Canon U.S.A. on Monday introduced its PowerShot S5 IS and SD 850 IS Digital Elph cameras. Coming in July and June respectively, the S5 IS will retail for $499.99 and the SD 850 IS for $399.99.
Both are point and shoot models, featuring optical image stabilization, face detection technology in their auto focus systems, in-camera red-eye correction and eight-megapixel resolution. Both cameras also incorporate 2.5-inch LCD displays and eye-level viewfinders.
The S5 IS is shaped like a compact Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. It sports a 12x optical zoom lens with a 36 – 432 mm focal length range. It features 22 different automatic shooting modes that users can select from a dial, including various special scene settings. The S5 IS’s display swings out and features two-level brightness control.
The SD850 is an ultra-compact pocket camera with a 4x optical zoom lens with a 35 – 140 mm focal length range. It uses a new “PureColor” LCD display that Canon claims offers better color accuracy and brightness; the display has a multi-coated finish that resists glare, scratches and fingerprints.
Both cameras connect to a Mac or PC using USB and write data to SD memory cards (both include a 32MB card).