Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

Canon has finally brought HD video recording to its popular PowerShot A series of digital cameras.

The Japanese digital camera giant has just announced three new A-series cameras that are expected to allow high-definition recording.

The new PowerShot A3200 IS, PowerShot A2200 and PowerShot A1200 cameras will capture video at 720p (1280×720-pixel) using H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) video compression.

As for other features, the A3200 IS will come with a 14-megapixel image sensor, 5x-optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation. The A2200 will come with the same sensor but a 4X optical zoom lens and the A1200 will include a 12-megapixel sensor and the same 4X optical zoom lens as the A2200. Neither the A1200 or the A2200 will feature optical image stabilisation.

Canon PowerShot A1200

At this stage, these new models are due to arrive in February or March this year.

However, there are still are few questions that need to be answered about these models.

First is price – Canon Australia has yet to confirm pricing on any of the models so it’ll mean waiting before we know how they stack up against the likes of Samsung’s cameras (which have been offering at least 720p recording for some time).

There are also questions surrounding the optical zoom lens and whether or not it functions during video recording. Not all cameras we’ve seen provide optical zoom during recording, with a number dropping back to digital zoom only. If Canon wants to do this properly, optical zoom during video recording is a must.

And finally, there’s a question for the A3200 IS on whether its image stabilisation works during video recording. Having video recording is an important feature these days, particularly given that these cameras are now competing against a raft of Android smartphones that also deliver 720p video recording.

But unless all of the features are available during video recording, it’ll be hard to see them competing.

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