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.