New Canon waterproof camera makes a splash


Canon has announced a successor to its long-running PowerShot D10 waterproof camera, the Canon PowerShot D20

The 12.1-megapixel waterproof camera can shoot pictures at depths of 10m, and when used in conjunction with Canon’s WP-DC45 waterproof case with external flash support, the PowerShot D20 can capture images at depths down to 40m.

The Canon D20 is also shockproof from 1.5m, freezeproof to -10C and dustproof, Canon says, and is capable of recording full HD (1080p) videos via a one-touch Movie Record button.

Other features include Canon’s advanced HS System, which combines the Canon D20’s 12.1-megapixel, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with the DIGIC 4 image processor for use in challenging low-light conditions

The Canon D20 also boasts a 28mm wideangle Canon lens, with 5x zoom and Intelligent IS that automatically analyses a scene and selects the optimum settings for the optical Image Stabilize.

Adventurous photographers will also have a new Underwater Macro mode with Underwater White Balance, a Handheld Night Scene mode and Super Slow Motion Movie mode.

Those who wish to map their adventures with the Canon D20 can use GPS tagging and the low energy consumption GPS Logger feature. These can be used to tag images with location data or track routes and share discoveries easily using the supplied Map Utility software and through Google Earth. Photographers can then retell the story behind a shot with Movie Digest mode creating a ‘making-of’ film reel for a day’s images. When engaged, this mode films the last 4 seconds before each photo is taken in 720p HD resolution and combines all the clips from that day to create a movie that allows users to document their experiences.

Details of price and release date for the new Canon waterproof camera were not available at the time of writing.