PowerShot A810 & PowerShot A1300
These entry-level PowerShots come with x5 zoom 28-140mm lenses in simple compact bodies, equipped with the new standard direct video button. None of them, however, have image stabilization. The A1300 has an optical viewfinder – a true rarity among compacts.
In terms of improvements from the corresponding older models – the A1300 is a relatively minor update to the A1200, with a somewhat larger zoom range and and more megapixels.
Canon PowerShot A1300
28mm, x5 zoom, optical viewfinder – $119
The A810, however, is a different story altogether. Compared to the A800, it has a much wider lens (28mm vs. 37mm), a larger zoom range (x5 vs. x3.3), 720p HD video (was 640×480) and an updated design including a direct video button for convenience.
See the comparison of the A800 vs. A810.
Canon PowerShot A810
28mm, x5 zoom, 720p video – $109
PowerShot A2300 & PowerShot A2400
Like the A810 and A1300 above, both A2300 and A2400 have x5 zoom 28-140mm lenses.
The A2400 has optical image stabilization, whereas the A2300 doesn’t. On top of that, the A2400 has a 3″ LCD screen, larger than the 2.7″ screen of the A2300.
Canon PowerShot A2400
28mm, x5 zoom, image stabilization – $159
The PowerShot A3400 is very similar to both its predecessor, the A3300, and the new A2400 – adding a direct video button the A3300, and touch-screen controls to the A2400.
Canon PowerShot A3400
28mm lens, x5 zoom, touch-screen controls, $179
The A4000 is the odd A’ out – with a an image stabilized x8 zoom starting at 28mm in a 145 gram body, it stands out from the rest of the A series x5 zooms.
Canon PowerShot A4000
145 grams, 28mm lens, x8 zoom – $199
PowerShot Elph 320 & PowerShot ELPH 530
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320
145 grams, 24mm, x5 zoom,
wi-fi connection and touch screen – $279
Canon PowerShot ELPH 530
163 grams, 28mm, x12 zoom,
wi-fi connection and touch screen – $349
It has been a much too long, three year wait, for the successor of the PowerShot D10 – the only rugged compact camera by Canon, until today.
The PowerShot D20 is a fresh update, with improvements across the board, except (almost) in the ruggedness itself.
What’s better in the D20, compared to the ‘ancient’ D10?
Well, (take a deep breath) – the lens is 28mm (was 35mm), the zoom range is x5 (was x3), the sensor is a BSI-CMOS (was CCD), the video resolution is 1080p with optical zoom (was 640×480 with no optical zoom), the macro range is 1 cm (was 3cm), the maximum shock resistance is 6.6′ (was 4′) and there’s a new direct video button and a built-in GPS.
However, in terms of freeze-proof-ness and water-resistance-ness, the D20 changes nothing – it can handle the same 33′ dives and 14°f temperatures as the D10.
The D20 is slightly heavier than the D10 (228 grams compared to 212), but is just over half as thick – making it a true compact camera, unlike the bulgy old diver that the D10 was.
See also the comparison of the D10 vs. D20.
Canon PowerShot D20d
14°f freeze-proof, 6.6′ shock-proof & 33′ water-proof
28mm lens, x5 zoom, built-in GPS, IS and full HD – $349
With an extended x20 zoom starting at a wide 25mm, the new SX260, which replaces the SX230, joins the x20 club, populated until now only by the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and the FujiFilm FinePix F750EXR & F770EXR. For the sake of fairness, x18 zooms are also allowed – thus welcoming the Nikon Coolpix S9300 as well.
See also the comparison of the SX230 vs. SX260.
Canon PowerShot SX260
231 grams, 25mm, x20 zoom, GPS – $349