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Canon launches touchscreen PowerShot, more

updated 03:00 pm EDT, Wed August 19, 2009

Canon SD980 IS SD940 IS

Wrapping up Canon's camera launches today are two high-end PowerShots that include its first touchscreen camera. The SD980 IS puts most of the control on a 3-inch touch display that both simplifies changing settings as well as more precise shooting: like some newer touch cameras and cameraphones, photographers can tap to autofocus on a particular point rather than trust the camera. In playback mode, users can flick through photos with a finger.

Outside of its input, the 12-megapixel camera brings other high end features such as a particularly wide-angle 5X (24-120mm equivalent) stabilized lens, 720p video capture and an improved auto scene selection mode. It ships in October for $330.

The SD940 IS has an identical sensor but is much more conventional with button controls and a slightly more narrow-angled 4X lens (28-112mm). Movies are still recorded in 720p on the camera, which will cost less at $300 and should be ready sooner with a September introduction.

SD980 IS

SD940 IS

by MacNN Staff



  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    borrowing from...

    Must got their idea from iSomething. Next gadgets would be touch screen universal remote. You flip channels by flipping your finger.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't Understand

    Why there are still menu buttons on the camera. What's the point of going touch screen if your still going to use the awkward 4 -way rocker switch that's hard to press? I can understand Shutter, AND Zoom as well as a mode switch, but really that's about all that's needed for "Touch Screen" camera.

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