Canon SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 92 x 56 x 18mm
  • Announced February 2010
  • Additionally Known as IXUS 130 / IXY 400F
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon SD1400 IS overview

Canon SD1400 IS is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera first launched on February of 2010. The camera comes with a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240. The camera is known as "IXUS 130 / IXY 400F" in certain regions.

The SD1400 IS ranks at #76 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all round #1050 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon SD1400 IS history

The Canon SD1400 IS is part of a family of products. You can read the full range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Canon SD1400 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon SD1400 IS based on aspects that are usually viewed as important in a digital camera.

built in zoom lens (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
does have HDMI out
flash built-in
great min ISO (80)
has image stabilization (Optical)
reasonably wide (28mm)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
manual exposure not available
missing external mic support
missing headphone support
missing Time Lapse recording
no aperture priority mode
no moving screen
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW support
no shutter priority
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
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Canon SD1400 IS Sensor info

The Canon SD1400 IS houses the Digic 4 processor chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Canon SD1400 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below illustrates the SD1400 IS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The SD1400 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SD1400 IS dimensions

Canon SD1400 IS has a weight of 0.29 lbs (133g / 4.69 ounces) & has outer proportions of 92mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Canon SD1400 IS is on par when compared to other rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon SD1400 IS beside a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button layout on the SD1400 IS.

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS topview buttons dials

Canon SD1400 IS Lens info

The SD1400 IS houses an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 28-112mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't huge but it will definitely be useful in certain situations.

At the widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.8 which is pretty slow and not very good for low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to raise the ISO setting resulting in noisy images. Towards the tele end, 112mm comes with f5.9 which is quite slow and you would need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SD1400 IS Connectivity

The SD1400 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and at times adjust settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Canon SD1400 IS Video info

The maximum video quality in the Canon SD1400 IS is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in H.264 file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should go for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and headphone socket which means you get no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to consider a different camera in case you require good sound for your videos.

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Canon SD1400 IS Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Canon SD1400 IS so you need to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Canon SD1400 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SD1400 IS comes with a 2.7 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon SD1400 IS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really helpful for bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon SD1400 IS Shutter info

Canon SD1400 IS continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Canon SD1400 IS Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon SD1400 IS comes with only integrated flash without external flash ability.

Canon SD1400 IS Autofocusing info

Canon SD1400 IS comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & exact compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Canon SD1400 IS lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is useful for low light occasions or you require more accurate control on focus.

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Canon SD1400 IS Battery life

The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest possible (320) battery life for this category of cameras.

Following is a number of Ultracompact cameras having the highest battery life:

Canon SD1400 IS for varying kinds of photography

The following chart indicates a overview of the Canon SD1400 IS for varying kinds of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon SD1400 IS Portrait photography factors

The Canon SD1400 IS gets a points tally of 28 which is lousy, meaning that it is simply not good for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos along with the flexibility to use off-camera flash.

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megapixel count good (14MP)
no manual focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Canon SD1400 IS Street photography info

Having a average score of 57, the Canon SD1400 IS is relatively suitable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Canon SD1400 IS Sports photography advice

A lousy sports photography points total of 35 indicates the Canon SD1400 IS is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera should have very good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
low fps (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Canon SD1400 IS as a Travel photography camera

Size is super important in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Canon SD1400 IS gets a above average 65 for a travel camera which makes it a good option to purchase for your vacations.

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good megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Canon SD1400 IS Landscape photography information

When you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SD1400 IS at it's lousy score of 38 for a landscape camera is simply not good compared to it's competition.

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quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Time Lapse recording

Canon SD1400 IS Vlogging info

A vlogging camera ought to have a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Canon SD1400 IS is simply not good as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy rating of 29.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic port

Canon SD1400 IS Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the SD1400 IS, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Ultracompact.

The chart below provides you an overview of the SD1400 IS compared to it's top rated competitors mentioned previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you may look at as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
Also Known as
IXUS 130 / IXY 400F
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Digic 4
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
133g (0.29 lbs)
92 x 56 x 18mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots