Holy megapixels, Canon must ve been eating their Wheaties. Not only did Canon drop the most delicious Canon EOS 5D earlier, but they ve also gone crazy turning out their popular PowerShot line. Namely, the PowerShot A410, the PowerShot A610 & A620, the PowerShot SD30/IXUS/ iZoom, the PowerShot SD450 & S550, and the PowerShot S80. Pretty much all of them have the DIGIC II processor, which allows for faster power-ups, reduced shutter lag, and better image quality. Photos and specs after the jump.
The Canon PowerShot A410 is the 3.2 megapixel successor of the PowerShot A400. Also offers 3.2x optical zoom, a 1.5 LCD monitor, 14 shooting modes, and VGA and QVGA quality movies. Uses SD card for storage, powered by two AA batteries. Should cost around $150, which is a pretty good price for a beginning digicam.
Next up are two new A-series PowerShots; the A610 with 5 megapixels and the A620 with 7.1 megapixels. Both feature 4x optical zoom, flip-out and twist 2 LCD screen, and VGA 30 fps video, 9-point AiAF, and 20 shooting modes. The lenses were constructed following those of the higher-end G-series, which is quite an improvement over the previous A95 model. Price will be $299 and $399 respectively.
We now move on to the ultra-compact line of PowerShots, starting with the SD30, also known as the IXUS i Zoom. It has 5 megapixels, 2.4x optical zoom, 1.8 LCD screen, 16 different shooting modes, VGA and QVGA movie modes, and comes with a dock. Will cost $399 at retail.
New additions to the IXUS range also include he SD450 (IXUS 50) and SD550 (IXUS 750), which are 5 and 7.1 megapixels respectively. Both have a 2.5 LCD, 3x optical zoom, new DIGIC II processors, 14 and 15 shooting modes respectively, plus an intelligent orientation sensor that rotates the image depending on how you hold the camera. They ll go for $399 and $499 respectively.
Finally, there s the sleek new Powershot S80, an 8 megapixel compact with a 2.5 LCD, wide-angle 3.6x zoom lens, 4-way controller which allows for quick settings, VGA, QVGA, and XGA video capture, and 21 shooting modes. Retail price will be $549.