Canon announced two new cameras Thursday morning as part of its PowerShot line of point-and-shoot cameras. The two models, the S100 and the SX40 HS, are upgrades for the S95 and the SX30 IS respectively and both cameras are seeing incremental upgrades rather than radical changes.
The most outstanding upgrade for both cameras is Canon’s powerful new DIGIC V image processor which should improve the cameras’ image quality over last year,s models. Both cameras also feature a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor that can shoot 1080p high-definition video.
The S100, meanwhile, is a nice incremental upgrade from the already-impressive Canon PowerShot S95, and offers a welcome bump up from the 10 megapixel S95 and its 3.5x optical zoom. Canon says the S100 will shoot in both RAW and RAW+jpeg modes. It will also feature a wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom along with a 3-inch wide LCD screen.
Other than the change in image sensor and processor, the SX40 mostly sticks to the same formula as its predecessor. In fact, the design of the SX40 is practically unchanged, with the same 35x wide-angle optical zoom and 2.7-inch LCD as the model that came before it. The biggest new software feature for the SX40 is its improved smart auto settings for 32 different shooting situations.
Compared to PowerShot S95 – key differences
The S100 is in effect a whole new camera compared to the S95; almost every key feature has been upgraded or updated:
24-120mm (equivalent) lens range, F2.0-5.9, built-in neutral density filter
12.1 MP 1/1.7″ Canon CMOS sensor
DIGIC 5 image processor
2.3 fps continuous shooting (9.6 fps for 8 frames in High-Speed burst mode)
Full HD (1080p24) movie recording; H.264 compression, MOV format
Optical zoom in movie mode
Super slow motion movie recording (640*480 @ 120fps, 320 x 340 @ 240 fps)
Direct movie record button
Built-in GPS unit with image tagging and logger functions.
The S100 will be available in early November and the SX40 should be available later this month. Both cameras will retail for $429.99. We’re looking forward to testing them out and seeing how they stack up against recently announced competitors in the point-and-shot category like Fujifilm’s X10.
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