September 16, 2011: A new DiG!C 5 image processor makes its first appearance in Canon’s just-announced PowerShot S100 and PowerShot SX40 HS.
DiG!C 5 provides a range of enhancements including better noise reduction, automation capabilities, better white balance and faster continuous shooting. It also underpins both cameras’ Full HD movie recording capabilities, which enable video clips to be recorded at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Optical Image Stabilisation Lens has been further enhanced with Intelligent Image Stabilisation (IS) which automatically controls blurring by reducing the effects of hand-held camera shake. Each camera can automatically select the optimum IS from a selection of six scenes: normal photos, macro shooting, shooting while walking, using a tripod, panning and shooting with a telephoto zoom.
Front, back and top views of the new Canon PowerShot S100. (Source: Canon.)
The PowerShot S100 replaces the popular PowerShot S95 and features a 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7 type (7.6 x 5.7 mm) CMOS Sensor and new 5x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0 and 24mm equivalent wide-angle capability. GPS functionality has been added, giving users the ability to track and display shooting trips on Google Maps. As in the S95, the S100 provides a wide range of manual controls and a customisable control ring.
Front, back and top views of the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. (Source: Canon.)
The new PowerShot SX40 HS combines a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity sensor with a 35x optical zoom lens and includes Intelligent IS stabilisation. Replacing the PowerShot SX30 IS, the new model covers a zoom range equivalent to 24-840mm in 35mm format. It sports 2.7 type Vari Angle LCD screen and includes 32 scene pre-sets that can be recognised in the Intelligent Auto mode.
Pricing for the new models has still to be finalised. The PowerShot S100will be available from November through Canon dealers nationally. The PowerShotSX40 HS is scheduled to go on sale in October. For more information, phone Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at www.canon.com.au.