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Canon has announced some new digital cameras that will rub shoulders with the G10 in the PowerShot lineup. The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is a new high-end model, which, while it costs a hundred dollars more than the G10, still can’t claim “flagship” status for Canon compacts. The SX1 will sell for $599 in April and the one-step-down model, the Canon SX200 IS, will go for $349 in March.
The 10-megapixel SX1 is one of ten new digital cameras announced by Canon on February 17, 2009. It has the grip and look of a small SLR and comes with a 2.8-inch folding LCD screen and a wide 28mm, 20x optical zoom lens, backed-up with optical image stabilization. Canon calls it “the perfect complement to a DSLR.”
The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is one of the few digital cameras in the compact lineup that has a CMOS image sensor. The CMOS is paired with a Digic 4 image processor, which is included in many other recently released digital cameras. The Digic 4 processor promises faster processing speeds and better image quality. The chip is also credited with the inception of a new Smart Auto mode. According to the press release, “Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on the specific shooting conditions of each scene, ensuring that all images are accurately focused, exposed, stabilized and white-balanced before the shutter is even pressed.” In other words, it does what an Auto mode should do, but hopefully better.
The SX1 boasts a full range of manual modes and controls along with a host of automatic modes. Some of the highlights on the specifications include RAW files, 4 fps burst mode, and a 1080p full HD movie mode along with a built-in HDMI connector.
The Canon PowerShot SX200 IS is touted by the manufacturer as a “great compact camera with DSLR-like features.” It has more resolution with its 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor, but comes with a shorter 12x optical zoom lens. It has a larger 3-inch LCD screen but has many of the same manual and automatic shooting modes. It has a 720p movie mode as well. The SX200 has a much smaller body and less than half the weight of the SX1. The Canon SX200 allows a little more customization in that it comes in three colors.
"The power of the Canon PowerShot series is its ability to enhance consumers' enjoyment of photography through its unique combination of ease-of-use, affordability, and personalization," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A, in the February 17 press release. "We are excited about this year's PowerShot line-up because Canon's cameras are loaded with advanced technologies and design options, thus enabling consumers to have the ultimate photographic experience."