Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS 10 Megapixels Digital ELPH Camera with 10x Optical Zoom, 4.0x Digital Zoom, 3" TFT Color LCD Display, Brown

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About Canon SD4500 IS

Significant technology upgrades and a richly sophisticated design make the PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera so easy to say "yes" to. Your best shot is never too far away, thanks to a hugely powerful lens that boasts a 10x Optical Zoom. Your videos will have all the lifelike realism of Full HD (1920 x 1080) - and you'll share them instantly on your HDTV with a simple cable connection. You'll shoot what you want, when you want and in every situation your images will be better than you ever imagined.

Canon's HS SYSTEM (10.0 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor plus DIGIC 4 Image Processor) delivers gorgeous images in low light, while the advanced Smart AUTO intelligently manages an expanded, diverse array of shooting situations for stills and videos, so you can focus on composition and creativity. You'll have easy, intuitive access to features that put your photography on the cutting edge, like Super Slow Motion Movie and High-Speed Burst. While this fresh, modern take on a style icon will certainly get your PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital ELPH camera noticed, you'll find just as much to notice in its ramped up power and performance.

The Canon SD4500 IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon SD4500 IS: Compact, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good in low light, Good low-light performance, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice features/settings and Simple controls/menu

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (16),Large clear LCD (14),Lightweight/portable (12),Excellent image quality (11),Good low-light performance (11),Nice features/settings (11),Simple controls/menu (7),Compact (6),Durable (6),Fast / accurate auto-focus (5),Good battery life (5),Good image quality (5) Good in low light (4),Image stabilization (3),Nice body color (3) View All
Short battery life (9),Poor low-light performance (4),Complicated controls/menu (3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife (5),Family photos (4),Travel (4),Video (4),Landscape/scenery (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4),Casual photographer (3)

Canon SD4500 IS Features

  • 10x Optical Zoom in a slim, stylish camera body. You are never too far away from that perfect shot
  • 10.0 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low light performance and better image quality
  • 1080p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output connector for easy playback of video and photos on your HDTV
  • Advanced Smart AUTO now identifies 28 shooting scenes, making automatic shooting even more intelligent
  • Shoot slow motion video with the Super Slow Motion Movie function and playback at 30 fps
  • High-Speed Burst mode for capturing sports and action shots
  • Cool new features like Best Image Selection and Handheld Night Scene, give you greater flexibility when shooting your favorite images

Canon SD4500 IS Specifications

Camera Type
10.0 Megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 10.6 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
Focal Length
10x zoom: 6.3 (W) - 63.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 36 (W) - 360 (T) mm
Digital Zoom
Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 15x in combination with the optical zoom)
Still images: not available when the recording pixel setting is W
Videos: optical zoom not available while shooting
Focusing Range
Normal AF: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: Macro: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft.. (1 - 50cm) (W)
Infinity AF: 9.8 ft. (3m) - infinity (W), 9.8 ft. (3m) - infinity (T)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT color LCD, with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/3.4 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
Shutter Speed
1 - 1/4000 sec
15 - 1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Auto, ISO 125/200/400/800/1600/3200 in P Mode
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off, FE Lock, Auto Red-Eye Correction, Red-Eye Reduction, Shutter Sync, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Range
12 in. - 12 ft. (W), 3.3 - 6.6 ft. (T)
30 - 3.5cm (W), 1.0 - 2.0cm (T)
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Portrait, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, High-speed Burst, Best Image Selection, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer
Custom: Delay time (0 - 15 sec. in one-second increments, and 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1 - 10 shots in one-shot increments) can be specified
Continuous Shooting
Normal: Approx. 3.7 shots/sec
AF Low Light: Approx. 1.0 shot/sec
High-Speed Burst: Approx. 8.8 shots/sec
Storage Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card, Eye-Fi card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
Large: 3648 x 2736, Medium 1: 2816 x 2112
Medium 2: 2272 x 1704
Small: 640 x 480, Widescreen: 3648 x 2048
Playback Modes File 1
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Resume Playback, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Jump, Smart Shuffle, Filtered Playback, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Playback Modes File 2
Still Images: Single, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Magnification (approx. 2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Videos: Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Special Playback, Editing, Resume
Erase Modes
Select image, select range, all images (all filtered images)
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB (dedicated female connector with unified type of digital, audio and video), mini-B compatible
Video Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Audio Out
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Power Supply
Battery Pack NB-9L, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC70
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.F/0-40 deg.C
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.99 x 2.30 x 0.88in / 101.3 x 58.5 x 22.3mm
Approx. 6.70oz / 190g (camera, including batteries and memory card)
Approx. 5.89oz / 167g (camera body only)
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Canon SD4500 IS Reviews

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(based on 34 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Awesome camera...other than the battery

I originally bought the Canon SX20 IS and returned it because of the size and the picture clarity was not near what the SD4500 is! I love almost everything about this camera! I looove the color! It also has tons of options and features. It takes perfect pictures!!! I've only done a couple videos but when zooming it seems to take a second to focus so sometimes you lose clarity. Overall, the videos are excellent as well though. The buttons are different than most other cameras but I have yet to...

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I originally bought the Canon SX20 IS and returned it because of the size and the picture clarity was not near what the SD4500 is! I love almost everything about this camera! I looove the color! It also has tons of options and features. It takes perfect pictures!!! I've only done a couple videos but when zooming it seems to take a second to focus so sometimes you lose clarity. Overall, the videos are excellent as well though. The buttons are different than most other cameras but I have yet to look at the manual and I've used every setting. By trial and error I was able to figure most of it out. My one disappointment is the battery. It is a cool looking battery and I was told the size and shape allowed for some of the cameras features to be fit into the compact size, but the battery does not last long at all! I would reccommend buying a backup battery...or 2.


Most Liked Negative Review


Not What I Expected

I previously owned an SD1100, but purchased this one because of the extended zoom. The camera takes a very long time to focus and there is quite a bit of shutter lag. It overexposed some flash images. Also there are no manual settings. There are better values out there for this price. The battery has the shortest life of any camera I have ever used.

Reviewed by 34 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Handbag Handy


from rural Minnesota

If i have my purse, I have my camera, and I only buy purses that have a pocket that I can dedicate to a camera. I never know who or what will occur, and I may want to preserve its image. That's why I picked this camera. It is small, sturdy, and has lots of versitility---I can photograph a friend, a bird in a tree outside my house, or object indoors in dim light. My photos have been used in political campaigns, for business publications, on Christmas cards, and memory CD's. Some of my photos are on the internet. This small portable camera plus great photo editing software have replaced hours in a photo lab and dollars spent on film and paper where things didn't turn out quite right. Now I just use my computer. This camera has replaced a big SLR that cost twice as much.


Small battery, 8 minutes HD recording


from Oakland, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

battery drain extremely quit for HD recording and taking pictures


good deal


from canton, nc  -  Casual Photographer

plan to use for short videos of baby; similar to our other canon cameras. did not ship with sd card?

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Best point-and-shoot ever!!!


from San Francisco, CA

My wife and I love this camera since its predecessor - Canon PowerShot SD3500IS. After I dropped the SD3500 too many times and finally broke it, I bought the SD4500 immediately to replace it. And it is the best point-and-shoot camera I've ever used! The 24mm f/2 lens makes it such a powerful little camera that can outperform so many of its competitors in many situations. Friends and family are always impressed by the picture quality. Btw, you can always show off it's cool "touch panel" features to your friends while reviewing the awesome pictures with them too! I myself is a "serious amateur" photographer and I have quite a few professional photography gear. but when it comes to taking pictures at dinners, parties, or while traveling, this camera is simply the best! I have to admit that the ease of use and high quality of this camera makes me want use my professional SLR less and less....

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing camera


from Switzerland

This has been the best purchase I have made, when it comes to electronics. I have traveled the world with this camera and it has taken the best photos and videos. Not very far from a Professional grade video and photo quality. I am always on a rush since I work when I travel so when I go sightseeing this camera gives me no issues at all and I can move along very quickly snapping away and taking with me unforgettable images. The features are many and I have used all of them. I know I will use this camera for like 10 years.


I would buy this product again and again


from Iceland Ísafjordur  -  Casual Photographer

I use the kamera and Ikelite 6240.45 Underwater Camera Housingfor under voter foto in fiss farm It is mine 5th Ixus kamera the are gettin better and better fast and easy tou use cons, olves thenchin batteri and charcher betthvine kamera

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Best quality for the price.


from Houston Tx

The picture quality is great for the price,in auto mode you can get some great pics,even with the 10 x zoom good pics at a distance is not a problem.The only thing that I don`t like is the shutter speed people have to stand and smile for a little while before they see a flash,but if no one has to catch a plane and is patient you will most of the time get what you want out of this camera.


I would buy this product again and again


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Casual Photographer

Very good product

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera


from upstate, ny

This camera does a great job at showing light as it is seen. Over all the quality of the photo are great. The zoom is a good size for such a light small camera. I have found that the program mode does a better job at auto adjusting then the auto mode. The battery sometimes last most of the day and other time it only last a couple of hours even when charged as recommended. The battery is also hard to find in stores. The handheld night mode is great if you have a very steady hand as it takes multiple shoots and combines them, this mode produces great photos of lights at night but the tripod or mono pole help. While there are small things that could be improved this is a great camera and dose the job needed.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


The best features for the price


from East Texas

Love the size! It does most of what the big cameras do PLUS if fits in your pocket. We travel, and like to get off the beaten path, we might have left a bigger camera in the room. I'm glad we were able to get all of our vacations. Do buy a battery, two should be plenty. I almost never use a flash as the low light shots are 10 times better than other cameras.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
KELLY J  I bought this camera because I wanted something small with a long zoom. My daughter cheers, and I'm up in the stands, but I wanted to be able to snap pictures of her without it being obvious (to her :-) It's been a great camera!
Shopper  is this camera compatible with the mac os 10.3.9 operating system?
PAUL J  This camera appears to be compatible with all of the mac operating systems. However I wouldn't buy this camera again because it doesn't have an eye viewfinder. It is very difficult to take pictures in bright sun light. Also the indoor picture quality is substandard. Indoor shots are soft (fuzzy) not sharp and clear as they should be.
Shopper  Do you have Canon SD4500 in Silver color?
SP R  I purchased a brown Canon SD4500. Can't comment about silver, but absolutely love the SD4500!
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