Brand-New Cameras for the Holidays

Canon Announces Advanced Cameras, First Touchscreen PowerShot

Brand-New Cameras for the Holidays

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Canon is the last major manufacturer to trot out its brand-new cameras for the fall season, but the company is definitely making a big impact with today's point-and-shoot announcements. Six new PowerShot cameras will hit stores in the next two months.

Leading the charge is a model aimed at more-experienced photographers: the Canon PowerShot G11. The G11 is the new flagship model in the PowerShot line, a follow-up to last year's excellent PowerShot G10.

Like the G10, the new G11 offers the ability to shoot in RAW mode, has nifty old-school dials for quickly adjusting ISO and exposure-compensation levels, and includes an optical viewfinder in addition to an LCD screen; also, its 5X optical-zoom lens reaches from 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto.

From there, it gets a little different, thanks to a couple of changes: the G11 has a flip-out, articulable LCD screen (2.8 inches) to help with overhead and odd-angle shots, as well as a smaller megapixel count than its predecessor (10 megapixels, versus the G10's sometimes noisy 14.7-megapixel sensor).

Canon is also touting the G11's improved low-light performance. Available in October, the optically image-stabilized PowerShot G11 will sell for $500.

Also for the advanced point-and-shoot set is the Canon PowerShot S90, which the company is billing as a great secondary camera for pro photographers and DSLR owners. The S90 is more compact than the G11, but it also shoots in RAW mode, has aperture- and shutter-priority modes, and offers a 10-megapixel low-light-optimized sensor.

Added to the mix is a pop-up flash and a "control ring" around the lens, which is used to adjust in-camera settings. The S90 offers a 3.8X optical zoom lens (28mm to 105mm), optical image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD screen (no optical viewfinder), and 640-by-480 standard-definition movie capture at 30 frames per second. The PowerShot S90 is slated for an October release, with a price of $430.

Canon also announced its first touchscreen camera today, the 12-megapixel PowerShot SD980 IS, which features a 3-inch touchscreen, optical image stabilization, and 720p HD video shooting capabilities.

The SD980 IS also offers an ultrawide 5X optical zoom lens (24mm to 120mm) and HDMI output for viewing HD movies and photos on a big-screen TV.

The SD980 IS will be available in October for $330 in four colors: silver, gold, blue, and purple.

Borrowing the same eye-catching style as the fashionable PowerShot SD780 IS announced earlier this year, the new 12-megapixel PowerShot SD940 IS bulks up its specs a bit with the addition of a wide-angle lens (4X optical, from 28mm to 112mm), 720p HD movie mode with HDMI output, and four fancy flavors: brown, black, blue, and silver.

The optically image-stabilized SD940 IS is slated for September at $300.

Lastly, Canon also added two new high-zoom PowerShots to its stable. The 12-megapixel, 20X optical-zoom PowerShot SX20 IS (28mm to 560mm) comes equipped with a flip-out swiveling 2.5-inch LCD, optical image stabilization, a pop-up flash, and shooting modes that include shutter- and aperture-priority.

The SX20 IS also shoots high-def movies, as 720p .mov files captured at 30fps, and runs on AA batteries. The new megazoom will be available in September for $400.

Rounding out today's camera announcements is another high-zoom model, the 10-megapixel PowerShot SX120 IS.

It offers a 10X optical zoom range, but no wide-angle lens: 36mm to 360mm. Optical image stabilization, a fixed 3-inch LCD screen, and AA battery power fill out the SX120 IS's key specs. The SX120 IS goes on sale in September for $250.

This story, "Canon Announces Advanced Cameras, First Touchscreen PowerShot" was originally published by PCWorld.

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