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Canon PowerShot SD430

5-megapixel digital camera with Wi-Fi® capability

Item # 280PSSD430

This sleek, pocket-friendly camera offers more than just beautiful Canon performance.

This sleek, pocket-friendly camera offers more than just beautiful Canon performance.

Discontinued item

Item # 280PSSD430

About the Canon PowerShot SD430

This sleek, pocket-friendly camera offers more than just beautiful Canon performance. Its compact silver body houses built-in Wi-Fi technology, so you can transfer images to your computer or print them wirelessly. How's that for convenience?

This sleek, pocket-friendly camera offers more than just beautiful Canon performance. Its compact silver body houses built-in Wi-Fi technology, so you can transfer images to your computer or print them wirelessly. How's that for convenience?

And the SD430 doesn't skimp on image quality, either. It combines Canon's acclaimed optics with 5-megapixel shooting. The result? Vibrant, accurate photos that simply glow with detail and color. Advanced image processing makes for speedy camera operation and enhances the clarity of your shots.

This able cam is packed with features that make it easy to snap and enjoy your photos. A 3X optical zoom lets you hone in on great close-ups. A wide range of shooting modes, such as Snow, Beach, and Fireworks, help you get great-looking pictures in tricky situations. The included wireless print adapter lets you print your photos wirelessly on any PictBridge-compatible printer. Or you can use the high-speed USB interface for rapid photo transfer to a computer.


Product highlights:

  • 5-megapixel effective recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b) capability allows:
    • wireless transfer of photos and video clips to a computer
    • wireless printing to a PictBridge-compatible printer, using the included wireless print adapter
    • computer-operated shooting (requires Windows® XP SP2)
  • DIGIC II processor for true-to-life color reproduction
  • 2" color LCD viewscreen
  • optical viewfinder
  • 3X optical/4X digital/12X total zoom
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 35-105mm
  • top JPEG resolution: 2592 x 1944
  • Motion JPEG movie mode with top resolution of 640 x 480
  • autofocus
  • 15 special shooting modes
  • sensitivity (film speed equivalent) settings
  • white balance settings
  • shutter speed: 15 - 1/1500 seconds
  • built-in flash
  • Canon Direct Print technology
  • PictBridge-compatible for direct photo printing
  • Exif 2.2-compliant
  • high-speed USB interface
  • NTSC/PAL mono audio/video output
  • 3-15/16"W x 2-1/4"H x 7/8"D
  • weight: 4.6 oz. without battery and media
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • wireless print adapter
  • 16MB SD memory card
  • rechargeable lithium ion battery (NB-4L)
  • battery charger
  • audio/video and USB cables
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac®)
  • Crutchfield digital camera tip sheet
  • MFR # 0311B001

What's in the box:

  • Digital camera
  •  NB-4L Lithium Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.7V/760mAh)
  • Plastic battery terminal cover
  • CB-2LV Battery charger
  • SDC-16M 16MB SD Memory card
  • 47" USB cable with in-line noise filter (has a USB Type A connector on one end and a mini USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • 49" A/V cable with in-line noise filter (has a mono audio RCA audio connector and an RCA composite video connector on on one end and a right-angle minijack connector on the other end)
  • WA-1N Wireless print adapter (has a USB Type A connector)
  • CA-DC20 AC adapter with attached 6' cable (Output: 5V/700mA)
  • WS-600 wrist strap
  • Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk CD-ROM (Ver. 27.0)
  • Advanced Camera User Guide (English)
  • Advanced Camera User Guide (Spanish)
  • Basic Camera User Guide (English)
  • Basic Camera User Guide (Spanish)
  • Software and Wireless Guide (English)
  • Software and Wireless Guide (Spanish)
  • Direct Print User Guide (English/French/Spanish)
  • System Map (English)
  • System Map (Spanish)
  • "For customers wanting to use a wireless connection" sheet (English)
  • "For customers wanting to use a wireless connection" sheet (Spanish)
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support sheet
  • Online product registration card
  • Warning to install software before connecting camera to computer

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Features & specs

LCD Screen Size 2"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen ---
Waterproof ---
GPS-enabled ---
Lens 35mm Equivalent 35-105mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output ---
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD Card
Sensor Size 7.182mm (1/2.5")
Megapixels 5e+006
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 2592 x 1944
4K Video No
Video Resolution ---
Width (inches) 3-15/16
Height (inches) 2-5/16
Depth (inches) 0-15/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) Not Given
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software


Wi-Fi (802.11b) Capability: The Canon PowerShot SD430 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity, either direct to PC or direct to printer, using IEEE 802.11b technology. Wireless functions include:

  • Connecting to a Computer: If you install the supplied software on a wireless-capable computer, you can transfer images from the camera to the computer wirelessly. You can also shoot images and transfer them to the computer immediately (Auto Transfer), automatically print transferred images, and even shoot images by operating the computer.
  • Wireless Printing: You can print images from a printer connected to a computer or directly to the printer through the use of the supplied WA-1N Wireless print adapter.

Note: Windows XP (excluding the 64-bit version) with Service Pack 2 or later installed is required to use the wireless feature. The wireless networking function is not available for the Macintosh platform.

LCD Monitor: The camera has a 2" low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD monitor featuring approximately 118,000 pixels.

Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the camera has a "real-image" optical zoom viewfinder.

Note: The viewfinder has a field of vision that is smaller than the actual shooting image. You should use the LCD monitor for extreme close-ups.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with mono audio on an SD memory card or MultiMedia Card. Still images are recorded in JPEG, and movies are recorded in AVI format (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAV).

DIGIC II Image Processor: The PowerShot SD430 incorporates Canon's new DIGIC II Image Processor. Designed to improve processing speed and image quality, the DIGIC II processor provides markedly faster camera startup, autofocus and playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.

UA Lens: The PowerShot SD430's UA Lens features a glass-molded Aspherical design with an ultra high refractive index, giving you sharp and colorful images from a 3x zoom lens that's smaller than previous 2x zooms.

Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.5" (7.182mm) CCD image sensor with approximately 5.0 million effective pixels (5.3 million total).

Image Resolution/Compression: You can change the resolution and compression settings to suit the purpose of the image you're shooting. You can choose from the following resolutions: Large (2592 x 1944 pixels), Medium 1 (2048 x 1536), Medium 2 (1600 x 1200 pixels), and Small (640 x 480 pixels). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Superfine, Fine or Normal. Movies can be shot with the following resolution: Standard (640 x 480 or 320 x 240), Fast Frame Rate (320 x 240), or Compact (160 x 120). In Standard mode, movies can be recorded at 15 or 30 frames per second. In Fast Frame Rate mode, movies are recorded at 60 frames per second. In Compact mode, movies are recorded at 15 frames per second.

Optics: The camera features a 3x optical zoom lens. The 4x digital zoom extends the telephoto capabilities to a total zoom of approximately 12x.

Auto Focusing: The PowerShot SD430 utilizes a TTL (through-the-lens) 9-point AiAF auto focus or a 1-point center auto-focus method. Artificial Intelligence autofocus (AiAF) uses a broad metering field to calculate the focal distance with high precision. It delivers a crisp focus even when the photographic subject is slightly off-center. You can turn off the AiAF and use the center AF frame for focusing on a specific part of a subject.

AF-assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges:

  • Normal: 1' to infinity
  • Macro: 1.2" to 1.6' (wide angle), 1' to 1.6' (telephoto)
  • Infinity: 9.8' to infinity

Auto Rotate Function: The PowerShot SD430's Auto Rotate function uses an Intelligent Orientation Sensor to determine whether the camera is positioned horizontally or vertically. If vertical it adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance optimally for vertical photography and your images will be automatically rotated to the right position for viewing during playback.

Power Saving Function: In Shooting Mode, the power will automatically turn off approximately 3 minutes after the last function is accessed (the LCD turns off in 1 minute even when the power saving function is not activated). In Playback Mode, the power will automatically turn off approximately 5 minutes after the last function is accessed. While connected to an optional printer, the power will automatically turn off approximately 5 minutes after the last camera function is accessed.

Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide Show, during wireless connection, or while the camera is connected to a computer.

Flash Modes: Choose from the following flash modes:

  • Auto: Flash fires automatically as required by the light level
  • Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Flash fires automatically as required by the light level, red-eye reduction lamp fires each time the main flash fires
  • Flash On with Red-eye Reduction: Flash and red-eye reduction lamp fire with each shot
  • Flash On: Flash fires with every shot
  • Flash Off: Flash will not fire
  • Slow-Synchro: Flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds

Locking the Flash Exposure Setting (FE Lock): You can lock the flash exposure so the exposure settings correct for a particular portion of the subject.

Histogram: You can display a histogram to show how bright your subject is, helping determine whether exposure compensation is necessary.

Shooting Modes: The PowerShot SD430 offers the following shooting modes:

  • Auto: Camera adjusts all the settings automatically

  • Manual: Allows you to adjust select settings, such as exposure compensation, white balance, or photo effect

  • Digital Macro: Allows you to shoot subjects as close as 1.2"

  • Portrait: Produces a soft background effect, emphasizing the center subject

  • Night Snapshot: Used to take snapshots of people against twilight or night backgrounds to reduce the effects of camera shake

  • My Colors: Changes colors of the subject

  • Kids & Pets: Allows you to capture subjects that are constantly moving

  • Indoor: Prevents camera shake and maintains the subject's true color when shooting under fluorescent or tungsten lighting

  • Foliage: Shooting beautiful images with flowers, leaves, or trees

  • Snow: Shooting scenes such as snowy mountains, while preventing dark subjects and bluish backgrounds

  • Beach: For scenes by the sea, prevents dark subjects and enhances the blue of the sea

  • Fireworks: Shooting fireworks

Photo Effect Modes: You can choose from the following Photo Effect Modes:

  • Vivid: Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in bold colors
  • Neutral: Tones down the contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
  • Low Sharpening: Records subjects with softened outlines
  • Sepia: Records images in sepia (brownish) tones
  • B/W: Records images in black and white
  • Off: Records with no effect

My Colors Mode: The color of the picture can be adjusted using My Colors. The camera can also save an unaltered picture simultaneously.

  • Positive Film: Makes red, green, and blue colors more intense
  • Lighter Skin Tone: Lightens skin tones
  • Darker Skin Tone: Darkens skin tones
  • Vivid Blue: Emphasizes blue tones
  • Vivid Green: Emphasizes green tones
  • Vivid Red: Emphasizes red tones
  • Color Accent: Leaves one color alone and changes everything else to black and white
  • Color Swap: Changes one color in the picture to another specified color
  • Custom Color: Manually adjust the balance between red, green, blue, and skin tone

Continuous Shooting: In this mode, the camera shoots continuously while the shutter button is held down. The camera records up to 2.1 shots per second, depending on the settings.

Stitch Assist: Stitch Assist can be used to shoot overlapping images that can later be merged to create one panoramic image on a computer.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative: Used for standard conditions, the area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.

  • Center-Weighted Average: Averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center

  • Spot: Meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor

Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-stop increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

  • Auto: The camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions

  • Daylight: For recording outdoors on a bright day

  • Cloudy: For recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies

  • Tungsten: For recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting

  • Fluorescent: For recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting

  • Fluorescent H: For recording under daylight fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting

  • Custom: Allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set to 50, 100, 200, 400, or Auto.

Long Shutter Mode: You can set the shutter speed to a slower setting to make dark subjects appear brighter. You can choose from the following long shutter speeds (in seconds): 1, 1.3, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, and 15.

Note: The camera applies special noise-reduction processing to images shot at shutter speeds slower than 1.3 seconds, thereby producing high-quality images.

Instant Review: After an image is recorded, it can appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from 2-10 seconds in 1-second intervals. You can also turn the review function off or set it to hold (displays until the shutter button is pressed again).

Self-Timer: The self-timer starts when the shutter button is pressed. The delay time can be set to 10 seconds, 2 seconds, or custom. In custom mode, the timer can be set from 0 to 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, or 30 seconds and the number of pictures taken at the end of the countdown can be set from 1 to 10.

Postcard Mode: The Postcard Mode sets the aspect ratio of the print correctly for a postcard (3:2). The date can be embedded in the postcard image, regardless of printer setting.

Editing Movies: The Edit function in the movie control panel enables you to cut unwanted portions of a movie clip.

Sound Memos: In playback mode, you can attach sound memos (up to 60 seconds) to an image.

Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. You can display all the stored images, or you can customize up to 3 separate slide shows. Up to 998 images can be marked per custom slide show. You can also set the amount of time each image is displayed in a slide show. You can choose 3-10 seconds, 15 seconds, or 30 seconds. In addition, the repeat function allows you to repeat a slide show after it has finished.

Index Playback: This feature allows you to view nine images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Playback mode, you can magnify the image up to 10x.

Rotating Images: You can rotate an image clockwise 90° or 270° degrees in the LCD monitor.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

Power Requirements: The PowerShot SD430 is powered by the supplied NB-4L Lithium Ion rechargeable battery pack. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC10 AC Adapter kit (available from the manufacturer). The battery can be recharged in the supplied CB-2LV battery charger. It takes approximately 90 minutes to charge a fully discharged battery pack. See below for Battery Performance section.

Direct Print Function: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a CP-series printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without ever having to hook it up to a computer.

Print/Share Button: A dedicated Print/Share button on the camera makes direct printing from a Canon Card Photo or Direct Photo Printer easier than ever. Enjoy a full range of print features, including ID Photo Print in 28 sizes, and a Movie Print function that lets you print multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The PowerShot SD430 conforms to "Exif Print," a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

DPOF Print Settings: On your memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once, on optional Canon direct print function compliant printers or at participating photo labs.

DPOF Transfer Order: You can use the camera to specify settings for images that you wish to send by e-mail. The settings used on the camera comply with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards. Once images are selected for transfer, you can use the supplied software to actually transfer the images to an e-mail program. A maximum of 998 images can be selected per memory card, and are transferred in order from oldest to newest by shooting date.

My Camera Function: The start-up image, start-up sound, operation sounds, self-timer sound, and shutter sound can be customized with the My Camera function and edited on your computer using the software provided with the camera.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Digital Terminal: The PowerShot SD430 has a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer via the supplied USB cable.

AV Output: The camera's minijack output allows you to connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the supplied audio/video cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

Supplied Software

Minimum System Requirements:

  Windows Macintosh
Operating System
Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000 (Service Pack 4), XP (Service Packs 1 & 2)*

*Windows XP (excluding the 64-bit version) with Service Pack 2 or later installed is required to use the wireless feature.

Mac OS X (v10.2-v10.4)*

*The wireless networking function is not available for the Macintosh platform.

Computer Model The above OS should be pre-installed with built-in USB port The above OS should be pre-installed with built-in USB port
CPU Pentium 500 MHz Power PC G3/G4/G5
RAM Windows 98 SE/Me: 128 MB
Windows 2000/XP: 256 MB
256 MB
Interface USB USB
Free Hard Disk Space
  • Canon Utilities:
    • ZoomBrowser EX (including the PhotoRecord printing program): 250 MB
    • PhotoStitch: 40 MB
  • Canon Camera TWAIN Driver: 25 MB
  • Canon Camera WIA Driver: 25 MB
  • ArcSoft PhotoStudio: 50 MB
  • Canon Utilities:
    • ImageBrowser: 200 MB
    • PhotoStitch: 40 MB
  • ArcSoft PhotoStudio: 50 MB
Display 1,024 x 768/High Color (16-bit) 1,024 x 768 pixels/32,000 colors
  • A CD-ROM drive is required to install the software
  • A sound card is required to play movie audio tracks
  • A CD-ROM drive is required to install the software
  • Macintosh software cannot be used on discs formatted with the UNIX File System (UFS) format


Estimated Still Image Capacity of SD Memory Cards:

Resolution Compression Card Size
16 MB
128 MB
512 MB
2592 x 1944
Super Fine 5 49 190
Fine 9 87 339
Normal 19 173 671
Medium 1
2048 x 1536
Super Fine 8 76 295
Fine 15 136 529
Normal 30 269 1041
Medium 2
1600 x 1200
Super Fine 13 121 471
Fine 24 217 839
Normal 46 411 1590
640 x 480
Super Fine 52 460 1777
Fine 80 711 2747
Normal 127 1118 4317
Postcard Date Imprint Mode
1600 x 1200
Fine 24 217 839

Estimated Movie Capacity of SD Memory Cards:

Movie Mode Resolution Frame Rate Card Size
16 MB
128 MB
512 MB
Standard 640 x 480 30 frames/sec 6 sec 64 sec 249 sec
15 frames/sec 14 sec 127 sec 494 sec
320 x 240 30 frames/sec 20 sec 181 sec 702 sec
15 frames/sec 40 sec 355 sec 1373 sec
Fast Frame Rate 320 x 240 60 frames/sec 10 sec 92 sec 359 sec
Compact 160 x 120 15 frames/sec 99 sec 869 sec 3357 sec

Battery Performance:


Number of Images

Playback Time

LCD Monitor On LCD Monitor Off

Battery Pack NB-4L
(fully charged)

Approximately 150 images Approximately 500 images Approximately 180 min

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