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Lee Yuan Sheng
01-06-2011, 02:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.dcresource.com/news/newsitem.php?id=4233' target='_blank'>http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4233</a><br /><br /></div><p>I woke up this morning and found a bunch of new camera announcements, so let's get to it. Starting off, we have four budget cameras from Canon; an update of the lowest entry-level A-series camera, and a trio of 4-digit A-series cameras. I guess the IXUS/ELPH cameras will come later.</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1294317369.usr15670.jpg" /></p><p>First up, we have the <strong>Powershot&nbsp;A3300 IS</strong>, the most expensive of the lot at about US$180. As implied in the name, there is image stabilisation accompanying its 5x 28-140mm equivalent f/2.8-5.9 zoom lens. The camera comes with a 16 megapixel CCD, 3" LCD, and the ability to record 720P videos.</p><p>Next up is the <strong>Powershot A2200</strong>&nbsp;at about US$140, which has a 4x 28-140mm equivalent f/2.8-5.9 zoom lens, a 14 megapixel LCD, and the ability to record 720p video. Its little brother, the <strong>A1200</strong>, features similar specs, but has a 12 megapixel CCD, and a less attractive looking body (though there is an optical viewfinder). It also records 720p video; not a bad feat for something that costs about US$110.</p><p>Finally the cheapie of the bunch, the <strong>A800</strong>, continues the tradition of the budget Powershot having a very un-wide lens, from 37mm to 122mm equivalent at f/3.0-5.8. a tiny grainy LCD (by today's standards) of 2.5", and VGA movie mode (at least it's VGA with sound this time). At about US$90, the A1200 is far better value. The cameras will be available come February. More photos at the source link.</p>

Janak Parekh
01-07-2011, 03:26 PM
Most of these CES-announced cameras are highly unimpressive (aren't we moving to wider-than-f/2.8 lenses already?), but thanks much for your coverage - you pack in the important facts and some useful information into very short, informative posts. Really well done - I appreciate it - please keep 'em coming. :)


Lee Yuan Sheng
01-07-2011, 09:01 PM
Thanks! CES is actually worse to cover than PMA or Photokina, if you ask me. -.-