Canon SD4500 IS

 
Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 36-360mm (F3.4-5.6) lens
  • 190g - 101 x 59 x 22mm
  • Introduced July 2011
  • Additionally Known as Digital IXUS 1000 HS / IXY 50S
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  • Alternatives
Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Canon SD4500 IS overview

Canon SD4500 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially introduced on July of 2011. It includes a 10 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736. It is referred to as "Digital IXUS 1000 HS / IXY 50S" in some markets.

The SD4500 IS ranks at #165 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #1051 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Canon SD4500 IS history

The Canon SD4500 IS is part of a family of products. You can view the full range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SD4500 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
SD4500 IS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SD4500 IS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SD4500 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
SD4500 IS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SD4500 IS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SD4500 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
SD4500 IS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SD4500 IS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SD4500 IS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SD4500 IS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SD4500 IS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SD4500 IS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SD4500 IS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SD4500 IS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SD4500 IS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SD4500 IS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SD4500 IS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SD4500 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
SD4500 IS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SD4500 IS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SD4500 IS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SD4500 IS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SD4500 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon SD4500 IS based on features that are often viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI out
great min ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
in built lens has zoom (36-360mm 10.0 x zoom)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
very long reach (360mm)
can't use external flash
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW format
does not have external microphone support
does not have headphone support
does not have Timelapse function
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
no aperture priority mode
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
wide angle not the best (36mm)
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Canon SD4500 IS Sensor specifications

The Canon SD4500 IS is powered by the Digic 4 chip. The sensor specification on the Canon SD4500 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 10 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so you have less margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the SD4500 IS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The SD4500 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SD4500 IS dimensions

Canon SD4500 IS weighs in at 0.42 pounds (190g / 6.70 ounces) and features exterior size of 101mm x 59mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Canon SD4500 IS is on par as compared with various rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Canon SD4500 IS beside a softdrink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button layout on the SD4500 IS.

Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS topview buttons dials

Canon SD4500 IS Lens specifications

The SD4500 IS has a fixed lens providing a focal range of 36-360mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which might not be amazing nevertheless it will surely be valuable in some situations.

At the widest 36mm, it offers an aperture of f3.4 and that's pretty slow and not great in low light conditions and you will probably struggle to capture good bokeh. You will also have to increase the ISO setting causing noisy shots. On the tele end, 360mm is great zoom and comes to f5.6 making it fairly sluggish and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SD4500 IS Connectivity

The SD4500 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send files and usually adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Canon SD4500 IS Video specifications

The maximum video resolution on the Canon SD4500 IS is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance for video quality versus file sizes but FULL HD will not leave you with much room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a mic or headphone socket so you have got no control over your sound. It is probably best to have a look at a different camera should you need good sound in your videos.

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Canon SD4500 IS Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Canon SD4500 IS so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Canon SD4500 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SD4500 IS includes a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon SD4500 IS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful for bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon SD4500 IS Shutter specifications

Canon SD4500 IS continuous shooting speed is 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Canon SD4500 IS Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon SD4500 IS includes only integrated flash without external flash ability.

Canon SD4500 IS Autofocusing specifications

Canon SD4500 IS includes just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & exact when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

Canon SD4500 IS does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing can be useful for low light scenarios or you want to have more accurate depth of field control.

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Canon SD4500 IS Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

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Canon SD4500 IS for various types of photography

The following diagram indicates a summation of the Canon SD4500 IS for various types of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Canon SD4500 IS as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon SD4500 IS receives a score of 21 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really suitable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files in addition to the potential to use off-camera flash.

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no manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Street photography with Canon SD4500 IS

Getting a moderate points tally of 56, the Canon SD4500 IS is relatively suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Canon SD4500 IS as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography points tally of 25 means the Canon SD4500 IS is not really suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Canon SD4500 IS as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really crucial when getting a travel camera. In general, the Canon SD4500 IS gets a decent 56 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suitable to take on your trips.

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has built in flash
great zoom (360mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (36mm)
slow max aperture (f3.4)

Canon SD4500 IS as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Canon SD4500 IS at it's terrible score of 32 for a landscape camera is not really suitable in the current marketplace.

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screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (36mm)
slow max aperture (f3.4)
no manual mode
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse function

Canon SD4500 IS as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Canon SD4500 IS is not really suitable for vlogging as it gets a terrible rating of 28.

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image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
wide angle not great (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing microphone socket

Canon SD4500 IS Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the SD4500 IS, below is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram followed below provides you a summary of the SD4500 IS vs it's highest ranking competitors listed earlier.

These are various other cameras you might regard as alternate options. To look at a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS
Otherwise known as
Digital IXUS 1000 HS / IXY 50S
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2011-07-19
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Chip
Digic 4
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW support
Max native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
36-360mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.4-5.6
Macro focusing range
3cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
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
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15s
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
6.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file 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
190g (0.42 lb)
Physical dimensions
101 x 59 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Other
Battery ID
NB-9L
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/MMCplus HC
Card slots
Single
Cost at launch
$300