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Canon's PowerShot SD100 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon's PowerShot SD100: More details
(Friday, May 2, 2003 - 03:02 EDT)

We told you earlier today about Canon's new PowerShot SD100 - a camera which has been announced worldwide, but with limited information available in the USA.

We now have further details courtesy of Canon Japan (specifications, sample images), and our friends at the Digital Photography Review (who have European pricing and a full review). If you've not read our previous item, the Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH is Canon's first camera to feature Secure Digital storage, but is otherwise based on the PowerShot S230 in a somewhat smaller chassis with improved control positioning. It will apparently go on sale in Europe - where it will be called the Canon Digital IXUS II - at a price of £369 / €479 (roughly equivalent to US$537 - 593 / ¥63,800 - 70,400 ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties), with availability not yet announced. Full specifications for the camera follow.

Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH
Courtesy of Canon.
Effective Pixels Approx. 3.2 million
Image Sensor
1/2.7 inch CCD
(Total number of pixels: approx. 3.3 million)
5.4 (W) - 10.8 (T) mm
(35 mm film equivalent: 35 - 70mm)
F2.8 (W) - 3.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Maximum approx. 3.2x (Maximum approx. 6.4x with optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD monitor 1.5 in. low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 pixels
TTL 9-point AiAF/TTL 1-point center AF
Focus lock possible
Focusing Range (from tip of the lens barrel)
Normal: 47 cm (1.5 ft.) - infinity
Macro AF: 10-47 cm (3.9 in. - 1.5 ft.) (W)
23-47 cm (9 in. - 1.5 ft.) (T)
Shutter Mechanical + electronic
Shutter Speed
15-1/1500 sec.
* 15 - 1 sec. possible in long shutter mode
* Noise reduction processing on speeds between 15 - 1.3 sec.
Light Metering System Evaluative metering / Center-weighted averaging / Spot metering
Exposure Control Program AE
Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity Auto / ISO 50 / 100 / 200 / 400 equivalents
White Balance TTL auto / preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H) or custom white balance
Flash Red-eye reduction auto / auto / on / off / slow-synchro
Flash Shooting Range
Normal: 47 cm- 3.0 m (1.5- 9.8 ft.) (W)
47 cm- 2.0 m (1.5- 6.7 ft.) (T)
Macro: 27- 47 cm (10.6 in.- 1.5 ft.) (W /T)
Shooting Modes Auto / manual (stitch assist) / movie
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 2.2 images/ sec.
(Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-Timer Shoots after approx. 10 sec. or approx. 2 sec.
PC Connected Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program RemoteCapture is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media SD memory card
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format
Still Images: JPEG (Exif 2.2)*
Movies: AVI
Image data: Motion JPEG
Audio data: WAVE [monaural]
Compression Superfine / fine / normal
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Images Large 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium 1 1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium 2 1024 x 768 pixels
Small 640 x 480 pixels
Movies 640 x 480 pixels (Approx. 30 sec.)**
320 x 240 pixels (Approx. 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (Approx. 3 min.)
Approx. 15 frames / sec.
The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting
Replay Modes Single image replay / index replay (9 thumbnails) / magnified replay (LCD monitor zooms images up to 10 x ) / slide show / printing with Card Photo Printer CP series or Bubble Jet Printer (Direct Print)
My Camera Settings (Customizing)
Start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and selftimer sound can be customized with the following procedures.
1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
2. Using the downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol]), Audio / Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, Monaural audio)
Power Source
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: NB-3L)
AC Adapter Kit ACK900
Operating Temperatures 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90%
(w x h x d)
85.0 x 56.0 x 23.9 mm (3.3 x 2.2 x 0.9 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
Approx. 165 g (5.8 oz.)
(camera body only)
* This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
** Maximum recording time per movie clip when using the separately sold SDC-128M SD card (not sold in some regions).

When US pricing and availability for the Canon PowerShot SD100 digital camera is announced, you'll hear about it on our news page...

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