updated 09:30 am EDT, Thu September 14, 2006
Canon SD and G7 Cameras
Canon on Thursday made a new series of camera announcements to complement the earlier release of entry-level DSLR and point-and-shoot models. The four new cameras in the company's PowerShot line occupy the mid-range field of ultra-compact and 'prosumer' models. All four use Canon's new DIGIC III processor, which Canon says will add hardware-based face detection, improve color accuracy and movie mode quality, and reduces noise at high ISO settings. First is the SD40, an update to the style-oriented SD30. The 7.1-megapixel SD40 is designed to be narrow and thin enough to carry in a small bag and, while limited to 2.4X optical zoom, has a high ISO 1600 sensitivity suitable for low light. It ships in October for an unspecified price in four distinct colors including Noble Blue (pictured), Olive Gray, Precious Rose, and Twilight Sepia. Click through for details and photos of the SD800 IS, SD900, and G7.
The SD800 IS is the first SD-series camera to include a wide-angle lens for panoramic shots and carries with it the image stabilization of the previous SD700 IS. It also expands upon the earlier camera through a 7.1-megapixel sensor, 3.8X optical zoom, and the enhanced image quality of the DIGIC III. Canon expects the $449 SD800 IS to ship in early October.
Similar in most respects to the SD800 IS, the SD900 trades the image stabilization of the previously mentioned camera for a 10-megapixel sensor with a more conventional 3X lens. Unique to this model are its titanium body and a 1024x768, 15 frames-per-second movie mode that emphasizes image detail over fluid motion. It shares the same $450 price as the SD800 IS but is slated to ship in late September.
A last announcement by Canon sees the introduction of the PowerShot G7, the new high-end model in the G-series prosumer line. The G7 also uses a 10-megapixel sensor but has the added benefit of a 6X optical zoom lens with an image stabilizer. A hot-shoe adds support for Canon's Speedlite series of stand-alone camera flashes. G7 units will arrive in early October for $550.