Canon is one of the leading digital camera manufacturers on the market today. They offer simple point and shoot cameras as well as professional quality SLR cameras. Here is a review of a sampling of their top cameras.
1. PowerShot A470 $99.99 This camera is Canon’s basic Power Shot digital camera. It packs a lot of punch for a small price though. It captures pictures at an effective 7.1 mega pixels, zooms in 3.4x with optical zoom and another 4x with digital zoom. While the optical zoom is wonderful, I would recommend against using the digital zoom. It is just zooming in on the object the same way you can at home when you are editing the pictures and ends up reducing the quality.
As with other Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras, the PowerShot A470 features Canon’s Enhanced Face Detection Technology which automatically sets focus, exposure, flash and white balance so you do not have to worry about getting it just right before taking a picture. While this camera allows the user to tweak certain things such as ISO speed, color filters and white balance, it does not have the more detailed features found in higher models. One of its greatest features would be its support of a variety of different memory cards. It will take SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card and HC MMC Plus Card. Many cards in this price range will only take one specific type of card.
The biggest downside to this camera would be its bulky design; the camera body alone weighs in at 5.82 ounces. It is small, but not as sleek as comparable cameras from different brands. Another negative would be the fact it uses two AA batteries. These do not last long and end up costing the consumer more money in the long run, unless you invest in rechargeable batteries which can be expensive as well. The LCD screen is 2.5″, which is not too small or too big, but probably not the best size for a camera running on AA batteries. Overall, considering the price, this is a great point and shoot camera. It will take great pictures, but do not expect too much out of it and you will not be disappointed.
2. PowerShot SD790 IS$199.99This camera is in the middle in terms of quality of Canon’s point and shoot digital cameras. It boasts 10.0 Mega Pixels and 4x optical zoom. The LCD is bright and big at 3″ and does not affect the battery life as it has a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
It has more features than the PowerShot A470, but still not as much as the higher end point and shoot cameras. One of the biggest complaints about this model is its confusing interface. Yes, it has the more advanced features, but they are not as easy to find and use. It is a little smaller than the PowerShot A470, weighing in at 5.74 ounces. The quality you get with this camera is well worth the $199.99, as long as you can figure out how to use it.
3. PowerShot SD990 IS $399.99 This is the highest quality point and shoot digital camera Canon offers. The mega pixels are a generous 14.7 effective and the optical zoom comes in at 3.7x. Anything over 10 mega pixels is usually considered overkill, unless you are planning on printing poster sized images or want to edit pictures at an extremely high resolution. Other than the mega pixel count, the features are pretty similar to the PowerShot SD790 IS. It is more sleek and rounded than the SD790, weighing 5.64 ounces.
4. PowerShot D10$329.99This could be considered the model between the SD990 and the A470 as it has 12.1 mega pixels and 3x optical zoom. The awesome detail with this camera is the fact it is waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof. According to Canon’s website, “it’s tough enough to take what you dish out”. This would be the perfect camera for that adventurous person in your life or even the next family vacation. It still has all the great features characteristic of a Canon digital camera such as face recognition, a bright LCD screen, ability to choose a high ISO for capturing moving objects and quality photographs. This camera is not on store shelves, but will be out in May 2009. If you decide to get one, be sure to let me know how it works out for you. After seeing all of its great features, I might just buy one for my adventurous boyfriend who likes taking pictures while he is out fishing.
5.EOS Rebel XS 18-55IS Kit$599.99This is an excellent Digital SLR Camera for beginners and experts alike. It has advanced features that allow you to manipulate just about every aspect of taking a picture, while still retaining auto settings for you to use when you just feel like taking a picture. It boasts 10.2 effective mega pixels and the optical zoom is dependent upon which lens you are using. Even though there are cameras out there with resolutions higher than 10.2 mega pixels, if you are planning on printing your pictures smaller than poster size, there is no need to worry.
I personally used a Rebel XS in a digital photography class and was immensely impressed by it. There are digital cameras in the PowerShot line that are close to the same price as a Rebel, but I would buy a Rebel over a point and shoot for this price. It allows you to do so many more things and the ability to change lenses depending on the situation is invaluable.
There are so many digital cameras out there it can be overwhelming, but as long as you do your research and know what you, personally, are looking for; you will find the right camera for you.