PowerShot G11: This is the first time I've ever seen a camera company actually lower the megapixel count in a camera successor. The 10-megapixel PowerShot G11 compact succeeds the 14.7-megapixel PowerShot G10. (Model information and digital camera Ratings are available to subscribers.) The drop in resolution is a welcome sign that the megapixel war may finally be over. (It's a point we've often made in our Digital Camer buying guide that a 6-megapixel camera might be all you'll need because higher resolution doesn't necessarily produce better images.) Another notable feature on this model is its swiveling LCD, which also has a higher dot-count than most LCDs (461,000 dots) to make it sharper and clearer. Other features include the ability to shoot RAW files, a hot shoe (for an external flash) and a wide-angle lens. Price is $500 and it will be available in October.
PowerShot S90: Canon has resurrected the S-series camera—the last one was the PowerShot S80 introduced in 2005. The new S90, which has 10 megapixels, stands out not only for its small size, but its ability to shoot RAW files plus what appears to be a bright, f/2.0 lens, very rare in point-and-shoots. A faster lens this bright is supposed to produce better results in low-light. And it may let you get shots with shallow depth-of-field, great for taking portraits. The S90 also has a 3-inch LCD, manual controls and manual focus. Price is $430 and it will be available in October.
Two subcompacts: Over the years, Canon has included many cutting-edge features in select point-and-shoots. But, until now, they've excluded touchscreen displays. Now, you'll find them on two new 12-megapixel Digital ELPHs: The PowerShot SD980 IS Digital ELPH, $330, has a 3-inch LCD and a 5x optical zoom lens, and the PowerShot SD940 IS Digital ELPH, $300, has a 2.7-inch LCD and a 4x optical zoom lens. The SD980 IS will be available in October and the SD940 IS in September.
Two Superzooms: Canon has also updated its superzoom SX-series with two new models, both of which run on AA batteries. The 12-megapixel PowerShot SX20 IS, $400, has a 20x zoom with a wide-angle, a 2.5-inch swiveling LCD, and can capture HD resolution videos. The 12-megapixel PowerShot SX120 IS, $300, has a 10x optical zoom and a 3-inch LCD. Both models should be available in September. —Terry Sullivan