Canon 50D  (Source: Canon)

Canon PowerShot E1  (Source: Canon)
Canon announces several new digital cameras

Canon officially announced the EOS 50D D-SLR camera today. The 50D has a 15.1-megapixel sensor and uses Canon's DIGIC 4 image processor. The camera also offers an expanded ISO range of 100 to ISO 12800. Bursts can be shot at 6 frames per second (fps) for up to 90 frames in large/fine JPEG or 16 RAW images. Images are stored on UDMA CF cards.

The 50D has a 3-inch LCD on the rear that offers Live View and it features a .95x magnification viewfinder as well. Canon also equips the camera with the AF Microadjustment feature introduced on the EOS-1D. A Creative Mode makes it easier for new photographers to shoot artistic images with common language options that set the camera without having to enter settings manually. Options like blurring the background and lightenign the image are offered in the Creative mode.

The 50D also features face detection and more. The camera will retail for $1,399 for the body only and in kit form with an EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens it will retail for $1,599. The body and kit package will be available in October.

DailyTech reported yesterday that specifications and images of the EOS 50D had turned up online early.

Canon also introduced the A1000 IS, A2000 IS, and SX110 IS cameras today. The A1000 IS has a 10-megapixel sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens. It uses the Canon DIGIC III image processor and features motion detection, Face Detection, and red-eye correction. The LCD is 2.5-inches and the camera uses optical image stabilization. The A1000 IS will be available in September for $199.99.

The A2000 IS is very similar to the A1000 IS with a couple exceptions. The A2000 Is has a 10-megapixel sensor, 6x optical zoom and a 3-inch LCD. It also features optical image stabilization. The SX110 IS has a 9-megapixel resolution and features face detection, motion detection and red-eye correction as well as optical image stabilization. Both cameras will be available in September for $249.99 and $299.99 respectively.

Canon also announced a camera called the PowerShot E1 aimed at the teen and “tween” crowd. The E1 comes in pink, white, or blue colors and uses a rounded design. The camera has a 10-megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom lens. Other features include optical image stabilization, face detection, a 2.5-inch LCD and easy mode. Easy mode removes most options to make using the camera easier for young users. The E1 will be available in September for $199.99.

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