Canon has launched four new compacts from its Powershot series u2013 including a replacement for their G7 model.

Canon has launched four new compacts from its Powershot series ? including a replacement for their G7 model.

The Powershot G9 picks up from where the G7 left off, with a host of improvements. Not only has the megapixel count been upped to 12.1, but a Raw shooting mode has now been included alongside the standard JPEG format. The LCD screen, meanwhile, has been increased in size to 3 inches, from 2.5, while Face Detection can now detect up to 35 faces per frame, as well as continuously tracking an individual face of the user?s choice.

The same DIGIC III processor remains, as does the 6x optical zoom range and Optical Image Stabilisation, while the hotshoe allows for compatibility with Canon?s Speedlite flashguns. In addition, optional wide- and tele-converters may be used on the lens to expand the 35-210mm focal range.

Two further models ? the A650 IS and A720 IS ? have also been announced. Replacing the Powershot A640 and PowerShot A710 IS respectively, both models feature a 6x optical zoom, Optical Image stabilisation, Face Detection and a DIGIC III processing engine.

The A650 IS is backed by a 12MP sensor and includes a 2.5in vari-angle LCD screen alongside its viewfinder. Further image stabilisation is offered by Auto ISO shift and High ISO Auto options while 21 scene modes compliment the full manual control offered by the camera. The A720 IS meanwhile, offers an 8MP sensor and 2.5in LCD screen and is compatible with Canon?s Close-up converter for detailed work.

A further model ? the well-specified SX100 IS ? has been announced as part of Canon?s new budget SX range. An 8MP sensor has been complimented with a 10x optical zoom lens and Optical Image Stabilisation, while the latest Face Detection Technology enhanced with the new Face Select and Track function also features. Straying slightly from the Powershot ethos, no viewfinder has been included but a 2.5in LCD screen displays images on the rear. In addition, the back of the unit has been redesigned for ease-of-use, with four buttons sitting under the LCD screen allowing for the quick selection of Menu, Face-detection, Printing and Display options.

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