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Canon A-Series Digital Cameras

Canon Powershot A60

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
2.0 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/1500 to 15 50 to 400 3x (35-105mm) Optical 1.5"
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC700 Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash AA or AA NiMh 4.0 x 2.5 x 1.2
The Canon A60 is a good entry-level camera if you want to spend less money. It has many of the same features as the A70 and A80. This a 2.0 Megapixel camera, which is great for snapshots, but not if you want your camera to do more.
Average List Price: $ 155.00    User Reviews at C|NET

Canon Powershot A75

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
3.2 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 3x (35-105mm) Optical 1.8"
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC30 Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash AA or AA NiMh 4.0 x 2.5 x 1.2
The Canon A75 is a great portable camera — you can take it just about anywhere. It offers a lot of manual control, and with 3.2 Megapixels you can print great images at 8x10. The 3x zoom is somewhat limiting for the avid photographer.

Canon increased the burst rate on this camera (the number of photos captured in rapid succession) over its predecessors. The A75 can take approximately 2 photos per second for a total of 12 continuous exposures. This is a pretty good deal if you are trying to capture moving targets.
Average List Price: $ 180.00    User Reviews at C|NET    Review at C|NET    Purchase the A75 from Amazon

Canon Powershot A80

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
4.0 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 3x (35-105mm) Optical 1.5" [flip-out]
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC900 Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash AA or AA NiMh 3.8 x 2.2 x 1.3
This camera features a flip-out LCD screen that can rotate 270 degrees (great for high and low angle photographs). It also has an orientation sensor, which automatically detects whether your photo is horizontal or vertical — this saves you time when you transfer photos to your computer since you don't have to rotate the vertical images using software.
Average List Price: $ 300.00    User Reviews at C|NET

Canon Powershot A85 [NEW] Released: August 2004

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
4.0 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 3x (35-105mm) Optical 1.8"
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC30 Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash AA or AA NiMh 4.0 x 2.5 x 1.2
This camera is identical to the A75, but features a 4.0 megapixel image sensor. Due to the larger file size generated by the 4.0 megapixels, the camera's burst rate is slower than the A75: 1 photo per second with a total storage capacity of 8 consecutive photos.
Average List Price: $ 250.00    User Reviews at C|NET    Preview at C|NET    Purchase the A85 from Amazon

Canon Powershot A95 [NEW]

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
5.0 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 3x (35-105mm) Optical 1.8"
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC50 Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash AA or AA NiMh 4.0 x 2.5 x 1.4
This is the top of the line A-Series camera from Canon. While it's features are very similar to the A75 and A85, the improvements that it offers are a 5.0 megapixel image sensor and a tilt and swivel LCD screen, which helps when you take high and low-angle shots.
Average List Price: $ 350.00    Review at dpreview    Purchase the A95 from Amazon
Canon S-Series Digital Cameras

Canon Powershot S60

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
5.0 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 3.6x (28-100mm) Optical 1.8"
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC40 Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash NB-2LH or NB-2L 4.5 x 2.2 x 1.5
The Canon S60 is a camera for the landscape enthusiast. The reason is that it's 3.6x zoom lens starts at 28mm in the wide-angle setting. While you can get more wide-angle coverage with a digital SLR and lens, 28mm is much better than other competing compact cameras. 28mm will give you great coverage for any outdoor nature shot. Don't expect to also take bird photos: the 3.6x zoom is not enough to do both.
Average List Price: $ 400.00    User Reviews at C|NET

Canon Powershot S70

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
7.1 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 3.6x (28-100mm) Optical 1.8"
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC40 Built in
(no hot shoe)
SD Memory NB-2LH or NB-2L 4.5 x 2.2 x 1.5
The S70 is identical to the S60, except for the number of megapixels it captures: 7 instead of 5. If the S60 is great for nature photography, then who is this camera suited for? The nature photographer who likes to make really large prints. With 7 megapixels, you will be able to get fantastic 11x14 prints. If print quality is important to you, then this camera is a good match.
Average List Price: $ 450.00    User Reviews at C|NET
Canon Digital ELPH Cameras

Canon S500

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
5.0 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 3x (36-108mm) Optical 1.5"
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC800 Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash NB-1LH Pack 3.4 x 2.2 x 1.1
To conserve space, I have only listed specifications for the 5.0 megapixel Digital ELPH, the S500.

All of the digital ELPH cameras are ideal for people who like to carry their camera everywhere. The cameras are compact, lightweight and take great photographs. Most don't offer a lot of manual controls, but many do have several shooting modes that match the type of photo you're trying to take.

Here is a list of the other cameras that bear the Digital ELPH name: S410, SD300, SD200, SD110, SD20, SD10.
Average List Price: $ 350.00    C|NET Editorial Review    User Reviews at C|NET
Canon G-Series Digital Cameras

Canon Powershot G3

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
4.0 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 4x (35-140mm) Optical 1.8" [flip-out]
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes No Built in
and hot shoe
CompactFlash BP-511 or
BP-512 Pack
4.8 x 2.9 x 2.8
This camera has received a lot of great reviews across the boards. Many consider it to be one of the better compact digital cameras in the 4.0 Megapixel category. It has plenty of manual features, and tilt and swivel LCD, and an orientation sensor which determines which photos are horizontal and which ones are vertical.

With the capacity to add an external flash and additional lens adapters (for wide angle and telephoto) this camera offers a lot of versatility. Don't take my word for it - read the detailed reviews below.

It has been replaced with the 5.0 Megapixel G5, so it might be hard to find, but you will save some money if you want all of the features of the G5, but don't want to pay for 5 Megapixels. The difference in price between the two cameras is about $ 100.
Average List Price: $ 500.00    Editorial review at C|NET    Review at dpreview.com    User reviews at Amazon.com

Canon Powershot G5

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
5.0 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 4x (35-140mm) Optical 1.8" [flip-out]
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes No Built in
and hot shoe
CompactFlash BP-511 or
BP-512 Pack
4.8 x 2.9 x 2.8
The Powershot G5 is the follow-up to the extremely popular Powershot G3. It has all of the same features of the G3 — the most significant difference is the G5 has 5.0 Megapixels while the G3 has 4.0 Megapixels. Other than that, the two cameras are fairly identical.
Average List Price: $ 550.00    C|NET Editor's Choice    Review at dpreview.com    User reviews at Amazon.com

Canon Powershot G6

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
7.1 Yes f2.0 - f8.0 1/2000 to 1 50 to 400 4x (35-140mm) Optical 2.0" [flip-out]
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes No Built in
and hot shoe
CompactFlash BP-511A Pack 4.1 x 2.9 x 2.9
Add yet more megapixels to the G-series camera line and you've got the G6, which comes in at about 7.1 million megapixels. The camera is extremely versatile and can be used under a variety of shooting conditions. If you have determined that you don't need this many megapixels, then consider the G5 or G3 instead and save some money (you'll probably have to buy them used — most camera retailers don't sell them anymore).
Average List Price: $ 575.00    User Reviews at C|NET    Review at dpreview.com
Canon SLR-like Compact Cameras

Canon Powershot S1 IS

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
3.2 Yes f2.8 - f8.0 1/2000 to 15 50 to 400 10x (38-380mm) Electronic 1.5" [flip-out]
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes WP-DC20 Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash AA or AA NiMh 4.4 x 3.1 x 2.6
You might be wondering what's so high-tech about a digital camera with only 3.2 megapixels. Two features: 10x optical zoom and Image Stabilization (IS).

These two features together make a world of difference. The 10x optical zoom lets you get right in close to whatever you are photographing. Unfortunately, the longer the zoom you use, the more pronounced camera shake becomes. The slightest twitch causes a blurry photo.

Image Stabilization reduces camera shake at long focal lengths and lets you take crystal clear photos even when holding the camera in your hands. Bird photographers may now rejoice.
Average List Price: $ 370.00    User Reviews at C|NET

Canon Powershot Pro1

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
8.0 Yes f2.4 - f8.0 1/4000 to 15 50 to 400 7x (28-200mm) Electronic 2.0" [flip-out]
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Yes Yes Yes No Built in
(no hot shoe)
CompactFlash BP-511A or BP-512 4.6 x 2.8 x 3.6
This SLR-like digital camera has a lot to offer: tons of manual controls and a professional quality lens. The lens has an L designation, which is reserved for Canon's line of professional lenses for digital SLR cameras. It also features a 7x optical zoom, which will get you in close if you want to.

Unfortunately, it appears that the Pro1 is a bit finicky to use, and does not have some features you might expect for a camera that costs this much. Be sure to read the editorial review and user reviews for more details about it's peculiar operation before you go and spend the money on it.
Average List Price: $ 700.00    Editorial Reviews at C|NET    User Reviews at C|NET
Canon Digital SLR

Canon Digital Rebel

Megapixels Manual Mode Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Optical Zoom Viewfinder LCD Size
6.3 Yes Many * 1/4000 to 30 100 to 400 Many * Pentaprism 1.8"
Macro Movie Panorama Water Case Flash Media Batteries Dimensions
Depends * No No No Built in
and hot shoe
CompactFlash BP-511 Pack 5.6 x 3.9 x 2.9
The Canon Digital Rebel is a professional-style SLR camera with a price that makes it affordable for the average consumer. Since it is an SLR, it features interchangeable lenses — you can use any one of Canon's lenses that fit EOS style cameras.

If you are used to using an SLR camera, this will operate much like a film SLR does. You can have complete manual control of the camera, which is ideal for the avid photographer. The 6.3 Megapixels is more than enough for creating high-quality prints at 8x10.

* With a digital SLR the aperture setting, zoom ratio (or focal length) and the capacity to shoot macro photographs all depends on the lens that you have attached to the camera. There are a huge variety of lenses to choose from, all the way from very wide angle (14mm) to super telephoto (600mm).
Average List Price: $ 860.00    Complete editorial review at C|NET    Detailed review at dpreview.com