New Canon Cameras Offer More Automatic Options
Canon today announced three new PowerShot digital cameras, the SX150, ELPH 510 HS and ELPH 310 HS, designed to automate even mode selections. And like most compact cameras, the PowerShots shoot HD video as well.
Canon’s new Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes -- normal, macro, panning dynamic, powered and tripod -- to maximize image stabilization under a variety of conditions. For photographers, this means less chance of blurry pictures.
Canon has also added auto selection of scene modes. In fact, the compact cameras analyze faces, brightness, colors, distance and movement and select the setting based on 32 predefined shooting scenes for stills and 21 scenes for video.
Low light solution without flash
The ELPH cameras also tackle shooting in low light. Many amateur photographers use a flash, but are often unhappy with the washed-out result. But when the light is insufficient, a picture appears grainy, a problem referred to as noise.
The SX150 will be available first in early September for $250. This 14.1-megapixel model shoots 720p video, has a 12x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens, but lacks the low light HS system found in the ELPH pair.
The 12.1-megapixel ELPH cameras have a high-speed burst mode for shooting fast action scenes and shoot full HD 1080p video. Both will be available at the beginning of October.
The $360 510 HS features a more powerful zoom at 12x compared with the 8x zoom of the $250 310 HS. The 510 HS also has a 3.2-inch touch screen while the 310 has a conventional 3-inch LCD display.
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