Canon has introduced two new digital cameras: the PowerShot S230 digital ELPH camera and the PowerShot G3.
The S230 sports a 3.2 megapixel CCD sensor and a new imaging sensor Canon calls "DIGIC." DIGIC improves imaging quality, boosts processing speed and enhances the camera's Movie mode, according to Canon. Improvements have also been made to autofocus, autoexposure and auto white balance functions.
The S230 features a 2x optical zoom lens with 3.2x digital. Shutter speeds vary from 15 seconds to 1/1500 second. Spot metering is supported, and ISO settings range from 50-400. The camera also has a red-eye reduction light-guide flash, zoom playback with up to 10x zoom for image preview, and supports direct printing through the Canon Card Photo Printer CP0100 model and select Canon inkjet printers. The S230 can also record up to three minutes of video at 15 frames per second in AVI format.
The PowerShot S230 ships with Photoshop 5.0 LE, QuickTime 6.0, ImageBrowser 2.7, PhotoStitch 3.1, File Viewer Utility 1.0, and RemoteCapture 2.6. It includes a 16MB CompactFlash card, Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, wrist strap, AV cable, USB cable, software, and battery charger for US$499.
The 4 megapixel PowerShot G3, meanwhile, joins the higher end of Canon's digital camera line, alongside the PowerShot G2. The G3 sports improved controls, an enlarged handgrip, and the same DIGIC processing that's features on the tiny S230. The G3 also sports a 35-140mm lens (4x optical zoom, 3.6 digital) with a maximum aperture range of f/2.0-3.0.
The G3 has 12 EOS System-based shooting modes that you can use to customize the camera based on your shooting style. It also has a new autofocusing and autoexposure system which enables you to focus on off-center subjects without having to reposition the camera. Spot metering and 10x Zoom Playback is also supported. The camera also has an "Intelligent Orientation Sensor" that automatically rotates images for proper viewing during playback.
The G3 also has an enhanced Photo Effects mode that lets users add high or low saturation, low sharpening, black and white or sepia tone effects with any shooting mode, even manual and movie mode. There's a new Neutral Density filter, as well. The G3 features an Interval Shooting function that you can use for time lapse photography over periods of up to 100 hours. Various flash options are supported like First and Second Curtain Flash Sync, and more.
You can buy a wide variety of accessories for the G3 as well, including flash attachments, lens converters and adaptors.
The camera ships with Photoshop 5.0 LE, QuickTime 6.0, ImageBrowser 2.7, PhotoStitch 3.1, File Viewer Utility 1.1, and RemoteCapture 2.6. The USB-equipped camera stores files on a CompactFlash card.
The G3 ships with a 32MB CompactFlash card, BP-511 lithium ion rechargeable battery, CA-560 power adaptor and AC cable, USB interface cable, AV cable, wireless remote controller, neck strap and bundled software.
The PowerShot G3 is due to ship in October for $899.
UK availability and pricing has not yet been announced.