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Canon’s Spring Launch

Canon has just announced eight new compact cameras for its Spring line-up, including four new Ixus models, two new A-series cameras, a new SX-series camera, and Canon's first underwater compact, the D10.

PowerShot D10

For a long time there Olympus and Pentax have had the small but interesting world of waterproof cameras pretty much to themselves, with the mju SW and Optio W ranges respectively. However Canon has decided to enter the market, and in typical style. The new PowerShot D10 is waterproof to a depth of 10m, and freeze-proof to -10 degrees centigrade, matching Olympus' top-of-the-range mju Tough-8000 and comfortably beating Pentax's Optio W60.

The new camera is also shockproof enough to survive falls from a height of 1.22m, which is reassuringly specific. Just make sure you don't drop it from 1.23m, or you'll surely break it.

As well as the tough-guy credentials the D10 features a 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor, 3x zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, Digic 4 image processing and a 2.5-inch LCD monitor that has been "specially modified" for better outdoor performance, and has a 2mm thick protective shield.

Other features include 30fps VGA movie recording, face detection with blink detection and auto red-eye correction, and an optional accessories including shoulder and neck strap set and karabiner strap plus front cover set.

The PowerShot D10 is available from end of April 2009 priced at £379.

Ohmz

February 20, 2009, 2:13 am

"...cameras, an new SX-series camera,..."





Typo, typo!

grouse

February 20, 2009, 3:15 am

The sx200 looks great. At last something to take on the all conquering tz series on. The ixus 100 looks amazing 2 but crikey do the prices need to come down a bit. I know the yen is weak but my word they are expensive. especially when u consider the outgoing tz4 can be picked up for &#163150.

piesforyou

February 20, 2009, 4:25 am

whoa, major bummer for dropping the fully manual mode from the A series. That was one of THE reasons to get an A series. Now those models have so much more competition from other brands producing very similar 'advanced' compacts but without manual mode.

Carl Abudephane

February 20, 2009, 5:47 am

Yep, gotta agree. The Ixus 100 IS really does look sublime, but still, those prices surely won't last long. Way, way too high.

Frankf9d

February 20, 2009, 6:14 am

Well, some grounds for optimism, one of them had a viewfinder.

Steve

February 20, 2009, 3:21 pm

SX200 looks the business! Can't wait for a review on that model :)

TechVegan

February 20, 2009, 9:34 pm

@grouse & Steve: It sure does. The SX200 might be my next compact - depending on Panasonic's TZ7, which spec-wise looks to be putting on one hell of a fight!

ralph0ab

February 22, 2009, 3:58 pm

I wouldn't be so optimistic about the SX200. Yes, its features look good, but it is a 12 Mp camera, and it only has a 1/2.3" sensor... A 1/2.3" sensor has proven to produce too noisy images even for 10Mp cameras. Yes, it has digic 4, but reducing the sensor size and increasing megapixels is just the wrong way to go. Canon could have improved ISO/noise performance by including Digic 4 to a 1/1.7" sensor, but increasing the pixel density of the sensor is just nonsense.


Too bad that Canon decided to go the wrong way by doing this. They should have learned from the Lumix LX3: bigger sensor without increasing megapixles equals better image quality (ISO and dynamic range).

TechVegan

February 23, 2009, 4:17 pm

@ralph: Unfortunately increasing megapixels at the cost of image quality is the dominant trend in the digital compact market. Hopefully this will be reversed soon, but as long as the majority of consumers still mistakenly believe more megapixels = better performance, it's unlikely.

Steve

February 23, 2009, 6:36 pm

No sign of the megapixel race ending though. It's even worse when it comes to mobile phones. I've yet to see an exceptional 2 or 3.2 megapixel camera phone, nevermind a 5, 8 or 12 one!





My ancient 6 year old 2 megapixel Canon PowerShot A40 takes much better photos than any mobile phone. What does that tell you about the "state of the art" mobile camera phones?

ralph0ab

February 26, 2009, 2:51 pm

@Ardjuna: True, that is the dominant trend in the compact camera market, but with all respects; this won't change if customers like us get so excited about cameras that have lots of good specs but fail in what a camera is supposed to do: take good pictures. Many consumers are not aware of the sensor size/megapixles issue, but they will never be aware if people who do know about it welcome new Canon (or other brand) releases with so much excitement, like if these new cameras were so amazing. With these new Powershots, Canon not only hasn't reduced (or even maintained!) the pixel density of the sensors, but they have increased it. This is just not the way we want our compact cameras to be, at least if we intend to shoot photos at anything that isn't under perfect light conditions because this sensors produce intolerable image noise at hight ISO. I would not have posted my first comment on this site if on these new Powershots Canon had maintained the already ridiculous pixel density of their previous compact cameras, but seeing how they took a step backwards in this aspect made me lose all my faith in this company.





Why would manufacturers change their sensor/megapixels approach if most costumers are happy with what they are getting from them? Congratulations to Sigma (for their DP1), Panasonic (for their LX3), and Olympus (yet to be released Micro Four Thirds compact) for offering a few small cameras that are able to produce great pictures at low light/higher ISO. It will also be interesting to see how Fuji's new sensor performs on the F200EXR.

Steve

April 9, 2009, 3:40 pm

Any chance of a SX 200 review? :)

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