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Canon PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Canon announces PowerShot SX110 IS!
By Zig Weidelich, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 02:32 EDT)

The Canon SX110IS follows in the footsteps of a very successful long-zoom camera in last year's lineup, the SX100IS.

This year, Canon has updated the design with a 9 megapixel sensor (up from 8 megapixels) and larger 3 inch LCD (up from 2.5 inches). The Canon SX100IS also sports a number of enhancements to the its operation, with more sophisticated face recognition processing, a more sophisticated auto exposure system, motion detection, and a new Easy Mode that reduces picture taking to a "just push the button" experience, despite the camera's myriad options of interest to more advanced users. Also, a 640x480, 30 frames/second movie mode delivers high resolution and very smooth motion capture for movies that will be more than just "video snapshots."

The result is the new Canon SX100IS, selling for the same MSRP of $299, despite the upgrades. A lot will obviously depend on how the new model performs in the lab, but if it can live up to its heritage, the Canon SX100IS promises to be another Dave's Pick. Stay tuned for our full review once we get a production sample of the camera, but meanwhile, read our extended Canon SX100IS preview for more details about this exciting new camera.


Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Mid-Sized
Manufacturer Canon
Model Number SX110 IS
Dimensions 4.4 x 2.8 x 1.8"
110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7mm
Weight 245.0 g
8.6 oz
Planned Price $299.99
Planned Availability 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.3" CCD
10.30 megapixels (total)
9.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 3456 x 2592 (9.0 megapixels)
3456 x 1944 (6.7 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 1.2 frames per second
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.0", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Canon Zoom Lens, 10 elements in 9 groups (including 1 aspherical element)
10x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 6.0 - 60.0mm (actual)
36 - 360mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (W) / f/4.3 (T) - f/8.0
Focusing System Contrast Detect; Face Detect AF, Single AF point, Selectable AF frame size: normal, or small with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - infinity (1.0 cm - infinity)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity< td> Auto, High ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200* (*3200 in special scene mode)
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2500 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot (spot metering at center), Face Detect AE
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Range: 1.6-9.8 ft./50cm-3.0m (W), 3.3-6.6 ft./1.0-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Creative
Scene Modes Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, ISO 3200), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot,
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 1 - 30 seconds
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Max. clip length: 3,600 seconds ()
Storage
Recording Medium SDHC/SD/MMC
File System FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Power
Battery Type Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software Canon software suite
Battery / Charger 2 x AA Alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 32.0MB SD memory card
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
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Canon PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

CANON U.S.A. COMBINES SLIM DESIGN AND HIGH-END FEATURES IN ITS REVAMPED A-SERIES AND ULTRA-ZOOM LINE OF DIGITAL CAMERAS

New Models Feature Slimmer, Compact Body and Easy-To-Use Features

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, is expanding its PowerShot line of digital cameras with the announcement of two new additions to its affordable A-series line, and one new ultra-zoom digital camera to its SX-series of ultra-zoom cameras. Sporting a new look, the PowerShot A1000 IS and PowerShot A2000 IS digital cameras combine the robust feature-set consumers have come to expect from Canon's point-and-shoot digital cameras, coupled with a sleek design, giving a slimmer, lighter and more compact body to this camera line. The new PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera offers users all the benefits of a point-and-shoot camera, but with the ultra-zoom optical range needed to capture shots from the orchestra when seated in the balcony.

The Canon PowerShot A1000 IS digital camera features a 10-megapixel resolution, 4x Optical Zoom lens, DIGIC III Image Processor and comes in four stylish, two-toned colors. The PowerShot A2000 IS digital camera also has a 10-megapixel resolution, as well as DIGIC III Image Processor and is equipped with a 6x Optical Zoom lens, and a 3-inch LCD screen. The PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera features a 9-megapixel resolution, DIGIC III Image Processor, 3-inch LCD screen and 10x Optical Zoom lens. All cameras allow for close-up shots for those important occasions where you can't be right on top of the action and a zoom may be required - all with the ease of popping in two AA batteries so a shot is never missed. Each camera is equipped with an optical image stabilized lens to help reduce camera shake, and High ISO Auto which takes into account the subject's movement, which helps to provide crisp and clear images regardless of how far the zoom extends.

Building upon the user-friendly reputation of the PowerShot family, all three cameras feature Easy Mode, which limits camera functions to the basics for simplified operation, creating ease-of-use for even the most entry-level camera owner. Additionally, the cameras are equipped with PictBridge and Canon Direct Print, enabling consumers to print photos anywhere.

"With the new A-Series cameras, users don't have to sacrifice cutting-edge technology for innovative style, or ease-of-use" said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "These cameras include the best technology Canon has to offer, along with colorful and unique designs that pack today's lifestyle trends into an affordable, compact digital camera. Additionally, the new SX camera is the ultimate in compact functionality. This camera will meet the technology needs of beginners and photo enthusiasts alike."

Advancing the A - PowerShot A1000 IS and A2000 IS Digital Cameras
The new PowerShot A-Series cameras remain perfect for families purchasing their first digital camera, travelers who don't want to worry about charging their batteries while "on-the-go" and new parents looking for an affordable, family-friendly camera that perfectly captures special moments. At the same time, a revamped design also makes these cameras the ultimate choice for the style-conscious consumer. The PowerShot A1000 IS digital camera evokes elegance with its gentle curved grip, and offers the opportunity for individual expression via its four color choices; gray, blue, gold and purple. The two-tone silver PowerShot A2000 IS digital camera features a clean, modern silhouette and a matte finish around key controls for a high-end look and feel.

Ultra Zoom - PowerShot SX110 IS Digital Camera
The new PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera is perfect for the parent trying to capture the winning goal or the outdoorsman trying to capture the perfect sunset. At the same time, this modern-l oking and elegant form, available in both black and silver , is easy to hold and fits snuggly in the palm of your hand. What's more, the 3-inch LCD screen and easy-to-use control dial make capturing and viewing images seamless.

Availability and Pricing
Scheduled to be available in September, the PowerShot A1000 IS and the PowerShot A2000 IS digital cameras will have suggested selling prices of $199.99* and $249.99*, respectively. Also, available at the end of August, the PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera will have a suggested selling price of $299.99*. All cameras include two AA batteries, 32MB SD memory card, USB interface cable, AV cable, wrist strap and Canon's software suite.

New Product Feature Set:

Product Features
PowerShot A1000 IS
PowerShot A2000 IS
PowerShot SX110 IS
Image Processor
DIGIC III
Face Detection Technology
Motion Detection Technology
Red-eye Correction
DIGIC III
Face Detection Technology
Motion Detection Technology
Red-eye Correction
DIGIC III
Face Detection Technology
Motion Detection Technology
Red-eye Correction
Megapixel
10
10
9
Optical Zoom
4x
6x
10x
LCD Screen
2.5"
3.0"
3.0"
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/pressroom.

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*Prices are estimated retail prices. Actual selling prices are set by dealers and may vary.
Availability, specifications and prices are subject to change without notice. All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008

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