An Eye On The Future – Canon At Japan’s CP+ 2012

More Compacts For All Of Us To Watch Out For

But Wait, There’s (A Lot) More!

Canon is rolling out a total of fourteen (14) new digital compact cameras throughout 2012. This count already includes the aforementioned PowerShot G1 X and PowerShot S100 models. Just very quickly now, here’s a rundown of the other models that you can watch out for if you’re planning to get a new compact within the first half or so of the year.

From The Digital IXUS Line: In Style, In Focus

The Digital IXUS 125 HS (left, US$ 249.99) and Digital IXUS 240 HS (right, US$ 279.99) cater to style-minded users who enjoy taking keepsakes of their social activities. Both share key specs such as 16.1-megapixel shooting based on Canon’s HS system, 5x optical zoom (24-120mm) lens, Full HD video recording, and Intelligent IS technology, among others, but the newer Digital IXUS 240 HS now also boasts built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to enable quick and easy sharing of photos and video clips to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in real time.

These two boast a sleek, ultra-slim design that pays homage to the 12-year legacy of the original Canon IXUS camera. Common features include a 10.1-megapixel HS system CMOS sensor, Full HD video recording, Intelligent IS, and a remarkable 12x optical zoom (28-336mm) lens. The Digital IXUS 500 HS (left, US$ 299.99) is the slimmest 12x optical zoom camera out there today at 19.2mm thin, while the Digital IXUS 510 HS (right, US$ 349.99) adds built-in Wi-Fi, like the Digital IXUS 240 HS.

From The PowerShot Line: Bang-for-the-buck Entry-level To Mid-Range Options

While the most basic among the easy-and-fun-to-use A series PowerShot cameras, the A800 (left, US$ 109.99) and A1300 (right, US$ 119.99) are by no means lightweights in the digital imaging field. Both pack 16-megapixel CCD sensors and offer a 28-140mm (5x optical) focal range with Digital IS technology to ensure quality snaps every time. The PowerShot A1300’s defining feature is an optical viewfinder, something which you won’t find on many of today’s digital compacts.

More from the A series, the PowerShot A2300 (left, US$ 149.99) and PowerShot A2400 IS (right, US$ 159.99) bring high image quality, ease of use, and style together in a handy compact form factor. Shooting at 16 megapixels with a 5x optical zoom range (also 28-140mm), both of these models boast 32 preset scene modes for users to get creative with, 720p video recording, and advanced subject detection and face detection features. The A2300 uses digital image stabilization, while the A2400 IS uses Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology.

Leading the pack among Canon’s affordable, yet feature-rich A series point-and-shoot camera models are the PowerShot A3400 IS (left, US$ 179.99) and the PowerShot A4000 IS (right, US$ 199.99). The A3400 IS is the first touchscreen-equipped model from the PowerShot A series, while the A4000 IS offers 8x optical zoom. Both are capable of shooting 16-megapixel stills and 720p movie clips.


Also From The PowerShot Line: Long-range And All-Weather Shooters

Fans of the previous iterations of the Canon PowerShot SX super-zoom camera line will be thrilled to know that the new models, the SX240 HS and SX260 HS (US$ 349.99) now boast a 20x optical zoom range (25-500mm) while maintaining the signature compact form factor! The 12.1-megapixel Canon HS system-based super-zoomers share most of the key specifications, but the SX240 HS bears the distinction of being the slimmest 20x optical zoom compact camera to date (at 33mm thin), while the SX260 HS adds the advantage of having a built-in GPS module for image geotagging.

Another standout compact from the new Canon PowerShot lineup is the all-weather D20 (US$ 349.99). Succeeding the popular PowerShot D10, this new model features a much-improved design that allows for a more stable grip for when its adventure-minded user decides to really rough it out. Shooting at 12.1 megapixels with Canon’s HS system, the D20 is waterproof up to 33 feet, temperature-resistant from -10°-40° C, and shockproof from up to 5 feet. Truly a great companion for the outdoors, this PowerShot also houses a built-in GPS tracker.