With smartphone cameras getting ever better, the day of budget compact point-and-shoot cameras could be numbered, but Canon is none-the-less refreshing its PowerShot A-Series with six new models.
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
First up is the A400 which is the flagship camera of the range, featuring a 16 megapixel sensor, the DIGIC 4 processing engine, a 3in LCD screen and the ability to shoot 720p video. Setting it apart from the other cameras in the range is the 28mm wide-angle lens with 8x optical zoom. It also comes with Canon’s proprietary Intelligent IS (Image Stabilisation) technology.
The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS will be available this month costing £169 and come in silver, red, blue, black or pink.
Canon PowerShot A3400 IS
The A3400 is a small step down from the A4000, with the only change really coming in terms of the lens, which is again a 28mm wide-angle lens but with just 5x optical zoom. It also features a 16 megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 processing engine, 3in LCD screen and Intelligent IS.
The Canon PowerShot A3400 IS will be available this month costing £169 and come in red, black or gold.
Canon PowerShot A2400 IS
The A2400 features Canon’s Smart Auto feature which will automatically detect 32 different scenes and can be accessed instantly from any shooting mode with one press of the new Auto button. It will come with the 16 megapixel sensor, 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom, DIGIC 4 processor and ability to capture 720p video.
The Canon PowerShot A2400 IS will be available in silver, black, blue and pink next month priced at £129.
Canon PowerShot A2300
As you can tell from the name, the A2300 is very similar to the A2400 but lacks the Intelligent IS, a feature which offers seven different types of stabilisation depending on the situation, whether you're panning, shooting macro or using a tripod.. Again the A2300 will come with a 16 megapixel camera, DIGIC 4 processing engine, 720p video capture and the 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom.
The Canon PowerShot A2300 will be available in black, blue, silver and red next month for £119.
Canon PowerShot A1300
The A1300 is the only model in the new A-series range to feature an optical view finder, combining it with a 2.7in LCD display on the rear. Again you’ll get the 16 megapixel sensor, 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom, Smart Auto and 720p video recording - all powered by a couple of AA batteries.
The Canon PowerShot A1300 will be available in silver and black in April for £109.
Canon Powershot A810
The A810 is cheapest of the entire A-Series line-up, costing just £89. For that you’ll get a 2.7in LCD screen, 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom, 16 megapixel sensor, red-eye correction and 720p movie recording - again all powered by a couple of AA batteries.
The Canon PowerShot A810 will be available in silver, black and red in April for £99.