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Old Dec 17, 2010, 11:20 AM   #11
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The SD4000 on sale today, 12/16, at Canon USA gives you a 90 day warranty. To really protect yourself you would have to add a Square Deal or Mack third party warranty.

Based on my experience with Canon Refurbs, which has been 100% perfect, you should be at ease. But the extra warranty might be justified on the basis of the logic that says: "If anything can go wrong, it might!"

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Thanks Sarah,
I actually ordered it right after I posted yesterday. I sat on my butt and watched the Gold Box deal go away a couple weeks back, and I didn't want to let that happen again. Hopefully *fingers crossed* I don't have any issues with it. And I'll post my thoughts about the camera when I get it.
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Old Dec 17, 2010, 11:46 AM   #12
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Congratulations, roaddawg-

I am sure you will enjoy the SD4000 a lot.

One of the nice things about the SD4000 is that it has a great built-in flash unit as this photo shows very nicely:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ca...5_SZAUn-XL.jpg

Here is another SD4000 sample taken without flash at ISO 1600:

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



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Here are a couple of Canon SD4000 photo samples for those interested in seeing what the SD4000 can do:

This is a no flash photo: F2.0 at 1/30 with ISO 400:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ca...0_HofLS-XL.jpg

This is a no flash photo: F 2.2 at 1/25 with ISO 250:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ca...5_bnJFZ-XL.jpg

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Old Dec 24, 2010, 12:48 AM   #14
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Got my camera.

So far, really enjoying it. It is easily the best camera I've ever had, which probably doesn't say too much. Though, in comparison to my previous cam (Panasonic Lumix TS1), it's really night and day in terms of image quality.

Some thoughts:
As said, image quality is very good. While I haven't had many cameras, I do know what a good looking photo looks like. At night, camera works better in Auto as far as I've seen so far. I haven't figured what the "Low-light" mode is for yet, but it certainly doesn't perform well outdoors at night (vs. Auto mode).
Also, the interface is not as smooth as probably a lot of others. Naturally, new user will have to feel his/her way around any camera... but this really doesn't feel very intuitive. The color modes are fun to mess with... haven't used the mini or fisheye really yet.

Lastly, I gotta say that this "Refurbished" camera feels like new. No scratches, nothing. I'm very pleasantly surprised in that regard too.

Anyway, that's my initial take. Gonna play a lot more with it. Just thought I'd check in here.
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Hi. I am not very well versed in photography and the terms, but I have a canon sd 4000 and I am having a problem with the flash. It seems to be too strong for the pictures. Photos that are taken mainly as a portrait have white areas on their cheeks and forehead that are too bright and washed out. I've looked through the menus for a way to tone it down, but can't find any. Can anyone help?
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Page 158 in the Manual explains what to do...the SD4000 doesn't have Flash Adjustment available...
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Shabbus-

The only alternative on the SD4000 camera that I have found is to use Exposure Compensation. I have also used a small piece of a plastic milk bottle over the built-in flash unit itself, to diffuse the light from that flash unit, when doing casual portraits, and that works very nicely in softening the light on your subject.

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Hi. I am not very well versed in photography and the terms, but I have a canon sd 4000 and I am having a problem with the flash. It seems to be too strong for the pictures. Photos that are taken mainly as a portrait have white areas on their cheeks and forehead that are too bright and washed out. I've looked through the menus for a way to tone it down, but can't find any. Can anyone help?
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http://www.ehow.com/how_2168348_whit...era-flash.html

If you Google "diffuse flash" or something similar, you can probably find many other suggestions as well.
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