Canon Powershot SD700IS, SD630 and SD600Canon recently announced 3 new cameras in their super-compact SD "Digital ELPH" line. The Canon Poweshot SD series cameras are among the smallest digicams out there, yet they pack a lot of features into a very small package. See my SD200 review for a rundown of what's available on even the most basic model. I have an SD200 myself and it's great camera just to slip in your pocket and carry around with you everywhere (though you really do need the optional case if you want to make sure it doesn't get damaged rattling around in your pocket!)
Featured enhancements on all three of these new Digital ELPH cameras include Canons newly designed six-megapixel image sensor that together with Canons proprietary DIGIC II image processor helps to reduce noise for better image quality and achieves ISO equivalent speed ratings ranging from 80 to 800. This increased sensitivity allows the use of faster shutter speeds, thereby reducing the effects of camera shake and subject blur during hand-held photography in low light.
The major differences between the cameras are:
PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPHAdding to the unshakeable quality that is the benchmark of Canon cameras is the PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH cameras new Optical Image Stabilization. Unlike electronic image stabilizer systems that typically cause degradation of image quality, Canons Lens Shift Optical IS system is based on the advancements made in the development and refinement of Canons EF and video lenses. Reduced in size to fit ELPH scale, this Image Stabilizer provides up to three stops of camera shake correction in shutter speed equivalent. Whats more, when combined with these ELPH models top ISO rating equivalent of 800, its new six-megapixel image sensor that further reduces image noise and the models fast f/2.8-5.5 4X optical zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent), the odds of taking a shaken or blurred image are dramatically reduced. Both the Image Stabilizer and the 4X optical zoom are firsts for the Digital ELPH series.
Dimensions: 3.56 x 2.22 x 1.04 in. / 90.4 x 56.5 x 26.4mm
The PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH camera will be available in April for an estimated selling price of $499.99 .
PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPHThe PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH camera maintains the classic trim, thin, linear design aesthetic that is the lines hallmark. Despite a body thickness of less than an inch, the PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH camera accommodates a retractable 3x optical zoom with an equivalent 35mm focal length of 35-105mm.
Dimensions: 3.56 x 2.24 x 0.80 in. / 90.3 x 56.8 x 20.2mm
The PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH camera will be available in April for an estimated selling price of $399.99.
PowerShot SD600 Digital ELPHTrue to tradition, the PowerShot SD600 Digital ELPH camera packs some heavyweight digital photo technology into a lightweight and pocket-sized package. Like the PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH model, this digital dynamo features six-megapixel resolution, ISO equivalent speed settings from 80 to 800 and a retractable 3x optical zoom with an equivalent 35mm focal length of 35-105mm. Its bright and large 2.5-inch, 173,000-pixel wide viewing angle type LCD screen offers 15 brightness adjustments and, like the SD700 IS model, still leaves room for a real-image optical viewfinder.
Dimensions: 3.39 x 2.11 x 0.85 in. / 86.0 x 53.5 x 21.7mm
DIGIC II Image Processing Technology- Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Canon also enhanced the My Colors mode found in the new PowerShot line. Where previously, users could only enable My Colors while shooting, the current iteration permits captured images to be retouched as well, without the need for special software applications or tools. Available My Color playback modes include Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, and Vivid Red; lighter and darker skin tones, as well as options for creating black & white, sepia, neutral and positive film effects. A color accent setting turns all colors but the one selected by the user to monochrome and the color swap mode enables users to alter specific colors in an image by sampling another color from the same image or any other image on the cameras memory card. So, My Colors provides PowerShot users with an incredible range of creative photo effects that can be accessed directly in the camera with no need for post-processing in a computer.
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