In a surprise announcement this evening, Canon unveiled three new PowerShot SD models: the SD890 IS, the SD790 IS, and the SD770 IS. All three new 10-megapixel models build on trends seen throughout Canon's new models this year, coming equipped with Motion Detection and Optical Image Stabilization technologies, DIGIC III processing, and Face Detection. Notable lineup updates include the aggressive and angular SD790 and the SD890's addition of a 5x zoom model to the SD series.
Canon has lots of experience creating ultra-compact, feature-rich, easy-to-use digicams, but they really outdid themselves with last year's snazzy little SD1000 it was hands down the best digicam in its class. The retro-minimalist Canon PowerShot SD1000 got rave reviews from both professional camera reviewers and ordinary consumers because it delivered everything an ultra-compact digicam could reasonably be expected to provide. Updating a very popular digital camera like the Canon PowerShot SD1000 is an especially tough job, but the new Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS retains most of what made its predecessor one of the ultra-compact digicam sales leaders of 2007.
The Canon SD950 IS is the proverbial "800 pound gorilla" in the maker's SD series of point and shoots - sporting a 12.1 megapixel sensor, while its closest sibling weighs in with "only" 8MP. Packaged in a handsome titanium and chrome body that looks and feels as if it is solidly built, the 950 also features optical image stabilization, a normal ISO range to 1600, Canon's Digic III processor, and a 3.7x optical zoom lens that covers a 35mm equivalent range from 36-133mm.
How do you follow up on one of the most popular and bestselling gadgets of 2007? If you're Canon, maker of the highly successful PowerShot A570 IS compact, the answer is simple: offer a few key features upgrades, some styling improvements, and otherwise keep a working formula intact. In short, don't mess with a good thing. From all appearances, Canon's approach to the new PowerShot A590 IS, soon to be released successor to the A570, has been just that.
This month's "Head to Head" installment offers yet another take on the age-old Nikon versus Canon rivalry, pitting the popular Canon PowerShot SD870 IS against the much less well-represented Nikon Coolpix S700. In testing the S700 recently, we were curious about how it would stack up against its most obvious competition - the Canon SD cameras - given Canon's dominance in the ultracompact arena of late.
This month, DigitalCameraReview.com is launching a new regular column called "Head to Head." In this monthly feature, we'll pit two (or more) similar cameras with competitive specs against each other in five key areas, based on data, impressions, and opinions from our review of each product. To lead off the series, three prominent representatives of the "pocket zoom" class of cameras - the Canon PowerShot SX100IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 - go head to head.
The last few days have been chock full of new digital camera releases from several major players, and things only got more exciting as yesterday turned into this morning. To make your life easy, a quick run-down of the biggest pre-PMA releases to this point - including a brand-new Canon Digital Rebel, flagship ultra-zooms from Fujifilm and Olympus, and a new Sony touch screen model - is all right here.
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