Two cameras are joining Canon’s PowerShot line: the SX600 HS and ELPH 340 HS. Both cameras pack a 16-MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor (hence the HS), a Creative Shot mode (new for both lines), and 1080p HD video. Their compact size betrays how much Canon packed into both of these cameras.
The N100, a new concept camera, is also joining PowerShot’s ranks. This camera differs from the other two in that it has both a tilting LCD and a rear camera which can embed a photo of the user onto the main image. This would come in handy for birthdays. The N100 also has a Story Highlights feature which will combine stills and video clips in camera to create a seamless movie up to two minutes long. If the user manually selects the clips and stills, the movie can go up to five minutes.
For all three cameras, the Creative Shot mode offers users 46 filters in four types: retro, monochrome, special and natural. You can set the type before you shoot, and the camera will retain the original while producing five variations of the image with differences in composition, lighting and color. The cameras also come with built-in Wi-Fi, which allows for the quick sharing of images. You can also control the cameras via the Canon Camera Window app for iOS and Android which will allow you to click the shutter from your phone, which will remove the stress of having to work within a self-timer window.
The SX600 HS sports 18x optical zoom in a 4.5-81mm f/3.8-6.9 lens, which has a 35mm equivalent of 25-450mm equivalent. This is impressive for a camera this small, and it is surely a boon for anyone traveling who wants to keep the bag extra light. The SX600 HS is expected to be released in red, black, and white at the end of February 2014 for $249.99.
ELPH 340 HS
The ELPH 340 HS is the successor to the ELPH 330 HS, and it sports 12x optical zoom in a 4.5-54mm f/3.6-7.0 lens, which has a 35mm equivalent of 25-300mm. This is slightly less robust than the SX600, but it will suit the needs of most in the market for an affordable point & shoot. The ELPH 340 HS is expected to be released in purple, black, and silver in March 2014 for $199.99.
The N100 has a 12MP CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom in a 5.2-26mm f1.8-5.7 lens, which has a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm. The camera can also capture 1080p HD video, and its 3 inch LCD is touch-sensitive and tiltable up to 90 degrees. The N100 is expected to be release in white and black in May 2014 for $349.99.
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