Next up are two Wi-Fi-equipped ELPH models: the ELPH 320 HS and ELPH 530 HS. Similar to how other manufacturers are handling Wi-Fi these days, the ELPHs will be able to upload pictures directly to social networking and photo sharing sites when connected to a Wi-Fi network. There will also be an app available (first for iOS, later for Android), which will transfer photos to your smartphone, from where you can send them onto further destinations. The cameras themselves are otherwise identical to the ELPH 110 (don't ask me to explain Canon's numbering system) and ELPH 520 that were announced
last month. Here are the full specs:
PowerShot ELPH 320 HS [specs]
- 16.1 Megapixel "high sensitivity" CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 5 processor
- F2.7-5.9, 5X optical zoom, equivalent to 24 - 120 mm
- Optical image stabilization, with Intelligent IS function described above
- Ultra-compact body, comes in black, silver, red, and blue
- 3.2" touchscreen LCD display with 461,000 pixels
- Touch features include focus, shutter, menus, in image playback (there are almost no buttons on the camera)
- Point-and-shoot operation, with Smart Auto mode
- Built-in Wi-Fi allows user to transfer photos to your computer, Canon's cloud service, or to a smartphone (with the Camera Window app)
- Large selection of scene modes and special effects, plus Face ID system
- Continuous shooting at 5.2 frames/sec
- SD/SDHC/SDXC card
- Uses NB-11L li-ion battery, 170 shots per charge
- Records Full HD video at 1080/24p with stereo sound; optical zoom can be used while recording
- Ships in late March for $279
PowerShot ELPH 530 HS [specs] - changes:
- 10.1 Megapixel "high sensitivity" CMOS sensor (would love to know why this model uses a lower resolution sensor)
- F3.4-5.6, 12X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 336 mm; lens uses folded optics technology, which is how the camera stays so thin
- Uses microSD/microSDHC cards
- 190 shots per charge using NB-9L battery
- Available in white and black
- Priced at $349
New PowerShot Lineup Enables Photographers To Stay Connected While Capturing Legendary Canon Image Quality
Highlighted Features include Wi-Fi, Powerful Optical Zoom and Ruggedness
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of four PowerShot digital cameras: the ELPH 530 HS, ELPH 320 HS, SX260 HS, and D20. Photographers no longer have to sacrifice image quality for the ability to instantly share images and videos with the use of the PowerShot ELPH 530 HS and ELPH 320 HS Wi-Fi enabled cameras. The PowerShot SX260 HS camera puts Canon's amazing optical reach into a pocket sized camera, with a 20x optical zoom (25mm to 500mm) letting you pull subjects in close. Designed for the adventurous photographer looking to take spectacular photos, the rugged PowerShot D20 camera is ideally suited for the backpacker, snowboarder or tropical-traveler.
"Canon wants to help people capture the best images possible with the ability to quickly and easily share them with the world. With new PowerShot features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, people can quickly upload and share images on social networks," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Whether it's a powerful zoom, Wi-Fi or waterproof features, our new PowerShot lineup empowers people to be creative with their photography. There are good enough images and there are great images, we always aim to help people capture the best images."
Mobile Sharing with Excellent Image Quality
The Wi-Fi functionality built into the two ELPH models allow for a variety of connection options to help photographers share, upload, or back-up images. Users can connect directly to a wireless network from their camera to upload photos and videos to the Canon iMAGE GATEWAYi, an online service that lets registered users store images to an online album, and then post their content to social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
In March, the Canon CameraWindow application is expected to be available on the Apple App Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touchii to further enhance the connectivity options. With this App, users can transfer and save images and videos from the camera to compatible iOS devices, which can then be directly uploaded to Facebook and YouTube or emailed. Photos and videos can also be shared on-the-spot with friends and family by transmitting to another current Wi-Fi-enabled Canon camera as well. A similar app is expected to be available in May for Android devices.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Digital Camera
The flagship of the ELPH line, the .78 inches thick ELPH 530 HS camera has the classic style of the original ELPH design while also being Wi-Fi enabled and packing an amazing 12x optical zoom lens to capture great shots from a distance. Canon's HS SYSTEM has been included where the 10-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor will work in tandem with the camera's DIGIC 5 image processor to help produce high-quality images in low-light conditions. The ELPH 530 HS will also shoot 1080p Full HD video helping capture footage in crystal clear clarity. This new model sports a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen for simple and intuitive operation and menu navigation, Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes, Face ID for optimal images of up to 12 registered subjects and the Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) function. The camera will be available in black or white for an estimated retail price of $349.99 and is expected to ship in April.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS camera makes the perfect on-the-go camera for the young and active photographer, with Wi-Fi connectivity for easy uploading of memorable moments. The HS SYSTEM has also been included on this model with the 16.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS and DIGIC 5 image processor working together to produce high-quality, low-light images. For those users who value high-quality video, the camera has 1080p Full HD capabilities as well. A 5x-Optical Zoom 24mm wide-angle lens will help expand the shooting capabilities of the camera and a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen for simple and intuitive operation and menu navigation. This camera will also feature Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID in addition to Intelligent IS. The camera will be available in four eye-catching colors (black, silver, blue and red) for an estimated retail price of $279.99 and is expected to ship in March.
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera
Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS camera delivers a powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization delivers stunning images from up close or at a distance and measuring just 1.29-inches thick. The camera's impressive zoom is accompanied by Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low-light shooting with a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. Combining this incredible zoom and high-image quality will allow photographers of all levels to capture great photos or 1080p Full HD video up close and at a distance, all in one portable, powerful digital camera. The Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID has also been included in this incredibly diverse yet compact device. The camera also includes Intelligent IS and GPS photo tagging with location and elevation information to help plot exactly where your travels have taken you. Adding to the feature-set is High-Speed Burst HQ allowing for approximately 10 high-resolution shots to be captured at a continuous rate at 10.3 frames per second. The camera will be available in three colors - black, green and red - and is expected to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $349.99.
Canon PowerShot D20 Digital Camera
Waterproofiii, shock-proof,iv and freeze-proofv the PowerShot D20 is built with the active photographer in mind. Outfitted with an easy-to-access button, the camera enables users to switch from normal photo mode to snow or underwater mode, even with gloves on. To help make the underwater photos as great as those captured on dry land, the camera has a built-in underwater macro mode producing amazing pictures up close while diving or snorkeling. When recording video, the camera includes wind reduction technology to help capture clear audio even in breezy conditions. It touts an impressive array of features including the HS SYSTEM incorporating a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor, 1080p Full HD video and a 5x optical zoom lens. Also included is a 3.0-inch LCD screen, GPS-capabilities allowing users to track their locations and tag each photo with latitude, longitude, and elevation information and Intelligent IS.vi The PowerShot D20 camera is expected to ship in May 2012 for an estimated retail price of $349.99.
For more information about the new Canon PowerShot cameras go to: www.usa.canon.com/powershot.
i Canon iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album available starting February 14, 2012. One-time registration will be required.
ii Compatible with iOS 4.3 or later versions.
iii Down to 33 feet
iv Up to 5 feet
v As low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit
vi GPS functions will not operate while the camera is under water.