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Canon intros PowerShot S95, SD4500 IS and SX130 IS

updated 12:45 am EDT, Thu August 19, 2010

Canon S95 and SD4500 IS intro as low light champs

Canon tonight launched a trio of higher-end compact cameras today highlighted by a refresh of its cult favorite low-light camera. The PowerShot S95 still thrives on a 10-megapixel high sensitivity CCD but improves its image quality further: it now builds in Hybrid IS from pro lenses that can compensate for angular and shifting shaking, theoretically producing more stable shots. Like Fujifilm, it now has a multi-shot high dynamic range mode and finally adds 720p video with HDMI out to a high-end Canon PowerShot.

Most features persist from the earlier camera, including its 3.8X, f2.0 wide aperture lens, a pop-up flash and the option of shooting in RAW with a customizable command dial around the lens. Canon is planning a surprise quick launch and expects to have the S95 in stores by the end of this month for $400.

A more mainstream alternative, the SD4500 IS, is also potentially more advanced. The ostensibly lower end camera touts a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor that can handle lower light and ultimately shoots faster. It can take continuous shots at up to 8.4FPS or slow-motion at 240FPS.

The SD4500 IS sheds Hybrid IS but gains a Dynamic IS mode that can correct shake even while moving in movie mode. Canon even claims a movie resolution advantage, as the compact is the first regular PowerShot to shoot at 1080p. While sporting a narrower aperture, it shoots a much longer-ranged 10X zoom.

Shipments of the SD4500 IS start slightly later, in early September, but will price it at $350.

One long-zoom camera joins the mix in the SX130 IS. A direct replacement for the SX120, it reaches out further to 12X zoom with a denser 12-megapixel sensor. While it caps out at ISO 1,600, the camera can shoot video at 720p and is the first SX to have multiple advanced creative modes, such as a tilt-shift effect Minature mode or a fisheye lens effect.

The SX130 IS should be ready at about the same time as the S95 for $250.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Reeder

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    Yes finally the S95

    I had doubts as to what camera i was going to get for my photo needs, and had finally settled for the Powershot S90, then life's daily chaos, distracted me and go figure! The Powershot S95 pops onto the scene and also manages to seduce me, lol!
    Couldn't get any better than the S95, i first heard about the upgrade while on a whimsical search at this site: gave me all the encouragement i needed and i got one piece of advice for all photo enthusiast's out there! Buy the S95 today! its worth every penny i tell you.

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