10x
Image Erase Protection Single image
Image Erase Single image, All
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Categories (1) Recording Menu
(2) Playback menu
(3) Set-up menu
(4) My camera menu
(5) Function menu
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
INTERFACE  
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed (Mini-B, PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
MEMORY CARD  
Type Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC),
16MB SD card supplied
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM  
PC Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1-2
Macintosh OS X v10.2 - 10.3
SOFTWARE  
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX (PhotoRecord) / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Image Manipulation ArcSoft PhotoStudio
POWER SOURCE  
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 150 shots
Approx. 180 min. playback
Power Saving Display turns off after 10, 20, 30sec. 1, 2, 3mins.
AC Power Supply Optional, AC adapter kit ACK-DC10
ACCESSORIES  
Case Soft Leather Case DCC-60, Digital IXUS Metal (Neck) Strap
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case All Weather Case (3m) AW-DC50
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC adapter kit ACK-DC10
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS  
Body Materials Stainless Steel
Operating Environment 0 - 40 C, 10 - 90% humidity
Dimensions 86.0 x 53.5 x 21.6 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight (body only) Approx. 140g

Zoom
¹ Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only

Continuous Shooting
¹ Large/Fine with LCD monitor off
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity

Movie Length
¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity

Battery Life
¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated

Page 1
Introduction / Features
Page 2
Ease of Use
Page 3
Image Quality
Page 4
Sample Images
Page 5
Design
Page 6
Specifications
Page 7
Conclusion

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