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Canon launches new PowerShot digital cameras

PowerShot A3100 IS, A3000 IS, A495 and A490 shown
Canon Powershot A495 digital camera

Canon has shown four new digital cameras to swell the ranks of the popular Canon PowerShot range, which will be available from February 2010. 

The PowerShot A3100 IS and A3000 IS, part of the PowerShot A series line, will succeed the current PowerShot A1100 IS, while the more affordable PowerShot A495 and A490 will replace popular PowerShot A480.

Canon Powershot A3100 IS video

 

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You can see how existing Canon PowerShot models measure up to rivals in tough Which? lab tests in the Which? digital cameras review – compare models including:

PowerShot A495 and A490 cost and spec

Designed for fun, everyday use according to Canon, the A495 will be priced at £139, while the A490 will be exclusive to Argos. 

Available in silver (both models), red and blue (PowerShot A495 only), both new models offer:

  • A 10-megapixel sensor;
  • A 3.3x optical zoom lens, producing large, detailed images;
  • Smart Auto mode to adjust picture settings automatically, including detection of light conditions;
  • A 6.2cm (2.5-inch) LCD display;
  • Video at VGA resolution with sound with a YouTube upload function supplied in the software.

PowerShot A3100 IS and A3000 IS cost and specs

Canon describes the PowerShot A3100 IS and A3000 IS as ‘compact, great looking and extremely easy to use’. The A3100 IS, available in a choice of red, silver or blue colours, will be priced at £189. The silver and black A3000 IS will be exclusive to Argos.

The PowerShot A3100 IS features a 12.1-megapixel imaging sensor, while the lower-cost Powershot A3000 IS offers a 10-megapixel resolution.

Both models feature:

  • DIGIC III processing;
  • A 4x optical zoom lens;
  • An integrated optical image stabilizer;
  • A 6.7cm (2.7-inch) high resolution LCD screen;
  • Smart Auto mode to adjust picture settings automatically, including detection of light conditions;
  • Video at VGA resolution with sound with a YouTube upload function supplied in the software.

Keep an eye out on which.co.uk for first looks and full reviews of Canon’s new Powershot digital cameras, or if you can’t wait till February to benefit from a new camera check out the range of Which? Best Buy models in our digital cameras and digital SLR reviews.

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