Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS: Conclusions

November 23, 2010 by Andy Stanton Reads (2,567)
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

The Canon PowerShot SD4500 is a small, solid camera that does some important things very well, but falls down in several areas. When it comes to image quality and video quality, the SD4500 is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras available, even in low light. It is also a reasonably quick camera and has a high quality lens.

However, while the camera has a very long telephoto length of 360mm, its wide angle view is only 36mm, which is narrower than most small cameras on the market today. It has a poor battery life of only 150 shots. There are also a few ergonomic issues that concern me – I do not care for the camera’s plastic tripod socket, its hesitating zoom lever, and its hard-to-operate menu button.

If image quality and video quality are of supreme importance to you, the SD4500 is a camera to seriously consider, as long as you don’t have a major problem with the camera’s limitations.


  • Excellent image quality
  • Very good video
  • High quality stereo sound


  • Short battery life
  • Ergonomic issues
  • Narrow wide angle



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