updated 08:35 am EDT, Thu March 13, 2008
Canon PowerShot IS Trio
Canon today made image stabilization a near-universal element of its camera line by introducing three PowerShot compacts that come with the feature out of the box. The SD770 IS, SD790 IS, and SD890 IS all shoot at 10 megapixels with an optical stabilization element to produce clear shots; for the first time, model differences are separated by design and lenses rather than megapixel count, Canon notes. The SD770 IS is considered the starter with a standard 3X lens but is also the thinnest-ever IS camera from the company. Despite this, optimizations to battery life help it produce up to 300 shots on a charge. It shoots at up to ISO 1600 sensitivity with a 2.5-inch LCD and optical viewfinder, and should be available by mid-April for $300.
Moving to the higher-end SD790 IS primarily swaps out the optical preview in favor of a larger 3-inch LCD as well as a new-look set of rear controls that render the back almost entirely flat. At the top end, the SD890 IS adds a 5X zoom lens and restores the optical viewfinder in exchange for a smaller 2.5-inch LCD. These two cameras ship in March and early April at respective prices of $350 and $400.