Spring is here, new models are on store shelves, and our list of most popular digicams seems to be shifting by the minute. For the second month in a row, half of the list from March didn't return for April. Canon lost another spot, Panasonic remains strong, and a surprising number of ultrazooms joined the list this month. This list of cameras shows you what visitors to DigitalCameraReview.com viewed most often over the past month. The rankings are determined by the number of times a particular product page is viewed by our users.
As consumers, we tend to buy in to the idea that technology marches forward, offering substantive improvements with each new generation of devices. As savvy digicam users, however, we also know that newer doesn't always mean better where high-ISO noise control is concerned. Tech heads like to make a lot of noise about noise, spending countless hours studying high-ISO images at improbably huge enlargements to make pronouncements about camera performance. But are we, the tech heads, right in our basic assumptions about noise and resolution? Does the aging Canon PowerShot SD700 IS perform better or worse at high ISOs than the new SD890? Where would a high-res compact like the 12 megapixel SD950 fit in the mix? With three Canon SDs at my disposal, these questions are easy enough to answer...
In a year where "retro chic" designs for consumer electronics seem to be, in fact, chic again, the Canon PowerShot SD890 IS updated version of the venerable SD850 seems to be right at home: the new camera's look and feel are at once contemporary and the logical continuation of design trends from previous Digital ELPH cameras. While the slightly bolder appearance may not appeal to everyone, the 10 megapixel SD890 IS remains an easily pocketable camera with a great feel and, with its 5x optical zoom and optical image stabilization, a lot of performance potential to match.
We field a lot of questions in our forums from camera buyers who are drawn to the convenience of digital shooting, but simply can't or don't want to spend hundreds of dollars. At the same time, many are turned off by the thought of choosing from the horde of no-name compacts that have flooded discount stores recently. This is where the Canon PowerShot A470 and Nikon Coolpix L15 come in. In this month's edition of Head to Head, we'll take a side-by-side look to see which one of these budget-conscious digicams is worthy of a place in your pocket, your purse, or your glovebox.
For better or worse, this is it: the standard by which this year's entry-level DSLRs will be judged. Owing more than a little to its prevalence in electronics and discount stores (but also, in fairness, to extremely consistent performance from previous generations), Canon's Digital Rebel models have been at the center of the consumer-grade DSLR explosion of the last few years. For this reason, while there may have been more flashy or exciting releases this spring, the Canon Rebel XSi has been for many the most anticipated new model of the year.
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.
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