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Canon PowerShot Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras Feature Comparison Chart

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Key Features

Canon PowerShot N Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS Canon PowerShot A2600 Canon PowerShot A2500 Canon PowerShot A1400
Choice of Designer Colors Black
CCD/CMOS (Effective Pixels) 1 Approx. 12.1 million CMOS Approx. 12.1 million CMOS Approx. 16.0 million CCD Approx. 16.0 million CCD Approx. 16.0 million CCD Approx. 16.0 million CCD Approx. 16.0 million CCD
Maximum Resolution (pixels) 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
SD / SDHC / SDXC Card or microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC Storage Media 2 microSD SD SD SD SD SD SD
High Speed USB 2.0 Interface 3 x x x x x x x
Zoom Lens 4 8x Optical, 32x Digital 10x Optical, 40x Digital 8x Optical, 32x Digital 8x Optical, 32x Digital 5x Optical, 20x Digital 5x Optical, 20x Digital 5x Optical, 20x Digital
LCD Monitor, pixel count 5 2.8" Tilt Touch, 461k 3.0", 461k 3.0", 461k 2.7", 230k 3.0", 230k 2.7", 230k 2.7", 230k
DIGIC 5 / DIGIC III / DIGIC 4 Image Processor 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4
iSAPS Technology 7 x x x x x x x

Key Features

Canon PowerShot N Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS Canon PowerShot A2600 Canon PowerShot A2500 Canon PowerShot A1400
Built-In Flash 8 x x x x x x x
Direct Print 9 x x x x x x x
Selectable Light Metering 10 x x x x x x x
Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB Technology 11 Face ID x x x x x x
Optical Image Stabilizer 12 x x x x      
HDMI Output 13   x          
Smart Shutter / Touch Shutter 14 Touch Smart Smart Smart      

Key Features

Canon PowerShot N Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS Canon PowerShot A2600 Canon PowerShot A2500 Canon PowerShot A1400
Motion Detection Technology 15   x x x x x x
DV-Quality / HD / Full HD Movies 16 Full HD Full HD HD HD HD HD HD
Eye-Fi Memory Card Compatibility 17              
Built-in WiFi 18 x x x        
Program Auto Exposure x x x x x x x
Shutter Speeds 15 - 1/2000 sec. 15 - 1/2000 sec. 15 - 1/2000 sec. 15 - 1/2000 sec. 15 - 1/2000 sec. 15 - 1/2000 sec. 15 - 1/2000 sec.
Sensitivity (ISO equivalent) 19 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
High Sensitivity (HS) System 20 x x          
Viewfinder 21             Optical
Creative Shot Mode 22 x            
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.1" x 2.4" x 1.2" 3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9" 3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8" 3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9" 3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8" 3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8" 3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2"
Weight (approx.) without battery and media 6.1 oz. 4.4 oz. 4.1 oz. 4.1 oz. 4.2 oz. 3.9 oz. 6.1 oz.
1 - MegaPixel CCD
Resolution in a digital camera determines how much detail will be in your pictures and how large a file they produce. Resolution is the number of pixels in a digital camera imaging sensor -- the more pixels, the finer the detail and the larger the file size. These PowerShots have a total of 10 million pixels or more and allow a selection of image quality modes. The best quality prints are obtained in the large superfine mode, but images that are going to be shown on a television or computer screen or emailed to someone can be created in a lower mode.
2 - SD / SDHC / SDXC Card Media
These Canon PowerShot digital cameras use tiny SD memory cards. Get expanded capacity and high-speed writing from a memory card the size of a postage stamp. Most PowerShot cameras also accept SDXC memory cards. This next-generation storage features massively increased capacity (up to 2 terabytes) and notably faster operation.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital cameras uses the incredibly tiny microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards.

3 - High-Speed USB 2.0 Connection
Part of being digital is about communication. Specifically, it's about the ability of your PowerShot camera to communicate with your computer. PowerShot cameras bring your communications into the digital universe with their cross-platform USB connection. By connecting your PowerShot to your computer (PC or Macintosh) via the included USB cable you can download your photographs at 20 times the rate of the older serial connections. With today's high-capacity storage devices, a quicker download is essential, and with the USB connection, you can now communicate at digital speed.
4 - Zoom Lens
With the all-glass aspherical Canon lenses in every PowerShot camera, you get the image quality you need. Look at the world through your mind's eye, but photograph it through a Canon lens. PowerShots come equipped with a high-quality Canon optical zoom lens, capable of shooting a wide range of images from scenery to snapshots. Built-in digital teleconverters extend the zoom range of the lens when used in conjunction with the camera's optical zoom capabilities.
5 - LCD Monitor
Canon's PureColor System LCD, available on many models, gives its PowerShot LCD screens unmatched clarity and durability. Color is faithfully reproduced from any viewing angle and a high contrast ratio ensures excellent visibility, making it easy to frame your shot and see exactly what you're capturing.

Select PowerShot models feature a big and wide touch panel LCD for a modern, intuitive interface. Touch to choose an AF point, select a shooting mode, operate the flash, set exposure compensation, switch between images, magnify part of an image, play movies and more.

6 - DIGIC 5, DIGIC 4 or DIGIC III Image Processor
Canon's proprietary image processor, called DIGIC, was developed specifically for use with its line of digital cameras and combines the jobs of image processing and camera function control into one chip. Canon's DIGIC (short for Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) is much faster at image processing than a general purpose CPU because it employs parallel processing rather than the sequential, one pixel at a time processing methods used by conventional digital cameras. The extra speed of DIGIC makes it possible to incorporate higher quality signal processing algorithms than conventional digital cameras, while at the same time improving buffer performance and consuming less battery power because signal processing is completed more quickly on a per-image basis.

Since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999, Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for performance and brought powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras with each successive generation. The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor features improved chip architecture and algorithms for phenomenal increases in processing speed and power, delivering greatly expanded functionality with further refinements in image quality. PowerShot cameras with DIGIC 5 feature higher quality continuous rapid shooting, improved noise reduction under low light, an advanced Multi-Area White Balance System and Face ID.

However, DIGIC does much more than image processing. Because it was specifically designed for use in a digital camera, it is also capable of handling nearly every digital camera function including JPEG compression/expansion; memory card control; LCD/Video control and processing; gain control (control of CCD signal amplification); Auto Exposure; Auto Focus; Auto White Balance control and most other functions of the camera. The result is a camera that offers faster and more powerful AF than ever before, faster image processing, longer battery life, and the ability to record 3-minute movie clips with sound.

Canon's exclusive DIGIC III Image Processor builds on the technological superiority of DIGIC and DIGIC II, taking image quality, performance and speed to new levels. DIGIC III provides a speedier interface for the PowerShot's SD memory card, reduces noise at high ISO settings, extends battery life with lower power consumption, offers higher definition for the LCD monitor, and empowers exciting new technologies like Face Detection AF/AE.

DIGIC 4 is Canon's most advanced image processor ever, and builds on the superb performance of its DIGIC II and DIGIC III predecessors. As the "nerve center" of the camera, DIGIC 4 brings excellence to many areas. Images have brilliant color and smoother gradations, and performance is fast and responsive. DIGIC 4 also empowers some of Canon's newest and most advanced features including Blink Detection, Face Detection, Face Detection Self-Timer and ISO 3200 for images in low light with improved noise reduction.

7 - iSAPS Technology
Over the past 68 years, Canon has accumulated a vast amount of photographic data and know-how and used it to create some of the most innovative camera products in the marketplace. Now, using that same data and know-how, Canon has developed an exclusive technology called iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) that can predict certain camera settings such as focusing distance, exposure and optimum white balance based on zoom focal length, overall light level and tonal distribution data. Canon refers to this collective data as "Photographic Space." By incorporating iSAPS technology into its PowerShot line, the cameras can analyze a scene just before the image is made and in doing so, increase the speed and precision of the camera's autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance.
8 - Built-In Flash
Each day and every situation has different lighting conditions. That's why Canon PowerShots are fitted with built-in Flash Functions. You can set the PowerShot to Autoflash, manually select your own exposure, or use the Fill Flash setting to open deep shadows on bright sunny days. And to achieve natural backgrounds with well-illuminated foreground subjects, thees camera alsos feature slow-sync speed flash mode. This makes for dramatic sunset images or sparkling nighttime cityscapes. PowerShots provide you with the potential to be more creative.
9 - Direct Print
Equipped with a Direct Print function, these PowerShots allow you to create high-quality prints without a computer. To print, you simply plug the camera directly into one of Canon's compact digital printers -- like the Canon Card Photo Printer CP-330 -- or Exif 2.2-compatible Bubble Jet Direct Photo Printers like the S830D and S530D. During Direct Printing, cropping capability also allows you to expand and print a selected area of an image.
10 - Selectable Light Metering
Selectable Light Metering offers 3 settings. In the Evaluative setting, linked to the focusing point, the camera reads multiple points across the frame for optimal overall exposure. The Spot Metering setting concentrates on a single area of the image for greater precision in high contrast situations. Centerweighted Averaging Metering, with emphasis on the center of the viewfinder, averages metering out over the entire picture area.
11 - Advanced Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB Technology
Your most cherished image often feature faces, and Canon's advanced Face Detection Technology gives every face its best chance to shine. With Canon's Advanced Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB function, select PowerShots can detect, lock on, and track up to 35 human faces in a scene. It can even detect profiles. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces (based on Canon's Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help ensure the best possible results for even easier picture taking moments. The result is flattering portraits and group shots where all of the subjects are in clearer focus and accurately exposed.
12 - Canon Optical Image Stabilizer Technology
The Canon Image Stabilizer uses gyroscopic sensors to detect motion and generate a corrective signal to reduce blur caused by camera movement. An image-stabilizing lens group along the optical axis is shifted in response to the detected motion, providing effective cancellation of unwanted lens movement and vibration. Result -- photos taken while zoomed in and at slower shutter speeds are not blurry, even without a tripod.
13 - HDMI Output
Select PowerShot digital cameras make it easy to enjoy HD movies and photos on your HDTV with an optional accessory mini-HDMI to HDMI cable for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. This allows you to enjoy the full quality of HD with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, but also improves playback functionality, letting you view up to 130 still images at once.
14 - Smart Shutter / Touch Shutter
The Smart Shutter feature uses Canon Face Detection technology to make picture-taking more intuitive. You can have the camera automatically release the shutter when it detects a smile or a wink, or when a person enters the frame. PowerShot models with Touch Shutter enable you to start tracking a subject by pointing to it on the touch panel LCD, then take the picture simply by lifting your finger off the screen.
15 - Motion Detection Technology
Canon's Motion Detection Technology makes it easier than ever to capture a clear, sharp image every time. As you compose your photos and snap away, it automatically optimizes ISO settings based on change of brightness and frame interval information, and motion detected by Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, AE function and AF technology. All you need is to set High ISO Auto mode and the result is stunning photos with every shot.
16 - DV-Quality / HD Movie / Full HD Movie
Many PowerShot digital cameras record movies at DV-Quality with VGA resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). Individual movie clips can last as long as 60 minutes or produce file sizes up to 4GB on an SDHC media card.

PowerShot cameras with 720p HD movie also give you the ultimate convenience of owning an advanced still camera that also creates superb movies. HD Movies with 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps captures your memories with dazzling clarity, realism and brilliance. Enjoy HD movies on your HDTV by connecting directly to a high-definition monitor with the mini-HDMI connector. Experience Full HD with no degradation of image or audio in the signal. PowerShot cameras with Full HD movie gives you Full HD 1920 x 1080 recording.

17 - Eye-Fi Memory Card Compatibility
Simply insert an Eye-Fi SD memory card into your Canon camera's SD card slot, configure your computer to select your favorite site (i.e., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) and share your memories quickly, easily and with no cables required!
18 - Built-in WiFi
Select PowerShot models feature built-in Wi-Fi® wireless technology making captured images and HD videos available easily for effortless sharing to friends and family. Compatible with Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n wireless standard), these cameras can connect with compatible home networks or to wireless access points. You can easily share your images and videos by signing up on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY* -- an online service that lets you store images to an online album, and share your images on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Upload images virtually anywhere, via your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® mobile devices by installing the free Canon CameraWindow app (the Android app is under development**). This app makes it easy to select and save images stored on your iOS device*** and upload them to social networking sites, or email. Even without a mobile device, it is possible to send images to a PC, or even transfer images between Wi-Fi® enabled PowerShot cameras.

* CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album one-time registration is required.
** iOS app will be available in March 2012 and the Android app will be available in May 2012.
*** Compatible with iOS 4.3 or later.
19 - ISO 3200 or 1600 Sensitivity
PowertShot Image Stabilizer technology and ISO sensitivity keep images rock steady, even in low light and when zooming. Thanks to the DIGIC 4 chip's more aggressive noise reduction, the newest PowerShot digital cameras are able to shoot at ISO equivalent speed ratings from 80 to as high as 3200. This increased sensitivity at the top-end allows users to select faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing camera shake and subject blur during hand held low-light photography.
20 - High Sensitivity (HS) System
Whether shooting a large family photo at a sunset wedding or capturing a historical monument at night, select PowerShot digital cameras capture clear, exceptional images in low-light settings thanks to Canon's HS System. Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor combined with a 10-megapixel or a 12-megapixel High Sensitivity CCD sensor or High Sensitivity CMOS sensor make up Canon's HS System. The HS System enhances image quality and helps reduce noise at high ISO levels. It also helps to accentuate a number of hard-to-get details in images with decreased lighting. Canon's HS System enables users to capture dimly lit scenes without a flash, resulting in a more natural look for photos.
21 - Optical Viewfinder
The PowerShot A1400 digital camera gives you a choice that's getting increasingly hard to find on digital cameras today. It's equipped with an Optical Viewfinder in addition to the LCD screen. Many photographers prefer this classic, familiar option that lets you simply hold the camera to your eye and shoot.
22 - Creative Shot Mode
The Creative Shot mode featured on the PowerShot N can help anyone create images with artistic flair. Rather than randomly applying filters, Creative Shot mode takes advantage of Canon's advanced image and scene analysis technology to apply a range of artistic presets based on the individual scene, subject, and exposure. In addition to the original shot, the camera automatically produces and saves five unique variations of the composition by cropping it, rotating it, or adjusting its color, tone, and more. The result is stunning artistic photos that are perfect for sharing.

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