Four point-and-shoot cameras announced by Canon

On the same day it added a pair of digital SLRs to its roster, Canon also bolstered its consumer lineup with four point-and-shoot cameras aimed at consumers and casual photographers.

On the compact front, Canon introduced two new entries to its Digital Elph line—the PowerShot SD950 IS and the PowerShot SD870 IS. The former is a 12.-megapixel camera with a 3.7X optical zoom and optical image stabilizer; it features a 2.5-LCD screen. The latter is an 8-megapixel camera with 3.8x wide-angle optical zoom and optical image stabilizer; its LCD screen is three inches.

The PowerShot SD950 IS sells fro $449.99 while the PowerShot SD870 IS costs $399.99. Both are slated for September releases.

Canon also added a top-of-the-line model to its G-series of PowerShot cameras, the 12.1-megapixel PowerShot G9. Featuring a 6X optical zoom lens, the matte black camera also adds a Raw mode, a feature normally found in higher-end SLRs. The PowerShot G9 also features 23 shooting modes, including

Due in stores this October, the PowerShot G9 will sell for $499.99.

Finally, Canon added a new PowerShot line—the SX series—and unveiled the first camera in that series, the PowerShot SX100. The 8-megapixel camera has a 10X optical zoom, an optical image stabilizer, and 2.5-inch LDC screen. The PowerShot SX100 has 19 shooting modes as well two VGA 30-fps recording modes. Besides the standard mode, it also has a new 640 LP mode for increased recording time and reduced file sizes.

The PowerShot SX100 ships in October at an estimated price of $299.99.

All four cameras sport a Digic III image processor.

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