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Canon PowerShot SX400 IS bridge camera officially unveiled

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Canon PowerShot SX400 IS bridge camera officially unveiled

Canon has introduced the PowerShot SX400 IS, a new bridge camera with a 30x optical zoom lens that is aimed at entry-level users.

Canon’s second official announcement of the day consists of the PowerShot SX400 IS. This is another entry-level shooter, which will be welcomed by beginner photographers who do not have very much money at their disposal to invest in a camera.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS has become official with a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type sensor and 30x optical zoom lens.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS announced with 16-megapixel sensor and 30x zoom lens

Both bridge cameras unveiled by Canon today are low-end models. However, the PowerShot SX400 IS is less-featured than the PowerShot SX520 HS.

The main star of this article comes packed with a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type image sensor. However, it is a CCD-type sensor, instead of a BSI-CMOS unit, and it will be capable of capturing only 720p videos, while the SX520 HS will record full HD videos.

Additionally, the maximum ISO of the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS stands at 1600, when compared to the 3200 maximum ISO of its sibling.

The 30x optical zoom lens offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-720mm, while the maximum aperture stands at f/3.4-5.8. The good thing is that the lens is also optically stabilized, which will really come in handy at the telephoto end.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS back
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS sports a 3-inch LCD screen on the back.

This is truly a low-end bridge camera aimed at beginners

Diving deeper into the specs list, we can find a similar 3-inch LCD screen, but with a smaller resolution of 230K-dots. A viewfinder is lacking as well, so users will have to rely on the Live View mode.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS does not capture RAW photos, while its continuous shooting capabilities stand at only 1fps, although it is powered by the same DIGIC 4+ image processor found in the SX520 HS.

Its shutter speed range stands between 1/1600th of a second and 15 seconds. This bridge camera does not feature manual focus support, but the autofocus speed is said to be very quick.

Canon has added Smart Auto features to the SX400 IS, meaning that users will be able to take photos by selecting one of the 32 preset shooting modes.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS red
This is the red version of the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS bridge camera. Both models will become available in late August for about $250.

Release date and price information

The new PowerShot SX400 IS camera does not have a miniHDMI port, nor a built-in stereo microphone like the SX520 HS.

Nevertheless, it comes with an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, USB 2.0 port, autofocus assist light, and integrated flash.

Canon’s bridge shooter weighs 313 grams / 0.69 lbs / 11.04 ounces, while measuring 104 x 69 x 80mm / 4.09 x 2.72 x 3.15-inches.

The company has scheduled this camera for an August 2014 release date at a price of $249.99. On the other hand, Amazon is already listing it for pre-order with an estimated shipping date of September 30.

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