Canon this morning took the wraps off of their new digital camera lineup; rumors and leaked images had been showing the new PowerShot G11 for the past day or so. The G11 wasn't the only new model introduced, however, as six new cameras were introduced, spanning the lineup from low-end pocketables to advanced point and shoots.
The camera manufacturer was quick to point out that while each of the new cameras has a different featureset and intended market stratum, they do share a number of interesting and exciting new features. The best part of the new Point and Shoot lineup is that all of the cameras feature built-in optical image stabilization, making handheld shots easier to capture than ever before. Additionally, the new cameras feature the latest revision of Canon's imaging engine, their DIGIC 4 processor. They've also improved on the cameras' auto picture modes; "Smart AUTO" technology now analyzes moving faces and up to 22 different shooting environments for clear, crisp photographs.
Canon PowerShot G11
Canon's G series has long been the star of the company's Point and Shoot lineup, and the new G11 represents a refinement of the previous offering, the PowerShot G10. A big difference between the G10 and the G11 is that the G11 actually features new 10 megapixel High Sensitivity sensor instead of the 14.7 megapixel imager on board the previous model.
A quick rundown of the spec sheet includes:
We snagged some quick hands-on time with the G11 this morning.
The PowerShot G11 will become available in October with a retail price sticker of $499.99.
Canon PowerShot S90
The PowerShot S90 will offer a bright f/2.0 lens and the same 10.0 megapixel High Sensitivity sensor on-board the PowerShot G11. Stylewise, it borrows its looks from the ELPH line of digital compacts, but slides into the S series lineup with higher-end functionality including RAW + JPEG shooting.
Look for these features in the new S90:
Canon PowerShot SX20 and SX120
The PowerShot SX20 and SX120 enter canon's high zoom SX series.
The SX20 offers step-up performance with 20x optical zoom, 12.1 megapixel sensor and 720p HD video recording. Around back, a 2.5 inch vari-angle LCD offers some flexibility for challenging shooting situations. Like the SX120, it will be powered by a pair of AA batteries.
The PowerShot SX120 features a 10.0 megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom, and larger 3.0 inch LCD. Both new SX series cameras will debut in September. The SX20 will start at $399.99 and the SX120 at $249.99.
Canon PowerShot SD980 IS and SD940 IS
The PowerShot SD980 IS and SD940 bring the ELPH line into new territory with touch screen operation. They keep in step with the style aesthetic of the PowerShot SD780 and both feature a 12.1 megapixel sensor.
The PowerShot SD980 will sport a 3.0 inch touch panel, 720p HD video recording capability, and a24mm wide angle 5x optical zoom lens. It will make its debut in October with a price of $329.99.
The PowerShot SD940 will also offer 720p HD video recording as well as a slightly smaller 2.7 inch touch LCD. A 4x optical zoom lens is also on board. It should arrive in September to the tune of $299.99.
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