New Canon PowerShots are low-key, low-cost

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS
Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from the Today @ PC World blog at PCWorld.com.

While Canon aggressively revamped its Vixia camcorder line at CES 2010 in Las Vegas, the company took a much more conservative approach to its camera lineup.

 

Four new A-series PowerShot point-and-shoot models were introduced, each of which will cost less than $200, and all of which will be available in February.

The new cameras offer a handful of new scene modes and in-camera features for Canon's entry-level models, including a low-light feature that boosts the ISO equivalency up to 3200, a "Super Vivid" scene mode that modifies an image's hue and saturation, and a "Smart FE" mode that Canon claims improves the quality of flash exposures.

The new PowerShots also have a YouTube mode that eases uploads to the video sharing site, and the four new models are compatible with mammoth-capacity SDXC cards.

The 12-megapixel Canon PowerShot A3100 IS offers optical image stabilization, a 4x optical zoom lens (35mm to 140mm), a 2.7-inch LCD, a rechargeable battery, and a $180 price tag. The new Canon PowerShot A3000 IS ($150) is identical to the A3100, but its resolution maxes out at 10 megapixels.

Canon PowerShot A495
Also new to the 2010 lineup are the PowerShot A495 (pictured) and PowerShot A490, both 10-megapixel cameras that run on AA batteries and lack optical image stabilization.

The $130 A495 will feature all the new in-camera modes described above, while the A490 will only offer the ISO 3200, Smart FE, and YouTube modes.

For more up-to-the-minute blogs, stories, photos, and video from the nation's largest consumer electronics show, check out Macworld's complete coverage of CES 2010.

 

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