Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH SD1400 IS / IXUS 130 14.1 MP Digital Camera - Black Reviews

Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH SD1400 IS / IXUS 130 14.1 MP Digital Camera - Black

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Great Quality and Size for the Price

Jun 5, 2012
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  • User Rating: Excellent

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  • Shutter Lag

Pros:Low profile with no sharp corners, good display, reliable, good images.

Cons:Underpowered flash, may not cycle quickly with older and slower SD cards.

The Bottom Line: Great for the price, but not the camera for people who use the flash a lot.


I've read many reviews, both pro and con, re this camera and I was a bit concerned before buying one that the complaints about small operating controls, poor battery life, long recycle time, and the underpowered flash might be justified. When the camera became available in the $190 price range, I decided to take a chance on it. I'm pleased to say that the only negative aspect of the camera after several months of steady use is the lack of flash power.

I bought this camera to use for work. I often go to client sites to do surveys of facilities and I need a small camera that will slip in my pocket. The camera has to be able to perform well under varying light conditions and be able to photograph printed material Like labels in electrical panels) with sufficient clarity so I can refer to the images when writing a report. The SD1400 does these things very well. I normally don't need to zoom in very much. In fact, I am more likely to use it in a macro mode, since I get up close to photograph labels and instructions. On several occasions, I've been able to use the images in my OCR program to convert the photographed text to actual editable text in the report.

My hands are pretty large (I'm 6'2" and 235 pounds) and the buttons don't give me any problems. In fact, I like the fact that they are low-profile since there's little chance that the camera will turn on in my pocket.

The display is clear and bright. No complaints there.

I thought I might have to buy a spare battery to keep charged, but I'm getting 100+ shots every time. (I don't know exactly how many you get on a charge, since I've never reached that point.)

I use a small Case Logic zippered case I got at Staples and it is a fine fit.

As i said, the only negative aspect of the camera is that the flash is underpowered. This has not been a big deal to me because of what I use it for. In most cases, I actually have to turn the flash off anyway, since it would just create a hot spot and obscure text I'm photographing. If you want a camera for taking personal photos indoors (for example, at your kids' parties) then this might not be the camera for you.

Finally, I've experimented a bit and I can assure any users that a fast SD card will definitely reduce your time between shots. Don't go cheap on your SD card.

All in all, I'm very pleased.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 190
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use


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