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Canon unloads six new budget-friendly A-series cameras

Date posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Now let's move on to the six new models in Canon's entry-level PowerShot A-series. I'm going to start with the cheap one and work my way up. Grab a donut, here we go:

PowerShot A810 [specs]

  • 16 Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-6.9, 5X optical zoom, equivalent to 28 - 140 mm
  • 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Smart Auto mode (which selects from 32 scenes)
  • Plenty of special effects and scene modes; Live View Control lets you adjust brightness, color, and tone without needing to know the technical terms
  • In-camera help system
  • Records 720p video at 25 frames/second
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card
  • Uses two AA batteries, 500 shots per charge with NiMH batteries
  • Available in silver, black, and red
  • Ships in April for $109

PowerShot A1300 [specs] - changes:

  • Optical viewfinder (!)
  • Available in black and silver
  • Priced at $119

PowerShot A2300 [specs] - changes:

  • Slimmer, more ELPH-like body; no optical viewfinder
  • Uses lithium-ion battery; 210 shots per charge with NB-11L
  • Available in black, silver, red, and blue
  • Ships in March for $149

PowerShot A2400 IS [specs] - changes:

  • Optical image stabilization, with Intelligent IS
  • 180 shots per charge using NB-11L battery
  • Available in black, silver, blue, and pink
  • Priced at $159

PowerShot A3400 IS [specs] - changes:

  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 230,000 pixels
    • Touch features include focus, shutter, menus, and image playback
  • Available in black, silver, red, and gold
  • Ships in March for $179

Powershot A4000 IS [specs] - changes:

  • F3.0-5.9, 8X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 224 mm
  • Standard 3-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • 175 shots per charge using NB-11L battery
  • Available in black, silver, blue, red, and pink
  • Ships this month for $199

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Capture Life's Unexpected Moments In Superb Image Quality With Canon U.S.A.'s New, Easy To Use And Re-Designed PowerShot A-series Cameras

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced six PowerShot A-series digital cameras with improved operability that produce outstanding images and feature a high-quality, stylish re-design in a variety of fashionable colors. Canon's PowerShot A-series models have been instrumental for entry-level users in learning the joys of photography and these new models continue this tradition with features such as 16-megapixel sensor, 720p HD video capture and a 28mm wide-angle lens to capture images of large groups at a family function or of a child on the playground.

PowerShot A-series models are known not only for producing high-image quality but also being easy to use as well. For the first time in a PowerShot A-series model, the A4000 IS, A3400 IS and A2400 IS models will feature Intelligent IS so the camera automatically selects the most effective image stabilization mode ensuring users always capture the best results. In addition, all of the models announced today will have the Smart AUTO feature with 32 shooting modes that selects the appropriate camera setting based on the users shooting environment. Additionally, for the first time in a PowerShot camera, each model will have a Help button to provide an explanation of various shooting modes to help the user along the way.

"The new additions to Canon's new PowerShot A-series lineup will provide entry-level users with many options to unlock their creativity and capture high-quality images at a budget-friendly price," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS Cameras
The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS cameras will each have a Genuine Canon Lens with Optical Image Stabilization allowing users to capture up-close details and wide landscapes. For the PowerShot A4000 IS camera, there will be an impressive 8x-Optical Zoom lens, the longest to date for a PowerShot A-series model, and the PowerShot A3400 IS camera will have a 5x-Optical Zoom. In addition, both cameras will have a 3-inch LCD screen; however, the PowerShot A3400 camera's screen will be Touch Panel, another first for a PowerShot A-series model, with Touch Focus and Touch Shutter shooting modes for enhanced camera operation. The PowerShot A4000 IS camera is scheduled to be available in February in black, silver, blue, red and pink for an estimated retail price of $199.99. The PowerShot A3400 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, red and gold for an estimated retail price of $179.99.

PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 Cameras
The PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 cameras both feature a 5x-Optical Zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The PowerShot A2400 IS camera will also have Optical Image Stabilization and is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, blue and pink for an estimated retail price of $159.99. The PowerShot A2300 camera is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $149.99 in black, silver, red and blue.

PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 Cameras
For the more traditional camera user, the PowerShot A1300 camera comes equipped with an optical viewfinder adding to the versatility of this model. Additionally, both the PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 cameras feature a 5x-Optical Zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD screen and use AA batteries allowing for easy replacement whether at home or on a family vacation. The PowerShot A1300 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $119.99, in black and silver. The PowerShot A810 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $109.99, in black, silver and red.