Canon is making a big impact with point-and-shoot announcements, with six new Powershot cameras to reach New Zealand stores from August onward. Leading the charge is a model aimed at more experienced photographers: the Canon PowerShot G11. The G11 is the new flagship model in the PowerShot line, a follow-up to last year's PowerShot G10. Like the G10, the new model offers the ability to shoot in RAW mode, has nifty old-school dials for quickly adjusting ISO and exposure compensation levels, has an optical viewfinder in addition to an LCD screen, and its 5x optical zoom lens reaches from 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto.
From there, it gets a little different thanks to a couple of changes: the G11 has a flip-out, articulable LCD screen (2.8 inches) to help with overhead and odd-angle shots, as well as a smaller megapixel count than its predecessor (10 megapixels, as compared to the G10's sometimes noisy 14.7-megapixel sensor). Canon is also touting the G11's improved low-light performance.
Also for the advanced point-and-shoot set is the Canon PowerShot S90, which the company is billing as a great secondary camera for pro photographers and DSLR owners. The S90 is more compact than the G11, but it also shoots in RAW mode, has aperture- and shutter-priority modes, and offers a 10-megapixel low-light-optimised sensor.
Added to the mix is a pop-up flash and a "control ring" around the lens, which is used to adjust in-camera settings. The S90 offers a 3.8x optical zoom lens (28mm to 105mm), optical image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD screen (no optical viewfinder), and 640-by-480 standard-definition movie capture at 30fps.
The PowerShot G11 and S90 don't yet have local recommended prices, but will be available from resellers her from October.
Canon also added two new high-zoom Powershots to its stable. The 12-megapixel, 20x optical zoom PowerShot SX20 IS (28mm to 560mm) comes equipped with a flip-out swiveling 2.5-inch LCD, optical image stabilisation, a pop-up flash, and shooting modes that include shutter- and aperture-priority. The SX20 IS also shoots high-def movies, as 720p .MOV files captured at 30fps, and runs on AA batteries.
Its local RRP is also yet to be set, but it should reach local stores this month.
Another high-zoom model is the 10-megapixel PowerShot SX120 IS. It offers a 10x optical zoom range, but no wide angle lens: 36mm to 360mm. Optical image stabilisation, a fixed 3-inch LCD screen, and AA battery power fill out the SX120 IS's key specs. It is set to reach NZ in September.