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Canon\'s new digital ELPH cameras

updated 02:05 pm EST, Tue February 21, 2006

New Canon ELPHs

Canon announced three new six-megapixel digital ELPH cameras to be released in late winter/early spring of this year. The PowerShot SD700 IS ($500), PowerShot SD630 ($400) and PowerShot SD600 ($350) digital ELPH cameras will maintain their petite profile while adding new features designed to make the cameras easier to use. Featured enhancements on all three of these new Digital ELPH cameras include Canon's newly designed six-megapixel image sensor that together with Canon's proprietary DIGIC II image processor helps to dramatically reduce "noise" for better image quality and achieves ISO equivalent speed ratings ranging from 80 to 800. This increased sensitivity allows the use of faster shutter speeds, thereby reducing the effects of camera shake and subject blur during hand-held photography in low light. All three feature 173,000 pixel LCD screens ranging in size from 2.5-inches to three inches.

PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH camera
imagepop1The PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH camera's new Optical Image Stabilization system is based on the advancements made in the development and refinement of Canon's EF and video lenses. Reduced in size to fit ELPH scale, this Image Stabilizer provides up to three stops of camera shake correction in shutter speed equivalent. When combined with these ELPH models' top ISO rating equivalent of 800, its new six-megapixel image sensor that further reduces image noise and the model's fast f/2.8-5.5 4X optical zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent), the odds of taking a shaken or blurred image are reduced.. Indeed the dimensions of this Digital ELPH camera make the large and vibrant 2.5-inch LCD screen seem larger still.

PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH camera
imagepop2Despite a body thickness of less than an inch, the PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH camera accommodates a retractable 3x optical zoom with an equivalent 35mm focal length of 35-105mm. The PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH camera features a 3.0-inch wide viewing angle type 173,000-pixel LCD screen with adjustments for 15 levels of brightness. The camera also features an innovative new touch control dial that allows users to scroll through captured images or change the camera's menu settings. In order to accommodate the larger LCD screen, the PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH camera does not include a real-image optical viewfinder, which Canon offers on most other Digital ELPH models.

PowerShot SD600 Digital ELPH camera
imagepop3Like the PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH model, this SD600 model features six-megapixel resolution, ISO equivalent speed settings from 80 to 800 and a retractable 3x optical zoom with an equivalent 35mm focal length of 35-105mm. Its 2.5-inch, 173,000-pixel wide viewing angle type LCD screen offers 15 brightness adjustments and, like the SD700 IS model, still leaves room for a real-image optical viewfin

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