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Old Dec 13, 2010, 7:52 PM   #21
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I am a very pleased Canon SD-4000 user. Unfortunately, I can not give you much data on the video clips as I never use it. However for low light level shooting it has been flawless.

For example here is an ISO 1600 photo I took today with the SD-4000. Mind you most pocket cameras have much less image quality than the SD-4000 so easily shows every time.

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ca...3_KdY5g-XL.jpg

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Old Dec 13, 2010, 8:35 PM   #22
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wow this sounds like a possible answer for my question i just posted.....how is the video? does it autofocus during video? any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks.

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It does though some of the users over at DPR have complained that it loses focus easily which results in focus hunting. This seems to be a Canon issue rather than one w/ the cam though as there were identical complaints about the SD4500.
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The only focus hunting that I experience with the SD-4000 is at almost dark light levels. That problem is common among P+S camera.

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Thank you for the information. Do you know at least if it has autofocus and zoom during video? thanks!
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Thank you for the information. Do you know at least if it has autofocus and zoom during video? thanks!
Yes to both.
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The only focus hunting that I experience with the SD-4000 is at almost dark light levels. That problem is common among P+S camera.

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Continuous auto focus in the video mode which I guess is based on contrast detection can be unreliable to say the least. Everything seemed fine when I initially tested the camera just after unpacking it. But now after trying it in some real life situations, I think itís flawed and possible only suitable for certain situations with static or far subjects.
Yesterday I recorded some footage sitting at the table at a birthday party event. When I came home I was shocked about what I saw at my monitor. I guess I didn't pay too much attention to the screen when I was actually recording because most of the time the person I was filming was out of focus because the system was struggling with refocusing other stuff or people in the frame.
Now after some re-testing today I am sure that this really is a serious problem in everyday use. Yes, with my last camera, the ixus 990 (SD970), actually with all my previous ixus cameras, I could only obtain focus when recording started, and if the scene changed/subject moved a lot I had to stop and start again, but at least there would be consistency in the footage focus wise. I searched the menus for a setting where I could turn the continuous auto focus off even though this was one of the features in this camera I had been waiting for, but had no luck.
The SD4000 also had the slowest AF out of the 4 cameras compared.

These are just things to be aware of. Every camera has its flaws.
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Well, my experience level with the SD-4000 is still low. But I have manage to post some really good shots. Thus far, the SD-4000 has been a real performer for me when shooting still photos. My husband in a video guru so I don't shoot video.

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Well, my experience level with the SD-4000 is still low. But I have manage to post some really good shots. Thus far, the SD-4000 has been a real performer for me when shooting still photos. My husband in a video guru so I don't shoot video.

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And no one is arguing, but it's important to note both the pros and cons of each camera so users can make an informed decision based on their own needs.

I seem to recall someone stating that the HX5V was the best P&S on the market and virtually flawless. This same person later recanted her statements and returned hers. Meanwhile, I was stuck with a $350 paperweight that could not be returned. It now serves as a constant reminder that no advice is better than getting half the story.
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Touche! But you have to admit that I gradually got a whole lot smarter. Merry Christmas!

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Low-light capable P&S > look no more:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yakumo2...7625024849565/
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