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Old Dec 6, 2010, 1:13 PM   #1
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For quite a while we have been seeing requests for low light capable pocket cameras. Amazon has just reduced the price on the Canon SD-4000 to $US 209.00.

The SD-4000 has a nifty F 2.0 lens and the reviews seem to indicate that it does rather well under a low light shooting environment. I ordered one and will be posting some photo samples later this week.

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Old Dec 6, 2010, 2:04 PM   #2
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that is a good price for that cam. the fast lens combined with a moderate 10mp makes it one of the best of the 1/2.3" sensor cams in low light. and a good alternative for those who don't need the s95 or its price tag.
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Hi Dustin-

Yes, I surely do agree 100%. The SD-4000 is a real value when the price falls to $209. As I mentioned. I ordered one and will be posting photo samples later this week. The new price makes it a vary viable alternative to the more pricey Canon S-95.

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I'm trying out the Sony WX5 with a 2.4 aperture lens and CMOS sensor and so far I've been very impressed. It's got a really cool background defocus mode, decent HDR mode, and not bad 1080p video either. Newegg has it for $270 at the moment.
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What makes the 95 so much more money? I am looking at both of them. I will spend the extra if needed. So sick of poor low light cameras, I want one for the long haul. My needs are mainly young child pictures. I have a 15 month old that sits still for 1.3 seconds at a time
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The Canon SD-4000, SD-4500, S-90, or S-95 are very viable alternative choices. The S-90 and S-95 are more expensive because they have a much faster lens and a substantially physically larger imager.

Are you an "Auto Only" user? Or do you understand and use manual settings?

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the biggest reason for the cost difference between the s95 and the likes of the sd4000 is the physical size of the sensor. the s95 uses a 10mp 1/1.7" sensor versus the smaller 10mp 1/2.3" sensor of the sd4000. also contributing to the cost difference is some features such as the control wheel and the ability to shoot in RAW.

for you the bigger sensor would probably be the main reason to look at the s95, it will do better at high ISO for low light/no flash situations. particularly at iso 800/1600 where it is quite clean for a compact camera.

however, the sd4000 does quite good up to 800 (better than most with this sensor size), and at smaller print sizes and web host size, even 1600 could work.

so it just boils down to how much will you shoot low light without flash and whether your print/display sizes will warrant the price difference.
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Sarah, as much as I would love to play with the manual settings, I have to be realistic that 90% of the time I wouldn't. Darn kids

I think I will give the SD4000 a go. Can't beat the price on Amazon today. I have prime membership so I can always return it and get the 95 if I am not satisfied
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That sound like an excellent solution, Suzanne!

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Suzanne-

You made a great decision! That $209 price on the SD-4000 is good only for today only, 12/06.

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