Bigfoot hunters and bird photographers with small and large budgets take note: Canon has announced the release of two new products in its line of super-zoom compact cameras aimed at both entry-level users and intermediate-to-advanced photographers, ranging in cost from $250 to $400. The PowerShot SX400 IS and PowerShot XS520 HS both bring high-powered optical zoom lenses for snapping images from long distances – rendering, if the facts live up the hype, an end to the heartbreak of blurry zoomed-in pics.
On the low(er) end, the SX400 IS comes with 30x optical zoom. It also includes Canon?s Optical Image Stabilizer technology, which eliminates motion blur at slow shutter speeds. The SX400 IS also packs a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor into its easier grip compact design. Other perks include High Speed AF to reduce lag time, 720p HD video, and Smart AUTO which automatically adjusts video and snapshot settings for optimal exposure.
More dedicated long-distance shutterbugs may prefer the XS520 HS because of its souped-up 42x optical zoom (also imbued with enhanced Optical Image Stabilizer) and 1080p Full HD video. The XS520 HS also features a 16-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, advanced Zoom Framing Assist, and the same Smart AUTO, High Speed AF, and image processor that comes with the SX400. A bonus mini-HDMI port allows TV connectivity.
The SX400 is available this month for approximately $250, and the XS520 HS will be available in September for about $400.