Canon SD4000 IS

 
Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-105mm (F2.0-5.3) lens
  • 175g - 100 x 54 x 23mm
  • Revealed August 2010
  • Alternate Name is IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
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Overall
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Canon SD4000 IS summary

Canon SD4000 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on August of 2010. It features a 10 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 3648 x 2736. It is referred to as "IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S" in certain markets.

The SD4000 IS places at #140 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #991 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your custom criteria.

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Canon SD4000 IS history

The Canon SD4000 IS is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
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Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
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Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SD4000 IS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SD4000 IS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SD4000 IS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SD4000 IS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SD4000 IS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SD4000 IS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SD4000 IS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SD4000 IS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SD4000 IS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SD4000 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Canon SD4000 IS based on aspects that are generally regarded as important in a digital camera.

built in lens has zoom (28-105mm 3.8 x zoom)
does have HDMI out
flash built-in
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
great minimum ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Optical)
nice screen size (3 inch)
really wide (28mm)
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have microphone support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW support
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.3)
no manual control
no manual focus
screen is fixed
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
slow fps (4.0 frames per second)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Canon SD4000 IS Sensor info

The Canon SD4000 IS features the Digic 4 processor chip. The size of the sensor on the Canon SD4000 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 10 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.

The graphic below shows the SD4000 IS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The SD4000 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SD4000 IS dimensions

Canon SD4000 IS weighs in at 0.39 pounds (175g or 6.17 ounces) & has outer measurements of 100mm x 54mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Canon SD4000 IS is similar compared with other rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Canon SD4000 IS next to a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button arrangement on the SD4000 IS.

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS topview buttons dials

Canon SD4000 IS Lens info

The SD4000 IS provides a built-in lens and a focal range of 28-105mm giving it a 3.8 x zoom which might not be very good but it will definitely be invaluable in certain situations.

At the widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.0 which is good for low light circumstances and getting good bokeh. It would also make it easier to set a much lower ISO to have clearer shots. Towards the tele end, 105mm comes with f5.3 which is fairly slow and you would need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SD4000 IS Connectivity

The SD4000 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and at times change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon SD4000 IS Video info

The highest possible video resolution on the Canon SD4000 IS is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should shoot for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone port which means you have no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to buy a different camera if you need better sound for your videos.

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Canon SD4000 IS Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Canon SD4000 IS so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.

Canon SD4000 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SD4000 IS features a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs for Canon SD4000 IS are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be particularly valuable.

Canon SD4000 IS Shutter info

Canon SD4000 IS continuous shooting speed is 4.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2500s.

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Canon SD4000 IS Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon SD4000 IS comes with only built-in flash without external flash support.

Canon SD4000 IS Autofocus info

Canon SD4000 IS comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and accurate compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Canon SD4000 IS has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be useful for low light occasions or you need more precise control on focusing.

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Canon SD4000 IS Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Canon SD4000 IS for specific types of photography

The following diagram shows a summary of the Canon SD4000 IS for specific types of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section below.

Canon SD4000 IS Portrait photography factors

The Canon SD4000 IS gets a points tally of 21 which is dreadful, meaning that it is simply not appropriate to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files together with the capability to work with external lighting.

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lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Canon SD4000 IS Street photography factors

Getting a moderate points total of 56, the Canon SD4000 IS is reasonably suited to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Canon SD4000 IS Sports photography highlights

A dreadful sports photography points tally of 27 indicates the Canon SD4000 IS is simply not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs great focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
low resolution (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Canon SD4000 IS Travel photography information

Portability is extremely important when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon SD4000 IS gets a above average 64 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to purchase for your vacations.

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has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
does not have Timelapse mode
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display

Canon SD4000 IS Landscape photography details

For those who are looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Canon SD4000 IS with it's dreadful rating of 41 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate among its competition.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
no Time Lapse function

Canon SD4000 IS Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Canon SD4000 IS is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a dreadful rating of 32.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone socket

Canon SD4000 IS Alternatives

If you want replacements to the SD4000 IS, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph below shows you an overview of the SD4000 IS compared to it's top scoring competitors listed previously.

These are various other cameras you might see as alternate options. To look at a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS
Also called
IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2010-08-02
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
Digic 4
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-105mm (3.8x)
Max aperture
f/2.0-5.3
Macro focusing distance
3cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2500 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
175g (0.39 lb)
Dimensions
100 x 54 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.9")
Other
Battery ID
NB-6L
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/MMCplus HC
Card slots
One
Launch pricing
$300