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First Look: Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

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First Look: Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

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A wide-angle, wide-aperture lens and a high-sensitivity sensor add up to good low-light photos and fast performance for the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET reviews and this is a look at the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS. This is the first of Canon's digital ELPH ultra compacts to feature a backside illuminated CMOS sensor, or an f/2 lens. The combination leads to higher quality low light photos. The f/2 aperture also allows for a shallow depth of field which is nice for blurring backgrounds in portraits for example. Along with that lens there are aperture and shutter speed priority modes for adding control, but unfortunately, they're buried in a shooting menu with all of the cameras C mode options, making them difficult to enter into quickly. Otherwise, the camera is easy enough to operate and its control dial makes navigation simple, and thankfully it doesn't spin as freely as the control dials on past PowerShot models. Shooting performance is fast because again along with that low light photo quality, the sensor improved shooting speeds. There's very little shuttle lag and its continuous shooting speed is nearly 4 frames per second. As for photo quality, it's very good to excellent for an ultra compact camera. The sensor lens combo gets you more usable photos when shooting in dim lighting. It's not earth-shattering, but much better than the average point and shoot. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS.

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