Canon SX10 IS
There's a couple of features on digital cameras where bigger is definitely better. First, there is the image resolution, and then there is the lens.
With the new Canon SX10 IS, you get both in mammoth proportions. While it looks like an advanced digital SLR (single lens reflect) model, the SX10 IS is actually just a standard point-and-shoot digital camera, but with a couple of high-grade features, including 10-megapixel imaging.
The other major feature is the industry-first 20x optical zoom lens. This means you can go from a 28mm wide angle for landscapes to a super close-up with a 560mm ultra-zoom lens. No other lens offers as much of this kind of flexibility.
The SX10 IS also comes with a new DIGIC 4 imaging processor, which offers improved processing speed and image quality.
Canon has also introduced a new feature called Servo AF, which tracks moving subjects and keep them in focus before you press the shutter button.
The SX10 IS also comes with a rotatable 2.5-inch LCD display, a shoe for adding an external flash, and the full range of manual and automatic mode settings. You can also capture videos and there's an option to capture hi-res images while shooting in MovieSnap mode.
All this comes for the bargain price of HK$3,690.
Pros: 20x wide-zoom lens, 10 megapixels, DIGIC 4 processor for enhanced performance, uses standard AA batteries
Cons: it's not an SLR, bulky for a point-and-shoot
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