Canon Intros First Touchscreen PowerShot & Five Other Cameras

Canon announced six new PowerShot cameras today, including the new flagship PowerShot G11 and Canon’s first ever touchscreen PowerShot. All of the new cameras feature Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization and use the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The cameras also have an upgraded version of Canon’s Smart AUTO technology that can track moving faces and detect 22 different shooting situations. Some of the new models also have the ability to capture 720p High-Definition video. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key features for each new camera.

Canon PowerShot G11

As the latest addition to Canon’s flagship PowerShot G-series line, the new PowerShot G11 is designed for users who want a pocket-sized camera with SLR capabilities. The PowerShot G11 is a 10 megapixel camera that incorporates Canon’s High Sensitivity System. This system works with the DIGIC 4 image processor to offer a faster shutter speed and help reduce subject blur and camera shake.

For the first time in a G-series model, the PowerShot G11 incorporates a 2.8-inch vari-angle PureColor System LCD for easy previewing of images from nearly every angle. An optical viewfinder is still available as well. Like other G-series models, the PowerShot G11 is compatible with a number of optional accessories, including Speedlite flashes, an underwater housing, and a tele-converter lens.

The PowerShot G11 has a 5x optical zoom lens equivalent to 28-140mm and provides easy access to ISO and exposure compensation settings using two mode dials. The camera supports a full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG.

The PowerShot G11 is scheduled to be available in October for $499.99.

Canon PowerShot S90

The PowerShot S90 blends the looks and design of the PowerShot Digital ELPH line with the high-end functionality of the PowerShot G-series. The PowerShot S90 features Canon’s High Sensitivity System as well as a 28mm wide-angle f/2.0 lens and a 3.8x optical zoom.

This 10-megapixel camera has a customizable control ring for easy access and operation of various shooting settings. The PowerShot S90 also has a 3-inch PureColor System LCD and supports a range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG.

Scheduled to be available in October, the PowerShot S90 will cost $429.99.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS and SX120 IS

Canon’s SX series is designed to offer a powerful zoom in a lightweight package. The 12.1-megapixel PowerShot SX20 IS and the 10-megapixel PowerShot SX120 IS continue this tradition with optical zoom capabilities of 20x and 10x, respectively.

The PowerShot SX20 IS can capture 720p (30 fps) HD video. Thanks to the camera’s HDMI output, you can easily share this video with family and friends using an HDTV. For on-camera viewing of images and videos, the camera has a 2.5-inch vari-angle PureColor System LCD.

The PowerShot SX20 IS uses AA batteries for power. It should be available in September for $399.99.

The PowerShot SX120 IS also operates on AA batteries. This camera offers a 3.0-inch LCD for framing and viewing images and incorporates an Easy Mode to simplify taking pictures.

Also expected in September, the PowerShot SX120 IS will cost $249.99

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS and SD940 IS Digital ELPH Cameras

Canon’s ELPH line is known for its sleek, stylish looks and a compact form. The PowerShot SD980 IS is the first camera in the ELPH line to incorporate a 3.0-inch touch panel PureColor System LCD with a new user interface for easy navigation. This camera can capture 720p HD video and offers an HDMI output connector for easy playback of images and videos on a HDTV. You’ll also find a 24mm, 5x optical zoom lens on the 12.1 megapixel PowerShot SD980 IS.

The PowerShot SD980 IS will be available in October in silver, blue, purple, and gold for $329.99.

Canon’s PowerShot SD940 IS offers a 28mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom capabilities and a 12.1 megapixel sensor. This camera can also capture 720p HD movies and offers an HDMI output connector. You can review images and movies on the PowerShot SD940 IS’ 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD.

The PowerShot SD940 IS will come in blue, black, silver, and brown for $299.99 in September.