Canon has announced a slew of cameras to be launched this autumn. Six new PowerShot and Ixus cameras will hit stores in the next two months.
Leading the charge is a model aimed at more-experienced photographers: the Canon PowerShot G11. The G11 is the new flagship model in the PowerShot line, a follow-up to last year's excellent PowerShot G10.
Like the G10, the new model offers the ability to shoot in RAW mode, has nifty old-school dials for quickly adjusting ISO and exposure compensation levels, has an optical viewfinder in addition to an LCD screen, and its 5x optical zoom lens reaches from 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto.
From there, it gets a little different thanks to a couple of changes: the G11 has a flip-out, articulable LCD screen (2.8 inches) to help with overhead and odd-angle shots, as well as a smaller megapixel count than its predecessor (10 megapixels, as compared to the G10's sometimes noisy 14.7-megapixel sensor).
Canon is also touting the G11's improved low-light performance. Available in October, the optically image stabilized PowerShot G11 will sell for £495 plus VAT.
Also for the advanced point-and-shoot set is the Canon PowerShot S90, which the company is billing as a great secondary camera for pro photographers and digital SLR owners. The S90 is more compact than the G11, but it also shoots in RAW mode, has aperture- and shutter-priority modes, and offers a 10-megapixel low-light-optimized sensor.
Added to the mix is a pop-up flash and a "control ring" around the lens, which is used to adjust in-camera settings. The S90 offers a 3.8x optical zoom lens (28mm to 105mm), optical image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD screen (no optical viewfinder), and 640-by-480 standard-definition movie capture at 30fps. The PowerShot S90 is slated for an October release.