Canon’s New Higher-End Compact Cameras

Posted by at 7:50 am on August 19, 2010

Canon  has launched a trio of higher-end compact cameras.

PowerShot S95

The PowerShot S95 has a10-megapixel high sensitivity CCD  and Hybrid IS from pro lenses that can compensate for angular and shifting shaking  for  more stable shots.  It also  has a multi-shot high dynamic range mode and finally adds 720p video with HDMI out to a high-end Canon PowerShot.

There is also 3.8X, f2.0 wide aperture lens, a pop-up flash and the option of shooting in RAW with a customizable command dial around the lens. Canon is planning a surprise quick launch and expects to have the S95 in stores by the end of this month for $400.

SD4500 IS

This  camera touts a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor that can handle lower light and ultimately shoots faster. It can take continuous shots at up to 8.4FPS or slow-motion at 240FPS.

The SD4500 IS sheds Hybrid IS but gains a Dynamic IS mode that can correct shake even while moving in movie mode. Canon even claims a movie resolution advantage, as the compact is the first regular PowerShot to shoot at 1080p. While sporting a narrower aperture, it shoots a much longer-ranged 10X zoom.

Shipments of the SD4500 IS start slightly later, in early September, but will price it at $350.

SX130 IS

One long-zoom camera joins the mix in the SX130 IS. A direct replacement for the SX120, it reaches out further to 12X zoom with a denser 12-megapixel sensor. While it caps out at ISO 1,600, the camera can shoot video at 720p and is the first SX to have multiple advanced creative modes, such as a tilt-shift effect Minature mode or a fisheye lens effect.

The SX130 IS should be at the end of the month for $250.

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