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Canon refreshes its PowerShot range by launching three new cameras to replace existing models.

Canon refreshes its PowerShot range by launching three new cameras to replace existing models.

Set to take the place of the compact 6-megapixel PowerShot A700, Canon today announced the PowerShot A710IS which is little more than an incremental upgrade. Besides upping the sensor resolution from 6-megapixel to 7.1-megpixel, the A710 offers image stabilisation, first seen in Canon's compact cameras with the IXUS 800IS. The A710IS also features 6x optical zoom with 1cm macro functionality, a 2.5-inch LCD screen and the DiG!C I image processor.

New models were also introduced to replace two other PowerShots, the A630 replacing the A610 and the A640 replacing the A620. Both new additions include 4x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD display and manual controls to give snapshot users greater control over their photographs. The A630 bumps its resolution from 5-megapixel to 8-megapixel while the A640 goes from 7.1-megapixel to a whopping 10-megapixel.

These just-released offerings should be available in Australia very soon, slated to arrive in September.

Model In a nutshell
Replacing the Powershot A610, the A630 increases its megapixel count as well as offering a larger LCD display.

Replaces: Canon PowerShot A610

Sensor resolution: 8-megapixel
LCD: 2.5-inch TFT active colour matrix
Zoom: 4x digital; 4x optical
Dimensions: 109.4 x 66 x 49 mm
Weight: 245 grams
Canon's PowerShot A640 offers 10-megapixel resolution, 4x optical zoom and 2.5-inch LCD in a compact body.

Replaces: Canon PowerShot A620

Sensor resolution: 10-megapixel
LCD: 2.5-inch TFT active colour matrix
Zoom: 4x digital; 4x optical
Dimensions: 109.4 x 49 x 66 mm
Weight: 245 grams
Boasting the same 6x optical zoom as its predecessor, the Powershot A700, the A710IS adds image stabilisation and ups the sensor resolution to 7.1-megapixel.

Replaces: Canon PowerShot A700

Sensor resolution: 7.1-megapixel
LCD: 2.5-inch TFT active colour matrix
Zoom: 4x digital; 6x optical
Dimensions: 97.5 x 41.2 x 66.5 mm
Weight: 210 grams