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Old Jan 7, 2006, 2:12 PM   #1
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I am leaning towards the Canon SD450 over the SD550. The SD450 just feels a lot smaller than the SD550.

a couple of things that is holding up my decision on the SD450 vs SD550

* will the 7MP (SD550) produce sharper 4x6 or 8x11 pictures? is it that noticeable?
* the SD450 does not have any time/date stamp. does the SD550 have it?
* no battery life indicator. how am I suppose to tell how much battery life I have??
has this been fixed on the SD550?
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Old Jan 7, 2006, 5:10 PM   #2
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First of all let me tell you that i've considered same models you do and came to the conclusion in the shop.Very important to feel the camera in your hands.You wouldnt marry before touching your wife,would you?Only joking but its true.Sd550 doesnt feel right in my hands,it feels somehow slippery,while sd 450 fits perfectly and stays there without me worrying about it.I wouldnt know about 550 quality of producing crisper image when printing larger format, my guess is that is probably better than450 because of more pixels beeing captured.Of course,you do have time and date stamp on both 450 and 550.You do not have battery status on either of the cameras which is a shame.450 is cheaper and for the price difference i have purchased 1gb card+carrying bag and i am happy with my decision.Only thing that bothers me about 450 is flash light which is too strong and not controlable.Oh, and lcd is better on 450,definatelly.Enough said
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I believe in saying "date stamp" hhendrix may be talking about the same feature 35mm point & shoots and 35mm SLR's with data backshave where the dateis stamped on to the negative, and hence onto theimage. The answer to that, if that is the question, is not only no, but heck no.

This isn't the first person I've seen ask this question if that is indeed the question, and I know why some would want it for prints for parents, friends, etc. Unlike the old film days, all the data related to the image is kept with the file for future reference & does not have to ruin a good image by being emblazened in ugly red letters and/or numbers in the lower right-hand side of the image. If you're making prints for someone, write the date on the back- why do that do a picture if you don't have to?

Up to 8.5x11 you are not going to have to worry about whether the sensor is 5 or 7 megapixels- either will produce fine images at those sizes.

Canon's digicams (all of the ones that use proprietary batteries)never have had a good battery indicator. My girlfriend is using an earler model Digital Elph, the S410. The battery indicator starts glowing with about 8-10 shots left in it and then it's dead. Same thing happens with every digicam from Canon I've tried, including the Powershot G5, which uses the same battery as the 10D/20D/original Digital Rebel. You can shoot a 10D for quite a while after the low battery level light comes on, but not with a G5. It's a common complaint on Canon boards everywhere with themodels that use proprietary batteries. The answer is to be alert as to how many images you usually can get on a single charge and, if in doubt that you have enough power left, turn the LCD off and use the optical viewfinder- you get tons more shots with the LCD off. Some may not like it, but it beats the heck out of a digital camera with a dead battery.

With so few abilities to change anything since they are point & shoot models, given the choice I'd choose the SD550 because it has a dedicated ISO button that the 450 does not, meaning I can change that setting fast as I shoot, without having to dive into menus. Also, while both models produce equally good prints up to letter size, the SD550 would give you a little extra leeway with the extra resolution should you decide after the fact to crop an image in a little.

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Well,if hhendrix is talking about having information written directly onto the prints,then sd450 does not have time/date stamp.And for both hhendrix and greg: sd 450 does have a dedicated iso button,and you don't have to go into the menus to change the settings.Hhendrix,if you have some more questions,i would advise you to listen to people who actually own and work on daily basis with a piece of equipment you're interested in.Otherwise go to the review page and read it from the pros
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Yes, I did miss that control- it was so light on my screen I did not see the ISO setting on the top jog button- my error.
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Thanks for all the replies.

having the date stamped on the photos would be a nice feature especially for parents. I understand a lot of folks may not like this feature but it's nice to be able to turn on/off as needed.

some follow up questions:

does the SD550 have the ability to date stamp the photo?

if I am printing 4x6 and 8x11 it sounds like I would not notice the difference in picture quality using the SD450 or SD550. is this true?

what if I am cropping and still printing 4x6 or 8x11 would this still be true?

battery life indicator. I heard conflicting reports. does it have a battery life indicator? in reading the replies it appears there may be a generic indicator that would flash to indicate low battery. however it would not tell you how many minutes left like on my Sony.

appreciate all the canon SD450 & SD550 owners can respond. anything else you can add to help me make a choice between these two cameras would be appreciated.








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hhendrix wrote:
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appreciate all the canon SD450 & SD550 owners can respond. anything else you can add to help me make a choice between these two cameras would be appreciated.
Got a SD550 for my wife. My research showed that the SD550uses the Sony 7 MP sensor which is well regarded for low noise at ISO 200 and 400, ithas a strong flash for a P&S camera and cropping a 7MP photo effectively increases the 3x zoom. These reasons are why I chose the SD550. (Aside from the small size which allows my wife to pop the camera into her small purse when going night clubbing, casino hopping, to weddings, etc.) The photos we've taken so far have met my expectations.

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Personally I wouldn't buy either...I had an SD550 and the redeye was absolutely horrible...I I took it back....I would look at a Panasonic DMC-FX9 as there is no question which is the better camera....
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Just so i can sleep well at night i've checked my sd450 and yes it definately has a date and time stamp.You can either choose date only or date and time.Or you can have it switched off like i do.I hope this brings you a step closer to making a decision hhendrix.Later
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Hi,

I just today purchased a Cannon SD550, after having tried (and returned) an Olympus Stylus 800. The Cannon SD550 DOES have a date/time feature, but it is only available in one resolution mode, which they call "Postcard" and is 1600 X 1200 pixels, and produces a "post card" size image. I can't imagine why whey would not allow me to select this feature at whatever resolution mode I wanted--but . . .

The bundled software, Cannon's ZOOM Browswer EX does make it quite simple to print this information on photos you choose to print. I too would like the option of having that data on the actual image--and yes, I am from the old school of film.

One of the reason's I decided to return the Olympus was the total lack of a time/date stamp (except via post processing). But I also was not pleased the the photo quality on the Olympus.

So far, I am happy with the SD550, but I've only played with it for an afternoon.

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