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Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Review

Review Date: Jul 1, 2006

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006 DIWA Awards: Canon PowerShot SD700 IS / Digital IXUS 800 IS Wins Gold!

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH is a compact digital camera with an elegant tri-color "Perpetual Curve" design. It is the first Digital ELPH to feature Canon's Image Stabilizer technology to reduce camera shake. It continues Canon’s tradition of providing top-tier imaging technology in a slim, compact and easy-to-use package. Startup time is approx. 1.3 sec, and shutter lag is 0.1 sec. or less.

The Canon SD700 IS has 6.0 megapixels resolution, approx. 4x optical zoom, a F2.8 maximum aperture, and a shutter speed range of 15-1/1,600 sec. There is an extra large 2.5-in. LCD with 173,000 pixels resolution.

The Canon SD700 IS allows you to shoot a clip of 640x480 movie at 30fps until the SD memory card is full; or shoot 1 min. clips of 320x240 at 60fps! Take night pictures with a long shutter speed of 15 sec., and new Scene Modes automate exposure settings for 9 different shooting situations.

The Canon SD700 IS has an AF-assist Beam to aid in obtaining focus in low-light conditions. The Intelligent Orientation Sensor not only rotates vertical shots automatically, it now wakes up the cameras from sleep mode by detecting movement when the camera is picked up.

Canon’s new “My Color” technology allows colors to be enhanced in camera and you can save both the original still image and the enhanced color versions as separate files.

The Canon SD700 IS can take approx. 240 shots (NB-5L/LCD on) or approx. 700 shots (NB-5L/LCD off), as measured by CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.

With its new Image Stabilizer technology to help avoid blurred images, the Canon Powershot SD700 IS Digital ELPH is a perfect high resolution compact, take-anywhere digital camera.

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Canon PowerShot SD700 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot SD700 ISHome Page
  Image Sensor 6.0 effective megapixels (2816×2112 pixels )
1/2.5 in. CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 5.8(W)–23.2(T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35(W)–140 (T) mm)  
  Maximum Aperture f/2.8(W)–f/5.5 (T)  
  Optical Zoom Approx. 4.0x  
  Shooting Distance / Macro

Normal: 45 cm (1.5 ft) - infinity

Macro: 2 - 60 cm (W) / 40 - 60 cm (T)
(0.79 in. - 2 ft (W) / 1.3-2.0 ft (T))

Infinity: 3 m (9.8 ft) - infinity

  Auto Focus
TTL autofocus, Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Low-light AF-assist Beam
  Shutter Speed 15–1/1600 sec. The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode. Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.  
  Exposure Control Program AE; AE Lock is available  
  Shooting Modes

Still images: Auto, Manual (Long shutter mode available), Digital macro (Selectable in Manual mode), Stitch Assist (Selectable in Manual mode), Special Scene (Portrait, Night snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap);

640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB*1*2,
320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps),
160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps);

*1 Recording continues until memory card is full (records up to a max. of 1GB at one time).

*2 Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).

Continuous: Approx. 2.1 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode);

Self-timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer

  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (fixed to center)  
  Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H or Custom  
  Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder  
  LCD 2.5-inch, Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, Approx. 173,000 pixels (Picture Coverage 100%)  
  ISO Sensitivity

Auto*1, High ISO Auto*1, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent

*1 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.

  Storage Media SD memory card/MultiMedia Card
This camera has been tested with memory cards through 2GB. Use of all memory cards cannot be guaranteed.
  Battery 1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-5L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
  Included Accessories
16MB SD Card
Li-Ion Battery Pack (NB-5L), Battery Charger (CB-2LX)
A/V Cable (AVC-DC300), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Wrist Strap WS-700
Software CD-ROM
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 90.4 x 56.5 x 26.4mm /
3.56 x 2.22 x 1.04 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 170 g / 6.0 oz.  
  MSRP US $499.99 / CDN $750  

All data is based on Canon’s testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

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Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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