Canon Intros SD900, SD800 and SD40 Digital Elph Cameras

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Canon rolled out its next three Digital Elphs today, headed up by the SD900, or as it will be known outside the US, the Digital IXUS 900 Ti. As you may have guessed, that "Ti" stands for titanium, giving the 10-megapixel compact shooter an especially elegant look. The SD900 keeps that 2.5-inch LCD viewscreen of its predecessors, but adds Canon's latest Digic III processor that offers advanced noise reduction and face detection technology.

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Canon also attempts to take advantage of that 10-megapixel chip with what it's calling "Safety Zoom," where it says you can zoom in 12x without affecting the image quality as long as you're shooting small-sized images. We've never been a big fan of digital zoom, but this just might work. The SD900 will be priced at $500.

More Digital Elphs and pics after the jump.

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Canon also announced the Digital Elph SD800, with 7.1 megapixels and optical image stabilization. It's the top-of-the-line of the image-stabilized Elphs (Elves?), with a 2.5-inch LCD viewscreen and 3.8x optical zoom. It will be $400.

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The lower-cost offering is the SD40 Digital Elph, with a 7.1 megapixel CCD and a 2.4x optical zoom. It will be $350.

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[Digital Photography Review]

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DISCUSSION

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SD700is, decent. Canon is full of weird ideas right now and cannot keep their product lines from mixing in with one another.

Their SD series are supposed to be smaller, more powerful and feature rich. When they introduced the 630, they bricked. Now they are throwing IS on just a couple of the SD series cameras, but not all. It should actually be a new model line, ie. the SDi series or something.

Until they can catch up to the speed, battery life, power, and screen quality of a Casio, they can sit in back.

I sell more Casio's then anything because they take a comparably good picture, and they have the benefits I just listed along with being easy to use and not cramming 15 different functions to the same button as well as making stuff easier to tell what it means. Instead of a flash with a circle and slash through it, it says "Flash Off" with the picture.

Even the Coolpix series of cameras from Nikon are 20x easier to use.

My camera advice: Find something comfortable, fast, good battery life (No AA's unless you like buying/changing a lot), nice size/brightness LCD, covered (not exposed) LCD, and has all the features you need. If you aren't enlarging to 20x30, don't go over 6MegaPickels.