PowerShot SX200 IS
Canon entered the mid-zoom compact "Travel camera" market with the launch of the PowerShot SX100 IS back in Autumn 2007, and is continuing in the same vein with the launch of the SX200 IS.
The SX200 has an ambitious specification, featuring a 12.1-megapixel sensor, a 12x zoom lens with a 28mm-equivalent wide angle, a 3.0-inch 230k monitor, manual exposure options, 720p HD movie recording with HDMI output, and an improved optical image stabilisation system for which Canon is claiming a full four stops of extra stability. Most compact camera IS systems are lucky if they can manage three stops, so this is an impressive boast.
Other features include Digic 4 high-speed image processing, Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology, Motion Detection Technology and Servo AF, and improved Face Detection with Face Select & Track. It also has a new user interface with a Hints and Tips section, which could be helpful for those of us who don't carry a laptop computer with us at all times. Canon has been using the same interface on its compact cameras for a number of years, so it'll be interesting to see what improvements have been made.
The PowerShot SX200 IS is available from March 2009 priced at £359.00, which is a lot of money even for such an impressive-looking camera.