Canon today introduced the Powershot S5 IS with a big 12x optical zoom (36-342mm equivalent) and image stabilization. The S5 updates the S3 in Canonâ€™s lineup of bridge cameras.
The new S5 now features the DIGIC III processor which adds face detection technology, improved auto focus, auto exposure, and flash, a vari-angle 2.5″ LCD screen, and a hot-shoe that will accept Canon’s EX Speedlite flashes.
The Canon Powershot S5 IS also uses an Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) lens to reduce chromatic abberations at telephoto, and an Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) for fast, silent zoom operation. The new camera will be available in July with an estimated selling price of $500.
In the same announcement, Canon also unveiled the new PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH camera, now also featuring the DIGIC III processor, face detection and a 4x (35-140mm equivalvent) zoom. The SD850 may be seen in stores in mid-June with a price tag of $400.
[Site: Canon USA]