Canon PowerShot S400 Digital ELPH Discussion
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I am interested in the Cannon S400 and have heard a lot of good things about it. I do like to take a lot of sports/action pictures and noticed there is no "sports" mode or shutter speed setting available. Would setting the ISO to 400, or something else, force the shutter to automatically operate at a faster speed? Thanks...

Comment #1

Well, at ISO 400 a greater number of your shots would use high shutter speeds, assuming adequate light, but since there is no way to bias the exposure program for them, this isn't the camera I'd recommend for sports shots. Not to mention the relatively modest 108mm (film equivalent) telephoto end of the zoom. A competitor with this feature is the Nikon Coolpix 4300, and any number of cameras with full manual controls. For the price of the (admittedly desirable) S400, you could almost get a Fuji S602 with twice the telephoto reach and high-speed capture of action sequences...

Comment #2

So because of the siginificant shutter lag, I take it, the S400 is not a good camera to use for action shots? I'm looking for a camera that is pocketable, fast (as in time between pressing shutter and image capture), and good resolution. Is this too much to ask for? Heck i'm thinking of just getting the Casio S3 because it's shutter is so fast...

Comment #3

Flash / Red-Eye Peforfmance: I have been eagerly awaiting both the S400 and the Imaging-Resource review of it, primarily because I want to know if Canon have improved the flash performance. Reviews and feedback of the S230 and prior cameras described poor flash range and bad red-eye behavior, and I was surprised that there was no mention of either attributes, good or bad, in the review. Has anyone noticed an improvement in flash range / red-eye?..

Comment #4

I have the S-400 and my experience, as well as the reviews and message postings all seem to agree that red-eye is handled very well by the S-400. I personally have not had a single occurrence of red-eye yet from the S-400...

Comment #5

I'm looking for a small camera to pocket in my purse for capturing shots of my 2-1/2 year old. Would any other S400 owners recommend this camera for that purpose? Also, does this camera have an accessory for underwater purposes?..

Comment #6

"I'm looking for a small camera to pocket in my purse for capturing shots of my 2-1/2 year old. " Cathy, that's what the S400 does best. They have an underwater case for the S400 that is waterproof to 130 feet. I have found it on E-bay and other places online for around $175 U.S...

Comment #7

I'm looking for the user manual of S400/IXUS400. Where can I found it on the web? Thanks! Zoltan..

Comment #8

I am an art teacher who is looking for a high quality 4 meg digital camera which is pocketable. I am wondering if the Canon s400 is too light to avoid camera shake and thus blurry photos. Any info on this topic would be much appreciated...

Comment #9

So anyone with the s400 care to comment about shutter lag and how it has affected your picture taking experience with the s400?..

Comment #10

I'm deciding between the S230 and the S400 and have read many reviews of bothI noticed that both of them list the same high pixel image size (2048 x 1536) so I'm confused as to what the advantage is of a 4 Mpixel over the 3 Mpixel. Does the s400 make better images because of the 4 Megapixel CCD even though the image sizes are the same. I noticed MORE images could be stored on the same CF card on the S400 than the S230this is also strange to meseems like they should be the same. It seems to me that the difference between these two cameras is the zoom (2x vs 3x) and the 640x480 movie mode on the S230 and not the S400are there any other major functional differences that stand out? Thanks! mark..

Comment #11

Hi! I just bought a S400 to replace my S20. Unfortunatly, I have noticed a significant difference in the sharpness. The S400 pictures seem 'soft.' I was really surprised as there are more available pixels, but none the less... Has anybody else noticed this? I love the size and weight, not to mention the extended battery time. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks!.


Comment #12


The specs you read on the S400 are incorrect. Its top resolution is 2272x1704, which multiplies out to about 4 milliion. It should give you a little larger print or a little more cropping flexibility than a 3 megapixel model. The manual lists file sizes of 2002kb, 1116kb, and 556kb for superfine, fine, and normal compression. Gordon-.

Assuming you didn't accidentally set the low sharpening option on in the Photo Effects menu, check the shutter speed of the soft images to make sure camera shake wasn't the problem, and apply a little unsharp mask in Photoshop. Canon is conservative about in-camera sharpening, but everything I've seen indicates the S400 records as much detail as the G2 (or nearly so), which produces nice sharp prints. I did notice some sharpness anomolies between the S400 and the Olympus Stylus 400, so I'll post again when I've had a chance to make my own prints...

Comment #13

I'm having trouble deciding between the Canon S400, Canon S230 (and the Minolta F100) [mainly between the first two]. Is the additional ~$100 worth it? Anyone have any advice for me?..

Comment #14

Bought S400 a couple of weeks ago once i've been investigated many sources. I found this is the final resolution if you count as redeye.

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