Canon ready 6 A Series entry-level Powershot compact cameras

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Today’s camera onslaught continues with not one, not two, but six new entry-level compacts from Canon. Their PowerShot A Series range just expanded considerably, with the Canon PowerShot A810, the Canon PowerShot A1300, the Canon PowerShot A2300, the Canon PowerShot A2400 IS, the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS and the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS all soon up for grabs.

First, what they all have in common; each has the DIGIC 4 processing engine(rather than the slightly more impressive DIGIC 5), and each has a 16MP sensor. Video recording is of the 720p HD variety, and all have 28mm wide angle lenses with at least 5x optical zoom and 2.7-inch LCD preview screens.

Top of the pile is the A4000, which ramps up the optical zoom to 8x, and the preview screen to a full 3 inches.

Next, the A3400, which lacks the longer zoom of the A4000, but matches it in preview screen size, and throws in touch screen controls too. The A3400, A4000 and the A2400 have optical image stabilising with Intelligent IS technology too.

If you’re after an optical viewfinder, you need to look at the A2300 and the A1300 models. The A2300 has a recahrgeable battery, while the lower end models run on pesky AA batteries however. The A810 also loses out on the smart auto modes too.

The Canon PowerShot A4000 lands in shops first, arriving this month for £169. In March, the A2300, A2400 and A3400 will touch down, priced £119, £129 and £149 respectively, with the £89 A810 and the £109 A1300 in stores by April.

Gerald Lynch