updated 09:00 am EST, Thu February 22, 2007
Canon SD and A Series 2007
Continuing its announcements in advance of the PMA trade show, Canon on Thursday unveiled four cameras for its point-and-shoot PowerShot line. The SD1000 and SD750 both designed as much for style as function, Canon says: either model has the option of a black tone around the lens, emphasizing the signature PowerShot look. The cameras are also the Japanese firm's thinnest optical zoom models, shrinking to 19.4mm (0.76 inches) in the case of the SD1000. Each model has a 7.1-megapixel sensor and 3X optical zoom, also using single DIGIC III processor to clean their images and boost normal ISO sensitivity to 1600.
The SD1000 will ship with a 2.5-inch LCD, optical viewfinder, and traditional SD-series control for $300; the SD750 drops the viewfinder in exchange for a 3-inch LCD and a new touch control dial for $350. Both are due in late March.
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In turn, the camera maker has also upgraded its mid-range PowerShot A-series. Both the A560 and A570 IS use the DIGIC III to bring face-detection and ISO 1600 to A-series photos for the first time; the chip also brings red-eye correction during on-camera editing. Resolution on the two models is equal to the new SD series at 7.1-megapixels, but uses the larger lens to boost the optical zoom to 4X. A 2.5-inch LCD is equally standard on both editions.
The A570 IS brings image stabilization and will be available in March for $280; the A560 will go without the technology but should arrive at the same time for $230.
PowerShot A570 IS (A560 is similar)