2.The Canon PowerShot S100 is a newer model that is loyal to the PowerShot concept of putting advanced digital photography capabilities in a convenient point-and-shoot camera. Both experienced beginners and serious amateurs are able to shoot excellent casual photos and video with the simplicity of pressing one button as well as composing very creative images with the PowerShot S100’s high-end features. The excellence of the image quality, regardless of what kind of photo or video you’re shooting, starts with the Canon HS System that combines the S100’s 12.1-megapixel sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Add a fast f/2.0 kit lens, 5x optical zoom and ISO to 6,400 and the Canon PowerShot S100 is an incredible value at $429.99.
3. You don’t lose much if you choose the Canon PowerShot S95 instead of the S100. For some, the S95 at $399.99 will be a lower-priced option, but it still puts serious digital photography capabilities in your hands, powerful and convenient. Since the Canon HS System combines the S95’s 10-megapixel sensor with the company’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the camera actually performs better, in terms of image quality and noise, than cameras with larger sensors at the same price point. The fast f/2.0 wide-angle lens also expands your shooting choices with greater sensitivity in low-light conditions and a shallow depth-of-field for more creativity. The Canon PowerShot S95 also shoots 720p HD video with stereo sound.
4. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is very similar to the PowerShot S100, with a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled with Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor. The SX40 does have a 2.7-inch Vari-Angle LCD compared to the S100’s 3-inch LCD. The premier feature of the SX40, however, is its 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens (4.3–150.5mm) with 35x optical zoom, which is the equivalent of 24 to 840mm in the 35mm format. This allows you to be very creative with wide-angle compositions as well as capturing distant objects at concerts and outdoor gatherings, and gaining more experience as a nature photographer. Push the SX40’s Zoom Framing Assist button to help you track and frame any moving subject easily. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS retails for $429.99.
5. The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS was the first PowerShot with the same 35x optical zoom lens that is included in the upgraded SX 40, providing any photographer with all the focal length required (24 to 840mm in the 35mm format). The SX30’s optical zoom feature also works when shooting 720p HD video. The IS designation refers to Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer System, which controls camera shake and can also be operated in the movie mode at the wide-angle setting. With a 14.1-megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch Vari-Angle LCD and Zoom Framing Assist, among other features, the SX 30 IS is a versatile photographic tool. It gives many photographers an alternative choice to the SX40 HS without losing any image quality or performance excellence. The Canon SX30 IS retails for $429.99.
6. The PowerShot SX230 HS offer a wide range of features for the casual photographer who wants both ease-of-use and quality picture taking. These include Canon’s HS System, combining a 12.1-megapixel sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, and the 14x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom kit lens. The System makes it easier to shoot better pictures in low light. You can also shoot 1080p full HD video with the new Movie Digest Mode. It allows you shoot short video segments, and then return to taking still digital photos. Later, you can combine all the video segments into one seamless program. Advanced Smart Auto is another feature that makes the Canon SX230 HS easy to use during busy days and an active lifestyle. Smart AUTO matches your image with one of 32 different shooting scenes, so you don’t have to switch modes and miss the picture you wanted. The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS retails for $329.99.
7. The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS delivers all the performance and value for beginners who want to take a smaller step toward DSLR-like capabilities and still retain the portability and convenience of a point-and shoot. The SX150 is packed with a 14.1-megapixel sensor and a 12x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video that allows you to zoom the lens while shooting. Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer System will keep your camera steady and control blurring shots as you enjoy and photograph your high-energy lifestyle. The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS retails for $249.99.
8. The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS may be the little brother in this group, but don’t underestimate its image quality and a full range of features to capture every exciting moment of your time with family and friends, at home or traveling. Essential to recording these memories and being more creative than many point-and-shoots is the SX130 IS’s 12.1-megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer, 12x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom lens and playful touches you can add with the Miniature Effect for Movies and Fisheye Effect. Even at this price point, Canon allows you to shoot 720p HD as you zoom the lens. The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS retails for $299.99.
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