Canon has today expanded its PowerShot range with a duo of new superzoom compacts – the PowerShot SX500 IS and SX160 IS.
Canon claims the PowerShot SX500 IS is the world’s smallest 30x optical zoom camera, while the PowerShot SX160 IS features a 16x optical zoom designed specifically for the camera. While the focal lengths vary between the SX500 IS and the SX160 IS, the two cameras share a host of core functionality.
Both models feature a new 16MP sensor that runs alongside Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor, while the rears of both the cameras feature 3in LCD screens, although the SX500 IS's is 460k-dot in resolution as opposed to the 230k-dot resolution variety found on the SX160 IS.
While both the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and SX160 IS offer video capture, with the added bonus of a dedicated video capture button, unfortunately they only record at a resolution of 720p rather than full HD.
Both models offer full manual control over shooting settings, although those wanting to let the camera take control of shooting will no doubt be appeased by the presence of a host of Auto and Creative Shooting modes.
Canon has announced that the PowerShot SX500 IS will be available from the end of August with an RRP of £279, while the PowerShot SX160 IS will hit shelves a month after with an RRP of £159.