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Canon PowerShot SD1400IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

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The No-brainer Compact Camera

  • Jul 26, 2010
Rating:
+5
If you are looking for an ultra-portable camera that takes great pictures, and doesn't require any knowledge about camera settings, it doesn't get any better than this. I have the black model. It's sleek and stylish.

I also have a Canon S5 with lens and filters attachments, and gives me near-DSLR control over camera settings. But it is somewhat bulky, and therefore doesn't come with me most of the time.

The SD1400 is super-tiny. Fits in any pocket. It feels great in the hand. The rounded edges are a big improvement over past models that were somewhat boxy and sharp even thought they were small. The SD1400 is the slimmest Canon ever. The photo quality is impressive. Not as good as bulkier cameras with larger CCD chips, but if you are looking to get 4x6, 5x7, or 8x10 prints, or if you like to look at your photos on your HD TV or computer screen, this camera totally satisfies. I shoot everything at 9 mega-pixels, not at the 14 mega-pixel highest setting.

The Digic IV firmware is excellent. I love the auto-focus, image stabilization and face recognition. It keeps improving over previous Digic generations. There are many other features that can be quite useful, like blink recognition, and some I will rarely use. Fish-eye effect is fun, as is color swap. But you can also do these in post production. You have some control over settings, but Auto mode works so well, why monkey around? Get your shots and get back to enjoying what you are doing. This is the kind of camera you use to quickly document events in your life while barely being noticed. It's not for professional use. If you think of it that way, you will be very satisfied. Wide aperture range, good 4x zoom, and decent low light performance. Compares favorably with any small compact camera you can find today.

The HD video quality is excellent. 720P is perfect for my needs. While 1080P is not supported, my dual-core PC handles 720P much better during editing. And it looks great on an HDTV TV using a mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable from Amazon. I wish am HDMI cable came with the camera, but cables are inexpensive online. I also wish you could use optical zoom while shooting video.

The SD1400 replaces my outstanding Canon SD870 8 mega-pixel camera, which three times had the dubious "lens error." This happened when it was in my pocket and the on/off button was accidentally pushed. The lens would partially extend and become knocked out of alignment. Two of the repairs were under warranty (Amex extended my warranty an additional year). The last error was 3 years into the camera's life. Fortunately, Canon has addressed the "lens error" problem. In the SD1400, if the lens is prevented from fully extending at startup, it displays a message, automatically retracts the lens, and the camera turns off. This is the much-needed fix to a long-time problem with Canon Powershot compacts. You can try it at a local electronics store. It really works!

Bottom line... Put the SD1400 in Auto mode and snap away. You will not be disappointed. It's the best, tiniest, sleekest, coolest compact camera in the market (until Canon raises the bar in another couple years).

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