Canon's PowerShot S90 continues to be one of the most popular cameras on CNET, but it is expensive and really targeted at a prosumer user. The SD4000 IS announced Tuesday brings some of the S90's features--primarily its f2.0 lens--to the masses in a body design intended to be stylish or, in other words, less serious-looking than the S90.
The camera is also the company's first to feature a high-speed backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, though it's still the typical compact camera-size sensor, 1/2.3-inch type. This sensor means Canon is finally able to offer features that the likes of Sony, Nikon, Casio, and Fujifilm are offering. This includes a high-speed burst mode up to 8.4 frames per second; high-speed movie capture for slow-motion video clips (though it went with a conservative 240fps max); and improved low-light photos.
The SD4000 IS does feature Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes (apparently a first for Digital Elphs), but there is no full manual option, no raw capture support, and the control ring that makes the S90 fun to use is not on this model. However, you do get 720p HD movie capture that the S90 doesn't have.
The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is available in three different colors--red, black, and silver--as well as a limited edition white model available directly from Canon. It goes on sale at the end of May for an estimated price of $349.99.
You can read full specs and more about the features of the SD4000 IS on Canon's site.
So much for thinking I was done with PowerShots for the time being.