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Canon Debuts Two New Budget Bridge Cams for Close-Ups on the Cheap



Not a particularly exciting release, but a camera release nonetheless, Canon earlier today debuted the PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS: two new affordable superzooms that will get you really close to the action without emptying your wallet.

The SX520 is the more powerful of the duo, with a 42x 24-1008mm equivalent f/3.4-6.0 zoom at the front and a 16MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor powered by a Digic 4+ processor on the inside. It boasts an ISO range between 100 and 3200, a 461K-dot LCD screen, and a (cue the sad trombone sound) burst rate of only 2fps. It can also shoot 1080p video.


The second camera Canon announced is the SX400, a CCD-sensored superzoom that also packs 16 megapixels of resolution, but focuses it through a shorter 30x 24-720mm equivalent f/3.4-5.8 lens. It also uses the Digic 4+ processor, but tops out at 1600 ISO, uses a lower-res 230K-dot screen, shoots only 1fps in ‘burst’ (would we call that burst?) and maxes out its video chops at 720p.

Both cameras sport an improved AF system and will be arriving in August, with the SX520 priced at $400 (pre-order here) and the SX400 at $250 (pre-order here).