The second camera in Canon's Powershot A-series to feature optical image stabilization, the A570 IS follows on the heels of last year's very successful A710 IS. Autocorrecting for hand movement, this image stabilization system greatly reduces jitter and blur in long zoom photos. In addition, the A570 IS brings a couple of Canon's innovations to the A-series for the first time. First, face detection technology, which allows the camera's autofocus system to latch onto a subject's face and keep it in focus no matter where the subject moves. Second is ISO 1600 shooting, greatly helped by the new DIGIC III processor. Though these are significant advances in technology, overall the A570 isn't much of a leap over the A710. For instance, while it features the same great 7.1 megapixel sensor, its lens manages only an average-for-its-class 4x optical zoom compared to the A710's above average 6x optical. It does add some interesting new movie modes and a scene mode or two, but this isn't really enough to push it into truly new territory. While it turns out impressive photos, the A570 IS is ultimately a minor upgrade to a great camera.
Top quality optics, dependability, and convenience of use are just some of the reasons that customers choose Canon digital cameras. One of the top makers of digital cameras in the world today, Canon has attained a reputation for creating some of the best digital cameras and digital SLRs available on the market. Canon cameras are inevitably on the camera wish list of any consumer that desires a high quality camera.
Canon is not generally a cheap brand by any means. In spite of this, Canon digital cameras have achieved the best buy status. This proves that you get great value for the extra money. In the past few years, Canon has begun releasing several types that are more inexpensive, without cutting quality.
Canon cameras come in two main types—the smallest is the Powershot line, compact, point-and-shoot cameras that still maintain a reasonable level of image quality. Canon Powershot cameras range from budget point-and-shoots like the ELPH 115 to an advanced compact with a 1.5” sensor, the G1X Mark II. Typically, if you are going to buy a point-and-shoot on nothing but the reputation of the brand, Canon is a pretty safe bet.
The second type of Canon camera is the EOS line—the DSLRs. The EOS line has a solid reputation as well for performance across the board, including video. Canon has a wide range of options available too, from top of the line full frame professional models to small, entry-level DSLRs.
While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.
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