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Canon Powers New A-series Cams with Li-ions
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posted on Jan 6, 2010 at 3:34AM

Canon Powers New A-series Cams with Li-ions

By Emily Raymond
  • A3100 and A3000 powered by lithium-ion batteries
  • First time in A-series without AAs
  • New creative effects
  • A495 and A490
(Credit: Canon)

Canon added four new digital cameras to its entry-level A-series, including two models that use lithium-ion batteries. All other A-series cameras use AA batteries, so the A3100 and A3000 are pulling a play from the company’s pricier SD-series models. The four new models will be on shelves in late February.

The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS replaces the A2100 from last year, which featured the same 12.1-megapixel resolution. The new A3100 has a smaller 2.7-inch LCD rather than the 3-inch one on the A2100. It also has a smaller 4x lens rather than a 6x one. The A3100 comes with a smaller retail price of $179, as compared to the $249 tag on the older model.

Despite having the highest number in the series, the A3100 is not the flagship of the A-series. The A2000 IS is keeping its crown with its 6x lens, 3-inch LCD, and 1.3 fps burst mode. The A2000 has 10 megapixels, like the A3000 that was also announced today. For $20 less than the A3100, the A3000’s only difference is its resolution.

The new cameras sport a few new creative effects among their scene modes including Low Light, Super Vivid, and Poster Effect.

Canon also announced two cameras to its more budget-conscious end of the line. The Canon PowerShot A490 replaces last year’s A480 with identical specs: 10 megapixels, a 3.3x optical zoom, and 2.5-inch LCD. The new A495 comes with the same specs as well, adding only a face self-timer and the creative effects found on the pricier A-series cameras. The A495 will retail for $129 while the A490 will go for $109.

“With the introduction of the new PowerShot A-series cameras, Canon brings a new aesthetic design to our entry-level line and new features that enhance the camera’s overall performance and functionality,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager for Canon’s Consumer Imaging Group, in the Jan. 5 press release. “The new creative modes are designed to offer consumers the ability to customize their captured images and add personalization to the time-honored art of photography.”


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