The range of Canon digital cameras covers the entire spectrum from easy to use, point and shoot digital cameras to advanced digital SLRs aimed at the discerning professional photographer.
The range can be broken down into three categories. These are EOS, IXUS and Powershot.
Canon EOS cameras are SLR and Compact System models. These are the most advanced and also the most expensive digital cameras in the range. If you are considering buying an SLR be aware that you need to keep a fair proportion of your budget for buying lenses. Although you do have the option of buying a lens in a kit with the camera it is likely that you will be looking for at least one more lens as well.
The IXUS range is a series of stylish cameras with metal bodies. They are all very compact with a number being small enough to slip into a pocket. All of the IXUS models are straightforward and easy to use. These are really high quality point and shoot digital cameras.
The Powershot part of the range covers a wider selection. At one end are some simple and easy cameras aimed at people who are new to digital photography or who would rather not spend a fortune on a digital camera. The range then works its way up to one of the most advanced compact digital cameras you can buy. You will also find super zoom cameras here. Most of the Powershot range offer a selection of more advanced controls than you will find in the IXUS range.
The EOS M is the first Compact System Camera from Canon. It has a set of manual exposure controls, can shoot Full High Definition Movies and can store pictures in RAW format. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size. The burst mode can fire off shots at a top speed of 4.3 frames per second and the LCD screen has some touch control capabilities.
The IXUS 1100 HS has a wide angle lens. The lens also has plenty of scope for zooming in on more distant subjects. This means you have a great amount of flexibility from a camera that is small enough to slip into a larger pocket. There is an advanced movie mode with the IXUS 1100 HS able to shoot full format HD (1080) movies. Another movie option allows you to shoot slow motion movies. There is also a movie mode for shooting in Apple iFrame format.
The IXUS 125 HS has a 3 inch LCD screen and can record High Definition movies. Image stabilisation is available for still photos and movie recording. There is also a mode for recording movie clips that can be replayed in slow motion. For close up work the IXUS 125 HS is able to focus from 3cm away from your subject when the camera is placed in macro mode.
The IXUS 230 HS is a pocket sized digital camera with some extra zoom power. The lens also has wide angle capabilities. The IXUS 230 HS is a sleek looking camera with a metal body. It is available in a range of different colours. Image stabilisation is has been built in to help you combat picture blur. This feature comes into its own when you are taking pictures in fading light.
The IXUS 240 HS is a fairly straightforward pocket camera. Key features include a wide angle lens, High Definition movies with stereo sound, slow motion movies and image stabilisation for both still photos and movies. Wi-Fi is available to help you transmit your photos to other devices. The 3.2 inch LCD screen offers touch control.
The IXUS 500 HS is a stylish pocket camera with a few more advanced features thrown in. The longer lens gives you a lot of zoom power in such a small digital camera. The movie mode is advanced too. You can shoot Full High Definition movies, record sound in stereo and produce clips that can be played back in slow motion. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size.
The IXUS 510 HS has a large sized 3.2 inch LCD screen. The screen is touch controlled. Other features include Wi-Fi for transmitting pictures to other devices such as smartphones. The IXUS 510 HS can record stereo sound to go with your High Definition movies. Slow motion movies can be recorded too. Image stabilisation is available for both still photos and movies.
The Powershot A1300 is quite a basic digital camera. It does not have a great range of features, but there are enough there to happily support general snapshot photography. Features include a wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and a macro mode that can focus from 3cm away from your subject. Power is supplied by AA batteries. This camera also has a viewfinder.
The Powershot A2300 has a wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can record High Definition movies. For when you need a little extra guidance there is a help button. The Powershot A2300 is small enough to fit into most pockets and gives you the chance to buy a Canon digital camera at a relatively low price.
The Powershot A2400 IS is a standard point and shoot digital camera. It has a wide angle lens and Canon have built in image stabilisation. You are able to shoot High Definition movies. The LCD screen is 2.7 inches in size and for close up shots the macro mode is able to focus from 3cm away from your subject.
The Powershot A3300 IS is a sensibly priced compact camera. It offers enough features to be classed as a clear step up from the very basic models. Attractions include image stabilisation, High Definition movies and a macro mode that can focus from 3cm away from the subject.
The Powershot A3400 IS is a cheaper option when it comes to touch controlled digital cameras. Aside from touch control it operates along the lines of a fairly typical point and shoot digital camera. It has a 3 inch LCD screen, can record High Definition movies and has image stabilisation for both still images and movies.
In terms of general features the Powershot A4000 IS is a mid range, point and shoot digital camera. Features include a 3 inch LCD screen, High Definition movies, image stabilisation and a macro mode that is able to focus from 1cm away from your subject. This camera has a metal body and is small enough to slip into a good sized pocket.
The Powershot A800 is the starter camera in the Canon range. Features include a 2.5 inch LCD screen and standard definition movies. It has larger than normal buttons on the back of the camera making it easier for you to select the settings you wish to use. It runs on AA batteries and can focus from 1cm in macro mode.
The Powershot A810 is a simple point and shoot camera. Key features include a 5x wide angle lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. It can record High Definition movies and has a help button for when you need pointing in the right direction. This is one of the few digital cameras where power is supplied by AA batteries.
The Powershot D10 is the first Canon digital camera to be waterproof (to 10m), freezeproof (to -10 degrees) and shockproof (to 1.22m). It is also dust proof. Aside from those features this is a relatively straightforward, point and shoot digital camera.
The Powershot D20 is waterproof to depths of 10m, shockproof to drops of 1.5m, freezeproof to temperatures as low as – 10 degrees centigrade and dustproof. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and can record both High Definition and slow motion movies. It has GPS tracking and in macro mode can focus from 1cm away from your subject.
The Powershot G1 X has a number of advanced features. These include manual exposure settings (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority), custom modes, RAW, a 4.5 frames per second burst mode and image stabilisation for both still shots and movies. High Definition movies with stereo sound can be recorded. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size and can be pulled away from the body and twisted round to find a more comfortable shooting angle. There is also an optical viewfinder.
The Powershot G12 is packed with a range of features that would not look out of place on a Digital SLR. It is an ideal choice for anyone who is looking for a second camera for use when it is not practical to carry a Digital SLR. Features include manual exposure controls, manual focusing, a pull out and twist LCD screen, a RAW mode and a macro mode that can focus from 1cm away from the subject.
Canon have excelled themselves with the Powershot S100 when it comes to packing features into an extremely compact body. The specification makes very impressive reading, especially when you consider this camera will fit into a good sized pocket.
Features include a large maximum aperture (f2), Full High Definition movies, manual exposure controls, a wide angle lens, GPS picture tagging, a top shooting speed of 9.6 frames per second, RAW capture, image stabilisation for stills and movie footage, a range of different aspect ratios and a high dynamic range mode. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and the flash unit pops up on top of the camera away from the lens. This can help to reduce red eye.
The big attraction of the Powershot S95 is likely to be the range of features packed into such a compact body size. There are plenty of advanced features to get your teeth into. These include a RAW mode, manual exposure controls, manual focusing and a maximum aperture of f/2. This large aperture is likely to come in handy when shooting in lowlight.
The Powershot SX160 IS is a mid priced digital camera offering some extra zoom and manual exposure controls. It can shoot High Definition Movies and is one of the cheapest cameras to be able to record stereo sound. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and can focus from 1cm away from your subject in macro mode. Power is delivered by AA batteries.
The Powershot SX240 HS has a host of features in its compact body. The 20x zoom lens gives you plenty of scope to cover the majority of typical photo opportunities. There are manual exposure controls, plus a 3 inch LCD screen and a macro mode that is able to focus from 5cm away from your subject. The Powershot SX240 HS can shoot High Definition movies with stereo sound.
The Powershot SX260 HS packs a wide range of features into a relatively small body size. These include GPS tracking, a 20x wide angle lens, a 3 inch LCD screen and manual exposure controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority). It can shoot High Definition movies with stereo sound as well as slow motion movies. It has image stabilisation for both still photos and movies.
The Powershot SX40 HS is a serious piece of kit. It offers extreme zoom power as well as the ability to photograph wide scenes such as landscapes and groups of people. It has an impressive set of manual controls too. The movie mode is one of the most advanced you are likely to find. Other features include a 2.7 inch LCD screen that pulls away from the body and can be twisted round at an angle to provide you with a comfortable shooting position.
The Powershot SX50 HS is packed with features. Its big attraction is its 50x zoom lens, but there are also manual controls and an advanced movie mode. Manual controls include Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, manual focusing and the ability to fine tune white balance and ISO. You have the choice of using an electronic viewfinder or a 2.8 inch LCD screen that you can pull out away from the body and twist round to give you a more comfortable shooting position. You can shoot Full High Definition Movies with stereo sound, as well as being able to capture iFrame and slow motion movies. Images can be stored in RAW.
The Powershot SX500 IS gives you a lot of zoom in a compact sized body. In macro mode the camera can focus from more or less next to your subject. Other features include a 3 inch LCD screen, manual exposure modes and High Definition Movies. Stereo sound can be recorded with a movie. You can also opt to shoot movies in the popular iFrame format.
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