Canon gets its first touch-screen camera and the littlest Elph is fitted with a wider, longer lens.
Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
The Canon PowerShot SD980 IS is the company's first attempt at a touch-screen camera. Available in blue (pictured), silver, gold, and purple, the 12-megapixel ultracompact will be available in October for $329.99.
I didn't get much time to play with the 3-inch touch-screen, but it didn't seem all that exciting after playing with the ones on Nikon's S70 and Samsung's TL225. Still, you gotta start somewhere and it was at least responsive.
The 12-megapixel SD940 IS is redesign of the SD780 IS released earlier in 2009. It's incredibly small, but still feature packed. It'll be available in four, muted metallic colors--blue, black, silver, and brown--in October for $299.99.
On back is a 2.7-inch LCD and the same flat buttons from the SD780 IS. They're easy to press, but tough to do by touch alone. It's amazing Canon still found room for an HDMI output on back (it does record 720p HD-quality movies). However, noticeably gone is the the SD780's optical viewfinder. Is this a sign of things to come?