updated 10:40 am EDT, Tue May 11, 2010
Canon SD4000 IS has CMOS sensor, wide aperture
Canon today had a rare out-of-expo introduction for a new point-and-shoot, the PowerShot SD4000 IS. The 10-megapixel camera is relatively upscale and uses a back-illuminated CMOS sensor much like the well-known S90. It gets a slightly longer-ranged 3.8X lens but has a wide f2.0 aperture for capturing a large amount of light.
The camera's most uncommon software feature is its ability to shoot 240FPS high-speed video. It can otherwise shoot 720p HD videos and play them back using a mini HDMI connection. Canon has integrated its face- and scene detection technology but has added a new context trigger: subjects can snap a photo of themselves by winking at the camera, providing a more convenient alternative to a self-timer.
All is controlled through either the 3-inch touchscreen or a nearby touch-sensitive control wheel. High-speed shooting is better than usual for the class at 3.7FPS with full resolution, and gets to a faster-still 8.4FPS for those willing to shoot at a reduced 2.5 megapixels. The camera normally shoots at up to ISO 3,200 but with has an ISO 6,400 low-light mode.
The new digicam will be sold near the end of this month in silver, black, white and red for $350.