Canon renews its compact range. A few cameras survived this massive products release. Bridge cameras are the only one to be spared.
Entry and middle range compactsFor entry level products, the A410 is the successor to the A400.
It is still a cheap 3 megapixels (149€ / $150) with two AA batteries and a small 3.9 cm diagonal monitor. The camera video mode is 640 x 480 pixels with 10 frames per seconds.
The A95 is replaced by two new cameras also equipped with vary angle LCD monitors.
The A610 and A620 are identical except for their color and sensor size. The A610 is a 5 megapixels and the A620 a 7 megapixels. They feature 4x zooms, 9 points of autofocus, SD memory cards and 640 x 480/30 fps video modes. Their prices, respectively €299 / $299 and €399 / $399.
The Ixus family now includes three more products. The i Zoom replaces the i5.
This is the first of this family with an optical zoom (2.4x). One ultra compact 5 megapixels (96 x 45 x 24 mm, 105 g) available in four colors (black, red, gold and violet) is also released. The i Zoom price should be around €399.
Main differences between the Ixus 55 and the 750 are the camera body, price and sensor.
The first one is a 5 megapixel and the second one a 7 megapixel. It is rather logical as it corresponds to their names. The second one will be more expensive than the first: €499 instead of €399. They have 640 x 480/30 fps video modes, 3x optical zoom, SD memory cards and 2 frames per second burst modes. Their monitors’ diagonal are both 3.6 cm wide.
High end compacts
With the S80 high end cameras currently not so popular are back in front of the scene.
The zoom is a wide angle 28 – 100 mm (optical 3.6x zoom), the sensor is increased to 8 megapixels (3,264 x 2,448 pixels pictures). Pictures are now stored on SD memory cards and dimensions are reduced 104 x 57 x 39 cm for 225 g. For the first time, the video mode reaches XGA, 1,024 x 768 pixels! The video rate is however only 15 fps whereas it is 30 fps in 640 x 480. It is possible to record up to 1 GB video sequences.
Le PowerShot S80 will be available for 549 € / $549.