Hands-on with Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, ELPH 510 HS and ELPH 310 HS

images © Lynne Eodice for Digital Photographer

Last week we reported on Canon’s three new PowerShot digital cameras. DP reporter Lynne Eodice was able to get a hands-on look at the new models on the show floor at IFA Berlin.

From Lynne:

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Offered in either black or red casing, Canon’s PowerShot SX150 IS (pictured at top) features a 14.1-megapixel image sensor, a 12x optical zoom 28mm wide-angle lens, and 720p video recording. Like all three of the new PowerShot cameras, the SX150 features Canon’s new Intelligent Image Stabilizing (IS) system to help ensure image sharpness. In addition to its variety of basic shooting modes, the SX150 gives you the opportunity to shoot manually, including Aperture or Shutter Priority modes for more artistic control over your images. Its 3-inch LCD screen allows for easy image viewing or scrolling through menus.

Canon ELPH 510 HS and ELPH 310

The tiny 12.1MP ELPH 510 HS offers a 12x optical zoom, and 28mm wide-angle lens and 1080p full High Definition video recording. It also has a 3.2-inch wide, touch-panel LCD screen. Both ELPH models utilize Canon’s HS system that combines a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor to help you to get sharp, well-exposed images in low-light situations. What’s especially impressive about the ELPH 510 is its unique Touch Shutter feature, which allows you to touch the screen where you want to focus and release your finger to shoot a photo. It will be available in red, black and silver.

By comparison, the ELPH 310 offers nearly the same specs: a 12.1MP CMOS sensor with an 8x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens, as well as 1080p full HD video recording. It also features a High-Speed Burst mode, Smart Auto, and a 3-inch LCD screen. It will be available in five bright colors: purple, blue, pink, green and silver. Both ELPH models are scheduled to be available at the beginning of October 2011.


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