Canon PowerShot SD630 Review

The Canon SD630 brings Canon’s ultra-compact cameras into the big leagues with its large 3.0 inch LCD screen. The Canon SD630 has that extra half-inch over the similar earlier model SD600, other then the LCD they 2 are virtually identical. This camera features a 6.0 Megapixel resolution with a 3x optical zoom. It also has 16 shooting modes with “My Colors”, an in-camera photo effects editor. The SD630 also features High ISO Auto and ISO 800 for flash-free indoor shooting and widescreen (16:9) still image recording. All of this makes for pretty good stats for a mainstream ultra-compact camera. It seems as if Canon is very confident in the power of its LCD screen, because they have completely done away with the optical viewfinder, which is a first for Canon.

The LCD screen, a key feature, works well in almost all instances. In direct sun you may need to adjust the brightness, but when going into a dark room the screen automatically brightens.

The SD630 uses a 1/2.5-inch CCD and incorporates Canon’s DIGIC II imaging processor which according to Canon enhances picture definition, vibrancy, and quality.

The following are the “Shooting Modes” and a brief explanation of them:
~ Auto: The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
~ Manual: The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.
~Portrait: The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
~ Foliage: Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
~Snow: Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
~Beach: Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
~Fireworks: Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
~ Underwater: Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. (Note: you will need an optional waterproof case to shoot under water)
~ Indoor: Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.
~ Kids and Pets: Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won’t miss those special shots.
~ Night Snapshot: You can get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
~ Color Accent: Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
~Color Swap: Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
~Digital Macro: Shoot larger-than-life close-ups with one-button simplicity.
~ Stitch Assist: Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
~My Colors
Vivid: Yield vibrant shots with dramatic high-contrast.
Vivid Blue: Emphasize the sea, sky, and other blue areas.
Vivid Green: Add vivid dimension to greens for extraordinary nature shots.
Vivid Red: Charge up red objects in your images for extra impact.
~ Neutral: Produce images of subtle, elegant tonality.
~ Sepia: Recreate the look of vintage photographs.
~Black and White: Deliver enhanced clarity – especially useful when shooting text.
~Positive Film: Combine “Vivid Blue,” “Vivid Green,” and “Vivid Red” to achieve a positive film effect.
~Lighter Skin Tone: Make your subjects’ skin tones lighter.
~ Darker Skin Tone: Darken skin tones a shade.
~ Custom Color: Finely adjust brightness and vividness, and set your preferred balance of blue, green, red, and skin colors.

The PowerShot SD630 has a Print/Share button that makes direct printing easier than ever. All you need to do is connect the SD630 to a Canon CP, SElPHY, or PIXMA Photo Printer or actually any PictBridge compatible photo printer and press the lighted Print/Share button to print. You can also use the Print/Share button to transfer images directly to your computer, which is compatible with both PC’s and Mac’s. You can also connect via USB.

The Canon PowerShot SD630 has over all excellent color balance and saturation along with high image quality and fast imaging processing making this camera a wonderful choice for anyone from an aspiring photographer to a college student to a parent looking to snap shots of his or her kids. The overall the only negative factors are that there is No optical viewfinder (more and more digital cameras do not have them especially ones with 3inch LCD’s) and or No image stabilization. Other then these 2 negative factors this camera is awesome! Also just so you know in addition to all papers, software and manuals there is a rechargeable battery and charger as well as 16mb built in memory making this an irresistible deal at around $320.

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