The PowerShot A-series also gets a boost, with no less than four new models. It looks like I’m going to have my work cut out for me reviewing all of these over the next few months.
Building on the successful 4x zoom formula of cameras such as the excellent PowerShot A540, the new A560 and A570IS up the ante to 7.1 megapixels, and add a number of new features. Both cameras feature Canon’s hardware-based Face Detection technology, the first in the A-series to do so. They also both have playback mode Red-Eye correction, 2.5in LCD monitors and the acclaimed Digic III image processor, offering ISO 1600 maximum sensitivity with good noise control.
The only difference between the two models is that the A570IS is fitted with Canon’s excellent optical image stabilisation system, for shake-free shots at low shutter speeds. As with the two new IXUS cameras, the A560 and A570IS have a mid-March launch date, with RRPs of £209.00 and £249.00 including VAT respectively.
Slightly lower down the scale are two more new A-series models. The A550 replaces last year’s A530, offering a more powerful 7.1-megapixel sensor and a larger 2.0in LCD monitor, as well as the Digic II image processor, 9-point AiAF system and 30fps VGA movie mode.
At the bottom end of the range, last year’s 4-megapixel A430 is being replaced by the 5-megapixel A460, featuring a 2.0in LCD monitor, 5 point AF system and Digic II processing.
Both cameras should be appearing in the shops within a couple of weeks, with recommended prices of £119.00 for the PowerShot A460 and £169.00 for the PowerShot A550, both prices including VAT.