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Canon adds 520 HS and 110 HS to PowerShot Elph line, launches six new Vixia camcorders

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Canon has announced two new PowerShot Elph point-and-shoot cameras, the Elph 520 HS and the Elph 110 HS, along with six new models in the Vixia camcorder line.

Canon PowerShot Vixia
Canon PowerShot Vixia

The G1 X is unquestionably Canon's most impressive new camera at CES 2012, but if its $799.99 price tag is hard to stomach, there's something for the rest of us: the company also announced two more affordable PowerShot cameras, the Elph 520 HS and the Elph 110 HS. The 520 HS is the successor to the 500 HS, and Canon says it's the world's slimmest 12x optical zoom camera with a 28mm lens — a narrow category, to be sure, but a feat nonetheless. The camera uses Canon's new DIGIC 5 processor, and has ISO range up to 3200, plus a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. The 110 HS has a 5x optical zoom, but ups the megapixel count to 16.1. Both shoot 1080p video, have 3-inch, 461,000-dot LCDs, and burst modes around six frames per second. Canon's also added some new shooting features to both cameras, plus the ability to tag people on the camera and search through your photos for particular faces. Neither new model is a game-changing point-and-shoot, but both are nice updates to the previous models, and are actually affordable: the 520 HS will be out in March and the 110 HS in February, for $299 and $249 respectively.

For the video enthusiast, Canon also announced six new Vixia camcorders. The M and R series were both refreshed, with Wi-Fi added to the top-of-the-line M52, M50, R32, and R30 models — the new camcorders can upload video directly to YouTube or Facebook. All shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second, offer zoom as high as 51x, and have plenty of video-friendly shooting features. They'll be available in March, between $349 (for the low-end R300) and $749 (for the impressive M52).