Wow, those guys at Canon really mean business. Instead of announcing just one new camera last night, they unleashed no fewer than ten new picture-takers onto the world. These cameras all hit the consumer end of the market, so DSLR fans will have to wait for another day. The three highlights for me are the PowerShot SX1 IS, the PowerShot SX200 IS, and the PowerShot D10.
Starting in the top-left corner, the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is easily the beefiest of the bunch. I currently rock a Canon S3 IS and the SX1 puts it to shame. The 10-megapixel point-and-shoot features 10 megapixels of resolution, 20x optical zoom, 1080p HD video recording, HDMI out, an articulating 2.8-inch display, and the ability to shoot in RAW. Look for it this April for about $600.
Keeping plenty of zoom while staying much more compact is the PowerShot SX200 IS. Also with optical image stabilization, the SX200 rocks 12.1 megapixels, 12x optical zoom, a 3-inch LCD, 720p video, and an overall design that is reminiscent of certain Panasonic Lumix cams. It launches in March for $350.
Moving away from the ultrazooms, we find the Canon PowerShot D10. While it may look a little like a child’s toy, this camera is designed more for outdoorsy types. It’s waterproof to 33-feet, freeze-resistant to 14F, and shockproof to 4 feet. With 12.1 megapixels and 3x zoom, the D10 ships in May for $330.