Canon Canada has five new models in its budget compact PowerShot A series. These house some impressive specs, while managing to stay below $200. All but the lowest-end A800 have 720p HD video, ‘smart’ shooting and scene modes and special effects ‘creative filter’ modes. They also include a ‘discrete’ mode that turns off sounds, flash and AF-assist light, and will be available in a bunch of colours. (A1200 shown)
The PowerShot A3300 ($199.99) has a 16.0-Megapixel CCD sensor, three-inch LCD display and an image-stabilized 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm equiv.). The PowerShot A3200 ($179.99) and A2200 ($149.99) both have 14.1-megapixel sensor and 2.7-inch LCD display, but differ in zoom range — image-stabilized 5x optical (28-140mm equiv.) vs. non-stabilized 4x optical (28-112mm equiv.).
The PowerShot A1200 (129.99) uses a 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor and a 4x optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.). It also includes an optical viewfinder in addition to the 2.7-inch LCD screen, which will be useful for framing in very bright light conditions. And you might appreciate the fact that it uses commonly available and inexpensive AA batteries. The A800 (109.99) also uses AA batteries. This model has a 10-Megapixel CCD sensor, 3.3x optical zoom lens (37-112mm equiv.) and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.
The A800 is due in mid-February, the A3300 and A3200 in late February, and the A2200 and A1200 in March.