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PowerShot A1100 and A2100

PowerShot A1100 and A2100

Rumours of the demise of Canon's popular A-series of advanced compacts seem to have been somewhat exaggerated, as evidenced by the launch of two powerful new 12.1-megapixel models, the PowerShot A1100 and A2100.

The two new models are very similar, in fact the only differences are the size of the lens, the size of the monitor, the available colours, and of course the fact that the A1100 has an optical viewfinder. The A1100 also has a 2.5-inch monitor screen, a 4x zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, and is available in blue, pink or silver, while the A2100 has a 3.0-inch monitor screen, a 6x zoom IS lens and is available in a rather fetching matt black.

As well as these features, both cameras have Face Detection and Face Select & Track, plus FaceSelf-Timer and auto red-eye correction. Both have Digic 4 processing, Motion Detection Technology, iContrast dynamic range booster, and are powered by AA batteries. However it looks like the popular manual exposure options that have been one of the main reasons for buying an A-series camera, have been dropped in favour of a range of advanced auto-only functions.

The PowerShot A1100 IS is available from Mid February 2009 priced at £219.00, while the PowerShot A2100 IS is available from April 2009 priced at £259.00.

 

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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