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SD4000 – A Brief Hands On

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The announcement of the SD4000 is pretty significant to the PowerShot line. It definitely tells us what else is coming down the pipe.

It uses a 10mp backlit CMOS sensor. This will apparently greatly improve high ISO performance.

I was told the sensor was made by Canon, I’m just trying to confirm it through other sources.

I had a chance to play with one for a few minutes today at the Canon booth.

The camera I shot these with was NOT a final production model.

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SD4000 - Red
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SD4000 - Black

These are High ISO sample images. Click for the full resolution images.

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ISO 1600 - Canon SD4000 - Click for Full Rez
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ISO 3200 - Canon SD4000 - Click for Full Rez

They aren’t pulitzer shots, but it should give you an idea what this little camera is capable of.

The shots were shot at 7.5mp and not the full 10mp. I only had about 20 seconds with the camera.

More to come later.

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90 responses to “SD4000 – A Brief Hands On”

  1. WTB more 60D rumors.

    a guy named ‘Spoiler’ often gives good tips. Mr Spoiler, where art thou.

  2. As other posters have said, Canon never announced development of a BSI technology.
    Also, they never presented a BSI technology on any of the international semiconductor forums, where companies typically announce such technologies.
    Finally, their patent portfolio does not have any BSI patents either.

    Cano will never announce which sensor they are using. This can be found out by tearing the camera apart.
    Here’s how ChipWorks, for example, found out about the Sony 2nd generation sensor in the Casio EX-FH100 camera:
    http://www.chipworks.com/ExilimEX-FH100-Teardown.aspx

    Now, compare the specs of the Casio EX-FH100:
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10010606casiofh100h15z2000z550.asp#specs

    … with the specs of the IXUS 300HS:
    http://dpreview.com/news/1005/10051101canonixus300hs.asp#specs

    According to Dpreview, both cameras have exact same image size (3648 x 2736), exact same video rate (1280 × 720 @ 30fps), and other exact same specs.

    If the IXUS 300HS sensor was indeed manufactured by Canon, this would have indicated that:
    – Canon secretly came up with quite capable BSI technology without anyone in the world knowing about it
    – Canon’s secret BSI sensor all of a sudden has the *exact* same specs as the Sony 2nd gen BSI sensor

    Still, if anyone wants to believe that Canon did make this sensor, I fully support their belief.
    Take care.

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