|Canon PowerShot S410 4MP Digital Elph with 3x Optical Zoom
Updating the popular S400 Digital Elph, Canon's PowerShot S410 is both elegant and powerful. It features a 4-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, and movie mode for videos of up to three minutes. Elegantly designed and super compact, the S400 has a protective stainless steel shell with a celabrite finish, which mixes metals and ceramics to produce a tough cool-toned exterior that is visually stunning. It also features Canon's new Print/Share button, which helps you quickly connect directly to a printer or send an image via e-mail.
Optics and Resolution
The 4-megapixel PowerShot S410 can capture 2272 x 1704 images for photo quality 11 x 14 print enlargements. It also has 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 resolution modes. The 3x optical zoom lens has a focal length of 7.4-22.2mm (35mm equivalent: 36-108mm). It also has a 3.6x digital zoom.
The PowerShot S410 features 3-minute QVGA (320 x 240) or QQVGA (160 x 120) movie clips with sound recording, full playback and in-camera cutting and editing. Individual video clips are limited to three minutes in length.
More Camera Features
- 9-point Artificial Intelligence autofocus (AiAF) for fast and sharp images, even with off-center subjects
- 1.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (118,000 pixels)
- Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
- Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, and slow sync modes
- Record a voice memo of up to 60 seconds and attach to images
- Shutter speed: 15 - 1/2,000 seconds
- White balance control: Auto, pre-set (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H), or custom white balance
- Continuous shooting: 2.5 frames (maximum 5 images)
- 2x to 10x zoom into captured images while reviewing via the LCD
Canon Technology Features
- Digic Imaging Processor:
While much technical discussion of digital cameras centers around the optics and the CCD sensor, the complex task of image rendering is the job of the image processor--the "brains" of a digital camera. Canon's latest, exclusive DIGIC Imaging Processor significantly enhances digital camera performance in numerous areas. DIGIC's high-speed signal processing is combined with high-capacity buffering to give Canon digital cameras fast response and continuous shooting capability unmatched by other digital cameras. DIGIC delivers longer battery life and beautiful, rich color rendition with far fewer white saturation problems. And DIGIC's unequaled precision delivers clear, noise-free images that are demonstrably superior.
- iSAPS Technology:
Canon iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology dramatically improves the performance of AF (Autofocus), AE (Auto Exposure), and AWB (Auto White Balance). By analyzing a huge volume of photography data, accumulated over 60 years and the manufacture of over 150 million cameras, Canon engineers arrived at statistical relationships among focal length, focus distance, scene brightness, and other factors. Equipped with this "fore knowledge" Canon PowerShot cameras can optimize AF/AE/AWB settings for any given scene more rapidly and more effectively.
- Multi-point AiAF:
Canon's wide-area, multi-point AiAF (artificial intelligence autofocus) automatically selects one or more focusing points based on factors, such as subject position and motion. AiAF works in conjunction with iSAPS Technology to more quickly and accurately achieve autofocus under a wide variety of shooting conditions. You get fast, accurate AF whether you hold the camera horizontally or vertically, with stationary or moving subjects, with off-center subjects, and even in low-light/low-contrast lighting.
The PowerShot S410 introduces a new Print/Share button that speeds and simplifies printing to compatible Canon and PictBridge enabled printers and one-touch image transfer to Windows XP, Me, 2000, and 98 computers for use with image processing programs, uploading to the Internet, or placement in e-mail. When connected to a Canon Compact Photo printer, a Movie Print mode divides the selected clip into equal parts and prints thumbnails of a maximum 63 equally spaced frames onto a single sheet of Postcard Size Paper.
Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I only) and the included 32 MB card holds approximately 21 images at the Large/Fine setting. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.
Power and Size
The camera is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-1LH). With the LCD on, you will get approximately 190 shots. It measures 3.43 x 2.24 x 1.09 inches and weighs 6.5 ounces (without batteries).
What's in the Box
This package contains the PowerShot S410 digital camera, 32 MB CompactFlash memory card, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-1LH), battery charger (CB-2LS), USB and A/V cables, and wrist strap. The supplied software on the CD-ROM includes browsing and printing software ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac). Other software includes PhotoStitch, plus photo and movie manipulation software ArcSoft PhotoStudio and VideoImpression.
From the Manufacturer
- Next-Generation 4 Megapixel Digital ELPH with 3x Optical/4x Digital/12x Combined Zoom
- Exclusive Canon "DiG!C" imaging processor and iSAPS technology for superior image quality and faster processing speed
- Direct downloads and printing made easy with the New Print/Share button
- Full range of print features including ID Photo Print and Movie Print
- Print direct to any Canon Direct Printer or any PictBridge-supported printer
- High-precision 9-point AiAF with Intelligent Orientation Sensor automatically rotates images for playback
- Supports PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) driverless PC connection with Win XP and Mac OS X
- Dimensions and weight: 3.4 by 2.4 by 1.1 inches, 6.53 oz.
What's in the Box
S410 Digital Elph, battery pack NB-1LH, battery charger CB-2LS, wrist strap WS-300, CompactFlash Card FC-32M, Arcsoft Camera Suite CD-ROM, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, interface cable IFC-300PCU, AV cable AVC-DC100
- 4-megapixel effective recording
- DIGIC processor for better color quality
- 1-1/2" color LCD viewscreen
- optical viewfinder
- 3X optical/3.6X digital/11X total zoom
- JPEG options: resolution up to 2272 x 1704; 1600 x 1200; 1024 x 768; 640 x 480
- Movie Mode with sound
- nine-point AiAF autofocus
- sensitivity (ISO) settings
- white balance control settings
- built-in flash
- Exif Print 2.2-compliant
- PictBridge printing capability
- Print & Share button
- USB interface (1.1)
- NTSC/PAL A/V output
- 3-13/16"W x 2-7/16"H x 1-1/4"D
- weight: 6.5 oz. without battery and media
- warranty: 1 year
- Type: Compact digital still camera w/ built-in flash and 3.6x Optical Zoom and 3.6x Digital Zoom, 11x Combined Zoom
- Image capture device: 4.0 MP 1/1.8" CCD
- Color depth: 8 bits x 3 colors
- Resolution (recording pixels): 640 x 480 pixels (Small), 1024 x 768 (Med Low),1600 x 1200 (Med
High), 2272x 1704 (Large);320 x 240 or 160 x 120 (Movie)
- ISO sensitivity: Auto, or User Set ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
- Image quality modes (JPEG): Normal, Fine, Superfine
- File format: Design rule for Camera File System, DPOF Ver. 1.1 (Digital
Print Order Format)
- Image recording format: Still Image: JPEG, Movie: AVI. Exif 2.2 compliant
- Recording media: CompactFlash (CF) Card, Type I
- Shooting modes: Auto, Manual, Stitch Assist, Movie, Continuous (Approx. 2.5
- Photo effects: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpness, Sepia, B/W
- Playback modes: Single, Index (9 Thumbnails), Magnification (Approx. 2x to 10x)
or Slide Show, Movie
- Erase mode: Single Images, All Images
- Interfaces: USB; AV Output (NTSC/PAL Selectable, monaural audio) and CF
Card slot (Complied w/ Type I Standard), Direct Connection to Canon Direct
Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible Printers
- Lens: 7.4-22.2mm, f/2.8-4.9 zoom lens (equiv. to 36-108mm in 35mm
- Shutter speed: 15-1/2000 sec. slow shutter of 1.3 sec. and more operates w/
- Focus range: Normal AF: 18 in. (46cm) to infinity; Macro AF: 2 to 18 in. (5
to 46cm) (WIDE), 12 to 18 in. (30 to 46cm) (TELE)
- Light metering method: Evaluative Metering, Center-weighted average metering or Spot
- Exposure control: Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual: AE
Lock is available
- Compensation: +/-2.0 EV in 1/3 step increments.
- White balance control: TTL Auto White Balance, Preset White Balance (Avail. settings:
Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H), Custom White
- Optical viewfinder: Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
- LCD: 1.5" low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color
- Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NB-1LH) or AC Adapter Kit
ACK500, Car Battery Carger CBC-NB1
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.4" x 2.2" x 1.1"/87.0 x 57.0 x 27.8mm
- Weight: Approx. 6.5 oz./185g (camera body only)
- What's in the box: PowerShot S410 digital camera, 32 MB CompactFlash memory card,
rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-1LH), battery charger (CB-2LS), USB and
A/V cables, and wrist strap
- Software: CD-ROM includes browsing and printing software ZoomBrowser EX
(Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac). Other software includes PhotoStitch, plus
photo and movie manipulation software ArcSoft PhotoStudio and
Best Still Picture Quality for Compact Digital Cameras, July 14, 2004
Reviewer: An electronics fan from Sugar Land, TX USA
If you just need a digital camera to take pictures in the sun light, you can almost pick any digital camera. But
if you want your camera to take great pictures under all different light conditions (i.e. in door, with dark background, wedding photos and other complex light situations), then Canon S410/S500 will be the only choice. Thanks to Canon DIGIC Image Processor and iSAPS Technology, this Canon S410 really takes perfect pictures in all different light conditions, which no compact digital camera from other vender can match.
However the Canon case for S500/S410 is very dispointing, which is poorly made with cheap fake leather.
Excellent camera for basic, family-type shots, July 14, 2004
Reviewer: myaola from Staten Island, New York USA
The S410 is built like a little tank and feels much more robust than the Nikon digital I have owned. I have yet to drop it, but it seems like it can withstand impact. The camera reminds me of my old 35mm in that it is basically point and shoot, unlike my Nikon that required scene selections via a scroll wheel selector to get a decent shot. The fast shot option allows you to quickly take second and third shots when needed. The 3x zoom is pretty standard, but does feel quite limiting. Other cameras offfer trade-offs between options and zoom. It may make sense to consider this before making a purchase decision. While the memory card is pathetically low capacity, all of the manufacturers do this; I guess to reduce cost? The camera's sound effects are selectable and add some value
Top 5 Pros and Cons, July 12, 2004
Reviewer: Sajeev Madhavan from Sunnyvale, CA United States
First lets talk about cons:
1) Auto mode light distribution on the pictures was not as good as in Manual mode.
2) It is heavier than other ultra compact cameras in the market.
3) Battery gets heated up after some time (maybe other cameras has the same problem).
4) No preset modes like night portrait, sunset etc are available in this camera (only portrait and landscape modes are available).
5) Has only a 1.5'' LCD
1) Take very good quality pictures
2) Has a very helpful picture details like Histogram( display the light distribution in the captured image), ISO Setting and other details in the playback mode that could help you to improve your picture taking skills.
3) Eventhough the LCD is small it is bright and display qulity is good
4) Has a good Manual mode with White balancing, ISO and Exposure settings(if you are a person who likes to take pictures in manual mode rather than in auto)
5) Can do Panorama assist for 26 pictures.
Overall, this is a very good camera that takes very good pictures. If picture quality is the most important thing for you in your camera then this is THE camera.
If you like to have many cool preset modes and depend very much on auto functionality then you may need to research other cameras.
Hope this was useful.
Just Excellent, July 11, 2004
Reviewer: Matthew from New Jersey
After reading all of the contradictions between customer reviews, reading countless online publications, and going to electronic stores I ended up buying the Canon S410. Sure people will complain about small things, but I find people complain about almost anything.
The bottom line is when you are trying to get the best quality shots off quickly this is the camera. It's ability to calculate exposures and make rich, beautiful picures is just amazing. You can shoot in to the sun with this camera while standing in shade and still get beautifully exposed shots. I was worried that the camera was completely automatic. It actually is not. You can control exposure quite well (even take night photographs), use manual focus, and use as b/w. If you are an amateur photographer looking for something fun and light I highly recommend.
Here are the facts!, July 10, 2004
Reviewer: ultimate_techie from Stockholm, Sweden
I have been using Canon Powershot for around 3 years now and I think I am in pretty good position to dissect it's features, pros and cons.
I started out with Canon Powershot S100 and now upgraded to this one. And it's been pleasure all the way. Let me explain why.
1. It's incredibly rugged and the aluminium-steel body is way classy then most plastic-bodied cameras out there.
2. The picture quality is awesome and I can rival Webshots in photography with this tiny little camera. I am a lot satisfied with the quality of photographs I have been taking all these years. Shots at night are perfectly focussed, thanks to focus-assist light that turns on when you press the shutter halfway down.
3. The movie mode has been upgraded over earlier versions and this one lets you shoot clips of upto 3 minutes, with sound. The number of movie clips you can shoot is only limited by your card size. The sound quality is not great, but okay for amateur shooting.
4. Ease of use is not really a very important criteria coz I believe no one using a digicam is that dumb. But I believe this one is really easy to use.
5. The battery charger doesn't have dangling wires and the prongs are collapsible. Not a great thing, but pleasant.
Cons: (What canon could have done to make it better)
1. Should have a battery level indicator. This is important and can give you heartbreaks when you run out of power in the middle of a great shoot. It does have a low battery warning, but that comes too late.
2. It's not plug and play. You can't just connect this camera to your Win 2K or XP pc and download the photos. You need canon software or a CF card reader. Can be an annoyance sometimes.
3. The 640X480 movie resolution doesn't look great and doesn't really make sense to shoot in that mode. It looks as if 320X240 mode is digitally enlarged. The picture quality in 320X240 is satisfactory.
4. The text near controls got erased by use a little too early I guess. They could have used better technology for printing text onto the camera's body.
Fact 1. When I purchased this camera, my friends had none. Now after 3 years, I can see atleast 10 of them who own Canon Powershot. This makes me believe this is the best of the lot.
Fact 2. I recently went to a store and wondered if a Sony or a Nikon would be better choice over Canon Powershot. The store guy told me this - "Are you insane!"
Now the verdict: Everything has cons. But ultimately I believe for a digital camera, the quality of photo matters. That stays as memory. Everything else is history.
You can take my word and get this one. You will thank yourself! Good luck.
No battery level indicator and poor AUTO mode, July 8, 2004
Reviewer: An electronics fan from San Francisco
I spent a lot of time online, researching compact digital cameras and narrowed my choice down to the Nikon Coolpix 3700 and the Canon S410. I went with the Canon because the reviews consistently said the image quality was excellent (not all reviews of the Nikon said images "excellent" or "outstanding") and because the reviews seemed to indicate the Canon s410 was more rugged/durable than the Nikon.
I have found that the camera indeed does seem rugged, but this camera does have two major flaws:
The images leave a lot to be desired if you use the AUTO mode in outdoor settings. Most images shot in various outside daylight settings are off with regard to contrast and or brightness and I have to tweak them in Photoshop for them to be acceptable. I suspect the camera "choose" the incorrect ISO setting for the lighting conditions. As an AUTO mode is something you would want in a good "point and shoot" camera, I think the poorly functioning AUTO mode is a real drawback with this camera.
The other MAJOR flaw:
I have been using digital cameras for over 10 years and every single one of them had an indicator which told the user how much power was left in the battery. I was surprised to find out that this newer Canon model does not have such a feature. It does give you a warning when the battery is low BUT that happens when there is just about enough power to take 4 more pictures (even conserving power by not using the LCD). I found this out on a long day of sightseeing, early in the day, and missed out on many many great shots because the low battery warning came on way too late. When I talked to Canon about it they said that yes, that is the only battery indicator provided. So I am left with the option of recharging the battery just to make sure I have a good charge - maybe when it does not need it (note: Canon recommends recharging ONLY when the battery is low as there is a limit to how many times you can charge the battery).... or I can count how many photos I took since the last charge.
As battery power is a critical factor the useful functioning of digital cameras, I am very disappointed that Canon did not see fit to provide a better power level indicator for this camera AND also sorry that none of the professional and owner reviews ever mentioned this limitation to warn potential buyers.
Very good little camera, July 5, 2004
Reviewer: ilind from Kaaawa, Hawaii
I've been using a Canon G-2 and went looking for a smaller camera for my wife (wink, wink) and for travel, and ended up with the S410, a compromise trading size for features.
I've been using it now for a couple of months on and off, and I'm growing to like it very much. It takes excellent photographs in a variety of lighting conditions. Controls are somewhat different from the G2 and I'm still learning, but results have been generally good. It has pretty good macro capabilities.
I would probably rate the S410 a "5" if it handled RAW files.
Good Camera -Small LCD, July 1, 2004
Reviewer: An electronics fan from Los Angeles, CA
It's a good compact camera, but the LCD seems smaller. It takes very good pictures even in dark. Overall, satisfactory performance.
Wonderful Point-and-Shoot Camera, June 27, 2004
Reviewer: Joe Malin from Sunnyvale, CA United States
This is the ultimate camera for active/sporting/outdoor snapshots. It's so small you can stick it in a pocket, and yet it has flash, 3x optical zoom and 4 megapixel resolution! Because it's digital you can see the results immediately, and you don't have to worry about wasting film. Send your experiences and memories to everyone!
* Very small and handy
* Unobtrusive-your friends will stop posing every time you try to take a picture! My friend Christine has mastered the art of stealth photography with her S410; she looks in a different direction while glancing at the LCD viewfinder!
* Uses Compact Flash (CF)- Low-cost easy to handle memory cards available in capacities up to 1 GB!
* Picture quality (so far) is excellent
* Uses a rechargeable battery-This takes some extra planning and perhaps a purchase of a spare battery.
* Non-automatic operation is difficult-the small size makes it hard to read and navigate the controls
* Small size can be a danger! You could lose it accidentally or drop it out of a shirt pocket
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