Canon's wide new selection


We knew there was some big news coming from
Canon around now, but I think the scale of it was a pleasant surprise for
anyone interested in digital photography. As you might remember we indulged in
a bit of rumour mongering about the highly anticipated Canon EOS 5D and happily
all expectations of 12.8 megapixels, 9 point AutoFocus (AF), 3 to 60 frames per
second continuous shooting and 2.5″ LCD proved correct. The other Digital SLR is
the EOS 1D Mark II N, an updated version of the plain old 1D Mark II, with
improvements specifically tailored to the wishes of the hardcore photographers
that use it. The LCD screen has been improved to give 230k colours from the 2.5″
display and 170 degree viewing angle. It also has an improved saving function;
the support for multiple card formats allows you save pics to different cards
at the same time and improvements in the SD writing speed have been made.

From DSLRs, we now head down to the compact range. The A620 is capable of 7.1 megapixel and 4x optical zoom
with a neat 1cm macro mode. Its little brother, A610 is almost identical in
looks and features but is only 5.0 megapixel but benefits from being $100
cheaper. Next there’s ultra-slick IXUS models: the PowerShot SD450 and SD550
(or IXUS 55 and 750). Again these come in with identical features except for
the 5.0 and 7.1 megapixel photo quality in the respective models. Each also has
a strange new feature that rotates the displayed image depending on the angle
at which you took it. Any suggestions as to what use that might be?

Canon’s budget option is the PowerShot A410
which will still achieve 3.2 megapixels, 5 point AF and has a decent 3x optical
zoom. At the opposite end of the compact range comes the PowerShot S80, with a
sleek dark design and a powerful set of specs: 8.0 megapixel, 3.6x optical zoom
and 1024 x 768 pixel movie recording. It has a 9 point AF and 21 different
shooting modes but you’ll have to wait a little longer for this beauty as it
isn’t set to hit shelves until October. All other models are available now.

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