Canon PowerShot SD430
Unlike other Canon PowerShot ELPH digicams, the SD430 “rocks.” Stood on end like its cousins were designed to do, the Canon SD430 is actually resting on its slightly curved WiFi antenna. Following Nikon and Kodak into the WiFi-enabled digicam arena, the PowerShot SD430 offers a unique approach to shooting without cables, including its Wireless Print Adapter in the box for wireless printing to any PictBridge printer and offering wireless remote capture from your Windows computer. Canon built the SD430 with a 5.0-megapixel sensor and most of the basic features shared by its fellows in the SD lineup, but the big emphasis is on WiFi.
Canon SD430 User Report
By: Mike Pasini
|The SD430 & Print Adapter. Standing on end, yes, but rocking. The Adapter is plugged into a Canon iP6600D printer’s PictBridge connector.|
Thanks in part to FotoNation’s PTP software, Canon, Kodak, and Nikon have all introduced WiFi digicams in the last year. Nikon, in fact, has expanded its use of WiFi to several new Coolpix models. The SD430 is Canon’s first WiFi digicam, relying on Wireless B like the Kodak EasyShare-One. The feature adds about $100 to the price of a camera, so its no surprise none of these WiFi digicams are fully featured.
But WiFi on a digicam is not quite the same wonderful thing it is on a laptop or even a PDA. WiFi digicams talk only to proprietary software. Kodak’s EasyShare One talks only to its EasyShare software or WiFi-equipped printers. Nikon’s WiFi digicams talk only to its PictureProject software or printers equipped with its WiFi adapter. And similarly, Canon’s SD430 only talks to its Windows ZoomBrowser software. It’s a closed world.
|The Print Adapter. Note the Setup button and the DC In port (neither of which were ever needed).|
That has interesting ramifications. In Kodak’s case, the EasyShare-One can communicate with Kodak’s EasyShare Gallery, uploading and displaying albums or emailing images via the Gallery — by far the most versatile choice. In Nikon’s case, options are limited to transfering images to PictureProject either as you shoot them or after or printing them via its proprietary print adapter, all of which require configuration in the camera.