updated 12:05 am EST, Thu January 24, 2008
Canon SD1100 IS and A
Canon's mainstream PowerShot camera line is being upgraded tonight ahead of PMA through both a new designer model and three budget cameras. The flagship SD1100 IS (pictured) is now considered a designer camera and includes several designer colors such as Bohemian Brown or Pink Melody; regardless, it still represents a technical upgrade with a sharper 8-megapixel sensor than the 7.1-megapixel SD1000 and adds true image stabilization to provide stable shots in less than ideal conditions. The SD1100 IS further borrows the DIGIC III from the EOS Rebel XSi and higher-end cameras to improve its nine-point autofocus, shutter response, and overall image quality, Canon says.
In addition to the optical stabilization for the 3X lens, the new SD model adds ISO-boost blur correction and uses the latest iteration of the company's face detection to capture as many as nine faces in proper focus. Canon intends to ship all colors of the SD1100 IS in March for $250 and bundles each model with a 32MB SD card to get photographers started quickly.
For budget photographers or those who prefer higher zoom, three A-series cameras will launch soon, the company says. The 7.1-megapixel A470, 8-megapixel A580, and the more advanced A590 IS have all undergone external redesigns and shoot further than the SD. As the entry model, the A470 shoots with a 3.4X zoom factor; the A580 and A590 IS step up to 4X zoom, with the latter camera also adding optical image stabilization to ensure a steady image even at the furthest amount of zoom. They too draw on the DIGIC III chip, ISO boost, and face detection of higher-end cameras and will be ready in March at costs of $130, $150, and $180.