Canon announced the launch of the PowerShot SX100 IS – the first release in the new SX series of great value super zoom digital compact cameras. Combining high optical zoom and user friendly operation in a remarkably compact form, the SX series offers exceptional performance in the hands of any member of the family, and includes full manual control for those with more experience. The PowerShot SX100 IS features a 10x optical zoom lens (36-360mm-35mm format) with optical Image Stabilizer, 8.0 Megapixel image sensor, and DIGIC III processor for superb image quality. Enhanced Face Detection Technology, Red-Eye Correction and Auto ISO Shift features mean that users of any level can achieve impressive results. The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS comes equipped with several preset Special Scene modes optimized for common family shooting situations. Modes include Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Fireworks and Snow. Advanced modes such as Manual, Program, Shutter speed Priority and Aperture Priority give experienced users more control.
Video recording with sound is available for those special movie moments, including a new Long Play (LP) VGA mode that effectively doubles the amount of video that can be stored on a memory card. The PowerShot SX100 IS is compatible with HC MMCplus memory cards, giving users the option to use memory cards from other mobile devices – such as mobile phones and MP3 players – in their camera. Canon PowerShot SX100 IS measures 108.7 x 71.4 x 46.7 mm, weigh 266g (no batteries) and is powered by easily available 2x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries. PowerShot SX100 IS will be available by mid October for approximately 40,000 Yen ($347).