updated 11:30 am EST, Thu February 22, 2007
Canon intros new cameras
Canon today in preparation for the PMA Expo introduced its new flagship camera (shown at right), four additions to its point-and-shoot PowerShot series, and the PowerShot TX1. Canon's flagship model, the EOS-1D Mark III is the fastest camera of its kind, according to the company, boasting dual DIGIC III processors to offload much of the image processing and transfer work. The EOS-1D Mark III shoots as quickly as 10 frames per second, achieving bursts of up to 30 RAW shots or 110 JPEG images. The chips also improve image quality while allowing sensitivity of up to ISO 3200 in normal shooting, rising to ISO 6400 in a special mode for low-light shots and ISO 50 for improved shots in brighter areas.
The Mark III features a 3-inch live LCD for previewing images without requiring a viewfinder, and can lock magnification for composing shots. The device offers an automatic dust removal system originally featured in the Digital Rebel XTi, according to Electronista, alongside an advanced autofocus system with 19 user-selectable focus points and 26 separate assist points in between.
Point-and-shoot SD, A PowerShot additions
Canon's SD1000 and SD750 accompany its new A560 and A570 IS cameras to expand the company's PowerShot line. Canon says the SD1000 and SD750 models are both designed as much for style as for function, and both have the option of a black tone around the lens to emphasize the signature PowerShot look. Both models are also the company's thinnest optical zoom models, with the SD1000 measuring 0.76-inches. Both models boast a 7.1-megapixel sensor and 3X optical zoom using a single DIGIC III processor to clean images and boost normal ISO sensitivity to 1600.
The SD1000 will feature a 2.5-inch LCD, an optical viewfinder, and a traditional SD-series control for $300. The SD750 exchanges the viewfinder for a 3-inch LCD and a new touch control dial, and is priced at $350. Both models are expected to ship in late March.
The PowerShot TX1 breaks from Canon's tradition by merging the features of still photo cameras and HDV camcorders. The device is part of the PowerShot line and is capable of 7.1-megapixel images with face detection, ISO 1600, and post-shooting red-eye correction. Interestingly, the TX1 can also capture 720p widescreen video at full speed and can snap full-quality stills while recording movies. The vertically-oriented shape of the TX1 makes room for a 10X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, and the device supports SD cards for storage as well as SDHC for capacities above 2GB. The PowerShot TX1 is priced at $500 and is slated for shipment in March.