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Canon unveils new PowerShot SX510 HS, SX170 IS

Both models feature Eco mode, for longer battery life

PowerShot SX170 IS
PowerShot SX170 IS
PowerShot SX510 HS
PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon Middle East added to its collection of compact superzooms this week, with the introduction of the PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS.

PowerShot SX510 HS

The PowerShot SX510 HS' 30x optical zoom lens is designed for sharp results throughout the zoom range, even in low-light conditions, whilst the 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens is aimed at capturing anything from sweeping landscapes to group shots. The SX510 HS uses the HS System, which combines a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 4 processor to capture low-light scenes while maintaining colours and detail, with minimum blur.

Using the Wi-Fi functionality on the PowerShot SX510 HS, photos and movies can be shared on social media sites such as Facebook, Flickr and YouTube directly from the camera, or to smartphones and tablets using the free Canon CameraWindow app. GPS via mobile is also available by using the free Canon smartphone app to add location information from a GPS-enabled smartphone or tablet to images, allowing users to share the exact location of the moment a photo was captured.

In addition to still images, the PowerShot SX510 HS is also capable of recording Full HD movies (1080p) complete with stereo sound. The SX510 HS also features a Super Slow Motion Movie mode.

PowerShot SX170 IS

Compact and geared towards usability, the PowerShot SX170 IS' lens has a 28mm wide-angle and 16x optical zoom. The lens enables users to snap a wide variety of scenarios, from group shots at parties, to close-ups of animals on safari. Vivid colours and detail can also be captured with the PowerShot SX170 IS' 16-megapixel sensor. The SX170 IS is also capable of HD movie capture.

Image stabiliser

Both cameras benefit from Canon's optical image stabiliser with Intelligent IS technology that enables the capture of sharp shots at longer focal lengths and in low light.

Canon's ZoomPlus technology also digitally extends both models' lens reach beyond the maximum focal length while maintaining image quality, zooming as far as 60x on the PowerShot SX510 HS and 32x on the PowerShot SX170 IS.  The PowerShot SX510 HS also includes an enhanced Zoom Framing Assist function with a new Auto mode, which is designed to keep subjects in focus even as they move closer to, or away from, the camera. 

Both models also feature Eco mode, which helps users continue shooting for longer by conserving battery life. Up to 46% more photos can be captured on the PowerShot SX170 IS and 32% more on the PowerShot SX510 HS thanks to this feature, according to Canon.

Creativity features

Smart Auto mode on both models detects up to 32 different scenes and applies the most appropriate settings in an attempt to capture the perfect shot, whilst Creative modes can be used to enhance an image, add drama, or give it a different perspective. Once users are ready to experiment even more, they can switch to Full Manual Control to take control of individual camera settings, including shutter speed and aperture.