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Canon adds Wi-Fi, rugged, and 20x zoom PowerShots to 2012 lineup

The SX260 HS, Elph 530 HS, Elph 320 HS, and D20 round out Canon's 2012 PowerShots.


Add one more camera manufacturer bolstering its point-and-shoot lineup with built-in Wi-Fi models.

The Canon PowerShot Elph 530 HS and Elph 320 HS are for the most part the same as the 520 HS (read a full review of the 520 HS) and 110 HS (read a full review of the 110 HS) cameras announced at CES. The differences are that the 530 HS and 320 HS have built-in Wi-Fi and 3.2-inch touch screens instead of regular 3-inch LCDs.

The Wi-Fi will allow you to wirelessly back up to a home computer; upload photos and videos directly to the Canon Image Gateway cloud service for storage and sharing online; and in March, an iOS app will be available, letting you create an ad hoc network so you can directly transfer your shots from the camera to an iOS device. That way you can share on the spot, even if you don't have a wireless network connection. An Android app will follow in May.

The Canon PowerShot Elph 530 HS will be $349.99 when it ships in April. The Canon PowerShot Elph 320 HS will be out in March for $279.99.

If Wi-Fi doesn't do it for you, Canon also updated its high-end compact megazoom and its rugged model. The new SX260 HS replaces last year's SX230 HS, updating its lens from 14x 28mm wide-angle lens to a 20x 25mm ultrawide-angle one. It keeps the 12-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, but gets the new Digic 5 image processor, which helps it shoot at bursts up to 10 frames per second. The camera's GPS system is improved, too, with better location information. It'll be available in March for $349.99.

Rounding things out is a refresh of 2009's rugged PowerShot D10, the D20. The water-, shock-, and freezeproof camera is significantly slimmed down from its predecessor, but still packs a 5x zoom lens with optical image stabilization, GPS, a 3-inch LCD, and 12-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. It'll be out in May for $349.99.