Canon has two new digital still cameras -- PowerShot S30 and S40. With 3.2 and 4.0 megapixels, they are positioned as upper mid-range products that can be used and enjoyed by every type of photographer, from beginner to pro.
The PowerShot S30 and S40 feature a high-resolution, 7.1 to 21.3-mm 3X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35 to 105-mm in the 35-mm format), three-point auto focus, and 13 shooting modes that range from fully automatic to fully manual. Other advanced features include compatibility with Type I and II CompactFlash cards, a high-speed plug-and-play USB Interface, movie mode, a new feature called "My Camera Settings," Microsoft Windows XP compatibility, and Direct Printing using Canon's new 820D Bubble Jet Printer.
The S30 and S40 have some design and appearance changes from the other PowerShots. Voice Memo is a new feature for these cameras and allows users to record up to 60 seconds of audio, which can be attached (as a separate .WAV file) to any still image. It boasts the fastest shutter speed in its class -- 1/1,500 second. The PowerShot S30 features ISO 800, which is rarely found in its class.
The S30 costs $599 and the S40 costs $799. For more information, visit Canon.