Canon Revamps Digital Cameras With DIGIC 4 Image Chip
Select cameras will come with "blink detection" technology that displays an icon after shooting with a warning that a subject's eyes were closed during shooting.
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
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Canon has released its 2009 lineup of PowerShot point-and-shoot cameras that includes a wide range of prices and products the company hopes will appeal to beginners as well as more advanced users.
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The 10 new cameras, which Canon plans to roll out between March and May, range in price from $130 to $600. Most include Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which the company says improves signal processing speed and produces higher image quality.
Select cameras also have automated adjustments for numerous settings, such as brightness and hue, during a variety of lighting situations. There's also "blink detection" technology that displays an icon after shooting with a warning that a subject's eyes were closed during shooting. The feature is meant as a faster way to notify the user whether there's a need to reshoot the image.
For advanced users, Canon has the SX1 IS and SX200 IS, which include a 20x and 12x wide-angle zoom lens and the ability to take 1080p and 720p high-definition video, respectively.
For consumers looking for an all-around waterproof and shockproof camera, Canon has the D10, which can withstand water depths up to 33 feet. People who need a less rugged all-around camera can check out Canon's SD970 IS, SD960 IS, SD780 IS and SD1200 IS Digital ELPH cameras, which are the manufacturer's most stylish products.
Canon's new A-Series includes the A480 and A1100, which are targeted at beginners and people on tight budgets. For more advanced users looking for a smaller design, Canon has the A2100.
Last month, Canon rival Panasonic introduced two digital cameras with face-recognition technology that lets a user set the camera's auto-focus and auto-exposure operations to a single person in a group. The Lumix DMC-FX580 and DMC-ZS3 are scheduled to be available in April for a suggested retail price of $400.