Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS: Video and Image Quality

by Andy Stanton Reads (595)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 10
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Video Quality
The SD4500 takes excellent quality HD videos at 1920×1080 resolution at 24 frames per second. Optical zoom can be used. The stereo audio is also top notch. In the following recording, the movement of the train is very smooth and the sound comes through loud and clear.

Recording will automatically stop when either the file size reaches 4GB or the recording time reaches approximately 10 minutes (in HD mode) or 1 hour (in standard definition mode).

Image Quality
The SD4500 IS produced very pleasing images in good light, with strong colors. Its low light images were good as well. As is always the case with Canon point-and-shoot cameras, the Canon SD4500 IS produced very attractive macro shots (it can focus as close as 3mm)

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If for some reason you don’t care for the standard colors, you can select among vivid, neutral, sepia, black and white and positive film.

Canon SD4500 Test Image
Normal
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Vivid
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Neutral
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Sepia
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Black and White
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Positive Film

The SD4500 has a function called i-contrast, which will even out areas that have too much contrast. It works reasonably well.

Canon SD4500 Test Image
i-contrast Off
Canon SD4500 Test Image
i-contrast On

The SD4500 has white balance settings for auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, two types of fluorescent and custom. I used auto white balance with almost all of my pictures and found it to be very accurate overall, as demonstrated by the image below using the fluorescent setting.

Canon SD4500 Test Image
Auto White Balance, 5500k incandescent light

The flash of the SD4500 IS has ten settings, Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off, FE Lock, Auto Red-Eye Correction, Red-Eye Reduction, Shutter Sync, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure. The figures for flash range given by Canon are 12 inches to 12 feet at wide angle and 3.3 feet to 6.6 feet at telephoto. The flash worked well and produced output that was appropriate for the lighting conditions. However flash recycling times were slow – it took at least five seconds for the camera to be ready for use after a flash had been fired.

Canon’s back-illuminated sensor seems to have improved the quality of the low light pictures compared to Canon’s other point-and-shoot cameras. As the ISO table shows, image quality with good color was excellent through 200 ISO.

Canon SD4500 Test Image
ISO 125
Canon SD4500 Test Image
ISO 125, 100% crop
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ISO 200
Canon SD4500 Test Image
ISO 200, 100% crop
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ISO 400
Canon SD4500 Test Image
ISO 400, 100% crop
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ISO 800
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ISO 800, 100% crop
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ISO 1600
Canon SD4500 Test Image
ISO 1600, 100% crop
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ISO 3200
Canon SD4500 Test Image
ISO 3200, 100% crop

It declined slightly at 400 ISO and again at 800 and 1600 ISO. Image quality deteriorated drastically at 3200 ISO, but that setting will probably never be used.

Canon SD4500 Test Image
ISO 800
Canon SD4500 Test Image
ISO 800

Additional Sample Images

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