Canon has launched two new superzoom compact cameras

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Canon has announced two new digital cameras for amateur photographers who don’t want to complicate their life with too many options, preferring the compact class, but who also feel the need for a strong optical zoom.

30X optical zoom and a bulky body for SX500 IS

SX500 IS and SX160 IS is equipped with a CCD sensor with a resolution of 16MP and are based on the classic image processor of the company DIGIC 4, offering 720p video recording, HDMI output and an LCD screen of 3 inches. The largest of these, SX500 IS, is larger than a compact camera, but this is due to the 30X zoom lens, while the smaller one, SX160 IS offers 16x zoom and power from two AA batteries.

Canon says that both models offer improved stabilization and autofocus, plus the new software routines for automatically choosing the type of scene and 2X digital zoom, which complement the objective for maximum levels of magnification 60x and 32x respectively.

SX160 IS, 16x optical zoom, compact size and power from two AA batteries

SX160 IS, 16x optical zoom, compact size and power from two AA batteries

SX500 IS, a new product from the Canon range will be available from September at a price of €349, while the SX160 IS replaces the previous generation SX150 IS around the same time and its price will be €199.


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