What's up with the latest A-series Canons?

Canon announces its easy-and-fun A-series cameras for PMA 2009.

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The spring 2009 Canon A-series cameras are here! OK, so maybe it's a little tough to get attention for Canon's "easy and fun" compacts, but those interested in cost-effective shooting will be interested in the refreshed cameras that feature more megapixels and improved image processing in two of the three announced Tuesday.

Sure, the A-series cameras aren't as ultracompact as the Digital Elphs, but if you don't need something incredibly portable these new models seem capable. Without further ado, here are the details on the A2100 IS, A1100 IS, and A480.

PowerShot A2100 IS:

  • 12.1-megapixel resolution
  • 6x optical zoom lens with image stabilization
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • Digic 4 processor
  • Smart Auto mode automatic scene recognition
  • Powered by two AA batteries
  • Available in April at $249.99
  • Full specs

PowerShot A1100 IS:

  • 12.1-megapixel resolution
  • 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch LCD and viewfinder
  • Digic 4 processor
  • Smart Auto mode automatic scene recognition
  • Powered by two AA batteries
  • Available in March at $199.99 in gray, blue, pink, and green
  • Full specs

PowerShot A480:

  • 10-megapixel resolution
  • 3.3x optical zoom lens
  • 2.5-inch LCD and viewfinder
  • Digic III processor
  • Face and Motion Detection technology
  • Powered by two AA batteries
  • Available in March at $129.99 in red, blue, silver, and black
  • Full specs
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